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A Food Hall Comes to the Pearl in Late July

A Food Hall Comes to the Pearl in Late July

The Good Kind

Pearl is excited to announce the opening of San Antonio’s first food hall, The Bottling Department Food Hall at 312 Pearl Parkway, in late July. 

Bud’s Rotisserie

The Bottling Department will house five independently owned food vendors that span a wide range of cuisine, along with a bar serving wine and beer curated in partnership with High Street Wine.

“The opening of The Bottling Department marks a poignant milestone in the completion of the renovation of the original 18-acre Pearl Brewery property. We can’t think of a more fitting homage to the rich history of this neighborhood than to create a place where San Antonio can come together to make and share great food and camaraderie,” said Pearl chief marketing officer Elizabeth Fauerso.

The new tenants include:

Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, specializing in Southern comfort food with a soul deep in the heart of Louisiana. Pieter and Susan Sypesteyn of Cookhouse and NOLA Brunch & Beignets are behind the venture. The menu will revolve around Bud’s slow-cooked porchetta and signature rotisserie chicken, which will make for a fast casual dining experience that is heartwarming and mouthwatering. Guests can choose from side dishes jambalaya, Cajun cornbread, candied yams, potatoes roasted in drippings, and more.

Fetcher’s

Fletcher’s, an all-American hamburger concept from chef Sergio Remolina. Focused on quality ingredients, the unique patty is made of a short rib, chuck, and brisket blend and served with artisan lettuce and sugar cane ketchup on brioche buns from Tribeca Ovens. The menu will also feature hot dog sausages made from 100 percent organic Texas Akaushi beef, organic chicken from Red Bird Farms and milk shakes.

Maybelle’s, a doughnut shop from Charlie Biedenharn, Anne Ng, and Jeremy Mandrell, the team behind Bakery Lorraine. The shop will offer gourmet donuts made fresh daily, kolaches, fried pies and Merit coffee.

Tenko, a ramen bar and first fast casual concept from industry veterans chef Quealy Watson (of The Monterey and Hot Joy) and business partner Jennifer Dobbertin. The menu focuses on ramen and a handful of small Japanese accompaniments with dishes such as the spicy miso tonkotsu ramen, crispy barbacoa gyozas with togarashi salsa ranch and chicken fajita karaage with black pepper ponzu.

Tenko Ramen

The Good Kind, a modern market and cafe from Tim McDiarmid, offering food and lifestyle choices that encourage a more balanced and sustainable life. The Good Kind is food you feel good about eating everyday and is based on the vision of providing the San Antonio community with food that is clean, nourishing, sustainable, and delicious.

Originally constructed in 1894, the Pearl Bottling House was destroyed in a fire in 2003. Clayton & Little Architects were responsible for the redesign and pulled its architectural cues from historic photos and original drawings. Many salvaged materials were incorporated into the building façade, restoring the building and reviving the classic little jewel. The tile throughout is handmade and meant to resemble a tile pattern from archival photos. Bottling Department is 5,500 square feet. Adjacent to Pearl Park, The Bottling Department will offer guests a place to dine, drink, and relax while enjoying interactive water features, the nearly two-acre lawn of Pearl Park, and the abundant shade of the Pearl Pavilion.

The Bottling Department will be open Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Maybelle and The Good Kind will be the only purveyors open for breakfast. For more information visit www.bottlingdept.com.  

Maybelle’s

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A Summer of Music and Barbecue Awaits at The County Line

A Summer of Music and Barbecue Awaits at The County Line

The Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2017 Live Music Series at The County Line, which benefits the San Antonio Food Bank, is back for its 17th year— again on Thursday nights.  This very popular live music series will run through Aug. 28 at The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at 10101 I-10 W.

Full seating and dining will again be available on the patio beginning each concert night at 6 p.m. through the end of the concert at 9:30 p.m. Happy hour will run inside and outside of the restaurant, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. on concert days.

As always, this live music series is free. However, all who attend are asked to make a food or monetary donation to the San Antonio Food Bank.  Since the series started in 2001, it has funded 774,679 meals because of the $94,278.50 and 48,804 pounds of food donated to the Food Bank by County Line concert-goers.   In 2015, the County Line was recognized by the San Antonio Food Bank for raising enough food to feed more than 1 million people since the series’ start. 

