Fischer & Wieser Culinary Adventure Cooking School © 2016 Fredericksburg, Texas

Steve Sommers, a unique culinarian with extensive restaurant and catering experience mixed with an academic passion for English, history and philosophy, is executive chef and lead instructor at Fischer & Wieser’s Culinary Adventure Cooking School. He is helping expand its offerings in the face of increasing demand and the growth of tourism in Fredericksburg. Considering the chef’s fascination with food-wine pairings, it should come as no surprise he excelled as chef for several wineries in the Texas Hill Country, now the nation’s second busiest wine tourism destination after Napa Valley. He has served as executive chef at Hilmy Cellars as well as at Stouts Trattoria at Grape Creek Vineyards and at Barons Creek Vineyards, with a focus on showcasing the house’s wines with perfect, not always expected, foods. Before helping local wineries upgrade their food programs, Sommers did much the same in Fredericksburg for Hill Country Memorial Hospital. In addition to overseeing all foodservice at the medical facility, he gained notice with gourmet catering for doctors, executives and guests who included senators and congressmen.

The flavorful journey led by John DeMers also includes notes on local history and culture, techniques from chefs and grandmothers, tips on Fredericksburg wineries and restaurants, and no shortage of wisdom about food, wine and life. Sign up today for one of our scheduled theme classes, or talk with us about a customized class for your group of 8 to 24, in our new theater classroom or gathered around our friendly Cooking Table.John DeMers is the author of 56 published books, most about food, wine and travel. As part of eating his way through 136 foreign countries, the New Orleans native has served as food editor of United Press International and the Houston Chronicle.