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Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market Seeks New Location

Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market Seeks New Location

Heather Hunter (right) offers tastes of her Cowgirl Granola to customers.

Heather Hunter (right) offers tastes of her Cowgirl Granola to customers at the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market.

Fans of the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market have three more Sundays to visit this popular market at the Alamo Quarry.

But, after an outpouring of support and offers of help on Thursday, the founders, David Lent and Heather Hunter, say they expect to find a great location sooner — rather than later.

The Alamo Quarry Shopping Center informed Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market founders that the last farmers market will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 due to an early termination of the license agreement.

Market co-founder and co-director, F. David Lent, says, “For an unexplained reason, despite requests for information and a willingness to work with the center on this issue, we have been asked to leave the Alamo Quarry Shopping Center.

“American Assets Trust, corporate ownership, has given us just three weeks to find a new home. The last market at the Quarry will be Dec. 7.

“We were particularly surprised at this turn of events in light of the fact that they approved our request for expansion—of almost double our size—and encouraged us to add more vendors two months ago at the end of September.

“We are most concerned about our farmers and ranchers and their possible loss of income only a few weeks before Christmas. All of our members count on the market to feed their families and run their farms and ranches,” Lent said.

Beets at the Quarry Market.

Beets at the Quarry Market.

Since May 2011, the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market has brought life to this center on Sundays, a day that is traditionally slow for retailers. What started with just 10 vendors has grown to feature nearly 40 of the best farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers in South Texas.

Considering the growing importance of local foods, farmers markets around the country are the most popular venues to coalesce a sense of community, of place and support for local farmers.

“We pay our rent on time and in full and are excellent leasers and neighbors. Any time the center has asked us to do anything, we have complied,” said market co-founder and director Heather Hunter.

“The farmers market welcomes between 2,500 and 4,000 shoppers each week and has received national, regional and local accolades and recognition. When we surveyed our shoppers, we learned that 95 percent also visit other stores within the center when they come to the market,” Hunter said.

“The outpouring of support we have received in calls, texts, emails, messages and in social media is incredibly humbling. We are so thankful to have such passionate and vocal supporters. We are honored that we have served and will continue to serve such an appreciative community,” said Hunter.

“We ask the citizens of San Antonio to help us find a new home and to continue to show your support by joining us every week,” she said.

The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market has become an important “foodie” destination for people who love to cook and eat in San Antonio — and they are committed to continuing this valuable addition to and tradition in the community, said the founders.

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GauchoGourmet Wants You to Smile and Say Cheese

GauchoGourmet Wants You to Smile and Say Cheese

GouchoGourmet is opening a specialty cheese market.

GouchoGourmet is opening a specialty cheese market.

GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, is expanding.

The owners have announced that they’re planning a specialty cheese market, The Texas Cheese Cellar, which will open in January.

“The store will feature a vast selection of cut-to-order cheese, charcuterie, wine, accompaniments as well as a wines-by-the-glass list and cheese and charcuterie tasting menu,” a press release said. “The store will be located by the Pearl on Broadway.”

The address is 401 Pearl Parkway, next to Stay Golden.

More details are coming soon.

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Food Network Is Looking for Its Next Star

Food Network Is Looking for Its Next Star

food network star posterCalling all chefs: If you’re interested in trying your hand at television, you may want to audition for “Food Network Star,” the show that helped introduce Silo’s Luca della Casa to the nation last season.

There is an open casting call on Nov. 15 in Austin from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, 500 N. I-35.

Essentially, we are looking for those with a captivating personality who believe they’re at the top of the culinary game and want to inspire a Food Network audience through their passion for food and cooking,” Gabrielle Goldstein, a casting assistant for the show said. The talent scouts are looking for “any chef or culinary professional who might be interested in becoming the host of his or her own cooking show.”

Chefs are asked to visit to apply online and for more information on casting events. At the casting call, the chefs are asked to bring their resume and a photo of themselves.

