IV International Congress of Gastronomy Educators

The Alamo Colleges District will host the upcoming IV International Congress of Gastronomy Educators, which will be held on October 19 – 21, 2018 at St. Philip’s College. This event will bring together chef educators and other special guests from around the world under the theme: “Gastronomy of the Americas”.

The Congress will include lectures, cooking demonstrations, a presentation by renowned Chef Johnny Hernandez, guest speakers and panels, roundtable discussions, and various product displays from leaders in the food and beverage industry. Visitors will explore the increasing flow of goods, knowledge, and cultural practices across international borders, in addition to providing unique learning experiences for our students. We are delighted that the Congress will coincide with our city’s 300-year anniversary, as we celebrate the many cultural influences on our regional cuisine. As you know, the City of San Antonio has recently been designated as a “Creative City for Gastronomy” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Flavor of San Antonio Symposium presents  “Gastronomy Across Borders”

Date: October 19 - 21, 2018

Location: San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo Colleges District will host the upcoming IV International Congress of Gastronomy Educators, which will include participants and chefs from Canada, United States of America, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Australia, Ecuador, Spain, and France.

San Antonio celebrates its tricentennial this year, and has recently been designated as a “Creative City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO for its rich culinary heritage.

Join us for cooking demonstrations and programs led by top chefs from our region and across the globe for discussions about the field of culinary arts education.

Objectives: To strengthen the international network of gastronomy schools, mainly in the Americas, while preserving the identity of each country, integrating socio-historical and cultural aspects of international and local gastronomy, in the training of new gastronomy professionals in our continent.

Specific Objectives:

  • Encourage the meeting and academic and professional discussion on the identity and food culture dimensions of the peoples and communities of America, valuing the material and symbolic aspects experienced.
  • Discuss the profile of the graduates of gastronomy with a view to the formation of a professional committed to humanitarian issues in their full sense of responsibility, ethics and professionalism, while facing the challenges of the activity in the most diverse areas of action.
  • To provide interactions and experiences among the participants, in order to share knowledge, creativity, innovation, research and experiences among the different professional, marketing and academic realities in the area of tourism and gastronomy.


San Antonio, Texas is uniquely positioned to host the next meeting of the International Congress of Gastronomy Schools in 2018, building on the platform established by annual meetings previously held in Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. Each year, this Congress is hosted in a different city across the globe with hundreds of participants. This year, Alamo Colleges District is proud to support this initiative to strengthen collaboration and share best practices in the field of Culinary Arts. In 2018, San Antonio will commemorate its 300 year anniversary by celebrating the Spanish, Mexican, Texan, and American influences on its cultural and culinary identity throughout history. These Tricentennial events will elevate the visibility of this consortium of gastronomy institutes through a focus on arts, culture and “Gastronomy Across Borders.”


History of the Gastronomy Congress for Educators

The first event was held in Bogota, Columbia in 2011 and was called the Congress of Food Schools. It was an initiative of the School of Gastronomy in La Salle University of Columbia. Brazil hosted the next international event in Brasilia, DF in 2012.

The event has had the collaboration and participation of various public institutions and members of the international network of gastronomic schools founded during the First International Congress of Gastronomy Schools in Bogota. Some of these are Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel); Federal Institute of Education Sulriograndense (IFSul); SI Santa Catarina (IFSC); SI Brasilia (IFB); University of Brasilia (UNB); Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA); La Salle College (LCI).

Partners and followers: CAPES, SINDOHBAR and the French Embassy in Brazil.

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San Antonio: America’s 21st Century City 

San Antonio is a global city with a dynamic economy and workforce, a deep cultural heritage and diverse communities that are resilient and welcoming. It is one of the strongest fiscally managed cities in the country with a vibrant business climate and a ‘AAA’ general obligation bond rating from all three major rating agencies. San Antonio is a city that nurtures entrepreneurship, encourages investment and funds infrastructure. America’s seventh-largest city offers growth opportunities in bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cyber security, energy, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare. In 2015, UNESCO designated San Antonio’s 18th century Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site - the first in Texas. In 2018, the city will celebrate its 300th anniversary, honoring its rich past and a bright future focused on innovation and livability. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov .

The Alamo Colleges District is comprised of five state-of-the-art colleges as well as multiple regional training centers, and has a vibrant, nationally ranked Culinary Arts training program that prepares the next generation of chefs and leaders in the hospitality industry. The City of San Antonio is also home to the famous Culinary Institute of America, the University of Houston Conrad Hilton School of Hospitality, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, which has the largest historic Mexican cookbook collection in the United States that will be showcased to the Congress.

