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Halloween’s Coming, and So Are Plenty of Seasonal Treats


Now, you can have your Halloween and eat it, too.

gallo turtleJeremiah McMillian and his staff at Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road, are cooking up custom pizzas in shapes like a skull and crossbones for customers. They’ll do most any shape you want, from Batman to a jack-o-lantern and everything in between.

We’ve done a Ninja Turtles pizza, Transformers, Darth Vader, Minnie Mouse, hearts, a sun (as tribute to the show “Cosmos”), “Adventure Time,” and we’ve spelled out people’s names and ‘Congrats’/’Happy birthday’ on pizzas, as well,” McMillan says.

All you have to do is give them advance notice, from 24 to 48 hours, of what shape you had in mind and what ingredients you’d like on there. (Extra anchovies for me, please.)

gallo skull pizzaGallo is also hosting its annual Halloween Bash from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be a $100 costume prize, live music and spooky pizza specials. The event is also BYOB.

Give Gallo a call at (210) 264-0077.

Murder in the Vineyard

Something wicked is headed for the vineyard.

Kerrville Hills Winery, 3600 Fredericksburg Kerrville, is hosting a murder mystery dinner, “Evil Never Dies,” on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

In addition to the show, guests will be served a meal catered by Lovin’ Spoonful and two glasses of wine.

Guests are invited to dress as an 1890 Boston resident, in Halloween garb, or as they wish.

Call the tasting room at 830-895-4233 for tickets or click for details including suspect roles.  “We’ve already sold tickets ($55, $50 for wine club members) and booked some suspect roles, so don’t delay,” the winery says.  “Prior mystery dinners have sold out, so contact us soon!”

Click here to get information about booking through a San Antonio tour group and let someone else drive.

Order your Halloween cakes and cupcakes now

Little Aussie's Pumpkin Cheesecake

Little Aussie’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

Plenty of San Antonio bakeries are taking orders for Halloween cakes and cupcakes. Here are there options

Bird Bakery, 5912 Broadway, is offering pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with a sanding sugar dome and a whole clove stem. They also have pumpkin cheese cake on the menu. Call (210) 804-2473.

The Little Aussie Bakery & Cafe, 3610 Avenue B, has gluten-free pumpkin spice cupcakes that also happen to vegan, corn free and soy free. Plus, they have a gluten-free pumpkin spice cheesecake, which is not vegan. Call (210) 826-7877.

Cupcake Couture has plenty of cupcakes that’ll let you scare up some Halloween fun. For a location near you, click here.

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Gallo Pizzeria Scares Up Some Fun


Hey, Crystal Villarreal, is your zombie housebroken?

Jeremiah McMillan prepares for his party.

Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road, got into the Halloween spirit Saturday night with a party that brought out the neighbors, folks just looking for some fun and, well, the undead

What’s a party without zombies these days? The flesh-eaters were joined by bearded nuns, skeletons, a wacky witch and a walking dollar bill among the costumes people wore to the gathering, which featured free beer, a live band and, of course, plenty of pizza.

A pizza at Gallo.

Gallo is owned by Jeremiah and Stephanie McMillan. Her father had run El Gallo, a haven of Mexican favorites including barbacoa, in the same spot in years before.

The pizzeria is gaining a following because of its well-made pies, made all the better because of their inventive toppings, including spicy additions in the Tex-Mex mold, such as the Diablo, as well as its chicken wings, gyros and salads.

Secrets and Irises (and zombies?) perform.

A saucy witch

You can choose from a broad array of toppings, arranged in images ranging from a jack o’lantern to Batman’s crest. But best of all are the artful arrangement of toppings, which Jeremiah McMillan always seems to be improving.

I recently suggested a salt lovers’ pizza, and he crafted a dream of a pie with artichoke hearts, capers and anchovies, all with bourbon-cured salmon and a sprinkle of peppery arugula as finishing touches. (This one is not on the menu, but if it tempts your taste buds, call the restaurant in advance to see if one can be made for you. Or modify it to your tastes.)

For more information on Gallo Pizzeria, call (210) 264-0077.

What devilish tricks are these nuns up to?

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Matters of the Heart and the SA Dining Scene


Viola Barrios

You gotta get Got Heart. That’s the message coming from Diana Barrios Treviño, who is offering a sweet deal to tempt people.

“It’s July and time to celebrate my mom, Viola, during her birth month!” Diana Barrios Treviño says. “Stop in at Los Barrios or La Hacienda de Los Barrios and enjoy a slice of Pastel con Flan and get a limited edition Got Heart T-shirt for $14.99!”

All of the proceeds go directly to Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation.

“It’s tax deductible, delicious and incredibly stylish!” she says.

Los Barrios is at 4223 Blanco Road. La Hacienda de los Barrios is at 18747 Redland Road.

Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson presents JoNeen Serna of MDA San Antonio with a check.

Big heart for the MDA

Whataburger apparently has a big heart when it comes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The San Antonio-based burger chain recently presented the local MDA chapter with a check for $100,000, which the staff of the various restaurants raised in a day.

Whataburger also threw a party for 10 local children who are headed off to MDA summer camp as well as their families.