Held on the restaurant’s open-air patio, the headliner goes on at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine.  Free parking is available at Hallmark College, less than one block away on I-10 access road.

“Randy Goss was a food guy extraordinaire, and he knew that someone who couldn’t eat would have trouble working, studying, or simply living a health life.  His commitment to feeding the hungry lives on with the County Line Music Series, and we are humbled to be the conduit for the community’s support to nourish those in need,”  says Eric S. Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. Sponsors thus far include Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Rebecca Creek; Enchanted Rock Vodka; Twilight Services; KSYM 90.1 FM; Comfort Air; Red Bull; Ozarka; Hallmark College; and Pure Party Ice.

County Line’s Friday Night Live series will also begin again April 7. Held on the restaurant’s patio, FNL features full-service dining under the stars, with San Antonio’s favorite singers/songwriters/musicians—usually acoustical—performing from 7 to 10 p.m. through Aug. 25.

Held on the restaurant’s plush outdoor patio (weather permitting), FNL features full-service dining under the stars, with San Antonio’s favorite singers/songwriters/musicians.  Diners can come early for Happy Hour in the restaurant’s bar, patio and dining room from 3 to 7 p.m.  Reservations are welcome; call 210-641-1998 to reserve a table, at no charge. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be canceled, so call restaurant for update.

The County Line continually updates the concert line-up at http://countyline.com/I10Music_shedule_sponsors.html. Call 210-641-1998 for more information.

 

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The Good Food Awards Show Some Love to Texas Black Gold Garlic

The Good Food Awards Show Some Love to Texas Black Gold Garlic

San Antonio-based gourmet food manufacturer Texas Black Gold Garlic was honored at the recent Good Food Awards. Its Texas Black Gold Garlic Purée won in the pantry category.

The Good Food Awards are considered the Emmys of the culinary world. When choosing the winners, the products are evaluated on flavor as well as their dedication to an authentic and responsible food system.

Not only does Texas Black Gold Garlic source solely from local Texas farmers, but chef ans owner Stephen Paprocki works directly with the farmers to ensure the garlic is grown with a respect for the land and the quality of the product.

Paprocki is also the president of the Chef Cooperatives, a non-profit group of local chefs that hosts pop-up dinners and assists in various San Antonio events that support local farmers, ranchers and vintners and other groups in need. 

Only 193 winners in 14 categories have been chosen out of a total of 2,059 companies across the country in this fierce competition for the best products and brands that are developing sustainable local food economies.

“This is a huge win for us,” Paprocki says. “We’re already receiving orders from around the country. Our biggest challenge now is growing enough garlic to keep up with demand.”

It takes months to grow the fresh garlic and another one to two months to ferment it to create this uniquely delicious and healthful product that has become a professional chef and home cook’s dream. It’s become such a passion for one Texas home chef, Ramona Werst, that she’s currently writing an entire cookbook that incorporates Texas Black Gold Garlic, in both savory and sweet ways.  

Texas Black Gold Garlic can be purchased online and at various places around San Antonio, including the Pearl Brewery Farmers Market and the New Braunfels Farmers Market. It’s also available wholesale and retail in places throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit texasblackgoldgarlic.com. For more on the Good Food Awards and other Texas winners, including The Jelly Queens from Dallas and Hops & Grain Brewery of Austin, click here.

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Two Breweries Are Brewing Up Something Special for SA300

Two Breweries Are Brewing Up Something Special for SA300

Two San Antonio breweries have joined forces to release three special beers in celebration of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary.  Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling and Freetail Brewing Company, two breweries that have been leaders in San Antonio’s craft beer movement, will each release a beer this year leading up to the 2018 Tricentennial celebration.  They will then come together to brew a special collaboration beer to be released during the Tricentennial.

