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Koch Ranches Plans a Pop-Up Feast

Koch Ranches Plans a Pop-Up Feast

When North Carolina “Brew Chef” Tim Schaeffer contemplates the elements of a menu, he begins with the beer.

KochRanches_Logo-header“I’ll pop a beer, take a sip and start to think about what food will work with this,” Schafer says.

Koch Ranches owner Tony Koch sent Schaeffer a case of beer from 5 Stones Craft Brewery, one of the lines sold at the Koch Ranches Gourmet Country Store, 2114 Mannix Drive, and asked him to create a menu that would use grass-fed and finished beef, wild feral boar, chicken, goat and sheep raised on the Koch ranch.

Schaeffer’s pop-up dinner will be June 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St.

All of the meats used for this event are born and raised on feedlot-free Koch Ranches. They are hormone free, antibiotic free and grass and forage fed and finished. Produce used is organically farmed and high-fenced to prevent animals from contaminating the plants.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and a display of Koch Ranches specialty meats and local cheeses. Other bites include:

Koch Ranches “Hawaiian”-Style Lamb Meatballs
Accented by a 5 Stone Brewery “Aloha Pina” beerbecue sauce and grilled pineapple

Koch Ranches Grilled Goat Kabobs
Seasoned with Moroccan spices and brushed with a minted pomegranate glaze

Koch Ranches “Back Rubbed” Beef on “Toast”
Grass-fed flat iron steak seasoned with coffee, cocoa and ancho, grilled, sliced and topped with ale caramelized sweet onions, Gorgonzola and beer balsamic glaze set on roasted garlic crostini

The dinner menu:

Chile Rellenos Especiales
Roasted Poblano chile filled with Koch Ranches wild boar chorizo, roasted corn and peppers, cactus and queso blanco plated with roasted chile salsa verde and red chile crema

Wild Mushroom “Cappuccino”
Wild mushroom soup topped with white truffle foam, “jerky dust” and parmesan croustade

Koch Ranch Lamb Bolognese
Tender lamb simmered in dark beer, red wine, Texas Black Gold Garlic, tomatoes and herbs served over cracked pepper pappardelle pasta and accented by aged goat cheese

Gourmet Lemoncello Sorbet

Koch Ranches Grass-Fed Beef Wellington
Grilled tenderloin wrapped in spinach and wild mushroom duxelle baked in puff pastry and accented by a green peppercorn cognac demi-glace and plated with herb roasted potato medley, ale roasted root vegetables and crispy leeks

An Assortment of Koch Ranches’ Sweets

Wine from Messina Hof will also be served. Tickets to this six-course event are $75 and can be purchased by calling 210-858-9795.

 

 

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Ghirardelli Brings Its Chocolate to the River Walk

Ghirardelli Brings Its Chocolate to the River Walk

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has opened a store at the Shops at Rivercenter, 849 E. Commerce St.

Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

It features chocolate, of course, in the form of gifts as well as a fountain, where guests can enjoy Ghirardelli World Famous Hot Fudge Sundaes, shakes and floats and a full line of espresso beverages.

Store hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.
 
“As we continue to expand our restaurant and retail division, Ghirardelli Chocolate is honored to open our flagship location in Texas, bringing visitors and shoppers an unforgettable, sweet experience,” said Marty Thompson, president and CEO of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. “We have been bringing quality chocolate to the public for over 164 years and are excited to continue this tradition in the great state of Texas.”

To celebrate, here’s Ghirardelli’s recipe for Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies. They’re easy to make and easier to devour.

Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies
12 ounces Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
10 ounces Ghirardelli 60 Percent Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
In double boiler over hot water, melt bittersweet chocolate chips and butter. In large bowl with electric mixer or whisk, beat eggs and sugar until thick; stir into chocolate mixture. In small bowl, stir together flour and baking powder; stir into chocolate mixture. Gently mix in semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnuts. Using a sheet of plastic wrap, form dough into two logs, each 2 inches in diameter and about 12 inches long. As dough will be quite soft, use plastic wrap to hold dough in log shape. Wrap tightly; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Unwrap dough; with sharp knife, cut into 3/4 inch slices. Place slices 1 1/2 inches apart on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until shiny crust forms on top but interior is still soft. Cool on baking sheet; store in airtight tin up to 1 week.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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County Line Music Series Moves to Thursdays

County Line Music Series Moves to Thursdays

The popular live music series at The County Line is back, and it continues to raise food and funds for the San Antonio Food Bank.

