Ripe, the new market at Éilan Hotel Resort and Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, is now happening every Sunday in the patio outside of the hotel’s restaurant, Sustenio.
Vendors from throughout the area are offering everything from herbs to nuts with Texas olive oil, lotions and salves for sale. Pawsitively Sweet Bakery even offered gourmet dog treats for the four-legged friends, many of whom could be seen at the market.
In the hot summer sun, Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices provided a cool touch of refreshment, while live music in the gazebo kept the shoppers entertained.
The scorching heat has provided a damper on the amount of fruits and vegetables for sale, but one vendor with kale, Swiss chard, cucumbers, potatoes and a few watermelons was doing a brisk business. Expect more in the coming weeks.
Also part of the Sunday market are cooking demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., which are being given under the auspices of Sustenio’s head chef, Stephan Pyles. They are given in the air conditioned comfort of the restaurant’s private dining room, where executive sous chef John Herdman showed a packed room how to make a corn soup, while the restaurant’s general manager, Philippe Placé, mixed up Passion Chile Margaritas, one of Pyles’ specialties.
Pyles also offers special Ripe Market Dinners on the night before the market sale. The next is set for Sept. 28 and will feature Pyles using foods from Farmhouse Delivery, an Austin produce merchant that also handles artisan foodstuff. For reservations, call (210) 598-2950.
Working with Pyles on Ripe is cookbook author Paula Disbrowe.