The first beer in the series will be released on Feb. 22.  Ranger Creek’s new San Antonio Lager is an easy drinking, approachable beer made in the style of a traditional German lager.  The artwork on the can is inspired by the Spanish architecture of San Antonio’s missions, and the colors are a reference to the throwback Spurs jersey.  Cans will be available at H-E-B and other San Antonio retailers on release day.  Draft will also be available in Ranger Creek’s tasting room and select bars and restaurants in San Antonio. 

The second beer in the series will be released in draft form only to select bars and restaurants in March 2017, with 12-ounce cans beginning distribution to retail outlets in August 2017.  Freetail’s San Antonio Pale Ale is a dry-hopped American pale ale featuring generous late additions of El Dorado, Calypso and Huell Melon hops lending rich aromas of tropical fruits and citrus.  Freetail’s can artwork is a tip-of-the-hat to San Antonio’s famed annual Fiesta celebration.    

The final beer in the series will be released in March 2018.  It will be a special release made for SA300 and only available for a limited time.  The two breweries are keeping the details under lock and key until further notice.  A release announcement will be made at a future date.

 

 

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Restaurant Week Returns!

Restaurant Week Returns!

You made a New Year’s resolution to eat better in the new year? Well, Restaurant Week is ready to help you.

The winter version of Culinaria’s Restaurant Week runs Jan. 16-28. As you can see below, there’s an extensive list of participating restaurants, who are offering a diverse array of prix-fixe menus – encompassing three-course lunch and dinner menus within two different pricing tiers: 

  • Tier 1 establishments will offer a three-course menu and will cost $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner 
  • Tier 2 establishments will offer a three-course menu and will cost $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner 

Here’s a list of the participating restaurants:

Biga on the Banks

TIER 1

Acenar Mexican Restaurant, 146 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX 78205 210-222-2362  http://acenar.com/downtown/ – Make a Reservation

Alberico Fine Wine, 5221 McCullough Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212  210-320-8466   – Make a Reservation

Aldaco’s (Dominion Ridge), 22211 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78257  210-698-9700  http://aldacosrestaurants.com/

Aldaco’s (Stone Oak Pkwy), 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258  210-494-0561  http://aldacosrestaurants.com/

Asado Seafood & Grill, 611 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216  210-377-4640  http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-san-antonio-airport-SATAPHF/dining/index.html – Make a Reservation

Asado Urban Grill, 3233 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78213  210-377-3900  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/satnw-san-antonio-marriott-northwest/

Betos Alt-Mex, 8142 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-930-9393  http://www.betosaltmex.com/

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-225-0722  http://biga.com/ – Make a Reservation

Bin Tapas Bar, 511 E. Grayson, San Antonio, TX 78215  210-994-8099  facebook.com/thebintapasbar/

Bite, 1012 S Presa, San Antonio, TX 78210  210-532-2551  http://www.biterestaurantsa.com/ – Make a Reservation

Bliss, 926 S. Presa Street, San Antonio, TX 78210  210-225-2547  http://www.foodisbliss.com/ – Make a Reservation

Bite

Bob’s Steak and Chop House, 5815 Rim Pass Dr., San Antonio, TX 78257  210-222-2627  http://www.bobs-steakandchop.com/locations/san-antonio/ – Make a Reservation

Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Pkwy, Building 3, San Antonio, TX 78215  210-354-4644  www.boilerhousesa.com/ – Make a Reservation

Botika, 301 Pearl Pkwy #111, San Antonio, TX 78215  210-670-7684  http://botikapearl.com/ – Make a Reservation

Boudro’s Texas Bistro, 421 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 78205  210-224-8484  http://www.boudros.com/

Chart House, 739 E Cesar Chavez, San Antonio, TX 78205  210 223-3101 http://www.chart-house.com/ – Make a Reservation

Chez Vatel Bistro, 218 E Olmos Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212  210-828-3141  http://chezvatelbistro.com/

Cooper’s Meat Market, 6002 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-820-3838  http://www.coopersmeatmarket.com/

Cover 3, 1806 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78212  210-479-9700  http://cover-3.com/

Cypress Grille, 170 S. Main, Boerne, TX 78006  (830) 248-1353  http://www.cypressgrilleboerne.com/ – Make a Reservation

