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Weekend Calendar: Market Tastes, Cooking Demos and Brunch

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“Red meat is not bad for you.  Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!”

~Tommy Smothers

Through July 31, $48 plus tax and gratuity, $12 additional for wine pairings
Fig Tree Restaurant

515 Villita
This French-inspired meal starts with your choice of Zucchini Blossom Beignets or Terrine de Légumes.  Next, select either Blue Prawns Provençal or Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass.  The main course options are Pan-seared Herb Marinated Lamb Tenderloin or Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic Créme.  Dessert choices are Hill Country Peach Croustade or Poached Fruit of the Day a la mode.  The optional wine pairing includes Chateau Routas, Rosé Var 2008; Mas de la Dame, Rosé du Mas 2009; and Mas De La Dame, Rouge 2006.  For reservations, call 210-224-1976.

July Cooking Demonstrations at the Pearl
Pearl Farmers Market
200 East Grayson
In addition to fresh produce, cooking demonstrations and musical entertainment are on the agenda at the Pearl Farmers Market, local chefs will be offering cooking demonstrations and sharing tips and recipes for using fresh seasonal produce. The following are scheduled for Saturday – Johnny Hernandez, La Gloria; 24th and 31st- TBA.  Demonstrations start at 9:30 a.m.; the market’s general hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.   The market also features a changing chef’s table lunch menu by Chef Johnny Hernandez, “representing what is seasonal and regional in our cuisine.” Hernandez serves the meal family-style and discusses each vendor and their seasonal ingredients. For information or reservations, go to

“Farm to Table” Prix Fixe Menu
Through Saturday, $25, $10 additional for Becker Vineyards wine pairings, all plus tax and gratuity
Bin 555
555 W. Bitters Road (Artisans Alley)
Start with Bluebonnet Hydroponic Farm’s Arugula Salad with Sherry Braised Sweet Onions, “Smoked” Watermelon and Chevre.  Gulf Shrimp with Lamb’s Stone Ground Grits, Pickled Gypsy Peppers and Saffron Braised Fennel will be followed by Roulade of Texas Quail with Sweet Corn Purée, Summer Squash, and Honey Jus. Dessert is “Peaches and Cream” — Fredericksburg Peach Panna Cotta with Liquid Nitrogen Vanilla Chantilly, Pecan Nougat and House Brandied Peaches.  Call 210-496-0555 for reservations.

“A Tasting of Halibut” Prix Fixe
Through Saturday, $29 plus tax and gratuity
Restaurant Insignia

401 S. Alamo
The four course meal includes a glass of wine and starts with Halibut “Tar Tare” with Spicy Globe Basil, Red Pepper, and Tomato Coulis.  Halibut “Bouillabaisse” with Summer Vegetables, Saffron Broth, and Ciabatta Crostini will be followed by Pan Seared Halibut with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus, Pearl Onion, and Parsnip Puree.  Dessert is Chef Jason Dady’s Chocolate Nutella Soufflé with Nutella Mousse.  For reservations, call 210-223-0401 and indicate that you want this menu.

Wine Dinner No. 48
Friday, 7 p.m., $69 plus tax and gratuity
Myron’s Prime Steakhouse
136 N. Castell
New Braunfels, TX
Susan Ridley from Hendry Winery will host this dinner that starts with Myron’s Shrimp Custard, paired with Unoaked Chardonnay.  Tomato, Crab-stack Salad will be matched with Pinot Noir; Italian Sausage Pomodoro will be served with “Block 7 & 22″ Zinfandel.  Pepper Crusted Tenderloin with Potato Zucchini Browns will be paired with “Block 28″ Zinfandel.  A dessert will be served with a rosé.  Reservations are required; call (830) 624-1024.

RealTail Festival of Barrel Aged Beers
Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight
Freetail Brewing Co.
4035 N. Loop 1604 W. #105
San Antonio, TX, 78257
Real Ale Brewing Co. is partnering with Freetail to present a full day of barrel-aged beers.  Some of the brews available are Lost Gold IPA, Devil’s Backbone 2009, Sysiphus 2009, Barrel Aged La Muerta, and more.

Artisan Baking Class
Sunday, 1 – 4:30 p.m., $65
4050 Fischer Store Rd.
Wimberley, TX 78676
Learn how to make rustic bread starting with a biga, or poolish.  Debra Auden of Biga will teach this hands-on class; participants will take home their own sourdough starter.  Class size is limited to eight students.  To register, email with the subject “Bread Class”.  The class also will be held July 10.

Brunch at Scenic Loop
Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
25615 Boerne Stage Road
Come out for the brunch buffet at Scenic Loop Cafe. Featuring lots of favorites, such as peppered bacon, French toast croissants, an omelet bar and more.  Adults $13.95; Seniors $10.95;  kids (7-12 ) $9.95 ; kids (6 & under) $6.95. Scenic Loop Cafe is at 25615 Boerne Stage Road.

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