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GauchoGourmet Holidays! Book Signing, Toy Drive for the Kids


Gaucho Gourmet’s Saturday Market this week will feature a Texas-sized Holiday Book Signing, with six authors present and signing four great Texas food books.

This is a one-time chance to pick up gifts for the food-lovers on your holiday gift lists, and have them signed. The following authors will be on hand Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
Texas Hill Country Cookbook• Chef Terry Thompson-Anderson, veteran chef and culinary instructor, will be present to sign her cookbook “Texas on the Table: People, Places and Recipes Celebrating the Lone Star State,” destined to become the definitive book on Texas cooking.
• Chef Scott Cohen, former executive chef of Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio Hotel and current instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Austin, is signing his “The Texas Hill Country Cookbook – A Taste of Provence” for the discriminating palate and lover of local products.
• Renowned Hill Country Chef Ross Burtwell and contributing author Julia Celeste Rosenfeld are signing their striking “Texas Hill Country Cuisine: Flavors from the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant,” perfect for all Hill Country cuisine and Texas wine connoisseurs.
• Bonnie Walker and John Griffin will be signing their recently published “Barbecue Lover’s Texas – Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions” for the guys and gals who are meat lovers (especially barbecue!) on your Christmas list.

Toys for Tots Benefit now through Dec. 13 — win a giant Pannettone

GauchoGourmet is also accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys between Mon, Dec. 6 through Saturday Dec. 13 to benefit Toys for Tots and ultimately the less fortunate children in our community. This toy drive is in conjunction with Groomer’s Seafood.

panettone albertengoWith each donation dropped off at GauchoGourmet, the donor’s name will be entered into GauchoGourmet’s biggest and best giveaway yet. The winner will be announced Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. and will receipve a specially ordered 22 pound Panettone Christmas cake, made by artisanal producer Albertengo, from Italy.

Bring toys, sample some of the great holiday gourmet items at GauchoGourmet and pck up gifts — all this Saturday.

 

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Sandy Oaks: Cool Shopping; ‘Barbecue Lover’s’ Book Signing Sat.


Sandy Oaks 2014 Olio Nuovo croppedOne of the best places to spend Saturday lunch, shop and take in a beautiful ranch set beside a grove of more than 11,000 olive trees is Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard.

At Sandy Oaks, you can buy healthy olive trees from the nursery, chosen for our climate and tended with care. Have lunch at the Kitchen at Sandy Oaks, take an orchard tour and pick up some early Christmas gifts at the well-stocked gift shop.  An especially great find at Sandy Oaks is their new olio nuovo, the first-pressed, very high-quality new olive oil from the orchard’s record-breaking harvest this fall. It’s a great gift for all the foodies on your list.

Also this Saturday, from 11-1 in the Sandy Oaks gift shop you can also have John Griffin and Bonnie Walker sign your copy — or many copies — of their new book, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” ($21.95, Globe Pequot Press). This compendium of dozens of great barbecue joints throughout the state — all visited, tested and vetted by the authors, would make a great gift for yourself, or even out-of-state friends who might be inspired to visit.

Barbecue Lovers Texas cover croppedIn addition to the book signing, chef Chris Cook will be preparing a lunchtime special from the recipe section of “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” in addition to other chef-made items on the lunch menu.

The weather on Saturday promises to be warm (77 degrees and clear) — and the drive to Sandy Oaks is just 25 minutes from the Alamodome.

To read more about the orchard, visit their website here.

For more about “Barbecue Lover’s Texas” click here. (The book signing mentioned in this story has passed, but you can buy a book at the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market, at Alamo Quarry, on Dec. 7, too.)

 

 

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Halloween Scares Up Some Fun at Area Restaurants


Halloween is bringing plenty of treats to area restaurants. Here are a few.

Authors John Griffin and Bonnie Walker to sign their new book Oct. 31

Authors John Griffin and Bonnie Walker to sign their new book Oct. 31.

Barbecue, books and more

John Griffin and Bonnie Walker will be at Texas Pride Barbecue, 2980 E. Loop 1604, Adkins, to sign copies of “Barbecue Lover’s Texas” for the last Friday fish fry of the season.

The signing begins at 6:30 p.m., at which time you can get your fill of barbecue as well as fried pollack or shrimp, have a few longnecks and listen to live music on a fall evening.

For more information, call 210-649-3730.

Copa is in a partying mood

Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, is having a Halloween party. On the menu for the evening:

  • Cocktail Specials-SCREAMsicles, Leinenkugal, Orange Shandy, French Vanilla Infused Sake
  • Hocus Pocus: Sparkling Rose & Blood Orange Italian Soda
  • Wine Specials: Happy hour all night with 25% off all wine and beer (excluding flights), $15 Make your own Concha y Toro Flights, $5 Sangria by the glass, 1/2 off full-size bottles of bubbly, 1/2 off anything from the Stellar Cellar
  • Food Specials: Belly of the Beast Tacos and Candy Corn Jarfaits
  • Costume Contest 7-10 p.m. Winner gets a 5-liter bottle of Casillero del Diablo Cabernet.

