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Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden invites guests to an evening with gourmet Texas cuisine and craft beer from Austin's Adelbert's Brewery on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Adelbert’s is known for creating high-quality Belgian-style ales. Guests will enjoy a five-course menu created by executive chef Jeff White paired with craft beers from the Austin-based brewery’s portfolio. Both White and a beer master from Adelbert’s Brewery will be on hand to discuss each dish and its beer pairing. Don't miss it! Adelberts beersThe five-course menu includes: Baby Barbacoa Puffy Taco with beef heart and cheek with red chile and Achiote aioli on a puffy flour tortilla -- paired with Black Rhino. Crab Stuffed Squash Blossoms with milk honey and pecan smoked bacon relish --  paired with Naked Nun. Spanish Black Mussels with red wine onion tomato broth, local Spanish chorizo, cotija cheese and grilled Lavain bread -- paired with Gypsy Series. Plus, Boiler House Surf and Turf: Corned Pork Belly and Cherry Stone Clams with corned beef-style cured pork belly, garlic butter roasted clams -- paired with Scratchin’ Hippo. ABC Bread Pudding with apple, maple bacon, cheddar cheese and custard pudding with Tripel B caramel sauce -- paired with Tripel B. Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is at 312 Pearl Parkway, Building 3. The dinner Tuesday begins at 6 p.m. and costs $65 per person, excluding tax and tip. Call for reservations and ticket availability at 210-354-4644. You know you love that tacky holiday sweater: time to roll it out!
This isn't the ugliest we've seen. Photo credit to the Ugly Sweater Shop.com where you can shop for more!

Really, this isn't the ugliest we've seen! Photo credit to the Ugly Sweater Shop.com where you can go shopping.

Cooler weather is slowly but surely rolling into San Antonio, and we find ourselves dusting off those old holiday sweaters. This year, The Brooklynite wants to see the tackiest ones you own.  On Wednesday, November 27, The Brooklynite is hosting a Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest and Party, and the lucky contest winner will receive a gift card to The Brooklynite at midnight. Imbibers will enjoy specials on cocktails from 5-10 p.m., including the new cocktail, Too Tall for Fall -- a concoction of apricot brandy, house ginger beer, apple bitters, cinnamon and lemon, for $6. The Brooklynite is at 516 Brooklyn Ave., 210-444-0707   Holiday chocolate and coffee event our favorite present: a discount!                GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, is having a grand holiday chocolate and coffee event on Nov. 30. This event at their store at 935 Isom Road features 20 percent off  special on their wide selection of French produced chocolates by Valrhona and Cacao Barry as well as 20 percent off all organic and locally roasted Ferra Coffee. Gaucho Gourmet chocolateCustomers will be able to taste the different types coffees paired with fine chocolate and sample delicious desserts made with the featured products. Take home simple recipes to create desserts for your own holiday feast and watch pastry chef Melissa Beverage demo how to make chocolate mousse at 10.30 a.m.. Also, Gaucho Gourmet's holiday sweets have arrived. Choose from among artisan panettone, from Albertengo & Maina traditional, cioccolato, moscato, apricot and pandoro. Also, for great gift possibilities, pick up nougats: torrone, turron, panforte, marzipan and almonds. Finally, Italy’s great collection of holiday cookies will be generously represented, plus mantecados and polvorones, chocolate truffles, Perugina Baci and chocolate-covered breadsticks. Gaucho Gourmet hours are Monday through  Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional info visit www.gauchogourmet.com. Call them at 210-277-7930. wine whiteTaste a Tuscan Holiday at Luce Wine is a very important part of an experience at Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, The Super Tuscan Wine Dinner includes the unique opportunity to sample the following World Class Super Tuscan Wines, Ornellaia & Ornellaia Masseto.  See all of the tasty details below.

Call 210-561-9700 for reservations; $100 per person. Luce is at 11255 Huebner Road.

A wine dinner at Luce is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and to have an elegant and relaxing night out with family, says owner Joe Buonincontri.

Menu: Antipasti: Salami Assortiti , or assorted Tuscan meats; Crostone alla Toscana (Toasted Bread topped with Sausage, Pancetta, Mushroom); Crespelle alla Fiorentina (Spinach Filled Crepes with Bechamel Sauce). Zuppa: Zuppa di Lenticche (Puree of Lentils, Carrots, Onions, Potato); Gran Piastre (Entree) Costolette di Vitello (veal chop); Dessert, Pannetone with Vanilla Gelato. Wines included are:
  • Villa Sandi Prosecco
  • 2011 Frescobaldi: Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni
  • 2011 Ornellaia Le Volte
  • 2009 Frescobaldi Mormoreto
  • 2010 Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 6
  • 2011 Coppo Moscato d’ Asti
Choco Patisserie closing Choco Patisserie, 13523 Nacogdoches Road, is closing Nov. 27. You have a few more days to get some of their wonderful baked goods.
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