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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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Copa Becomes a Smokehouse on June 28 for a Great Cause


Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, is turning into a smokehouse for one afternoon in order to raise money for a young boy named Rowan.

Jeff Bridges will be smoking brisket and chicken.

Jeff Bridges will be smoking brisket and chicken.

Rowan’s Smokehouse at Copa will be held on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until all of the barbecue sells out.

“Rowan is a delightful young boy and the son of some dear friends of ours,” owner Angie Bridges says. “He has been diagnosed with a rare disorder, Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome. It affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow. He is only 7 but has spent over 800 days in the hospital, had dozens of blood transfusions, made 59 trips to the OR, yet is one of the happiest, most amazing little boys you’ll ever meet. He finds joy in the little things and never ever feels sorry for himself.

“We all could learn a thing or two from Rowan, our little trooper!”

Bridges’ husband, Jeff, will be smoking briskets and chicken with side dishes. Plats are priced at $20 apiece or $50 for a family of four. Each plate comes with a ticket good for a bottle of Pedernales Brewing Co. beer, a glass of wine or a glass of Rowan’s ginger lemonade. There will also be some great silent auction items.

For more information about Rowan, click here.

For more information about Rowan’s Smokehouse at Copa, call (210) 495-2672.

Stephan Pyles, Paula Lambert team up

Two Texas food icons are coming together to bring Italy to San Antonio in a special four-course dinner at Sustenio this Saturday night.

Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles

James Beard award-winning chef Stephan Pyles, the driving force behind Sustenio’s Mediterranean menu, will join Texas cheesemaker and cookbook author Paula Lambert for an Italian-themed menu. Each course will be paired with a wine from Italy.

The dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the private dining room at Sustenio.

The cost is $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for 40 guests and can be made by calling Sustenio at (210) 598 -2950.

The menu includes a first course of Soft Shell Crab with Paula’s Mozzarella, Local Tomatoes and Basil, served with 2011 Feudi di San Gregario Falanghina from Campania, Italy.

Next, Tortellini with Swiss Chard and Fresh Herbed Ricotta will be paired with a 2010 Edoardo Sobrino “Vigna Cristina” Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba from Piedmont, Italy.

The third course features Grilled Free-Range Veal Chop with Peach Mostarda, Brown Butter-Sage Polenta and Fire-Roasted Artichokes and Almonds served with a 2009 Pasquale Pelissero Bricco San Giuliano Barbaresco.

Finally, Pyles’ Orange-Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Chocolate Chip Biscotti and Vin Santo Gelée will be paired with a 2008 Antinori Santa Cristina Vin Santo Trebbianco from Tuscany.

 

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Combine Hanukkah and Thanksgiving for a Highly Spirited Evening


Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, is celebrating the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah (Thanksgivukkah) this year with a dinner that honors all the Balaboostas (Jewish housewives) of the world. It is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

Enjoy a sauvignon blanc with your lox and matzo.

Enjoy a sauvignon blanc with your lox and matzo.

Even though it’s not kosher, each dish is inspired by a traditional Jewish holiday dish.

The evening starts with Lox & Matzo (smoked salmon served layered over a creamy caper cream cheese and caviar on top of a crisp matzo cracker). It’s paired with your choice of Mayu Sauvignon Blanc or Shiner Premium Lager.

Kreplach Soup (farmers’ cheese-stuffed dumpling served in a rich onion broth) is served with either Sean Minor “4 Bears” Pinot Noir or Sam Adams Tasman Red IPA.

Manischewitz Brisket (slow-roasted brisket canoodling next to a noodle kugel) is partnered with either Rickshaw Cabernet Sauvignon or Newcastle Brown Ale.

And last is a Coconut Macaroon Bread Pudding with Penfolds Club Tawny Port or Coco Negro.

The price is $50 including tax and tip. But seating is limited. Call (210) 495-COPA (2672).

