Culinaria helped shoppers get into the spirit of the season Thursday with its first Cashmere and Cocktails fundraiser at Saks Fifth Avenue in North Star Mall.
While shoppers browsed the store’s extensive selections from clothes to jewelry and from perfume to purses, they were able to sip handcrafted cocktails and spirits and sample tastes from several area restaurants and caterers.
James Moore from TBA on North St. Mary’s Street served up a Christmas cocktail made with San Antonio’s Cinco Vodka, lime and cranberry bitters as well as a potent potable made with gin, lime and rhubarb bitters.
Jeret Peña from the Brooklynite on Brooklyn Avenue offered a cereal milk cocktail flavored with applejack and a fresh nutmeg grating. Another favorite was a combination of Prosecco with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur.
Food included a black bean soup from Max’s Wine Dive, a quinoa salad from Charlie Wants a Burger, and Caprese salad on a skewer from the St. Anthony Hotel. Cocina Heritage Catering offered meaty sliders with a fiery habanero salada as well as a fresh salad with nuts and mandarin oranges.
Also on hand was designer Rebecca Minkoff, who appeared for a reception and handbag signing. The line to meet and greet her was long, as fans lined up to talk fashion.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Culinaria’s Education Center and Garden program.