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Saundra Winokur, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, featured in New York Times

Saundra WinokurAn article by David Wallis in the Your Money: Retiring section of the New York Times on June 20, featured Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, owner Saundra Winokur’s ranch south of San Antonio near Elmendorf.

A Texas pioneer in growing olive trees as an agricultural crop, Winokur’s ranch, which she founded in 1997, is shown as a success for those starting second (or third) careers at a time most people would be retiring.

Wallis writes, “Ms. Winokur, a native Texan who worked as an elementary-school teacher and earned a doctorate in developmental psychology, traveled extensively to research olive production. She noticed that renowned olive-producing regions — southern Spain, southern Italy and Egypt — “looked a lot like Texas.” In 1997, she bought 276 acres of sandy land, which she describes as “oceanfront property without the ocean.”

Wallis describes some of the bumps in the road to success, but the orchard now thrives, pressing its own olive oil in the fall, welcoming guests to lush olive orchard for tours, or to The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks restaurant for lunch — and much more for visitors which come from all over the country and beyond. Read Wallis’ article here.

Ferra Coffee LogoCoffee roaster and importer, Susan Jaime, takes spotlight in this month’s San Antonio Magazine

Read Julia Rosenfeld’s article in the most recent issue of San Antonio Magazine. Susan Jaime, whose business is Ferra Coffee, in Boerne. She does much more than roast beans and sell coffee — she goes directly to the growers in several countries to source the beans and pass along some of her expertise to growers, as well.

From San Antonio Magazine: It’s a lot to think about when drinking your first cup of the day, but the coffee we crave each morning is often traced back to impoverished farmers being paid less than one dollar per pound of beans. When Susan Jaime thought about it, she couldn’t stop. And a business and a movement was born.

Food lovers. curious cooks: Learn the science behind some of your favorite foods

This summer, Landa Library’s adult summer reading program will feature science-based talks will be held every week in June and July with a variety of speakers and activities. The next one is Monday, June 30, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the library, 233 Bushnell Avenue. There is “no fee” to attend. Gather in the “Meeting Room.” For more information, call 210.207.9090.

From Di-Anna Arias, vice president of sales and culinary vision for Don Strange of Texas, you’ll learn some fascinating facts about cooking as she shares her favorite recipes and her “secret” formulas. Along with sharing some of her favorite kitchen “experiments,” Arias will be delving into some of her favorite cookbooks, teaching the science involved and sharing her secret “formula” for cooking for a crowd.

The Barrios family restaurants honor Viola Barrios’ birth month in July

Violas Ventanas croppedIn July, the Barrios family restaurants will celebrate founder Viola Barrios’ birth month with a cake special at all three restaurant. Viola’s Heart Cake is a chocolate or vanilla cake with creamy flan and sells for $5.99 a slice or $49.99 for the whole cake. The sales go directly to Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that gives out full school scholarships to girls. For more information on the foundation, visit www.violasheart.org.

The restaurants and addresses are: Los Barrios, 4223 Blanco Road; La Hacienda de los Barrios, 18747 Redland Road, and Viola’s Ventanas at 9660 Westover Hills Boulevard.

 

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Coffee Shops in SA: A Fine, Mixed Brew


A latte from Local Coffee at the Pearl.

A latte from Local Coffee at the Pearl.

By Emily Reynolds

The coffee cups of San Antonians are being filled in great style — and this year are flowing over. Coffee culture is here — and it looks like it’s going to stay.

Within the past years, several locally owned coffee shops have been born — from the spacious, modernly chic Rosella, owned and operated by news journalist, Charles Gonzalez, to a third location for Local Coffee, which has opened its doors at The Pearl Brewery, near the new restaurant Cured. There seems to be a caffeine stop on every corner these days.

Gonzalez describes his vision for Rosella’s to be that of a community center.

“The space, the area, it’s big and open—designed as a place to hold a gathering for residents or meetings for professionals,” says Gonzales. Rosella has two floors making for the perfect hideout for a private conversation or the perfect place to get a slice of Tim the Girl’s avocado toast with a pour-over.  Rosella is offering wine and dinner as well, charcuterie plates, cheese boards and a killer wine list designed by David Rangel.

It’s fun to be a part of the inception of a place, commented Rangel. The coffee is sourced from Cuvee out of Austin and Cuvee. Cuvee is unique in that they train all baristas on how to make their coffee. “If you are able to make the shot well –  you can add more to the coffee without loosing the integrity.”says Rangel.

local coffee2One question might be — how ‘local’ is our coffee? The fascinating part of this coffee revolution in the Alamo City is that most of our coffee shops are out-sourcing their coffee.

With the exception of Brown coffee, there are a limited number of local roasters.

A hidden gem coffee roaster Ferra Coffee. Owner Susan Jaime travels to the coffee farms in Latin America and roasts what she sources in Boerne. She is known around Latin America for her fine coffee, yet within San Antonio only a few sell her her carefully roasted and sourced coffee beans.

“Local does not mean that someone is sourcing locally, I would like people to know there are incredible roasters here locally. There seems to be a missing link between the local roasters here and what we offer,”explains Jaime.

wooden spoon with coffee beansJaime encourages coffee shops and coffee enthusiasts to ask these three questions: Do you source your coffee directly from the growers? Is your coffee certified organic? Is your coffee specialty graded? As we have moved our culture to think about the food that we eat, Jaime envisions coffee consumers to also be mindful of what they drink.