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, 6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216  210-979-6565  doughpizzeria.com – Now taking reservations by phone.
Dough’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Frank, 1150 S. Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78210  (210) 265-5292  hotdogscoldbeer.com

Grayze, 521 East Grayson Street, San Antonio TX 78215  210-481-8776  http://www.grayzeongrayson.com/home.html – Make a Reservation

Grey Moss Inn, 19010 Scenic Loop Road, San Antonio, TX 78023  210-695-8301  grey-moss-inn.com

Hotel Havana – Ocho, 1015 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-222-2008 http://havanasanantonio.com/restaurant-and-bar/ocho/
Ocho’s Dinner Menu

Houlihan’s – Blanco , 938 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78232  210-494-3371  http://www.houlihans.com/

Houlihan’s – Live Oak, 14601 IH 35 North, San Antonio, TX 78154  210-651-4744  http://www.houlihans.com/

J-Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78258  210-764-1604  http://jprimesteakhouse.com/

Kimura Ramen Shop, 152 E Pecan St #102, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-444-0702  http://www.kimurasa.com/

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio, TX 78232 210-404-2221 http://kirbyssteakhouse.com/locations/san-antonio/ – Make a Reservation

Kona Grill, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256 210-877-8355  http://www.konagrill.com/ – Make a Reservation

La Cantera Resort & Spa – Primero Cantina, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256  210-558-6500  https://www.destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa/dining/primero-cantina-restaurant – Make a Reservation

La Cantera Resort & Spa – SweetFire Kitchen, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256 210-558-6500  https://www.destinationhotels.com/la-cantera-resort-and-spa/dining/sweetfirekitchen – Make a Reservation

La Fogata, 2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213 210-340-1337  www.lafogata.com

La Frite Belgian Bistro, 728 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-224-7555  http://www.lafritesa.com/

Landry’s Seafood, 517 N Presa St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-229-1010  http://www.landrysseafood.com/ – Make a Reservation

Las Ramblas at Hotel Contessa, 306 West Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-298-8040 http://www.thehotelcontessa.com/las_ramblas/ – Make a Reservation 

Liberty Bar

Liberty Bar, 1111 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78210 210-227-1187  http://www.liberty-bar.com/

Luke, 125 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-227-5853  www.lukesanantonio.com/ – Make a Reservation

Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256 P 210-694-3550  http://neimanmarcus.com/ – Make a Reservation

Market on Houston, 205 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205 P 210-554-1721  http://www.marketonhouston.com/ – Make a Reservation

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E Basse Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78209 P 210-444-9547  http://maxswinedive.com/ – Make a Reservation
Max’s Lunch Menu / Max’s Dinner Menu 

Mimosa Restaurant and Lounge, 14415 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216  210 408-2670  www.MimosaSA.com – Make a Reservation
Mimosa’s Dinner Menu 

Mokara Hotel & Spa – Ostra, 212 W Crockett Street, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-396-5817 W http://www.mokarahotels.com/sanantonio/dining.html Make a Reservation

Luke

Morton’s Steakhouse, 300 E Crockett St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-228-0700  http://www.mortons.com/sanantonio/ – Make a Reservation

Nao: Latin Gastro Bar, 312 Pearl Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78215  210-554-6484  http://www.naorestaurant.com/

Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House, 214 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-375-4082  http://www.nectarsa.com/
Nectar’s Dinner Menu (Weeks 1 & 2)

Omni Colonnade – Bolo’s Rotisserie Grille, 9821 Colonnade Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78230  210-699-5864  http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-antonio/dining/bolos

Omni La Mansion del Rio Riverwalk – Las Canarias, 112 College St. San Antonio, TX 78205  210-518-1063  http://omnihotels.com/ – Make a Reservation

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W Crockett St #101, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-227-2782  http://www.paesanosriverwalk.com/ – Make a Reservation

Piranha Killer Sushi, 260 E Basse Rd #101, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-822-1088  http://piranhakillersushi.com/

Reds, Whites and Brews Restaurant, 15614 Huebner Rd. Ste 116, San Antonio, TX  210-493-7599  http://www.redswhitesandbrewssa.com/
Reds, Whites and Brews’ Dinner Menu

