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Taste the Dream as Part of MLK March Weekend

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Taste the Dream, a gala celebrating diversity through food, is being planned as part of this year’s DreamWeek and is scheduled for Jan. 17 as part of the Martin Luther King March weekend.

The savory event, which begins at 6 p.m., is being hosted by San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside, also known as SAGE. It will be held at the Institute for Texan Cultures, 810 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

gala“This is not your traditional gala,” said Jackie Gorman, executive director of SAGE. “Rather than sitting through the customary speeches, guests will enjoy celebrating the diversity of the cultures and cuisines that make up San Antonio and the historic Eastside.”

Taste the Dream will feature diverse cuisine from around the world, as presented by five featured local chefs, including chef Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria restaurant, The Fruteria-Botanero, El Machito and True Flavors Catering.

In addition to a Latin American menu item from Hernandez, Cibolo resident and St. Philips culinary program alum chef David “Bully” Page will be featuring his Caribbean cuisine. Page recently won a $10,000 cash prize for his PB & Jellumbo Po’boy creation on the show “Frankenfood” on Spike TV.

The SAGE gala will also have Asian cuisine prepared by Charassri “Nong” Saeng-On of Tong’s Thai Restaurant. Other local institutions include Sweet Yams, where both chef Gus Bard and chef Shane Duncan will be featuring their organic and vegetarian Southern food and Alice “Ma” Harper herself, the culinary force behind Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen, an Eastside institution, will be serving up Cajun and Creole style cuisine. Harper’s food is always a favorite at annual city events including Taste of New Orleans, Jazz’SALive and Luminaria.

Alice "Ma" Harper

Alice “Ma” Harper

Chef Donald Mitchell of Chef Don’s Catering will serve as the gala’s master caterer for the evening.

Beginning with an open-bar cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and moving into free-flowing tastings with food stations at 7 p.m., attendees can interact with featured culinary teams and explore the Institute’s cultural exhibits. The culinary- inspired event will present these five local chefs and restaurant teams, each preparing a small-plate menu item.  The evening will continue with live music and dancing from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

The goal of the gala is to raise funds to support SAGE’s economic development efforts including the development of its online Eastside Business Directory, the Store-Front Grant program, which provides matching grants of up to $20,000 to Eastside businesses, and the SAGE Grow Eastside Fund, which provides low-interest loans to area businesses.

Individual tickets are $100. Tickets can be obtained by calling 210-248-9178 or emailing Tickets will also be available for sale at the SAGE office at 220 Chestnut. Parking will be available onsite. 

For additional information, visit the SAGE site:

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