 

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Notes & Quotes: Ruth’s Chris on the Move; Restaurant Week


Barbecue chickenCopa Wine Bar  turns up the smoke Saturday — all for a good cause
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On Saturday (July 20) at Copa Wine Bar, owner Jeff Bridges will be smoking briskets and chickens, with sides, for a benefit at the request of a boy named Rowan. The event will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or as long as the barbecue and beer last.

Rowan, who is only 6, has been diagnosed with a rare disorder, Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome. It affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow. He has spent over 800 days in the hospital, had dozens of blood transfusions, made 59 trips to the operating room, yet is one of the happiest, most amazing little boys you’ll ever meet.

On Sunday, July 21, he’ll be 7, and he asked if his friends, instead of bringing him gifts, would donate to Kidd’s Kids. So, the barbecue will be $20 a plate, or $50 for a family of four. Each plate comes with a beverage ticket good for a Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, or a glass of wine, or a glass of Rowan’s famous Ginger Lemonade. There will also be silent auction items and some great live entertainment from The Reality Project Band.  Copa Wine Bar is at 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy.

 

Ruth’s Chris downtown location to close on Commerce Street July 27
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filet mignon Ruth's ChrisThe Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 170 E. Commerce St. in Sunset Station will be closing this month. The last day of business at this location will be Saturday, July 27.

In the near future, Ruth’s Chris will open a new location on the River Walk, that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer complimentary valet parking. The restaurant will have an extensive Prime Bar inside and a large patio with bar outside directly on the River Walk. Look forward also to River Barge Dining Charters offering a Ruth’s Chris Steak House dining experience as well.

The new Ruth’s Chris will be at the Grand Hyatt, at 600 E. Market St. The restaurant is expected to open late in September.

Feliz cumpleaños with Choripán Saturday

Gaucho Gourmet fans, when you go to GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, to do your shopping for some of the imported charcuterie, cheeses and much more, you can help celebrate Luciano Ciorciari’s birthday this coming Saturday, July 20, with a traditional  Choripán sandwich for lunch. Served this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the sandwiches are $6 each. 

Choripán is a type of sandwich with chorizo popular in Argentina and other Latin and South American countries. The name comes from the combination of the names of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo (sausage) and a pan (crusty bread) such as a baguette. It was invented in Argentina and is traditionally topped with chimichurri sauce made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and vinegar.
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Culinaria Restaurant Week Aug. 17-24

Culinaria Restaurant Week 2013Now in its fourth year, Culinaria Restaurant Week will be here soon to tempt your palates, introduce you to newcomers and give you a chance to dine out in style Aug. 17- 24.

Restaurants such as Arcade Midtown Kitchen, The Boiler House and Texas de Brazil, join founding participating restaurants such as Bin 555, Biga on the Banks, Kirby’s and more, to offer three-course, pre-fixe menus for $15 at lunch and $35 at dinner.

Participating restaurants span the city from downtown to Alamo Heights, to Stone Oak and La Cantera Parkway. Reservations are not required, but encouraged.

“Restaurant Week presents a tremendous opportunity for local residents and out-of-town visitors to discover the art of gourmet dining in San Antonio at affordable prices,” says Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, president and CEO of Culinaria. “Plus, it generates excitement and buzz about the wide range of choices and excellent food that defines our city,” she said.

For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, click here.

 

Violas Ventanas croppedA sweet treat at Los Barrios’ restaurants all month, for Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation
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Throughout this month, you can celebrate with the Barrios family as they continue to build restaurant founder Viola Barrios’ legacy by giving — and offering customers a sweet treat in commemoration of Barrios’ birthday.

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation is a charitable organization that was set up after Barrios’ death to carry on her spirit of generosity. The Foundation recently presented full scholarships that will support three young women through high school. One scholar has gone on to earn a scholarship, residency included, to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

If you purchase a slice of Viola’s Heart Cake, a chocolate or vanilla cake with creamy flan, or the entire cake, at any of the three Barrios restaurants in San Antonio, all proceeds will go directly to the foundation. The piece of cake costs $5.99 and a whole cake is $49.99.

