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Holidays at the Olive Orchard: Open House, Passport Dinner

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Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, in Elmendorf, will be selling its newly harvested extra-virgin olive oil at their Holiday Party and Open House on Friday, Nov. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. That is reason enough to go. This exceptional olive oil, used by some of San Antonio’s best chefs, sells fast – and makes excellent Christmas presents.

Colorful, practical handmade gifts at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard’s gift shop.

You’ll find the olive oil in the gift shop, which this time of year will be packed with plenty of other goodies for foodies, from olivewood products to aprons and products for kitchen and table, handmade pottery, olive oil-based ‘gourmet’ soaps, as well as health and beauty products. If you have already discovered the gift shop at Sandy Oaks, there should be some surprises – lots of new merchandise – in store.

Live music, food and a cash bar are part of the fun. The event is free.

Chef Scott Grimmitt and his son, Salem.

On Friday, Dec. 14, Sandy Oaks presents its next in the 2012 Passport Adventure series – this month featuring the wonderful cheeses, olive oils and wine, as well as dishes prepared by Scott Grimmitt, Sandy Oaks’ executive chef. These tickets go fast, so make reservations soon.

Passport Dinners are set in the spacious barn that houses the orchard’s beauty product-making kitchen, the Italian olive oil press and chef Grimmitt’s working kitchen. The setting sparkles – and offers a pleasurable difference from your average restaurant experience.

The Portugal Passport Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve them, go to the Sandy Oaks website.

Sandy Oaks sells some of its products at the Pearl Farmers Market, at the Pearl on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

Also, the chef prepares and serves lunch every Wednesday and Saturday. Reservations are required for parties of six or more; all meals are served with a choice of iced tea or water. Here is the current menu:
– The Orchard Burger
All Beef Burger served with Boursin Cheese, Olive Tapenade, Salad Greens and Tomato.
Served with Baked Home Fries.
– Soup and Salad
Tomato Basil Soup and Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing and Parmesan Crisp
– Chef’s Pick
Chicken, Sundried Tomato and Feta Flat Bread. Served with Dressed Greens
– Dessert Choices
Sandy Oaks Olive Oil Ice Cream in assorted flavors / Olive Oil Brownies
Olive Oil Pumpkin Spice Cake / Salted Pecan Cranberry Pie w/ Whipped Cream

For a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit the Sandy Oaks website. Sandy Oaks is at 25195 Mathis Road, Elmendorf. 210-621-0044

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