Over 40 Wineries will attend the first Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival in Chicago. Attendees of the festival will get a chance to meet with the winemakers and the best importers representing Spain's most prominent wine region. Combined with more than 30 chefs from around the country - this is a show-stopping showcase for people who love for Spanish culture. Check out the list below.


Bodegas AGE | Muriel | Viña Eguia | Fernandez de Pierola | Carlos Serres | Vivanco | Bodegas Valdemar | Ramón Bilbao | Bodega Classica | Bodega Maetierra Dominum | Muga | Marqués de Cáceres | Bodegas Riojanas | Franco Espanolas | Campo Viejo | Ysios | Marqués de Vargas | Montecillo | Ontañón | Soto de Torres | Valenciso | Martinez CortaMarqués de Carrión | Bodegas Basagoiti | Marqués de Riscal | Bodegas Palacio | Beronia | Casa Primicia Finca Valpiedr | Familia Martinez Bujanda | Raquel Saenz Sacristan | Rug Vino | Castillo de Cuzcurrita | El Coto | LANBaron de Ley | Faustino | Bodegas Bilbainas | Bodegas Tarón



We expect over 30+ chefs will be in the house cooking at the first Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival in Chicago over the James Beard Awards weekend. Attendees of the festival will get a chance to meet and eat some of the best bites showcasing their love for Spanish cuisine and tapas. The list below will continue to grow with information on each of the participating chefs.

Francis Derby - NYC - The Cannibal

"Its always good to spend some time cooking some Spanish inspired food. Brings me back to my time spent in San Sebastián as a young cook.” Favorite Spanish Restaurant in USA: Tertulia | Favorite Spanish Restaurant: Mugaritz

Michael  Sullivan - TN - COCHON 555 (Formerly of Blackberry Farm)

"Every time I get invited to do an event involving things I care deeply about, such as morcilla, iberico, paella, and whole animal presentations, I can't hesitate. Better yet, I am able to support the James Beard Foundation while celebrating Spain's most prominent region with some of the best chefs in the country.” Favorite Spanish Restaurant in USA: Tertulia | Favorite Spanish Restaurant: Arzak

Michael Santoro - NYC - Andaz 5th Avenue

"Spanish food is some of my favorite food of all time. The flavors are bold, the techniques are exciting, and the country is beautiful. I'm proud to bring my experience of cooking and living in San Sebastián to this event.” Favorite Spanish Restaurant in USA: Tertulia | Favorite Spanish Restaurant: Mugaritz

Anthony Sasso - NYC - Casa Mono y Bar Jamon 

"I can't think of a better event to be a part of than one that will be showcasing all that Spain has to offer in one of the most incredible event spaces in New York. I'm especially looking forward to sharing this experience with some impeccable wine producers, chef friends that I respect enormously, and others that I'll get the chance to meet for the first time, all over a healthy amount of Jamon, Rioja wine, and tapas." Favorite Spanish Restaurant in USA: Casa Galicia | Favorite Spanish Restaurant: Can Flores

DANIEL OLIVELLA - Austin - Barlata Tapas & Bar

"I am very eager to be part of an event that spot lights Spain's culture, gastronomy, cuisine and wines. It is an honor to collaborate with fellow spanish chefs in a common vision to promote the flavors of Spain in America." Favorite Spanish Restaurant in USA: Barlata | Favorite Spanish Restaurant: Susquet D' Admirall

DESPAÑA - Fine Foods From Spain & Chorizo Manufacturers

"Despaña is excited to support this special event where our chef friends, collaborators and colleagues continue to be inspired by ingredients and flavors from Spain. A perfect match will be made with the fantastic pairings of the wines of Rioja, so what more could we ask for?"