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Dan Barber Dishes Up ‘The Third Plate’ and More in Austin

Dan Barber Dishes Up ‘The Third Plate’ and More in Austin

Restaurateur, author and multiple James Beard Award-winning chef Dan Barber will make his first-ever Texas appearance during Edible Austin’s 7th annual Eat Drink Local Week, the publication’s annual homage to locally sourced food and restaurants.

Dan Barber

Dan Barber

An Evening with Dan Barber will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave., Austin.

Barber will talk about his new book, “The Third Plate, Field Notes on the Future of Food,” which moves beyond farm-to-table to offer a revolutionary way of eating. Austin-based musician Michael Fracasso will open the evening with an onstage performance before Dan Barber’s talk. Proceeds from the event will support three local area non-profits: the historic Paramount Theater, Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $130 each. VIP tickets include a signed copy of “The Third Plate,” prime seating and a pre-show reception from 6 to 7 p.m., which includes an opportunity to meet Dan Barber while enjoying locally sourced, seasonal tastings from Austin chefs, along with complimentary local wines and spirits. General admission tickets are available for $35; student tickets are $25.

Third plate“I can’t imagine a more inspiring event to take place during Eat Drink Local Week in Austin,” comments Edible Austin Publisher Marla Camp. “We are ecstatic to have Dan Barber as our keynote speaker. He is a forward thinking force in the world of sustainability.”

To purchase tickets: click here. Or call 512-474-1221.

For info on Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week:


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Feast in the Autumn Air at Peeler Farm

Feast in the Autumn Air at Peeler Farm

Canadian Thanksgiving logo cropped

This fall there is a plethora of chefs from around Texas and San Antonio sourcing their ingredients not just from the farmers markets but at the actual farm.

Here’s one close to home.

On Oct. 12, Peeler Farm is hosting a first-ever Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. Chefs John Russ of Lüke Restaurant and Tim McDiarmid of Tim the Girl Catering & The Special Projects Social are creating a one-time Sunday afternoon feast at the fabulous farm of Marianna and Jason Peeler.

Tim McDiarmid, of Tim the Girl Catering and Special Projects Social. (Courtesy photo)

Tim McDiarmid

McDiarmid, a Canadian native, has high hopes for celebrating the bounty of this locally raised harvest with fellow chef Russ. Located in the idyllic countryside near Floresville, the menu is inspired by the land which hosts a vast range humanely treated animals, including chickens, cows, lambs and goats.

The evening also includes a farm tour upon arrival with classy cocktails crafted by Jeret Pena and The Boulevardier Group of The Brooklynite.

The seasonal, farm-inspired dinner will end with rustic desserts by Elise Broz of Biga on the Banks. Partial proceeds from this event will go to The Raul Jimenez Dinner, a group that provides a Thanksgiving dinner for seniors who would otherwise have nowhere to go for the holiday.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by clicking here.


Welcome Hors d Ouerves: Chopped Chicken Liver, Grilled Focaccia, Watermelon Pickles; Texas Crab Deviled Eggs

Family Style Sunday Supper:  Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Preserved Lemon, Roasted Brussels Both Ways, Turnip ‘Puff’, Sweet Potato Hash, Smashed New Potatoes, White Boudin Stuffing, Herb Roasted Chicken, Cast Iron Fried Chicken, Fresh Cranberry Relish, Chicken & Tasso Jus

Dessert Stand: Fresh Fried Apple Cider Donuts, Mission Valley Grapefruit, Almond & Raspberry Trifle, Love Creek Apple Streusel



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Viva TacoLand: Party on National Taco Day

Viva TacoLand: Party on National Taco Day

Cucumber Mint Margarita

Cucumber Mint Margarita

Saturday, Oct. 4.,  is National Taco Day — and what kind of taco joint would Viva TacoLand be if they didn’t throw a huge party to celebrate?

The whole day is planned, from yoga in the morning to live music into the night, and drink specials and TL swag giveaways in between. The taco truck will be primed and ready to push out tacos all day, and  our bartenders will be armed with the best beer and booze on the river.

