Renowned Chef Bryan Caswell Joins Culinary Lineup for Galveston Island Wine Festival Labor Day Weekend at Moody Gardens

Attendees Can Take a Three-Day Culinary Journey with Over 100 Wines from Over 50 Wineries

Galveston Island Wine Festival proudly announces the addition of esteemed Chef Bryan Caswell to its impressive culinary team for this year's event, set to take place over Labor Day weekend at the breathtaking resort Moody Gardens on Galveston Island. This addition to the line-up comes as two weeks remain for an early-bird discount of up to 25 percent on tickets and hotel packages through June 30.

Chef Bryan Caswell, a proud Southerner hailing from Lafayette, LA, brings with him a wealth of culinary expertise and a deep-rooted passion for Gulf Coast flavors. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Caswell honed his skills under the mentorship of Jean Georges Vongerichten, refining his craft in culinary capitals such as New York, Hong Kong, Barcelona, and the Bahamas.

Famed for his innovative approach to seafood, Caswell's culinary journey has been marked by his commitment to showcasing the freshest catches and locally-sourced produce. His Houston-based restaurant, Reef, has garnered widespread acclaim since its inception in 2007, boasting a rotating menu that highlights over 87 species of Gulf Coast fish. Reef has been lauded by critics and diners alike, earning Caswell numerous culinary accolades, including recognition from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and the James Beard Foundation.

In addition to Reef, Caswell has expanded his culinary empire with ventures like Little Bigs and El Real Tex-Mex Café, further solidifying his status as a culinary luminary in the Houston dining scene. His partnership with the Houston Astros has also yielded successful ventures, including Jackson Street BBQ near Minute Maid Park.

Beyond the kitchen, Caswell is an avid outdoorsman, often found indulging his passion for fishing along the Gulf Coast. His love for the sea and its bounty serves as a guiding force in his culinary creations, infusing each dish with a sense of adventure and reverence for nature.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chef Bryan Caswell to the Galveston Island Wine Festival," said John Zendt, CEO of Moody Gardens. "His reputation as a visionary chef and advocate for Gulf Coast cuisine precedes him, and we are eager to see how his culinary artistry enhances this year's event."

Caswell joins a roster of renowned culinary talents, including David Cordúa, Paul Miller, Chef James Lundy, Executive Chefs Chris Lopez and Bobby Ross, Executive Pastry Chef Bethany Boedicker, among others. The festival promises an array of exciting events, including the Seven-on-Seven Seafood Extravaganza, Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting, Regular Guy Wine Seminar, Brunch and Bubbles, a Bourbon Dinner and more offering attendees a unique opportunity to savor exquisite wines amidst the enchanting ambiance of Moody Gardens.

Hotel packages, including Early Bird discounts, are available for those seeking a complete Wine Festival experience, with access to Moody Gardens' attractions such as the Aquarium Pyramid and Palm Beach Various hotel packages are available with a special Early Bird discount and significant savings available for a limited time for a complete Wine Festival experience. All package rates include access to the Aquarium Pyramid, Palm Beach, and parking. The minimum age requirement for the festival is 21. The hotel package options include:

  • On Cloud Wine Package – 3 Days, 11 Events (Friday – Sunday $989, includes a 25% discount) - This package includes two wristbands giving access to the Welcome Reception, Seven-on-Seven Seafood Extravaganza, Regular Guy Wine Seminar, Bourbon Dinner, and other events throughout the weekend. Also, the first 200 registered Moody Gardens Hotel guests will have exclusive access to Vineyards Around the World Luxury Wine Tasting or Billiards and Beer.
  • Premium Package – 2 Days, 7 Events! (Friday – Saturday $649, includes a 20% discount) - This package grants access to all scheduled events and activations on Friday and Saturday. Guests will enjoy the Welcome Reception, Seven-on-Seven Seafood Extravaganza, Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting event and Wine'd Down After Hours at Palm Beach.
  • Penguins & Pinot Package – 1 Day, 5 Events! (Saturday $312, includes a 25% discount) - Experience the Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting Event and continue the night at Wine'd Down After Hours at Palm Beach.
  • Bourbon Dinner Package – 1 Day, 3 Events! (Sunday $389, includes a 20% discount) – Guests can attend The Regular Guy Wine Seminar featuring Paul Miller in addition to Shearn’s Bourbon Dinner, where guests will enjoy a memorable dinner paired with an exceptional selection of bourbons.
  • Friday/Saturday Individual Ticket – No Hotel Stay ($225, includes a 10% discount) - This ticket grants admission to the Seven-on-Seven Seafood Extravaganza on Friday, the Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting Event and Wine'd Down After Hours at Palm Beach on Saturday.
  • Saturday Only Individual Ticket - No Hotel Stay ($125, includes a 15% discount) - This ticket grants admission to the Penguins & Pinot: Grand Tasting Event and Wine'd Down After Hours at Palm Beach on Saturday.

Attendees are encouraged to secure their accommodations promptly as capacity is limited for several events and hotel rooms are booking up fast. To learn more about the festival, view the schedule of events, and book your stay, please visit