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Support Hunger Action Events, Food Bank Next Month

Support Hunger Action Events, Food Bank Next Month

September is Hunger Action Month, and the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) is asking the community to join the “SA Goes Orange” campaign. Orange is the color symbolic of support of hunger initiatives.

San Antonio’s sixth annual Canstruction competition, Sept. 12-24, is part of an international drive under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration to expand awareness of the worldwide problem of hunger.

The event showcases the talents of local design and construction industry professionals and the students they mentor. Teams representing the San Antonio chapters of The American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration will use thousands of food cans to design and build sculptures to be displayed at North Star Mall. Last year’s event resulted in the donation of more than 30,000 pounds of food.

The Harvest of Hope will be Sept. 25 at 11 a.m., at the Westin La Cantera. Harvest of Hope is the San Antonio Food Bank’s key event fundraiser. Guests are invited to sample signature dishes prepared by San Antonio’s finest chefs, restaurants, catering companies and hotels while listening to live music and bidding on hundreds of auction items. If you are interested in a corporate table or need additional information, please contact Heather Roberts at 210.431.8309.

Earl Abel’s one of restaurant sponsors

Roger Arias, owner of Earl Abel’s, says his restaurant will be among those doing its part this year to support the worthy cause.

During the month of September,  Earl Abel’s employees will be encouraged to wear the color orange to raise the public consciousness about hunger in SA.  In addition, any customer wearing orange will receive a $2 discount on an entrée and drink purchase of $10 or more, $1 of which will go back to the SAFB.  And to beat the heat while fighting hunger, Earl Abel’s will be selling its new Orangesicle milkshake or float, with 20 percent of the proceeds to be donated to the SAFB. Earl Abel’s also will sponsor a team to participate in Canstruction as well as the  Harvest of Hope.

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Steven Krueger Tries His Hand at Blending Wine

Steven Krueger Tries His Hand at Blending Wine

Steven Krueger pours some Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon.

Steven Krueger spends most of his days recommending wines to the patrons of the Westin la Cantera as the resort’s sommelier. Recently, he was given the opportunity to try his hand at making some wine of his own.

He was one of a select group of sommeliers that spent time at Raymond Vineyards in the Napa Valley town of Rutherford, Calif., in order to learn about what goes into making wine. The end result will be bottled under the label 2009 Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. It will be sold only at restaurants, such as Francesca’s at Sunset in the Westin.

Also on the panel were Virginia Phillip of The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.; David Flom of Chicago Cut in Chicago;  Matthew Turner of San Francisco;  Emily Wines of Kimpton, San Francisco; Steve Giancotti of Lawrys in Dallas;  Ron D’Allegro of Knickerbocker, New York;  Jim Gallagher of Cole’s Chop House in Napa; and Steve Hirsch of Heritage, Chicago.

All of their names will appear on the back label, which will fold out and include a short bio of each.

According to the Raymond website, this was the second year that sommeliers have been invited to create a Cabernet Sauvignon blend for the winery. Of the first, it says, “Together, the sommeliers crafted a unique Cabernet Sauvignon, blended from the finest quality grapes in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties into the 2008 Raymond Sommelier Selection. The Sommelier Selection is an exclusive on-premise offering from an iconic Napa winery and a small cadre of the country’s most prestigious sommeliers.”

Krueger was honored to be included in the group. As he writes on his blog: “For me it was very exhilarating to contribute.”

The 2008 Raymond Sommelier Selection is now available at Francesca’s now for $14 a glass or $55 a bottle. The 2009 bottling that Krueger worked on will not be released until after the new year.

Also at the Westin, in the newly renovated  Steinheimer’s Lounge, Krueger offers an ever-changing list of wines that can be sampled from 5 to 6 p.m. The four-wine tasting costs $10 a person.

For more information, call 210-558-6500.

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