Blue Highway Band

Blue Highway Band

But there’s a difference this year.

The Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2016 Live Music Series, as it is officially called, is now on Thursday nights at the restaurant, 10101 I-10 W.

Also new this year: full seating and dining are 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.

The series is now in its 16th year and “our faithful crowds have grown up with the series,” says Mike Crenwelge, general manager of The County Line.

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.

Here are the performers for the 2016 series to date:

April 28           Prophets & Outlaws

May 5              Sam Riggs

May 12            Mike Ryan Band

May 19            The Damn Quails

May 26            Band of Heathens

Cameron Nelson

Cameron Nelson

June 2              Ruby Jane

June 9              Cody Canada – solo

June 16            Blue Water Highway Band

June 23            John Baumann

June 30            Mike & The Moonpies

July 7               Matt Kimbrow

July 14             Dawn & Hawkes

July 21             Southern Brothers Tour featuring Adam Hood and Jason Eady

July 28             Folk Family Revival

Aug. 4              Cameran Nelson

Aug. 11            Bri Bagwell

Aug. 18           Jake Ward

Aug. 25           Special Guest TBA 6/12

Sept. 1             Dale Watson

Sept. 8            Harvest Thieves

Sept. 15          Roger Creager
The 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 it started, the series has raised more than 934,742 lbs. of food for the San Antonio Food Bank.  In the 2015 series alone it raised 47,278 pounds.

“Live music nights at The County Line are THE place to be for all hunger fighters,” says Eric Cooper, President and CEO, San Antonio Food Bank.  “We are so very thankful to the team at The County Line for their effort and passion and making the Food Bank a beneficiary of this great concert series.  For 15 years, two great institutions have come together with food, music and philanthropy to feed Southwest Texas.”

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.

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

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La Frite Is Raising Money to Support Victims of the Attacks on Belgium

La Frite Is Raising Money to Support Victims of the Attacks on Belgium

musselsIn light of the recent tragedy that struck Brussels, La Frite Belgian Bistro, 728 S. Alamo St., will be donating a percentage of proceeds from their happy hour this Friday to the victims of the terrorist attack.

“We encourage everyone to stop by to show their support at happy hour this Friday, March 25, between 5 and 7 p.m.,” the restaurant said in a press release.


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Peruvian-Asian Flavors Coming to Botika at the Pearl

Peruvian-Asian Flavors Coming to Botika at the Pearl

Chef Geronimo Lopez and Pearl have announced the opening of Botika, a new Peruvian-Asian restaurant. Featuring Chifa and Nikkei cuisine as well as inventive takes on classic dishes from Asia and Latin America, the restaurant will open this summer 2016 at the Pearl.

Geronimo Lopez

Geronimo Lopez

 “I am thrilled to open this new culinary gateway at the Pearl,” said Lopez. “Chifa and Nikkei were born during the waves of Chinese and Japanese immigration to Peru in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The new arrivals improvised, combining Asian recipes with local ingredients and spices, creating entirely new and exciting flavor profiles I think San Antonio will love.”

 “We are excited for Chef Lopez to introduce this new, imaginative concept to Pearl and to San Antonio,” said Shelley Grieshaber, culinary director at Pearl. “This global cuisine will be an experience that the city has yet to try, and we are delighted that Botika will call Pearl home.”

 The restaurant will feature an open kitchen and a sushi-ceviche bar with counter seating, plus an inviting cocktail lounge area with vibrant ambience and a wide variety of rums, piscos, and cachaças. Late-night dining service will also be available.

Lopez was most recently the executive chef and instructor at The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, where he led the opening of the school’s NAO restaurant (now Nao Latin Gastro Bar).  Including his home country of Venezuela, Geronimo has led the kitchen at top restaurants and resorts in six countries over the past 20 years.  For more information on Botika, please visit botikapearl.com.

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Several Area Residents Are Part of This Year’s H-E-B Slim Down Showdown

Several Area Residents Are Part of This Year’s H-E-B Slim Down Showdown

H-E-B Slim Down Showdown winners and contestants pose for a group photo, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas.