Ruth’s Chris

Restaurant Gwendolyn, 152 E Pecan Street, #100 San Antonio, TX 78205  210-222-1849  restaurantgwendolyn.com/ – Make a Reservation

Rossini Italian Bistro, 2195 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213  210-615-7270  http://www.rossinibistro.com/

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio, TX 78216  210-821-5051  http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/san-antonio-north-airport – Make a Reservation

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – La Cantera, 17803 La Cantera Pkwy #8110, San Antonio, TX 78256  210-538-8792  http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/san-antonio-la-cantera – Make a Reservation

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Riverwalk, 600 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-227-8847  http://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/san-antonio-riverwalk – Make a Reservation

Saveurs 209/La Boulangerie, 209 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-639-3165  Laboulangerie.com

Scuzzi’s Italian Grill, 4035 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78257  210-493-8884  http://www.scuzzisitaliangrill.com/ – Make a Reservation

Oysters at Shuck Shack

Shuck Shack, 520 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215  (210) 236-7422  http://www.shuckshack.com/

Silo (Alamo Heights), 1133 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-824-8686  www.silosa.com – Make a Reservation

Silo (Terrace Oyster Bar), 22211 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257  210-698-2002  www.silosa.com – Make a Reservation

Silo (1604), 434 N. Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78232  210-483-8989  www.silosa.com – Make a Reservation

Southerleigh, 136 E Grayson St, Suite 120, San Antonio, TX 78215  210- 455-5701  http://southerleigh.com/ – Make a Reservation
Southerleigh’s Lunch and Dinner Menu 

Sukeban, 1420 S. Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78204  (210) 562-3231  Facebook.com/sukebansushi

Supper at Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson, San Antonio, TX 78215  210-448-8351  http://www.supperatemma.com/

Sustenio, 17103 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256  210-598-2950  http://eilanhotel.com/dining/dining-rooms/ – Make a Reservation
Sustenio’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Southerleigh

Texas de Brazil, 313 E Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-299-1600  www.texasdebrazil.com/ – Make a Reservation
Texas De Brazil’s Dinner Menu

The Clean Plate, 1022 N. Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212  (210) 229-9866  thecleanplatesanantonio.com

The General Public, 17619 La Cantera Pkwy Ste 102, San Antonio, TX 78257  210-920-1101  thegenpublic.com – Make a Reservation

The Melting Pot, 14855 Blanco Road, Suite #110, San Antonio, TX  210-479-6358  meltingpot.com/sanantonio – Make a Reservation

The Well, 5539 UTSA Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78249  (210) 877-9099  thewellsanantonio.com

The Hoppy Monk, 1010 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232  210-545-3330  http://www.thehoppymonk.com/

Tiu Steppi’s Osteria – Braun, 9910 W Loop 1604 #123, San Antonio, TX 78254  210-688-9885  http://www.tiusteppis.com/braun-location.html

Wildfish

Tiu Steppi’s Osteria – Bulverde, 17230 Bulverde Rd Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78247  210-592-8645  http://www.tiusteppis.com/bulverde-location.html

Tony Roma’s – Rivercenter Mall, 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-225-7662  http://tonyromas.com/location/san-antonio-rivercenter/

Tre Enoteca, 555 W Bitters Road, San Antonio, TX 78216  210-496-0555  http://treenoteca.com/ – Make a Reservation

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-805-0333  http://tretrattoria.com/ – Make a Reservation

Westin Riverwalk – Zocca Cusine de Italia, 420 W Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-444-6070  http://www.zoccariverwalk.com/ – Make a Reservation

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 North Loop 1604, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-493-1600  https://www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com/ – Make a Reservation

Zinc, 207 N Presa, San Antonio, TX 78205  210-224-2900  http://zincwine.com/ – Make a Reservation

5 Points Local, 1017 N. Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78201  210-529-0830  http://www.5pointslocal.com/

El Machito

18 Oaks at JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78261  210-491-5825  http://www.marriott.com/hotel-restaurants/.com – Make a Reservation

TIER 2 RESTAURANTS:

