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Zest (zêst) : vigorous and enthusiastic

Zest in the West is in its 11th year of supporting the West Houston Leadership Institute and The Houston West Chamber of Commerce! Zest in the West celebrates culinary creations, craft beer and premium wines in West Houston. The Grand Zesting features spectacular dishes from restaurants in the West Houston Community with a selection of premium wines and craft beers to sample. Benefiting the West Houston Leadership Institute, the Grand Zesting hosts a silent auction, wine pull and big board to raise money for scholarships to the institute. 

We want to thank all of the volunteers that participated in this event in past years. Your hard work made Zest in the West a success as well as an enjoyable and memorable experience! We cannot wait to see you all again and to add new faces as our volunteers and friends!

Please read the information below carefully and fill out the volunteer registration form. Please remember, volunteers represent Zest in the West to the patrons enjoying the event. If you are looking for a great way to meet new people, educate patrons about beer and wine, and mingle with industry representatives, then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! We want fun, friendly, dependable volunteers!

Important Information for All Volunteers!

To pour alcoholic beverages, you must be 21 or over and a TABC certified server.   Please bring your certificate to the event.  If you do not have TABC certification, there are many online courses that take about an hour or two that provide you with a license immediately after you complete the course.  Click Here for a link to TABC approved online courses.

Location, Date, Time

Grand Zesting:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Shift time is determined by the volunteer when he/she registers to volunteer
Château Crystale
2517 S. Gessner Rd, Houston, TX 77063

Age Requirements 

All volunteers must be 21+ years of age before the event to volunteer. All IDs will be checked upon arrival.

TABC Certification 

All volunteers pouring wine or beer must be TABC Certified. Please bring your certificate to the event or email it to the volunteer coordinator in advance. If you do not have a TABC certification, there are may online courses that take about an hour or two that provide you with a license immediately after you complete the course. Click Here for TABC approved online courses. 


For this event, please come dressed in business casual or cocktail attire. Also, please make sure to wear comfortable shoes because you will be standing for some time.

Attendance & Check-In 

We are counting on you! Please be on time for your shift start time and if you are going to be unable to attend, please let us know immediately. You will need to check in at least 15 minutes prior to your shift start time. The location of the volunteer check-in area will be sent out in the volunteer informational email the week prior to Zest in the West.

Rules & Responsibilities

There are many posts that volunteers may have during Zest in the West. All of volunteer posts are critical for making the event run smoothly and we greatly appreciate your help with all volunteer stations. When you register online, please select the job type and shift time you would like to work.  If you are not TABC certified, and won't be in time for Zest, there are many other areas where volunteers are needed.  You must be 18 or older to volunteer.

For volunteers stationed at Wine or Beer pouring stations, we encourage all of our volunteers to taste the products they will be pouring before the event begins so that you will know what to suggest when patrons ask for a recommendation. Under No Circumstances, may volunteers over indulge. If over indulgence on site is apparent or suggested, the volunteer will be immediately removed from the event. Please remember that the Zest in the West rules are in place to make the event enjoyable for everyone.

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