Archive | May 10th, 2010

What’s New at Culinaria (Besides the Name)

What’s New at Culinaria (Besides the Name)

Name change to 'Culinaria' also features a new look for the New World Wine & Food Festival.

Some new events at Culinaria (formerly called the New World Wine & Food Festival) will be on the schedule of the five-day food, wine and spirits event which begins today.

In addition to the new name, of course, Culinaria is happening in the spring, now, instead of the fall.  And it has a new partner — the Valero Texas Open.

One new event is the Bloody Mary Brunch, which is on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Citrus at the Hotel Valencia downtown. There are two seatings, one at 11 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. The cost is $40. This event is sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka, and attendees get to learn how to make “The World’s Best Bloody Mary”.

There’s also a new twist on a past favorite event. In addition to burgers and beer at the JW Marriott Thursday night, festival-goers can dine on barbecue and sample some Texas spirits. This event, Burgers, BBQ, Beer & Texas Spirits is from 6-9 p.m. and costs $35. (Check ahead — this is a popular event and could sell out.)

Craft beer and Texas produced spirits will be available for sampling. Mixologists and master distillers from Treaty Oak Texas Rum and Dripping Springs Texas Vodka will speak about their brands and craftsmanship and taste what makes them so special. At 8 the Valero Texas music pavilion, Robert Earl Keen will perform. The package price for a day of golf at the Valero Texas Open, Burgers, BBQ, Beer & Texas Spirits with Robert Earl Keen is $55.

For more information on festival events, the New World Wine & Food Festival site, is still the place to look, for the time being.  SavorSA also lists the events in our Upcoming Events section.

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Ask a Foodie: Are Kohlrabi Greens Edible, Like Beet Greens?

Ask a Foodie: Are Kohlrabi Greens Edible, Like Beet Greens?

Kohlrabi means "cabbage turnip" and its flavor is a mild version of both.

Q. I went out to a friend’s farm this weekend and we picked kohlrabi and beets. I know that I can wash and cook the beet greens, but how do I cook kohlrabi? And, can I cook the greens and eat them as well?

A. Sounds to me as though you’ve got a feast of fresh veggies to look forward to. Kohlrabi is a cultivar of the cabbage. Its name means “cabbage turnip” and has a mild flavor reminiscent of these two vegetables. You can peel and slice kohlrabi thinly and put it raw in salad. Or, you can cook it just as you would a beet or turnip, covered in water and simmered until tender. Then, cube it and toss with a little olive oil or butter, salt and pepper and it is ready to eat. The greens, too, are edible. Take the smaller, newer leaves, trim them and cook as you would beet greens, until they are tender. Drain well and serve with some crumbled, fried bacon, a little of the bacon fat and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Photo by Bonnie Walker

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