Alchemy Kombucha and Culture, 1123 N Flores St, San Antonio, TX 78212  210-320-1168  http://www.alchemysanantonio.com/ – Make a Reservation

Chris Madrid’s, 1900 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78212  210-735-3552  http://www.chrismadrids.com/

El Jarro de Arturo, 13421 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78216  210-494-5084  http://www.eljarro.com/

El Machito, 7300 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-314-3971  http://chefjohnnyhernandez.com/elmachito/contact.php
El Machito’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

Embers Wood Fire Grill & Bar, 9818 W IH-10, San Antonio, TX 78230  210-562-3075  http://www.emberssa.com/home

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, 11075 IH10 West, Suite #306, San Antonio, TX 78230  210-572-4382  eatgarbanzo.com

Il Forno

Il Forno, 122 Nogalitos, San Antonio, TX 78214  210-616-2198  www.ilfornosa.com

La Botanica, 2911 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212  619-886-2594  http://vivalabotanica.com/

La Marginal, 2447 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78217  (844) 663-6646  http://lamarginalrestaurant.com/

Larder at Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson, San Antonio, TX 78215  (210) 448-8355  http://www.larderatemma.com/

Nosh, 1133 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209  210-826-6674 www.noshsa.com

Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway St #300, San Antonio, TX 78209  210 822-6151  http://www.palomablanca.net/ – Make a Reservation

Red at The Art Institute of San Antonio, 10000 IH10 W Suite #200, San Antonio, TX 78230  210-338-7445 http://red-at-aisan.com

SA Fresh, 1015 Rittiman Rd., San Antonio, TX 78218  210-829-4446 http://www.safresh.com/

Thai Topaz’

Texas Meat Co., 1101 S. Main, Boerne, TX 78006  830-331-1116 txmeatco.com/

Thai Topaz, 2177 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213  210-290-9833 http://thaitopaz-sat.com/ – Make a Reservation

The Fruteria, 1401 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX 78204210-251-3104 http://chefjohnnyhernandez.com/
The Fruteria’s Lunch and Dinner Menu

With each meal ordered for San Antonio Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will donate $1 from each lunch menu and $2 from each dinner menu ordered to benefit The Culinaria Farm, which should open in the spring. 

Visit www.culinariasa.org for updates. 

 

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Put a Little Fire into Your Egg Nog

Put a Little Fire into Your Egg Nog

Michael Sohocki’s Wood-Fired Egg Nog

National Egg Nog Day is Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and what better way to celebrate than with a cup of holiday cheer as created by San Antonio chef Michael Sohocki of Restaurant Gwendolyn, Kimura and Il Forno.

Sohocki decided that wood fire didn’t just belong in the fireplace, tucked behind hanging stockings; instead he is pushing boundaries by adding it to everyone’s favorite holiday sip. He strove for a warm egg nog with a smoky and wood essence to it — and burning oak gave him just that.

With a dollop of brandy at the bottom of each mug, drinkers will experience a potent potable that has a very merry ending indeed. (Editor’s note: We have not tried the recipe ourselves, but we are willing to test it if anyone wants to make it for us.)

Wood-Fired Egg Nog

1 quart whole milk
½ cup sugar
1 vanilla bean (paste only)
6 egg yolks
2 cups burning wood (oak, hickory or maple)
Splash of your favorite brandy
Soft-whipped cream, for garnish
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Bring milk, sugar and vanilla to a raging boil. Before it spills over the sides, pull it from the flame.

Put egg yolks in a separate 4-quart bowl. Stir the boiling liquid into the yolks a little at a time, starting with about a tablespoon at a time until you see steam, then you can increase the interval to about 1/4 cup or so.


When the boiling liquid is incorporated, take about 2 cups of burning wood, preferably in small pieces (greater surface area) still on fire, and dump them all at once into the milk and egg mixture. Stir to extinguish the flames, and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes or so to absorb smoke and wood essence. Strain through fine mesh to remove wood pieces. (Note: Sohocki recommends only using clean, food-grade wood.)

 
 

Put a dollop of brandy in the bottom of a tall warm coffee cup, and pour the egg nog mixture from up high, so you get a swirling effect in the bottom of the glass (practice this in private: don’t pour it in your guest’s ear). Sohocki likes that the mixture is not the same throughout, a little more punch at the bottom.


