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Constance McDerby

More than 20 years of experience in the media industry provided the perfect background, contacts and knowledge to launch the first multi-day, multi-faceted culinary and wine event in the 4th largest city in America, Houston, Texas.In 2001 Constance had a burning desire to celebrate the unacknowledged culinary talent in the Houston metro while at the same time bringing a high quality destination signature event to the area.With lots of contacts and connections who were excited about the vision, Food & Vine Time Productions was born and the first event produced was attended by 1,000 eager participants.Wine companies, restaurants, sponsors and media partners were met with success from participation and continued to support the growth of events.

Thirteen years later, Food & Vine Time Productions continues to bring quality lifestyle events to the Houston Metro.Signature events include Wine & Food Week one of the top 10 destination culinary ad wine events in America drawing visitors from all over the world, Zest in the West, Katy Sip n Stroll, Wine Fair Cy-Fair, Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival, Red Hot Block Parties, Foam on the Range, Haute Wheels Houston THE Food Truck Festival and Frosted.New to the line-up is Big Brew DestiNATION, the first signature event hosted by Houston First and the George R. Brown Convention Center in partnership with the City of Houston.Big Brew will welcome thousands of local, regional and national visitors who have a passion for craft beer.The event will spur the local economy with a week packed with activities at restaurants, breweries and local businesses; filling hotel rooms and showcasing the treasures that are part of our own Houston.

To date, Food & Vine Time’s efforts have raised nearly $750,000 for the dozens of charity benefactors who seek our support.

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Constance Affiliations:

Houston West Chamber of Commerce, Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce.

Committee Member of Women Driving Business, Board of the West Houston Leadership Institute, Executive Leadership Team of Go Red for Women Northwest Chapter, Cinco Charities KSNS Committee, WHLI Auction Committee.

Constance lives in West Houston with her life partner and husband of 25 years, Clifton McDerby and her pride and joy and only child, Chance Ethan Christian McDerby who she waited for 14 years and adopted at two days old.Chance will be 17 in December 2018.The McDerbys enjoy travel, meeting new people, assisting others in fulfilling their dreams and taking in every moment of life.



What the Food & Vine Time Productions Team Members have to say about Constance:
  • Love your unstoppable attitude
  • You are the eternal optimist
  • Appreciate the way you problem solve on site & stay positive with doing it! And the way wine is always available for 5 o'clock happy hour! :)
  • She always has information for what you need
  • Her great qualities: empathy, great communicator, great mentor, makes me grow, friend.
  • Love her energy, sincerity, faith. Treats us like family.
  • I admire her so much and cant say enought about her. A great mother, puts 100% into everything.
  • Can take a negative or road block & turn it into a positive/opportunity
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Clifton McDerby

Clifton started in the "show business" as a young adult when his father launched the New Orleans Boat Show. At that time, West End Marine was one of the nation's largest power boat retailers. The New Orleans Boat Show became one of the leading shows in the country under the McDerby’s leadership and was eventually sold to a global event production company. During the off season, the showroom at West End Marine was transformed to a magical holiday wonderland. Due to the unique approach, a separate holiday commercial decorating division was formed under Clifton's management and decorated hotels, casinos, commercial buildings, etc.Clifton sold the retail and commercial holiday business and moved to Houston in 2000. All along the way, he worked with international consumer and trade shows assisting in floor management, move-in and event production. Based on his success, companies started seeking him out for consultation. He, along with his wife Constance, formed a marketing and consulting firm, VIA Growth, Inc. which guided businesses on marketing, branding, visual audits, training and advertising. Clients include Mail Boxes Etc., Smoothie King, UPS Stores, DMG World Media as well as private businesses. In 2002, Food & Vine Time Productions was launched to bring consumer culinary, wine and craft beer lifestyle events to the 4th largest city in America.

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