Culinaria, the event formerly known as the New World Wine & Food Festival, showed off the manicured lawns of the new JW Marriott Thursday night with a relaxed Burgers, BBQ, Beer and Texas Spirits.
Hundreds of locals as well as those attending the Valero Texas Open strolled the lush green lawn from booth to booth sampling sliders made of everything from salmon to pork and, yes, beef. The little treats came on a variety of buns and rolls as well as wrapped in tortillas and were served up by an array of restaurants that included Auden’s Kitchen, La Hacienda de los Barrios and the resort itself while Two Bros. BBQ Market and Texas Pride Barbecue dished up some smoked meats.
Texas spirits included Dripping Springs Rum and Republic Tequila, while beers from Real Ale and Alamo showed what area brewers are capable of.
There were also wines, ranging from the summery Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and the ever-pleasurable Jordan Chardonnay to Bonterra’s organic Cabernet Sauvignon and Ferrari-Carano’s Cab from Alexander Valley for those who prefer reds.
It was a evening made for the open spaces under the Texas sky, a perfect setting for Texas fare, drinks and music, as Robert Earl Keen ended out the evening. His album title, “A Bigger Piece of Sky,” offered an apt description for the setting.
The festival continues Friday with several events, including the Grand Tasting at the Grotto under the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St. Tickets are $60. For more information, visit the Culinaria site or check out the SavorSA calendar of events for the weekend.