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Texas Barbecue Week Runs Through July 19

Texas Monthly and Shiner Beers have teamed up to sponsor Texas Barbecue Week, which runs from now through July 19.

The weeklong celebration is a fundraiser for Foodways Texas, an organization that helps record and honor Texas’s food culture.

Barbecue from Killen's in Pearland.

Barbecue from Killen’s in Pearland.

Two local barbecue joints, the Granary ‘Cue and Brew at the Pearl and Two Bros. BBQ Market on West Ave., are taking part. So are plenty of great barbecue joints across the state, including Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue in Tyler, Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland and La Barbecue in Austin. If you’re not familiar with these places, they are among the best barbecue that Bonnie Walker and I tasted while researching our upcoming book, “Barbecue Lover’s Texas,” which is due out in a few weeks.

For a full list of participants, click here.

Texas Monthly offers the following background: “Some cities have Restaurant Week. We have Barbecue Week. This July, TMBBQ will be hosting the second annual Texas Barbecue Week. During this week-long celebration of our culinary heritage, Texans everywhere can visit participating barbecue joints to enjoy a featured ‘Texas Barbecue Week plate.’ It’s a way to support the folks who are working hard to preserve the barbecue tradition—and to eat some of the state’s best smoked meat.

“Last year more than 50 BBQ joints took part in the first ever state-wide Texas Barbecue Week presented by TMBBQ and Shiner Beers. During this week-long celebration of our culinary heritage, Texans everywhere were invited to visit the participating joints featured in our June issue to enjoy an exclusive Texas Barbecue Week Plate. Over $10,000 was raised to benefit Foodways Texas, which preserves the diverse food traditions of Texas.”

So, go eat some ‘cue for a good cause. Your tummy will thank you for it.

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Last-Minute Food Gift Ideas for All Budgets

Bacon Candy Canes. Now that’s festive.

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a foodie on your list, here are a few suggestions of items from local businesses:

  • Finishing oils, pressed from a variety of sources, such as celery, nutmeg, carrot and even radish, can be found at Ali Baba International Food Market, 9307 Wurzbach Road. You’ll find then on an end-cap in the expanding market.
  • Spices from the East from either Himalayan Bazaar, 8466 Fredericksburg Road, or Mustapha Asian and Middle Eastern Grocery, 4081 Medical Drive, are also great for experimenting with a world of flavors.
  • Vinegar may seem an odd gift, until you check out the sweet, tangy vinegars at GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, which come in a variety of shapes, sizes, ages and styles. Go for an aged balsamic from Italy or a spicy pecan vinegar from California. You’ll find plenty of other food favorites in both stocking stuffer sizes and jumbo jars.
  • Bacon Candy Canes — but, of course — are available at Leighelena at the Pearl, 202 Pearl Parkway. A six-pack is priced at $7. The neighboring Melissa Guerra Tienda de Cocino has begun selling wine and cigars.
  • For the cocktail lover on your list, tickets to any or all of the events during the upcoming San Antonio Cocktail Conference would be just the ticket. The second annual event is set for Jan. 17-20 and features everything from an opening party at the Majestic Theater with drinks and live music from Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval to seminars on tequila, Texas spirits and making cocktails at home. Click here for more information.
  • Shake up some fun at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

    Don’t forget your favorite three-letter grocery store. H-E-B has introduced its new Primo Picks products line, with treats such as Café Ole Holiday Blend coffee, Central Market Olive Oil Popcorn and Central Market Salted Truffle Brownie Mix. The items are specially marked Primo Picks on the shelves. Or ask for help.

  • The farmers markets this weekend are great places to find everything from specialized produce to South Texas Heritage Pork products. Two of the bigger markets are the Pearl Farmers Market, Saturday morning at the Pearl Brewery, and the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market, 255 E. Basse Road, on  Sunday.
  • Many of your favorite restaurants are offering gift cards. A few are even offering discounts. Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, for example, is offering two $50 cards for a total of $79.99.
  • Camp Brisket is a two-day intensive for barbecue lovers that’s being sponsored by Foodways Texas. It’s set for Jan. 11-12. As the website for the event says, “Camp Brisket will specifically focus on that quintessential Texas smoked meat, the humble brisket, covering topics such as the debate over which grades/types of beef to use, types of smokers, wrapping or not wrapping the brisket, and much more.” For more information, including prices, click here.
  • The Culinary Institute of America’s Boot Camps run anywhere from two to five days and cover such topics as Comfort Foods, American Regional Cuisine, Hors d’Oeuvres and Hearth Breads. They are intensive programs for serious home cooks, or “enthusiasts,” as the CIA likes to call them. For more information, click here. The local classes are marked (TX).


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Molly O’Neill Key Speaker at Texas Foodways Event Sept. 8

Molly O’Neill, author of “One Big Table; A Portrait of American Cooking,” (Simon & Schuster, $50) will speak about immigrant foodways at this Texas Foodways event Sept. 8., 7-10 p.m.

The event, at the Pearl Brewery, features a chef-prepared, served, and seated dinner. Cocktails will be served with Texas spirits, Texas craft brewed beer will be available, and Texas wine will be paired with the meal’s courses by a master sommelier. The meal will be influenced by immigrant communities in the San Antonio area and prepared by chefs Andrew Weissman of Il Sogno & Sandbar, Elizabeth Kossick, Latin Cuisines Specialist for The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio; Tan Nguyen of Central Market, San Antonio; Jesse T. Perez, Burbank graduate and executive chef, consultant for Alamo Cafe; Jason Dady of The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, Rebecca Rather of Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe.  Copies of the book signed by the author will be available for purchase courtesy of the Twig book shop. Tickets include all food and drink.

Tickets are $150. To purchase, link here.


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Learn about Foodways Texas While Enjoying Earl Abel’s Pie at the Pearl

Foodways Texas is a new organization with the mission of promoting, preserving and celebrating the diverse food cultures of Texas.

Earl Abel's pies, such as this lemon meringue, to be featured at the Pearl Saturday.

And what could be more Texas than pie?

You can sample some of Earl Abel’s famous pies during the Pearl Farmers Market on Saturday. All 16 of the restaurant’s award-winning pies will be on display, and samples will be available. In addition,  Foodways Texas will be screening one of its first film projects. The short film features Tony Sanchez, baker and pie maker at Earl Abel’s for 50 years.

The restaurant was a fixture for decades on the southeast corner of Broadway and Hildebrand. It is now at 1201 Austin Hwy. at the Terrell Plaza Shopping Center, under the ownership of Roger Arias.

The pie social and coffee begin at 10 a.m. and run until 1:20 p.m. in the Studio at the Full Goods Building at the Pearl, 200 E. Grayson St. The film will be shown at 10:30 a.m.

This is the time to learn about, and join, the new Foodways Texas.

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