Places like Halcyon, a coffee shop based out of Austin that  moved to San Antonio about a year ago, have a vision to showcase various roasters in the upcoming months.

“We want to have a variety of specialty coffee alongside of our Katz Coffee, explains head barista John Lauber. One can hope that on that list local roasters like, Ferra Coffee will be showcased.

As our next step in the coffee revolution is to roast more locally and serve it at the same time.

 

Coffee Shops and A Bite:
Haylcon
Address: 1414 S Alamo St. 
Highlights: Featuring Katz coffee out of Houston, be sure to check out their egg sandwiches too.
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Rosella Coffee
Address: 203 E Jones Ave #101
Highlights: Featuring Cuvee Coffee out of Austin. Charcuterie plate and a glass of wine in the evening or a turkey sandwich and a Crave Market juice in the afternoon. 
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SIP
Address: 160 E Houston St.
Highlights: Featuring Cuvee Coffee out of Austin- sandwiches and salads too.
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coffeeCoffee and Light Bites:
Revolucion: Coffee and Juice
Address: 7959 Broadway St.  
Highlights: Featuring Klatch Coffee; also has some cowgirl granola and light bites.
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Local Coffee: Three locations: Stone Oak, Alamo Heights and the Pearl Brewery 
Alamo Heights: 5903 Broadway St.
Stone Oak address: 700 E. Sonterra Blvd.
Pearl address: 303 Pearl Pkwy #300
Highlights: Featuring Intelligtensia and Stump Ton Coffee roasters, plus a variety of Bakery Lorraine pastries. 
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Olmos Perk
Address: 5223 McCullough Ave. 
Highlights: Featuring What’s Brewing coffee roasters (locally sourced)
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Local Roasters:
Brown Coffee Co. Roasting and coffee: 1702 W. Kings Hwy.
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Ferra Coffee LogoFerra Coffee: 28991 IH-10 W, Suite 109B, Boerne
Can be found at: Gaucho Gourmet, Rosario’s, Silo, Biga on the Banks, and Hyatt Hill Country 
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San Antonio Coffee Roasters
Address: 38 W. Rhapsody Dr.

 

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Food Revolutions Popping Up In, Around SA


Sandy Winokur (from left), Susan Jaime, Mike Behrend and Troy Knapp are part of the food revolutions occurring in SA.

On  Tuesday, a group of SA food innovators got together to discuss the ongoing growth and changes going on in the San Antonio area when it comes to what is going on our plates. Farmers, ranchers, food merchants and chefs joined for 5-Minute Food Revolutions.

The forum, with about 100 in attendance, was presented at Aldaco’s Sunset Station. The panel was selected for their unconventional and/or pioneering approach to food, be it growing gardens or crops, raising chickens and hogs or running a restaurant.

Tim McDiarmid, of Tim the Girl Catering and Special Projects Social, describes her approach to food and her pop-up dinners.

Mike Behrend, for example, was a dedicated meat eater until about seven years ago. The chef and owner of Green Vegetarian Cuisine described his changeover in restaurant terms: “What I used to think of as a pain-in-the-ass customer? I became that customer.” Green is the top go-to restaurant for vegetarians and popular with many who don’t want to eat meat at every meal, too.

Kelley Escobedo, who with her husband Mark, founded South Texas Heritage Pork, described how her farm “lets the animals have a life” while they strive to reduce their carbon footprint and move from feeding their heritage hogs peanuts instead of corn. “This is not an easy life. We do it because we have passion,” said Escobedo.

To watch a video of the 90-minute presentation, click here.

Participants included Chad Carey of The Monterey, Marianna Peeler of Peeler Farms, Sameer Siddiqui of Rickshaw Stop, Saundra Winokur of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Mike Behrend of Green Vegetarian Cuisine, Susan Jaime of Ferra Coffee, Tim McDiarmid of Tim the Girl/Special Projects Social pop-up events, Blair Condon of Green Spaces Alliance, Kelley Escobedo of South Texas Heritage Pork and Troy Knapp of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort.

The event was co-sponsored by SavorSA, Plaza de Armas and NOWCastSA, who videotaped it.

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5-Minute Food Revolutions: Redefining What’s On Our Plates


Troy Knapp

SavorSA is teaming up with Plaza de Armas and NOWcastSA to help put you in touch with some of the people in San Antonio and the area who are redefining where our food comes from.

On July 24, we’re joining together for 5-Minute Food Revolutions, a forum which will feature nine people from the food scene across the San Antonio area. Each will speak for five minutes. Learn what they are doing that is out-of-the-ordinary, be it healthy restaurant fare or running a successful food truck to producing olive oil or farm-raised chicken and fresh eggs.

Stars of the event include:

  • Chad Carey of The Monterey
  • Marianna Peeler of Peeler Farms
  • Sameer Siddiqui of Rickshaw Stop
  • Troy Knapp of Hyatt Hill Country Resort
  • Saundra Winokur of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard
  • Mike Behrend of Green Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Susan Jaime of Ferra Coffee
  • Tim McDiarmid, aka Tim the Girl, who caters and handles social pop-up events
  • Blair Condon of Green Spaces Alliance

The event is set for Aldaco’s at Sunset Station, 100 E. Hoefgen St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for snacks provided by Aldaco’s and drinks at the cash bar. Presentations begin at 6:30.

After the presentations, the presenters will take questions from the audience, so come hungry and curious.

NOWCastSA will document the event.

If you have any questions, please email griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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