The restaurants are Los Barrios at 4223 Blanco Road, La Hacienda de Los Barrios at 18747 Redland Road and Viola’s Vantanas at 9660 Westover Hills Blvd, 2 miles from Sea World. Or, you can mail a tax-deductible donation to: Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, PO Box 700508, San Antonio, TX 78270. Visit the foundation’s website by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch the Spurs While Enjoying a Cinco Burger at Copa


The Spurs are playing the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, in case you’ve been on another planet for the past week, and plenty of restaurants and bars across the city are planning specials to enjoy while watching the game on one of their large screen TVs.

San_Antonio_SpursOne of those with a special that had us drooling was at Copa Wine Bar & Tasting Room, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway.

The wine bar is offering its first burger, which always gets our attention. But they didn’t stop there.

Owners Jeff and Angie Bridges are calling this special the Cinco Burger, in honor of the team playing for its fifth title.

They take an 8-ounce choice Angus beef patty and stuff it with what they’re calling the Big 3 Cheese combo: French Brie, provolone and fontina. But they’re not done with it at that point. They then top the patty with a roasted poblano sauce and Fritos. Fries are on the side.

The burger is available Tuesday and Thursday during the games.

Sounds like it be even better with a robust red wine or a stout beer on the side.

So, what else can we say but join the chorus: Go, Spurs, Go!

 

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At Copa, It’s All About the Big Cheese


Copa celebrates cheese at its April dinner.

Copa celebrates cheese at its April dinner.

Cheese lovers, take note: Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, is sponsoring an Homage to Fromage during its monthly dinner at 7 p.m. April 25.

The meal will begin with Parmesan Egg Cups filled with creamy chèvre mousse and topped with a shirred egg. You can pair it with either  Bavik Pilsner Beer from Belgium or  Casillero del Diablo Viognier from Chile.

A Oaxacan Empanada stuffed with chewy Oaxacan cheese and spicy Mexican chorizo will be paired with either  Wasatch “Ghostrider” White IPA from Utah or  Hob Nob Wicked Red from France, followed by  Moussaka, which is ground beef and roasted eggplant baked with a Mornay cheese sauce and served with cheesy garlic bread. Pair it with either  Leinenkugal’s Creamy Dark Lager from Wisconsin or the Tuscan  Perazzeta Sara Sangiovese.

Dessert is a Churro Cheesecake in which the cheese is baked between layers of cinnamon- and sugar-dipped pastry. It will be served with either  Robinson’s Chocolate Old Tom from England or  Gnaughty Vines Zinfandel from Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley.

The dinner is priced at $40 a person.  Call (210) 495-2672 for reservations.

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Wine Dinners Coming Soon at Fig Tree, Myron’s, Copa


Three wine dinners worth your consideration are coming this weekend and next week.

Myron’s Prime Steak House Wine Dinner featuring Rowland Cellars Wines

7 p.m. June 25, Myron’s Prime Steak House,136 North Castell Ave., New Braunfels. $79 per person. Reservations required; call 830-624-1024.

Start with chilled coconut and crab soup with cilantro, basil, melon and citrus fruit paired with Ramspeck Pinot Grigio, followed by an open-faced slider of savory bread pudding, braised rosemary ham, Swiss and blackberry reduction with Ramspeck Pinot Noir. Apple-brined pork tenderloin over carrot and ginger spaetzel with plum-infused balsamic reduction and Ramspeck Merlot precedes seared filet with a warm red lentil and brie salad with over a red wine and espresso reduction served with Ramspeck Cabernet and Cenay Blue Tooth Cabernet. Dessert and coffee round out the evening.

