July and August
Pearl Farmers Market goes on summer hours to help vendors and customers beat the heat. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
First Thursdays at Pearl
First Thursdays of each month during the summer, 5-8 p.m., will be a night of special deals from Pearl shops such as Melissa Guerra, Adelante and Twig Book Shop. There will be pop-up sidewalk sales. The Pearl, 200 E. Grayson St.
Tour of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard
Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sandy Winokur, founder and owner of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard will give you a brief history of the olive industry from ancient times to the new Texas olive industry. Learn about the numerous varieties of olive trees grown and sold at Sandy Oaks. Visit the facility where many of the products we sell are produced, including our olive oil. Sample our culinary and skin care products. The tour lasts about 30 to 45 minutes and is free. No reservations required.
Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. After a tour of the orchard, stay for lunch and enjoy the chef’s Special-of-the-Day. Beverages are also available. Sandy Oaks is in Elmendorf, about a 25-minute drive from downtown San Antonio. The address is 25195 Mathis Road. 210-621-0044
July 10, Aug. 7
Wine Camp at 20Nine Restaurant & Wine Bar, Quarry Market. If you’ve always wanted to learn about wine – not only what to drink, but how to taste and evaluate wines, this Wine Camp is for you. The first sessions (8 classes per session) begin Tuesday, July 10 and continue each Tuesday in July. The second sessions begins Tuesday, August 7 and continue each Tuesday through August 28. Wine camp is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sessions are $20 per session, per person or $140 for all eight sessions. Attendance is limited and confirmation may be guaranteed by advance credit card payment. For reservations or more information call, 210-798-9463.
Culinaria’s Hot, Hot Summer
Cinema Culinaria. Every Thursday between now and Aug. 16, EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill is partnering with Culinaria to present Cinema Culinaria. Check out Culinaria’s list of foodie movies, then enjoy a snack at EZ’s Sunset Ridge Shipping Center location, 6498 N. New Braunfels Ave. No reservations or ticket necessary, just come and enjoy. Culinaria website
Restaurant Week, Aug. 18-25. It’s time to highlight some of San Antonio’s favorite restaurants offering great prices. Here’s the bottom line: You get a three-course meal for $15 at lunch and $35 at dinner. These are chef-created menus specifically for Restaurant Week. Keep informed by follow Culinaria on Twitter @culinariasa, for updates. They’ll be announcing participating restaurants soon. SavorSA, @mysavorsa will also be tweeting updates as we receive them. Restaurant Week reservations are not required; however making them is a good idea. Make your reservations by calling the participating restaurants.
In the hottest part of the summer, Culinaria reminds you that a perfect summer wine, especially for Texas’ spicy food, is a great, dry rosé. Rambling Rosé will again be hosted by Becker Vineyards, Aug. 11. You’ll participate in a blind tasting of a varied selection of rosés along with a panel who will help guide you through the palate of flavors.
Chef John Brand of Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel and Ostra at Mokara will provide tastes of food that goes well with a cool glass of rosé to complete the day.
There are two sessions: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Click here to make your reservations. Becker Vineyards is off Highway 290, near Stonewall, on Jenschke Lane.
Culinaria Summer Jazz Fest: On three Saturdays, Aug. 18, 25 and Sept. 1. Jazz in the comfortable surrounds of the Shops at La Cantera.
Culinaria has added a healthful living event to its lineup this fall.
Culinaria and HEB will be bringing you Feastivál at the Pearl Amphitheater on Oct. 7, noon until 3 p.m. Feastivál will give you a chance to explore a range of wholesome, savory dishes that won’t expand your waistline. Feastivál will also offer cooking demonstrations, wine seminars and plenty of recipes to show you how healthy living can be delicious!
Tickets will be $10 in advance at your local H-E-B and $20 at the door.