Top with whipped cream and nutmeg, and serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.
 
From Michael Sohocki/Restaurant Gwendolyn, Kimura, Il Forno

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Shake Up Your Holiday Gift List with Tickets to the Cocktail Conference

Shake Up Your Holiday Gift List with Tickets to the Cocktail Conference

Gift-block. It’s a thing. It’s when you want to give someone something great, but you just can’t figure out what they’d never re-gift. So you procrastinate until a candle seems right. Ugh. This year, give an experience to remember at San Antonio Cocktail Conference, Jan. 11-15.

The San Antonio Cocktail Conference is coming. Are you ready?

Start 2017 off in fine fashion with seminars, tasting, parties and entertainment! Here are some ideas to smash gift-block to pieces:

For the Thinker: Bundle up a package of two or three tickets ($45-$55 each) to informative seminars led by cocktail experts!

For the Adventurer: Take them to Stroll on Houston Street on Saturday night. Together you’ll wander through a street full of great parties, filled with a live music, cocktails, and food at every location along the two block stroll. $85

For the Young at Heart: This year’s big opening party on Thursday night is at the incredible DoSeum, a whimsical playground where they can explore and celebrate music, entertainment, food and cocktails. $85

For the Gourmet: Send them on a four-hour tour of the SACC Tasting Suites on Saturday afternoon and give them an opportunity to experience flavors from a wide variety of large and boutique brands, plus time to talk spirits with the experts. $45

For the Bon Vivant: Friday night’s festivities at the historic St. Anthony Hotel are a stylish soirée worthy of that special friend. $100

For the Sweets Lover: Cookies and cocktails: two great things that go great together. Wednesday night’s Women Shaking It Up pays special tribute to women bartenders, women chefs and women in business, sports and leadership who shaking it up in non-traditional roles. This year’s event benefits Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. $65

For the History Buff: Invite them to a Sunday cocktail brunch in the courtyard of the historic Spanish Governor’s Palace and immerse them in a cultural experience filled with food and drink that matches the preserved 1700’s architecture, furnishings, artworks and iconography. Includes tours of the treasured building. $55

See the schedule and buy tickets at www.sanantoniococktailconference.com. Simply print the tickets at home, enclose them in your personal card, and check another to-do item off your list.

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County Line Gives Your Favorite Cocktails a Makeover for Cooler Weather

County Line Gives Your Favorite Cocktails a Makeover for Cooler Weather

Big Ol' Vanilla Coke at the County Line

Big Ol’ Vanilla Coke at the County Line

A new slate of specialty handcrafted cocktails for the fall and winter—as well as Texas craft beers—are now available at The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at 10101 I-10 W.

Jack Daly

Jack Daly

The cocktails were designed by the restaurant’s assistant general manager/pitmaster/chef Garrett Stephens to focus on a “playful twist on traditional fall flavors.”

All beers and specialty cocktails are discounted during happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Happy hour includes $1 off these handcrafted cocktails, as well as beer, house margaritas, Grande margaritas, Gallo Borracho margaritas, wells and all appetizers.

These new handcrafted cocktails will be available through the fall and winter include:

  • Frozen Rebecca Creek and Coke: Frozen Rebecca Creek Whiskey and Coca-Cola – $6.75
  • Whirly-Gig: Bulleit Rye, Laird’s Applejack, apple cider, simple syrup and Angostura Bitters – $8.00
  • Ribs and Whiskey: Bulleit Bourbon, blood orange, chocolate bitters and simple syrup – $7.50
  • Big Ol’ Vanilla Coke: Double shot of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, scraped vanilla bean and vanilla bitters, served on the rocks in a jumbo chalice with an upside-down 8 oz. Coke Classic longneck – $8.50
  • Ribs & Whiskey

    Ribs & Whiskey

    Caramel Green Apple Martini: Caramel vodka, green apple vodka, apple pucker and apple cider – $7.50