San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the United States and offers world-class conference and tourism facilities for visitors from across the globe. The downtown is home to the historic Riverwalk, the Alamo and the five Spanish missions which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city has been designated as a “Creative City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO. San Antonio is also the most economically prominent city in the borderlands region of the U.S. and serves as an important cultural capital of the Mexican diaspora.

Area Attractions:

  • Riverwalk
  • Tower of the Americas
  • Mission of San Jose
  • The Alamo
  • San Fernando Cathedral
  • Sea World
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • McNay Art Museum
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum
  • Japanese Tea Gardens
  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Texas Hill Country (Wineries)
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • King William Historic District
  • San Antonio Zoo


San Antonio Designated “Creative City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated San Antonio a Creative City of Gastronomy, making the city part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). San Antonio is only the second city in the U.S. to earn this distinction, and the first in Texas.

San Antonio’s culinary heritage is significant for its confluence of many world cultures such as Mexican, Spanish, German and French, as well its geology and geography. Drawn to San Antonio’s river running between the coastal plains and hill country, for 13,000 years indigenous people foraged roots, harvested pecans and hunted game. Trails and river ways brought trade with other groups who introduced gulf coast game. In the 1700s, Spanish colonists and Canary Islanders introduced new traditions and tastes. Other new flavors, spices and ingredients from Europe, Asia and Africa came with German and other European settlers in the 1800s.

Today the city’s culinary scene has since blossomed in its richness, with chefs honoring and celebrating its culinary heritage through preservation and innovation. Beyond the famous River Walk and historic walls of The Alamo, San Antonio’s culinary scene has historically been firmed planted in blends of Tex-Mex, but has now progressed to “Tex-Next”.

As a gateway to Latin America, San Antonio is uniquely positioned to showcase and celebrate the richness of this cuisine. UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network promotes international cooperation and encourages the sharing of experiences and resources to promote local development through culture and creativity. The local food movement and enthusiasm for sustainable programs spurred the dramatic evolution of San Antonio’s culinary landscape.

“This designation is a great honor for San Antonio,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “As a Creative City of Gastronomy, we will seek to strengthen and expand international connections, share our culinary arts and heritage globally and introduce San Antonio as an international culinary destination.”

“Travelers are increasingly seeking a destination with a robust culinary scene as a way to really get to know the heart of a city,” said Casandra Matej, President & CEO of Visit San Antonio. “The UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation confirms what millions of visitors have known all along—San Antonio’s cuisine is truly unique and “This is an exciting time for the culinary arts in San Antonio—the designation reinforces the creativity and hard work of every individual who participates in and supports the local culinary community and the philanthropy of so many groups, like the Chef Cooperatives and our chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier,” Chef Johnny Hernandez of Grupo La Gloria said. “From showcasing our culinary heritage to sharing local innovations and leading the way with San Antonio’s brand of culinary diplomacy, the opportunities afforded us as a City of Gastronomy are all reasons for San Antonio to celebrate today.”


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IV International Congress of Gastronomy Educators

October 19 – 21, 2018


Chef educators/professionals $285.00

Students $55.00

TO REGISTER, Please click on the following link: IV International Congress of Gastronomy Educators

For other than Credit Card payment, please contact International Programs at rdrabier@alamo.edu or call 210-485-0159.


El Tropicano Hotel

Address: 110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 277-4043
Website: https://www.eltropicanohotel.com/

Make your reservations by October 2, 2018 to insure Gastronomy Conference rate, and as for “Gastronomy Rate”. The special rates are:

  • $80.00 per day for single or double occupancy
  • $85.00 per day for triple occupancy
  • $95.00 per day for quad occupancy


Information about the hotel: “Inspired by the casual glamour of Mexico’s popular beach resorts, El Tropicano opened its doors in 1962 as an ode to sunny Acapulco. Hip and fashionable right from the start, "El Trop" was the first hotel located on the North Channel of San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk. Over 50 years later, our iconic "Hotel to the Arts" remains a favorite in the local community for its retro lobby, elevated pool area with tiki bar, massive event space, and its outstanding amenities and accommodations.”

Amenities at a glance:

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel (Complimentary for Gastronomy Congress)
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast Bar Daily at Mango’s
  • Elevated pool area & tiki bar
  • 3,000 sq. ft. fitness center (Complimentary for Gastronomy Congress)
  • Central Riverwalk location
  • 5-story Basco Vazko mural
  • Self & valet parking onsite