Margaritas are always a perfect compliment to tacos, and the frozen chamoy margarita is definitely the unsung hero of this place.

The price:   $10 Suggested donation for yoga

The time: Saturday, Oct. 4, starting  at 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The place: Viva TacoLand, 103 W. Grayson St. (210) 368-2443
Fiesta Shrimp Tacos horizontal

Check out SavorSA’s recipe for these Fiesta Shrimp Tacos here.








Viva TacoLand, an open-air lounge and restaurant overlooking the San Antonio River, offers live music, cocktails from a full bar, more than 90 varieties of craft and bottled beers, and a menu of burgers, tacos and other comfort foods. The space with nearly 50 years of history provides a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere to inspire many more years of memories. Viva TacoLand is at 103 E. Grayson St. For more information, visit

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Grow A Mediterranean Garden; Seminar at Sandy Oaks

Grow A Mediterranean Garden; Seminar at Sandy Oaks

It’s prime time in Texas to prepare to start a fall garden, but common pests and climate-related problems may have you hanging up your gardening gloves for the season.

Don’t fret! Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard and horticulturist Robbi Will come to the rescue with information on how to deal with these challenges and much more, this Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Sandy Oaks Garden SeminarWill is going to lead a discussion on growing a Texas-style Mediterranean garden and will provide tips and tricks on how to successfully grow and harvest fall herbs and vegetables from your own space.

Also at the demo, Sandy Oaks’ Executive Chef Chris Cook will present a cooking demo with fall herbs and vegetables discussed in the seminar, fresh-picked from the Sandy Oaks garden.

If you’re still unsure if you’re ready to absorb all of this information and venture out on your own, don’t worry; herbs will also be available for purchase in the Sandy Oaks shop. You’ll want to pick some up so you can , so you can practice Chef Cook’s lessons at home right away.

There is no charge for the demonstration or the samples. Please call ahead to register for the event at 210.621.0044. Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard is at  25195 Mathis Road, about a 20 minute drive from downtown San Antonio.  Visit the website by clicking here.

About Robbi Will

Robbi Will grew up in central Texas and has been playing in the dirt, smelling the flowers, and exploring the outdoors as long as she can remember. Loving plants, she earned a degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. She currently works as a sales representative for the Antique Rose Emporium. In the past, she has managed the award-winning retail store for the same company in San Antonio, Texas. Robbi has been in the Green Industry for over 30 years, working with native plant production, buying for a plant brokerage, overseeing landscape construction, and lecturing on a wide variety of plant related topics. Occasionally she eats roses for breakfast.

About Sandy Oaks

Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard is located on 40 acres in Elmendorf, TX just 20 minutes south of San Antonio. Sandy Oaks is best known for its olive trees, olive oil, and olive leaf based skin and beauty products.  With over 1,000 olive trees and a nursery that can contain up to 10,000 or more olive seedlings at any given time, Sandy Oaks offers exceptional hospitality and educational services based around the various uses of olive oil.



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Experience Agave: Culinaria Celebrates Tequila and More in Oct.

Experience Agave: Culinaria Celebrates Tequila and More in Oct.

This fall, Culinaria invites lovers of tequila to share in an all-about-agave event at Experience Agave, beginning on Thurs. Oct. 23 and running through Sunday, Oct. 26.

The agave plant is the basis of tequila.

The agave plant is revered by tequila lovers the world over.

Culinaria joins forces with agave and tequila professionals from around the country to host this weekend of tequila, mezcal and much more.

It’s a great way to celebrate agave and increase awareness through education and of course, sampling the craft of agave cocktails.

It wouldn’t be a Culinaria event, however, without incredible food, too.  This event line-up includes a dinner and other tasty offerings to accompany your tequila exploration. We will be pouring out some incredible opportunities as we Eat, Drink and Give towards all things agave.

(For updated information on ticketing and more, go to Culinaria’s website here.) Also see Facebook, at;  Twitter, @culinariasa;  and Instagram: @culinariasa.