Call 210-495-2672 for more information.

Dale Watson

Dale Watson

Dale Watson at Two Step

Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N., is hosting Dale Watson and his Lonestars on Halloween evening. The music begins at 8 p.m.

VIP tables are $40 apiece and include an appetizer and a bucket of goodies from Lone Star Beer.

In addition to the concert, the restaurant is offering a haunted house and kids’ games.

For reservations and VIP tables, call 210-688-2686.

 

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‘Barbecue Lover’s Texas’ Book Signing at Quarry Market Sept. 21


Authors John Griffin and Bonnie Walker to sign their new book Sept. 21.

Authors John Griffin and Bonnie Walker to sign their new book Sept. 21.

Barbecue is so old-fashioned it’s totally hip. It’s taking center stage across the country in cookbooks, TV shows, magazine covers and in big smoky events. But no place does barbecue like Texas.

On Sept. 21, hop on the barbecue love train at the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market as local food writers and SavorSA.com founders John Griffin and Bonnie Walker talk about the savory staple and sign copies of their newly released book, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” (Globe Pequot Press, $21.95).

Not only will you get a look at this new book, you can grab some barbecue on the spot from The Smoke Shack food truck.

The colorful, 265-page book is dedicated to everything we love about Texas barbecue – the big restaurants and small-town markets, the age-old traditions and the generational recipes. Ramble the back roads of Texas with Griffin and Walker on a discovery of the state’s smokiest meats, sassiest sides, most fascinating characters and truly dedicated culinary lifestyles.

“We knew we’d learn a lot about Texas barbecue styles and traditions when we headed out in our cars last fall,” Walker says. “And while we certainly found some of the best barbecue in the world, we were most drawn to the folks who get up in the wee hours to tend the fires, load up the smokers and then often stay awake long enough to serve up a great product.”

Get barbecue at Quarry Market Sept. 21. Plus, get a great new barbecue book by SA authors.

Get barbecue at Quarry Market Sept. 21. Plus, get a great new barbecue book by SA authors.

“Barbecue is a big part of their lives,” adds Griffin. “We were glad they took the time to share with us what it means to be a part of this Lone Star treasure.”

Even if you’re not a barbecue fan yourself, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas” is an ideal gift for anyone who isn’t afraid to travel long country roads in search of new foodie experiences.

Special guest food trailer, The Smoke Shack, will be on hand to celebrate the book release, and their inclusion in it. So you won’t have to just dream of barbecue, you can dig right into some.

“As someone who learned to fly an airplane by visiting the iconic barbeque spots across Texas, I found this book to be immensely informative, inspiring and also a great read. We are happy, once again, to welcome John and Bonnie to the market to share their latest work with our shoppers,” says F. David Lent, market co-founder and co-director.

The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is held Sundays, rain, wind, cold or heat, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Quarry Market (255 E. Basse), near Whole Foods Market.

For market information call 210-722-5077, email quarryfarmersmarket@gmail.com or visit www.quarryfarmersmarket.com.

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Look for ‘Barbecue Lover’s Texas’ Now in Bookstores


East Texas barbecue, such as this three-meat plate from New Zion Missionary Baptist, is one of several styles of barbecue in Texas.

East Texas barbecue, such as this three-meat plate from New Zion Missionary Baptist, is one of several styles of barbecue in Texas.

It was tough work, but someone had to do it, just to make your lives a little easier. So, San Antonio authors and SavorSA co-owners John Griffin and Bonnie Walker spent a little over four months on the Texas barbecue trail last fall for publisher Globe Pequot Press.

Barbecue Lover's TexasThey sampled a lot of pit-smoked meats from the Panhandle to Brownsville, from El Paso to Port Arthur. They took hundreds of photos and put thousands of miles on their cars, all to write “Barbecue Lover’s Texas” (Globe Pequot Press, $21.95), a guide to some of the state’s most popular and beloved food.

Along the way they found restaurants and food trucks, converted gas stations, plate lunches sold from residential yards and even a church-run operation — all offering Texas’ great brisket, ribs, sausages, sandwiches, side dishes and more.

In “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” which is officially released Aug. 19, you’ll read about the people they met, hard-working folks with histories to tell about what they do and how they do it, people who taught themselves and folks carrying on traditions handed down through generations.

Also, the book differentiates areas of Texas and how the concept of what exactly is considered “barbecue” changes from region to region and sometimes by ethnicity.

Lovers of Texas barbecue can find the book in stores now. SavorSA will also post book signings and more over the next months.

Indulge your inner carnivore with this mouthwatering tour of Texas.

Indulge your inner carnivore with this mouthwatering tour of Texas.

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