Copa Wine Bar turns up the smoke Saturday — all for a good cause
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
The 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.
Culinaria Restaurant Week Aug. 17-24
Now 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.
A sweet treat at Los Barrios’ restaurants all month, for Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation
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.