The Veranda Is Opening Where the Lodge Used to Be

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The Palm has new lunch options.

The Palm has new lunch options.

The Veranda, a special events center, is opening this spring in the castle of Castle Hills, the space that used to house Jason Dady’s the Lodge.

A sign in front of the space, 1746 Lockhill Selma, promises to be open this spring, though a date is not mentioned.

The Veranda’s website doesn’t offer much more information, except to say that it can be used for weddings as well as corporate and social events. Contact the Veranda at either (210) 366-1220 or at

The Granary serves some Ideas in Food

The Granary ŒCue & Brew at the Pearl Brewery, 602 Avenue A., is having its first Collaborative Chef Dinner and Workshop this Monday and Tuesday, featuring chef Alex Talbot of Ideas in Food.

Talbot, who’s part o the Ideas in Food workshop in Pennsylvania, will be leading an all day, hands-on, workshop on Monday to help San Antonio food service professionals expand and develop their cooking skills. The subject of this industry-specific workshop will be Making Tastier Food: The Role of Science, Technology and Creativity.

Then, on Tuesday, Talbot and the Granary crew will put that information to good use in creating a six-course tasting menu that will be offer that night in lieu of the normal dinner menu. The final menu will showcase elements of smoke and live fire and will include a beer pairing option. At the event, attendees can purchase a signed copy of Talbot’s book, “Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work.”

The dinner is priced at $70 a person plus alcohol and is limited to 70 people. The Monday workshop is limited to five. For more information or reservations, call (210) 228-0124 or email

EZ’s says sí to Síclovía

Every Tuesday from now through through June 26, all San Antonio EZ’s locations will be supporting Síclovía by donating 10 percent of pre-tax proceeds through the restaurant’s receipt drop program.

At the counter area at each EZ’s location in San Antonio, guests will see a specially designed box in which they can drop receipts after they pick up their order. From the tally of these receipts, EZ’s will make a monthly cash donation to the YMCA.

“This is the second year that EZ’s has supported us,” said Sandy Morander, President and CEO of the YMCA Greater San Antonio. “We are so appreciative of their continued support and Suzy Monford’s involvement in our program.”

Monford, president and CEO of EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill, serves on the YMCA’s board of directors and is also an active member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council.

Síclovía is a partnership between the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and the City of San Antonio to create a safe place to walk, bike, jog and do other outdoor activities.

Bin 555

Bin 555

Brunch and oysters at Bin 555

Bin 555 at the Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, is now serving Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to a menu of brunch favorites, you can get a carafe of mimosas for $10 as well as a sriracha and bacon Bloody Mary to open your eyes.

On Tuesdays, Bin 555 is having a party in the beer garden featuring oysters for $1 apiece as well as an appearance from the DUK Truck. The oysters are served starting at 5 p.m. and you’d better hurry because they disappear quickly, from what I’m told.

For information, call (210) 496-0555.

Lunch at the Palm on your time

The Palm, 233 E. Houston St., has a new lunch menu designed for those who operating on a tight schedule. The promise is that you can get in and out of the restaurant in under an hour and still enjoy the likes of Grilled Cloak & Dagger Sandwich, Chicken & Avocado Sandwich, Nova Scotia Lobster BLT, Filet Mignon Medallions, Blackened Prime New York Steak Chop-Chop Salad, or a soup, salad and half sandwich combination.

The Palm still offers its Power Lunch menu for $25.90, which includes three courses, starting with soup or salad, followed by the likes of Chicken Parmigiana, Atlantic Salmon Fillet, Filet Mignon Medallions and the chef’s fish of the day. A side dish is included, as is dessert.

Living in a “Mad Men” world? There’s also the 1-Martini Lunch Club, which includes a premium martini or wine by the glass for $8.37. (Despite the name, no membership is necessary.)

Call (210) 226-7356.



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