H-E-B Slim Down Showdown winners and contestants pose for a group photo, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas.

H-E-B has named 30 community members and partners, or employees, from across Texas to participate in the 2016 Slim Down Showdown. THe list includes several from San Antonio, New Braunfels and Seguin.

The 12-week contest is designed to provide contestants with the education and tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle, and the chance to win cash prizes.

In the Community Contest, 15 contestants were chosen to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and a Healthy Hero prize of $5,000. They will embark on a journey alongside 15 H-E-B partners who are eligible for a separate grand prize of $10,000 and Healthy Hero prize of $5,000.

Though only 30 are selected for the competition, anyone can follow along from home with the “Slim Down Showdown 6-Week Challenge,” a healthy living challenge hosted by H-E-B in partnership with Under Armour and MyFitnessPal, complete with recipes and workouts. Participants are encouraged to log meals through the MyFitnessPal app to win weekly prizes of either a $100 Under Armour gift card or a Fitbit. A Texas grand prize winner that will receive a $500 Under Armour gift card and H-E-B registered dietitian services for a year. A national grand prize winner will receive a $500 Under Armour gift card and personal training services for a year. Last year, more than 10,000 people signed up for the online challenge and recorded losing more than 28,000 pounds.
 
In addition, H-E-B is hosting “Resolution Solutions” throughout all stores through Jan. 19 to provide smart solutions for helping customers keep their healthy New Year’s resolutions. Customers will find various health tips throughout the store and delicious recipes that are less than $5 per serving, under 400 calories and take less than 30 minutes to make. 

“The Slim Down Showdown contest changes lives, but our far-reaching goal at H-E-B is to impact millions of Texans, not just those selected for the official contest. That’s why we choose contestants who are open to sharing their journey. We want their success to have a ripple effect in their communities and across the state,” said Kate Rogers, vice president of corporate communication and health promotion. “Our effort to reach millions is also why we hire dietitians to work directly with partners and customers in our stores; it’s why we focus on developing innovative, healthy products, and it’s why we host an online challenge where everyone can access the same great resources we provide to our official contestants.”
 
The 15 Slim Down Showdown Community Contestants are: 

Charlotte Melder, Austin
Zachary House, Dallas
Darlene Montemarano, Cypress
Kimberly Revis, Cypress
Joe Contreras, Bryan
Carlos De La Garza, New Braunfels
Meya Acuna, Seguin
Jennifer Brooklyn, San Antonio
Gracie Cantu, Alice
Daniel Prado, Corpus Christi
Michelle Giles, Harlingen
Chelsea Childress, Harlingen
Viky Garcia, Laredo
Daniel Rangel, Pharr
Brooke Cortez, College Station

The 15 Slim Down Showdown Partner Contestants are: 

Shannon Jones, Hutto
Shandi Meredith, Temple
Amber Smith, Malakoff
Willie Aguirre, Castroville
Jesse Cano, Corpus Christi
Richard Garcia, Corpus Christi
Maria Quintanilla, Pearland
Emmanuel Quiroz Martinez, Pasadena
Azure Gabriel, Dallas
Terry Galbraith, San Antonio
John Pantuso, Victoria
Claudia Bejarano, Brownsville
Robert Guerra, Brownsville
Francisco Ortega, Rio Grande City
Jabbar Al Tameemi, San Antonio

Earlier this year, H-E-B invited Texans to apply online at heb.com. Contestants were selected based on their willingness and desire to embrace the program, and to publicly share their journey and the resulting lifestyle changes through blogs and vlogs at heb.com/slimdown.
 
Grand prize winners are selected based on overall health improvement, participation and fan engagement. Healthy Hero winners demonstrate the most progress on health markers such as body mass index, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
 
All contestants will travel to San Antonio on Jan. 17 to participate in a week-long Fit Camp, an intensive wellness program with experts from H-E-B, Methodist Healthcare, Gold’s Gym and the Cooper Aerobics Center. H-E-B manages the contest, including overall nutrition and fitness education.
 