Fig Tree and Dashiell House offer a Craggy Range Winemaker’s Dinner with Steve Smith, MW

June 30, 6:30 p.m. Craggy Range Winemakers Dinner, Fig Tree, Dashiell House. Talk to Craggy Range’s Steve Smith, a winemaker and Master of Wine, while enjoying some of the spectacular wines from this New Zealand winery. $85 per person plus tax and service charge. Reservations required; call 210-225-2111.

Reception: Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough 2009 with Smoked Duck, watercress, candied kumquats; Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2009, with Poached Lobster, compressed papaya and coconut crème fraîche; Fletcher Family Vineyard Riesling, Marlborough 2009, Monkfish Bourride with toast and aïoli; Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay, Hawkes Bay 2010 with Confit of Suckling Pig, plum chutney, braised spring onions. Sophia, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawkes Bay 2004 with Colorado Lamb Chop with ratatouille, socca niçoise; Le Sol, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawkes Bay 2007 with dessert, Macedoine de Fruits Tropicaux, sorbet, tea and coffee.

Copa Wine Dinner

7  p.m. June 30:  Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway. Take a culinary tour through Texas by going to a Copa Wine Dinner where food is matched with wine or beer. $40 per person (all inclusive). Call for reservations at 210-495-2572.

On the Texas-flavored menu are Smoked Jalapeño Peppers, Frito Pie with Cuero Turkey Chili, Dry-Rubbed Barbecued Brisket, Dad’s Favorite Banana Pudding, all with carefully chosen wines or beer to go along with the food.

 

 


 

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Get More Pork on Your Fork at Copa


Copa Wine Bar & Tasting Room, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, wants you to get your vitamin P. Pork, that is.

So, it’s having a bacon dinner that covers all four courses, including dessert. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 30.

Swine & Dine, as the dinner has been dubbed, includes the following menu:

  • Arugula Salad with crisp, peppery arugula, grapefruit, red onion and crispy pancetta tossed in a warm bacon and balsamic dressing
  • Wild Mushroom & Jalapeño Bacon Empanadas
  • Polynesian-style Slow-roasted Pork Belly with flavors of pineapple, chiles and spices
  • Pig-out Bars to close out the evening.

The cost of the dinner is $40 a person and includes matching wines.

For more information, call 210-495-2672 or click here.

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Copa Devotes a Night to the Spice Trade


A pair of special dinners are being offered in the coming week:

Copa Wine Bar is planning a wine dinner devoted to spices and cuisines from Morocco to India. The multi-course meal will be at 7 p.m. May 27.

The menu begins with Charamoula Marinated Grilled Tuna Lettuce Wraps, followed by Charbroiled Chicken Tikka with cauliflower pachadi and naan. Beef Kabob in Shwarma Spices with basmati rice and grilled tomato will precede grilled figs, Greek yogurt, honey and pistachios paired with mint tea.

Matching wines will be offered with the meal. “The only reason we don’t include the wine pairings is because Jeff (Bridges) is constantly looking for the perfect accompaniment to each dish,” Angie Bridges says. “But there is a wine pairing with each!”

Call  210-495-2672 for reservations.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 1017 N. Flores, will host a fundraising dinner for Primarily Primates at 6:30 p.m. May 28. The featured guest speaker will be animal rights activist Don Barnes. A vegan buffet will be offered.

Tickets are $25 a person and include dinner, dessert and non-alcoholic drinks. Cash bar will be provided.

Call 210-320-5865 or visit www.greensanantonio.com.

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Taste in a New Way to Understand Wine


Here’s  your chance to learn the secrets of the wine pros. It’s called a component tasting, and Copa Wine Bar is offering one Saturday.

By learning to identify and evaluate the varying components of wine — such as acidity, alcohol content, acid, fruit and so forth,  tasters can gain a greater understanding of exactly why they like what they like.

The seminar will be fun and informal, $25 per person at 5 p.m. Saturday. Call Copa for reservations at 495-2672.

Copa Wine Bar is at 19141 Stone Oak Parkway.

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