Thursday, Oct. 23

The Tequila Dinner at Casa Hernan
6-9 p.m.

The food, the booze and the company all have one thing in common.  Love of agave.  Sample all the tequila winners and enjoy a journey through Mexico one course at a time with San Antonio favorite, chef and restaurateur Johnny Hernandez. See for more information.

Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination while fostering community growth and enrichment. Culinaria is a registered 501 c (3) tax-exempt organization. There is a valued volunteer board of directors who represent the community and guide the organization in its mission.

Venue (To be announced)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $35 (trade pricing available)

Introductory seminar.

Friday, Oct. 24
Agave Late Night (Various Locations)

At this point, you might have realized that this weekend is overflowing with all things tequila. Warm up for a weekend all about agave with a stop at your favorite local watering hole or try out one of Culinaria’s reverse happy hour picks. All participating bars are rolling out their best tequila cocktails catered especially to the dedicated tequila lover.

Saturday, October 25
The Essence of Mexico

Venue is TBA
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $35 (trade pricing available)

Advanced seminar, see Culinaria website (above)

Saturday, Oct. 25
Agave Cocktails
6-9 p.m. Venue TBA

Experience Agave our way. Take a stroll around and sample the bountiful varieties of agave spirits and food pairings as some of San Antonio’s best bartenders shake their inspiringly creative agave-influenced cocktails just for you. With San Antonio’s culinary geniuses in tow, you’re bound to find your ultimate dish to complement the agave – whether it’s a fountain of queso you crave or a more modern and sophisticated fare, we’ll have it there to help you find your happiness.

The After Party
10:00 – 1 a.m.

You’ll need an all-access pass for entry into this exclusive after party. The Broolynite hosts only the most committed and sophisticated agave drinkers. And only the coolest cocktail host will do as Jeret Peña welcomes you to Experience Agave After Hours.


Tequilas set for judging.

Tequilas set for judging.


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A Taste of Something Different: Owner’s Dinner at Sandy Oaks

A Taste of Something Different: Owner’s Dinner at Sandy Oaks

Sandy Oaks 3Saundra Winokur, owner of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard and Ed and Susan Auler, owners of Texas renowned Fall Creek Vineyards, offer you a unique farm-to-table experience on Friday, Sept.19, at 7 p.m.

Join Winokur and the Aulers as they present a unique dining event featuring local and seasonal bounty prepared by Sandy Oaks Executive Chef Chris Cook, paired with Fall Creek wines — and all showcased in Winokur’s home that overlooks the fields and sprawling live oaks dotting this working ranch.

The cost is $90 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are strongly suggested, as this is a limited-seating event. To reserve your place, call 210-621-0044. Read more about Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard here.


Gulf Snapper and Blue Crab Bouillabaisse
Fall Creek Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 2013
South Texas Black Heritage Pork – Floresville, TX
Apples and Mustard
Fall Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc, 2013
Home Sweet Farm Lamb – Brenham, TX
Tapenade and Tomato
Fall Creek Vineyards GSM, 2012
Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope – Ingram, TX
Quail Egg and Foie Gras
Fall Creek Vineyard Meritus, 2010
Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard Honey – Elmendorf, TX
Panna Cotta and Pecans
Twin Springs Moscato

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It’s More Music for the County Line on Aug. 20

It’s More Music for the County Line on Aug. 20

Have you been undergoing music withdrawals since the County Line’s music series has come to an end?

Two Tons of Steel

Two Tons of Steel

Well, you’ve been given a one-time reprieve.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., is presenting Two Tons of Steel in a free concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20.

According to the restaurant, “There is no opener and no sponsors … just two hours of FREE music from Two Tons of Steel.  However, County Line’s commitment to the San Antonio Food Bank never stops, so guests are still encouraged to bring canned good donations.”

Free music, a chance to help the Food Bank and plenty of time to enjoy some barbecue. Who could ask for anything more?

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