Once they return home, contestants will receive one-on-one coaching and support from H-E-B’s registered dietitians in addition to their individual meal plans and fitness goals developed during Fit Camp. They also receive a one-year gym membership, courtesy of Gold’s Gym, to help them with their fitness routine. Winners will be announced April 16 at a ceremony at the Henry B. González Convention Center in conjunction with the H-E-B Health & Wellness Family Expo. 
 

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Culinaria’s Winter Restaurant Week Is Coming Up Quickly

Culinaria’s Winter Restaurant Week Is Coming Up Quickly

If you made a New Year’s resolution to eat better in the new year, your chance is coming up.

Southerleigh is taking part in the upcoming Restaurant Week.

Southerleigh is taking part in the upcoming Restaurant Week.

Restaurant Week is only a few weeks away, and Culinaria is excited to continue their mission of celebrating, educating and collaborating with chefs, winemakers and bartenders supporting the Alamo City’s food and drink culture.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 18, and going through Saturday, Jan. 23, guests will be able to dine at participating restaurants and experience the quality, variety and hospitality that embody the San Antonio dining experience. This citywide event will highlight many of the best local chefs and restaurants, including both new additions to San Antonio’s culinary scene and beloved mainstays. All participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit Culinaria’s Urban Farm. 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.
 
Participating restaurants will offer an array of prix-fixe menus – encompassing three-course lunch and/or 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

Check out Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House during Restaurant Week.

Check out Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House during Restaurant Week.

Reservations are encouraged, and you can contact each establishment directly. For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, click here.
 
All proceeds of Restaurant Week will support The Culinaria Urban Farm:  Coming to life in Spring of 2016, the Urban Farm is a strategic extension of Culinaria in the form of education and the homegrown effort of many passionate chefs, food professionals, farmers, volunteers, sponsors and a very passionate staff.  The Urban Farm will become a place to learn where your food comes from, while chefs play a starring role in showing you how to create the best flavors from the food you can grow at home.

For more information, email info@culinariasa.org on how you can become a sponsor, volunteer or help build and work on the farm.

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Mixtli Chef Tells CIA Grads to Take Care of Each Other

Mixtli Chef Tells CIA Grads to Take Care of Each Other

Diego Galicia, chef and co-owner of Restaurant Mixtli and Mezcalería Mixtli in San Antonio, challenged graduates of The Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus to take care of each other — and themselves.

The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio campus, graduating class of Dec. 18, 2015.

The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio campus, graduating class of Dec. 18, 2015.

“You are now part of a very select and exclusive group. You’ve been given the tools, the knowledge, and the discipline to cook,” said Galicia, a 2010 alumnus of the CIA’s San Antonio campus. “I want you to look at each other — in your whites, as proud as any West Point grad. This is all you have, the person next to you. Don’t ever let each other down.”

Galicia reminded the graduates that they are entering a life of service and commitment to others. He advised them to take care of their own health, as well as their feet and their knives, and to continue to polish their craft.

“You were led here by your heart, your will to create, and your desire to learn,” he said. “Don’t ever lose your passion.”

While completing his studies in Latin Cuisines from the CIA, the native of Toluca, Mexico, was named chef de partie for the opening of Restaurant Lüke in San Antonio, working with CIA alumni John Besh, ’92, and Steven McHugh, ’97. He was corporate chef for the Taco Cabana chain before making a major change from the quick-service segment with the opening of Mixtli in 2013.

Mixtli is at 5251 McCullough Ave., inside the Yard. Mezcalería Mixtli is at 5313 McCullough.

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Whataburger Hauls Out the Holly for Its Annual Children’s Party

Whataburger Hauls Out the Holly for Its Annual Children’s Party

Snow greets children at the Whataburger Christmas party.

Snow greets children at the Whataburger Christmas party.

Whataburger welcomed the children of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home (St. PJ’s), Respite Care of San Antonio and The Children’s Shelter to the company’s home office, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with games, holiday treats and surprises.

Darth Vader puts in an appearance.

Darth Vader puts in an appearance.

It was the fifth year in a row for the event, which brought nearly 200 kids of all ages to the party, which included visits from Santa, Disney princesses and Star Wars characters as well as holiday treats and fun for all.

