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The Institute of Texan Cultures is partnering with the San Antonio Food Bank during their 27th annual Asian Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The festival takes place at the Institute from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please bring your nonperishable food items to donate at the door. Also look for the special cooking demonstration by a San Antonio Food Bank chef. For more information, please visit their website.

Food Bank Presents Sort-A-Thon on Super Bowl Weekend

Calling all volunteers! The Food Bank's annual Sort-A-Thon will take place the Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl weekend. Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts to sort food donations. Shifts are available on Friday (Jan. 31) and Saturday (Feb. 1) from 9 a.m. - noon; 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Email volunteer@safoodbank.org to reserve your shift.

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Texas Hill Country Named One of 10-best Worldwide Wine Destinations

The Texas Hill Country Wineries was selected one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in their January issue.  The non-profit association boasts 38 wineries located in Central Texas. Each year, the magazine narrows from the hundreds of global wine regions they visit to just 10 for this annual ‘best of’ list.  Included among the selected wine regions, Texas Hill Country is one of only three regions from the United States.  Alexis Korman, senior associate editor for Wine Enthusiast Media, visited the Texas Hill Country in fall of 2013, identifying all six wineries she toured in the article. “Visitors may flock to Texas Hill Country to sip wine,” says Korman, “but they end up drinking in the romance of the Old West, too.” “It is an honor to be included in the list of prominent wine regions from around the world,” says January Wiese, executive director of Texas Hill Country Wineries. Bending Branch1Texas is the No. 5 wine-producing state in the United States with the Texas Hill Country AVA being the second largest in the nation.  Spanish and Italian varietals grow well in the Hill Country including tempranillo, viognier, sangiovese and tannat.  The six wineries mentioned in the article were: Lewis Wines, Flat Creek Estate, Perissos Vineyards and Winery, Pedernales Cellars, Bending Branch Winery and Driftwood Estate Winery. For additional information on Texas Hill Country Wineries and member wineries, please visit www.TexasWineTrail.com. Ruth’s Chris River Walk offering Sizzling River Barge Dining Ruth's Chris on the River Walk will be offering a River Barge Dining Package, and is available for Lunch or Dinner beginning Jan. 28. Board the barge at Ruth’s Chris patio and have a leisurely 30 minute glide along the Riverwalk with wine, beer or margaritas and hors d’oeuvres. Then, disembark at Ruth’s Chris Patio to finish off the evening with some of the restaurant's famous dinner items.
Ruth's Chris's Filet Mignon

Ruth's Chris's Filet Mignon

The River Barge menu is $125 per person and includes two glasses of house wine, beer or house margarita. A maximum of 16 guests can be accommodated on the barge, and complimentary valet parking is provided The menu includes a choice of appetizers, and drinks on the barge. Then, dinner on the patio offers a choice of salads, entree, side dishes and a choice of desserts.  Contact Information & Reservations: Rose Taylor, sales manager at 210.227.8847 or you may visit  www.ruthschrissa.com and click on reservations -- River Barge Dining.     Cowboy Breakfast kicks off the SA Stock Show & Rodeo It's coming right up this Friday, Jan. 24. The 36th annual Cowboy's Breakfast is from 4:30-8:30 a.m. at the Cowboys Dancehall parking lot, 3030 N.E. Loop 410. It is sponsored by Jordon Ford. This year,  to help reduce the lines when serving  upwards of 50,000 early-rising fans, the world's largest free breakfast has been streamlined to speed up service. Display booths that previously were near the cooking tent will be moved to the west side of the parking lot to help relieve confusion and congestion at the serving lines. Plus, instead of just one serving line for hot coffee, two more will be added -- one near the Cowboys Dancehall sign and another on the west side of the parking lot. "We really appreciate so many people showing up so early in the morning to celebrate the unofficial kickoff to the (San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo) and help raise funds for St. Philip's College's Culinary Arts Program so we're doing what we can to reduce the time they have to wait," said Bill Massey, chairman of the board of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation.
A souvenir of Cowboy Breakfasts past.
A souvenir of Cowboy Breakfasts past.
The foundation presented a $15,000 check in July that provided 17 scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program, one of only 25 in the world rated exemplary by the American Culinary Foundation. Emcee of the event will be Jackie Van De Walle, chairman emeritus of the Alamo Colleges Foundation. There will be live music throughout the morning with Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band.  Flores ended 2013 on a high note with the single "Let Your Lonesome End With Me" at No. 2 on the Texas Regional Radio Report's last tracking in mid-December. Also, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, the Cowboy Breakfast will deliver tacos and biscuits and gravy to the Warrior Family Support Center for wounded warriors, their families and support staff to show its support and appreciation. Free shuttle buses will run continuously to and from the Cowboy Breakfast from the parking lot of the Santikos Realto Theater, 2938 N.E. Loop 410. Parking also will be available onsite at Cowboys Dancehall, but the lot overflows early. With the help of more than 300 volunteers and dozens of sponsors, the Cowboy Breakfast Sponsored by Jordan Ford, the unofficial kickoff of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, serves a variety of free tacos, taquitas, Pioneer Flour Mills biscuits and gravy, Kiolbassa sausage and barbecue, all washed down with thousands of gallons of McDonald's coffee. See more information here.
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