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Culinaria & Sak’s Keep it Classy; Nao’s T-Giving Eve Blast

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nao signNao wants you to “Gobble ‘Til You Wobble” with a unique pre-Thanksgiving late night party next Wednesday, Nov. 27  from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.  Nao is at the Pearl.

After enjoying the lighting of the Pearl tree, listen to music by DJ Steven Lee Moya while you feast on Nao’s Latin-inspired special Thanksgiving menu and indulge in Nao’s Pilgrim’s Punch cocktail special.

Feast on Nao’s Slow-Fried Turkey Leg with duck fat confit, sweet chili-lime and wasabi mustard; In the Flesh made with pumpkin and chorizo risotto, candied yams and spicy marshmallow; Guajolote’s Fat Dream, an open face bolillo, roasted turkey breast, stuffing, provoleta mornay and crispy prosciutto.

Then, there’s the Feast of Fries made with house-cut double-blanched potatoes, turkey gravy, sharp cheddar and crispy bacon; and end your late night on a sweet note with Not Yo Mama’s Fried Pie made with Brazil nut and cranberry with warm dark chocolate dip.

Also, indulge in Nao’s special cocktail, Pilgrim’s Punch, made with sweet potato-infused dark rum, Averna, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, lime, sugar and grated nutmeg.

Cashmere & Cocktails — for Culinaria

wine sparkling in glassSaks Fifth Avenue in San Antonio is throwing a posh party to benefit the Culinaria Educational Center & Gardens.

Cashmere & Cocktails is on Thursday, Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and features the holiday list of Saks’ favorite things throughout the store.

Designer Rebecca Minkoff will be in the store from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  signing handbags. Rebecca Minkoff is a handbag designer known for her “downtown romantic” themed designs. Since her beginnings, she has developed into a global lifestyle brand with a wide range of accessories, footwear, apparel, handbags and jewelry.

In addition to mingling with Minkoff, guests will enjoy light fare and cocktails. Areas throughout Saks Fifth Avenue will feature different themes ranging from “Walking in a Wine Wonderland,” to “Beauty & Bubbles” highlighting a specialty cocktail with Solerno (a blood-orange liqueur) and Champagne, just to name a few.  A special treat for the men includes Scotch & Suits featuring Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.

The evening also showcases culinary talent associated with Culinaria to provide light bites as part of the festivities.

Rebecca Minkhoff purseTickets for the event are $50 and with that purchase, guests will receive a $25 gift card to Saks Fifth Avenue, at the Shops at La Cantera, on La Cantera Parkway.

Saks will also donate 10 percent of purchases for the evening back to Culinaria as a fundraiser for the Culinaria Educational Center & Gardens.

Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination while fostering community growth and enrichment and supporting local students in culinary arts and food related aid organizations.  For more information, visit

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