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Weekend Calendar: ‘Julie & Julia’ at the Pearl

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“The problem with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.”    —  George Miller

Movie Nights at Pearl featuring  ‘Julie & Julia’

Come to a free, outdoor showing of the film “Julie & Julia” at 8:45 this evening at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St.

For food and other activities, come a little early. These begin at 7:30 p.m.  At about 8 p.m., CIA, San Antonio chef-instructor Hinnerk Von Bargen will demonstrate a vichyssoise recipe from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and pass around samples of the chilled leek and potato soup.

CIA's 10-foot chef's hat (toque).

Also, look for the 10-foot inflatable CIA toque that’s making the rounds of community events, such as at movie night at Pearl, the Blue Star Arts Complex’s First Fridays, the Avenida Guadalupe Diez Y Seis Celebration and other events. At the toque, CIA staff members are sharing info about the latest programs, events, news on the expanded campus and the chance to win a weekend class with a CIA chef. People can sign up to win or get info on the new campus by texting: 45384 Subject CIASA or by visiting the website.

Ramblin Rosé at Becker Vineyards

We’re seeing the end of summer coming – and what better time to take a drive into the Texas Hill Country and sample a cool selection of good, dry rosé wines?

You can do it all this Saturday at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall for Rambling Rosé.  Attendees of this Culinaria event return year after year for the opportunity to sample wonderful rosé wines, including one from Becker Vineyards.

You’ll accompany the wine panel through a blind tasting. On the panel are Dr. Richard Becker, Becker Vineyards; Steven Krueger, Resort Sommelier for The Westin La Cantera; Dr. Russell Kane, Vintage Texas wine blog; and Bonnie Walker and John Griffin of SavorSA and San Antonio Taste magazine.  They will help guide you through a palate of flavors.

Two sessions:
Noon and 2 p.m., Saturday
$25 per person
Tickets are available now. Call the Culinaria office at 210-822-9555 to reserve your spot today!

Exploring the Americas at the Lodge

The Lodge at Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road, is offering a new, five-part dinner series.

“Exploring Our Roots” features a modern American interpretation of cuisines from our ancestors. Chile is the highlight for this weekend. Upcoming dinner explorations will be inspired by foods from Mexico, Portugal, Ireland and England.

The four-course prix fixe menu is $30 and will be available tonight (Friday) and Saturday. Make your reservations by calling 210-349-8466.


1st Course: Palta Reina: Crab-stuffed Hass Avocado with Spicy Arugula, Fresh Lemon and Chilean Olive Oil
2nd Course:
Pastel De Choclo: Paila Baked Polenta with Ground Filet Mignon, Roasted Chicken, Corn and Chilean Spices.
3rd Course:
Merken Glazed Salmon A La Plancha with Fingerling Potatoes and Chilean Chimichurri
Dessert: Chilean Lemon Tart with Spiced Grapes and Red Wine Reduction

This offer may not be combined with other offers, coupons, vouchers or promotions.

Good Things at Mike’s

Check out Mike’s in the Village weekend specials, including a Chicken Tortilla Soup special, a Pan-seared Black Drum over Cajun Rice with Court Bouillon Sauce and a New Orleans Pasta Jambalaya with Gulf Shrimp, Chicken, Venison Sausage and more over pasta. Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., check out the lunch specials, including Fried Shrimp or Catfish Po’ boy, Ground Tenderloin Burgers and more.

Mike’s in the Village is at 2355-3 Bulverde Road, in Bulverde.

Coming up later this month!

Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars for Aug. 21-28.  Join in the celebration of Restaurant Week in San Antonio.  Guests will be able to sample food from San Antonio restaurants at delicious prices. Three-course prix fixe menus will be offered for lunch ($15) and dinner ($35).

Culinaria, formerly the New World Wine & Food Festival, says these restaurants are already signed up: Acenar, Antlers Lodge at The Hyatt Hill Country Resort, Auden’s Kitchen, Biga on the Banks, Bin 555, Bistro Vatel, Boardwalk Bistro, Boudro’s, Broadway Bistro, Cafe de Artistes, Citrus at Hotel Valencia, Coco Chocolate Lounge & Bistro, Kirby’s Steakhouse, La Gloria, Las Canarias, Maggiano’s, Paesano’s, Paloma Blanca, Restaurant Insignia, the downtown Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Grey Moss Inn, The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, The Palm Restaurant, Tre Trattoria and more. For a full listing and more information, check out 2010 Culinaria Restaurant Week.

Hatch Chile Fest and a hot contest

Chef Jason Dady and Central Market executive chef, Tan Nguyen help Central Market celebrate 15 years of Hatchmania on Aug. 31. Central Market’s Hatch Chile Fest is Aug. 18-31.

Dady and Nguyen each brings his own style to the dishes while using minimal ingredients and quick preparation. Dishes will feature Hatch Chiles and Chicken Thighs; Hatch Chiles and Shrimp; and Hatch Chiles and Watermelon. Pick up lots of tips and sample six dishes that feature everyone’s favorite chile.

6:30 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, August 31
Central Market, 4821 Broadway
Call 210-368-8600 for reservations.

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