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The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office oversees San Antonio's UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation.

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Strengthening San Antonio’s
culinary legacy as a confluence
of cultures.

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San Antonio leads globally in equity,
resilience and sustainability, and is
recognized as a distinctive cultural

Guiding Principles

Foster Sustainability

Foster sustainable development and best practices.

Develop Local Initiatives

Develop local initiatives that support the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals.

Cooperate and Innovate

Cooperate and innovate both locally and globally.

Practice Diversity

Practice diversity and inclusion in our processes and activities.

Preserve and Celebrate

Preserve and celebrate our authentic culinary heritage.

Contribute to Economic Growth

Contribute to the economic growth of San Antonio through strategic partnerships and investments.

Promote Sustainability

Acknowledge and promote sustainability across the culinary and food production industry.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network


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The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.


Network of Cities

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network highlights the creativity of its members within 7 fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.


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Nine U.S. cities are designated members of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, including Austin (Media Arts), Detroit (Design), Iowa City (Literature), Kansas City (Music), Paducah (Crafts & Folk Arts), San Antonio (Gastronomy), Santa Fe (Crafts & Folk Arts), Seattle (Literature) and Tucson (Gastronomy).


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Today, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network includes a total of 246 cities worldwide. San Antonio is an active member of the network and aims to strengthen the city’s culinary legacy.


Our Advisory Group

Andres Munoz

Visit San Antonio
Vice President of Marketing

Angela & Fred Covo

Edible San Antonio

Belinda Hartwig

San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce
Vice President of Economic Development

Claudia Guerra

Office of Historic Preservation
City of San Antonio
Cultural Historian

Colleen Swain

World Heritage Office
City of San Antonio

Dean Hendrix


Debbie Racca-Sittre

Department of Arts & Culture
City of San Antonio

Elizabeth Fauerso

Pearl Brewery
Chief Marketing Officer

Elizabeth Houston

The San Antonio Food Bank
Hospitality & Community
Engagement Manager

Elizabeth Johnson

Visit San Antonio Culinary Committee Rep.

Frank Salinas

St. Philip’s College
Department Chair

Haley Amick

Metro Health Dept
City of San Antonio
Community Nutrition Coordinator

Johnny Hernandez

Grupo La Gloria

Jose Frade

The Culinary Institute of America
Associate Dean of Programs

Laura Serrano

World Heritage Office
City of San Antonio
Special Projects Manager

Leslie Provence

The Food Policy Council
Vice President

Nathan Jarvis

Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel 
and Restaurant Managment
University of Houston
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ramon Vasquez

American Indian in Texas at the
Spanish Colonial Missions
Executive Director

Rocío Guenther

Mayor's Office
Constituent Services Director

Shahrzad Dowalatshahi

International Relations Office
Economic Development Dept.
City of San Antonio

Shanon Miller

Office of Historic Preservation
City of San Antonio

Steve Nivin

St. Mary's University
Economics Professor

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