“All of us at the Home Office look forward to hosting this celebration each December, as in keeping with the holiday spirit of giving, it’s a treat to be able to see these children enjoying a unique and fun experience,” said Pam Cox, vice president of communications for Whataburger. “We have incredibly loyal customers in San Antonio and across the areas we serve, and thanks to their support, we’re able to transform our office into a winter wonderland for these kids complete with decorations, treats, carolers and even Disney princesses and Star Wars characters.”

One of the highlights was a rare sight for San Antonio: Snow greeted the children as they arrived.

Whataburger Family Members also hosted a company-wide toy drive to collect gifts for the children of St. PJ’s, Respite Care and The Children’s Shelter. The toys are donated to the organizations after the event.

“Our children have the opportunity to get dressed up in their holiday attire and enjoy an evening that is filled with festivities, cheer, and a visit with Santa Claus to tell them what they would like for Christmas. We are thrilled to be part of Whataburger’s Winter Wonderland every year, as we see the joy on the faces of our children, which reminds of us the work we do to help heal our children from their hurts,” said Anais Biera Miracle, vice president of external affairs for The Children’s Shelter.

Games are part of the holiday fun.

Games are part of the holiday fun.

“Our children are so blessed to be included in the Whataburger Winter Wonderland,” said Antonio Fernandez, interim CEO of St. PJ’s. “Our children have witnessed so much sadness in their young lives. This event will create wonderful, happy memories to last a lifetime.”

“Respite Care is honored for our children to participate in the Winter Wonderland hosted by our friends at Whataburger.  The Dobson family and all members of the Whataburger family support the needs of our children throughout the year, and this event is truly meaningful,” said Bert Pfiester, president & CEO of Respite Care.

St. PJ’s and The Children’s Shelter have been serving the children of San Antonio for more than a century. St. PJ’s cares for more than 1,500 children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect each year. Services also include foster care, adoption, community counseling and emergency assistance for families in need. The Children’s Shelter offers emergency shelter and residential treatment for children in crisis and helps children find permanent homes through foster care and adoption. Our Family Strengthening programs teach nurturing parenting skills to vulnerable families and help families overcome crises. Respite Care was established in the mid-1980s and provides support to families of children with developmental disabilities and child abuse victims.

Disney princesses add to the holiday cheer.

Disney princesses add to the holiday cheer.

Who wants a hug?

Who wants a hug?

Games galore.

Games galore.

Who can resist a superhero or super villain?

Who can resist a superhero or super villain?

Cinderella greets a real-life princess.

Cinderella greets a real-life princess.

Who's that under the hood?

Who’s that under the hood?

 

 

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Nutcracker Sweets Returns!

Nutcracker Sweets Returns!

The popular Nutcracker Sweets holiday tasting event returns on Monday, December 14, 2015, promising more wonderful dishes from some of the city’s top chefs. Once again, the event will be hosted by the Tobin Center and benefit the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio.

nutcrackersGuests will enjoy both savory and sweet treats – from smoked salmon and candied pork belly to gelato and dessert nachos – as well as live jazz, a ballet performance, and upscale silent auction items.

Nutcracker Sweets runs from 5:30 – 8 p.m., making it a perfect after-work social event, even for working parents. “We encourage moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, to support the shelter as they celebrate the holidays,” says Marta Prada Peláez, BWCS president/CEO. “Nutcracker Sweets is a great way to kick off the holiday season by helping others in our community. After all, domestic violence is a year-round local issue that knows no socio-economic boundaries, and this event helps us help others.”

Nutcracker Sweets tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for 13- to 17-year-olds, and entrance is free for kids 12 and younger. All proceeds will be donated to the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter. Tickets may be purchased online at nutcrackersweetssa.org.

Participating chefs/restaurants include: A La Mode Gelato, Biga on the Banks, The Boiler House, Chef Cooperative, Citrus at the Hotel Valencia, Feast/Rebelle, Ferra Coffee Roaster, Guerrilla Gourmet, HEB Alon Market, HEB Culinary Academy, Humo Catering, KM Culinary, Los Barrios, Nao Latin Gastro Bar at the Culinary Institute of America, Pharm Table, Pullin Premium BBQ, Sysco and Tim the Girl Catering. Major funding for the event has been generously provided by HEB and Valero Energy Foundation.

The beneficiary: The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter provides life-saving services to victims of domestic violence to help them reach self-sufficiency away from abuse.

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