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SAN ANTONIO (April 16, 2019) –The City of San Antonio’s International Relations Office, Arts & Culture Department and World Heritage Office, in partnership with the Fiesta San Antonio Commission and the Texas Culinary Alliance are hosting two chefs from San Antonio’s Sister City of Darmstadt (Lead Chef Frank Schylla; Assistant Chef Andreas Schlechta). The chefs are coming to San Antonio for a week of activities and to take part in Fiesta’s Taste of the Republic on Thursday, April 18th from 5 – 9 p.m. in the private courtyard of the Marriott Plaza Conference Center across from Hemisfair.
“As a Creative City of Gastronomy, we will seek to strengthen and expand connections,” San Antonio World Heritage Director Colleen Swain said. “This chef exchange is an opportunity for San Antonio to showcase our history, culture, and food with our Sister Cities. We look forward to further expanding San Antonio as an international culinary destination.”
The City of San Antonio and the Fiesta San Antonio Commission seek to highlight San Antonio’s Sister Cities during the Fiesta celebrations and promote the City’s UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation through this culinary exchange. This designation emphasizes San Antonio’s culinary legacy as a vibrant confluence of cultures and promotes its unique gastronomy both locally and internationally.
“The City of Darmstadt is our newest Sister City relationship and we have experienced an exciting variety of exchanges incorporating education, culture and economic development,” Chief Diplomacy and Protocol Officer for the City of San Antonio Sherry Dowlatshahi said. “We are thrilled to have chefs from our Sister City spend time in San Antonio engaging with culinary students, participating in Fiesta and learning about our unique gastronomic culture.”
The Darmstadt chefs will have the opportunity to visit the Culinary Institute of America along with other local restaurants.
Chefs Schylla and Schlechta’s visit to San Antonio will culminate with the Taste of the Republic, an event featuring Chef Brian West and a consortium of 13 local chefs who will be exploring six regional flavors of Texas. The chefs will have a table with samples of traditional German fare with a Texan twist.