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CIA Announces Plans for Its Grand Opening & Restaurant Briefs

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The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio has announced its grand opening celebration will take place on Oct. 9.  In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new building, there will be campus tours, live entertainment, culinary demonstrations and tastings, and competitions.  The Pearl farmers market will be also be open that morning.  The campus offers a 30-week Culinary Arts Certificate Program, as well as culinary enthusiast classes.  More information is at

Looking for a fast lunch on the north side of town?  Starting July 13, Gianni’s Italian Cuisine will offer a buffet priced at $8.95 plus tax and tip. It will include green and pasta salads, entrées, and fresh fruit.  The regular lunch menu will also be available.

Vela Wine Bar has changed its name to Vela at Paloma Blanca.  It has expanded its menu of small plates and wine to include classic cocktails and the full menu from next door Paloma Blanca.  On Thursday through Saturday evenings, it is offering a reverse happy hour with select glasses of wine, cocktails, and appetizers priced at $5.  To raise funds for local Bexar county charities, the bar is hosting a Girls Night Out on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.  At these events, local fashion and beauty stores bring in their products for relaxed viewing.  Want to learn more about wine?  A wine class is offered on the second Tuesday of each month; the themed lessons have foods paired with the wines.

Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio
Pearl Brewery
312 Pearl Pkwy. Bldg. 3
San Antonio, TX

Gianni’s Italian Cuisine
2602 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 209
San Antonio, TX  78248

Vela at Paloma Blanca
5800 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

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