  • White Chocolate Peppermint Martini: Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, vanilla vodka and peppermint schnapps – $8.00
  • Apples and Pears: Grey Goose Pear Vodka, apple cider and Prosecco – $7.75
  • Coco-Rum Chata Hot Chocolate: Rum Chata, Malibu Rum, hot cocoa, jumbo marshmallow, toasted coconut and cinnamon – $7.75

Past specialty cocktails that remain on menu:

  • Old Smokey: Texas Red River Rye, BBQ bitters, flamed orange and pit-smoked ice – $8
  • The John Daly: Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, limoncello and sweet tea – $7.50

Texas draft brews include Busted Sandal 210 Ale, Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower, Rahr & Sons Helles Lager, Cedar Creek Dankosaurus IPA and Shiner Bock.

For more information, call 210-641-1998.

 

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Ready, Set, Dine! It’s Time for Restaurant Week

Ready, Set, Dine! It’s Time for Restaurant Week

Southerleigh is taking part in the upcoming Restaurant Week.

Southerleigh is taking part in the upcoming Restaurant Week.

This Saturday is the start of Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week, which is otherwise known as a food and dining holiday.

Who knows what specials you'll find during Restaurant Week.

Who knows what specials you’ll find during Restaurant Week.

With more than 110 restaurants participating, every appetite can be satisfied. Plus, your dining experience is a charitable one with every meal purchased during Restaurant Week going to help build The Farm.

Another reason to celebrate? Restaurant Week is actually two weeks long. It runs through Aug. 27.

Take a picture of your favorite meal next week and share on Instagram or Facebook with one of the hashtags: #farm #eatrepeat #SARW (or all of them!) and tag @culinariasa. That enters you to win four tickets to Culinaria’s Food Truck Event on Sept. 10.

Participating San Antonio Restaurant Week restaurants will craft a three-course menu for lunch and/or dinner for a prix-fixe price from two tiers; the first being a $15 lunch and $35 dinner, and the second a $10 lunch and $25 dinner. Keep an eye out for optional courses and drink pairings for your meal.

Click Here for Menus and a Full List of Restaurants

Ready for Restaurant Week?

Ready for Restaurant Week?

 

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It’s Time for Brunch for a Great Cause.

It’s Time for Brunch for a Great Cause.

An extensive brunch by some of San Antonio’s finest chefs and restaurants will be held July 31 to raise funds for one of their own.

Chef Ana Martinez

Chef Ana Martinez

Chef Ana Martinez was recently involved in a very serious car accident. She is facing a long recovery and is unable to work, so the food community in the form of the group Chefs for Chefs, is stepping in to be her support system. Get your tickets now as only 300 will be sold. They’re priced at $100 apiece.

Lisa Wong has donated Rosario’s North, 9715 San Pedro Ave., for the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m.

Your ticket includes:

–Cinco Vodka Bloody Mary Bar,

–Margaritas, mimosas y cerveza

–Espresso Amore Mio brewing cappuccinos, lattes, macchiattos, mochas, espressos and NITRO Coffee on tap.

Chefs who have agreed to participate include:

–Bruce Auden/Daniel – Biga on the Banks

–Jeff Balfour – Southerleigh

–Jeff White –  The Boiler House

–Jenn Stipp – Brindles

–Blanca Aldaco – Aldaco’s

–Diana Barrios Trevino – Los Barrios

–Johnny Hernandez – La Gloria

–Di-Anna Arias – Don Strange Catering

–Rico Torres and Diego Galicia – Mixtli

–Geronimo Lopez – Botika

–Thierry Burkle – The Grill at Leon Springs

–Frederick Costa – Frederick’s

–Damien Vatel – Bistro Vatel

–Steven McHugh – Cured

–Toby Soto – Humo

–Adrian Davila – Davila’s BBQ in Seguin

–Christina Everett – Creations Catering

–Stephen Paprocki – Texas Black Gold Garlic

–John Russ – Luke

–Jason Dady – Tre Trattoria

–Mark Vollmer – Theory Coffee

–Lila Bernal – Pastry Chef

–Rene Guerrero – Empanadas Chifladas

–Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng – Bakery Lorraine

To get your tickets on Eventbrite, click here.

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