Whataburger is also showing some concern for the heart by introducing a new menu of items under 550 calories. They include:

  • Whataburger Jr. with Bacon & Cheese, 400 calories
  • Double Meat Whataburger Jr. with Cheese, 470 calories
  • New Grilled Chicken Melt, 460 calories
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich, 510 calories
  • Chicken Fajita Taco, 420 calories
  • Whatacatch Sandwich, 450 calories

Whataburger breakfast choices under 550 calories include:

  • Cinnamon Roll, 390 calories
  • Bacon & Egg Taquito, 380 calories
  • Bacon or Sausage Biscuit, 350 to 540 calories
  • Egg & Cheese Biscuit, 450 calories
  • Biscuit & Jelly, 340 calories
  • Egg Sandwich, 310 calories

The baked goods at Little Aussie Bakery are all gluten-free.

Gluten-free goodness

A growing number of restaurants in San Antonio are offering gluten-free offerings to meet the growing number of people living with celiac disease.

And Little Aussie Bakery, 3610 Avenue B, is helping a few of them.

The bakery is now making the following gluten-free items for local restaurants:

  • Whole flax buns for the various Babes Burgers
  • Focaccia for All Aboard Deli, 5255 McCullough Ave.
  • Buns for the Cove, 606 W. Cypress
  • Pizza crust for Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road
  • Buns for various Rome’s Pizza places

Little Aussie has its own great gluten-free products, dishes and a dazzling array of baked goods, including mouthwatering cakes, that are worth checking out, too. Call (210) 826-7787.

Perry’s Steakhouse

4 for $4 at Perry’s

Perry’s Steakhouse in the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, has a thing for the number 4.

During the month of July, if you visit Perry’s on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (except July 4), $4 gets you  your choice of an 8-ounce version of the famous pork chop; the house-made Polish sausage appetizer; the Candy Bar dessert, reminiscent of a Reese’s Cup; and the Perry-tini, a take on a lemon drop martini. Or you could have all four for $16.

On a visit this week, plenty of $4 pork chops were being served to the folks in the bar, which is where those of us without reservations sat and enjoyed the live piano as well as the various treats we tried.

For reservations, call (210) 558-6161.

If you have restaurant news, email griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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Cocktail Conference Raises $57,000 for HeartGift


Mark Bohanan (right) presents proceeds from the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference to members of HeartGift. (Shane Kyle/CE Group)

Mark Bohanan, owner of Bohanan’s Restaurant and Bar and creator of the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference, recently presented a check for $57,000 to HeartGift San Antonio to support two lifesaving surgeries for children from disadvantaged countries seeking heart surgeries at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital.

Other businesses who helped sponsor the conference included SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, Ocho Lounge at Hotel Havana, The Esquire Tavern and Rio San Antonio Cruises.

HeartGift is a San Antonio-based charity that provides life-saving heart surgery to children from countries with unavailable or inaccessible health care. Every child chosen receives state of the art pediatric surgery from doctors Dr. John Calhoon and Dr. Adil Husain and their medical staff free of charge.

During the celebration, attendees celebrated HeartGift surgery recipient’s Wang Nan’s fourth birthday, a birthday she may not have seen had it not been for the funds raised through the first-annual cocktail conference, a four-day educational event about spirits that was held in downtown San Antonio in January.

Wang Nan lives in a remote Chinese village in the Gansu Province. Her family lives in a five-room mud house on two acres of land. Although they farm their land, Wang Nan’s father must go to the Xinjiang Province to do construction work for eight months each year to send home money for the family. Wang Nan suffers from Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. She was operated on Feb. 3 and she returned home with her mother and their San Antonio host family on Feb. 7.

“The inaugural San Antonio Cocktail Conference was a bigger success than any of us could have imagined,” said Bohanan, whose restaurant is at 219 E Houston St. “This donation simply would not have been possible without the countless number of supporters, partners, presenters and attendees that made this a reality. We are thrilled to provide such a significant contribution to HeartGift on behalf of the conference, knowing that it will save the lives of two children in need.”

Boschetto pizza coming to Gallo

Starting Thursday, Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road, will be making pizzas with boschetto, white truffles and portobello mushrooms blended with cheese. According to the pizzeria’s Facebook page, “It’s great for Lent.”

The cost is $19.99 for a large and $15.99 for a medium. Supplies are limited. Pre-orders are accepted.

Call (210) 264-0077 or click here.

Sip a sample of the Veneto at Luce

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, is showcasing the wines of the Veneto at a special dinner set for 5 p.m. March 10.

Executive chef Joe Buonincontri and Italian wine expert Jeremy Parzen are teaming up for the multi-course meal.

The cost is $50 a person. For reservations, call  (210) 561-9700.

Hoist a beer on Texas Independence Day

High Velocity, one of the dining areas at the JW Marriott resort, 23808 Resort Parkway, is having a  Saint Arnold beer dinner on Texas Independence Day, March 2.

The four-course meal will feature matching beers.

For price, time and reservations, call (210) 276-2500, ext. 5835.

Maggiano’s is giving away dinner for 20

Want to win dinner for 20 of your nearest and dearest?

Registration is now open for the Maggiano’s Little Italy “Who’s In Your 20?” sweepstakes. This is a chance for someone to land a private, Italian-style dinner party with 19 of his or her closest family, friends and co-workers. A dinner will be given out at each of the chain’s 44 restaurants.

Anyone who registers will also receive a coupon for a free flatbread at the restaurant. Registration is open through April 1.

To enter, click here. The San Antonio Maggiano’s is at the Rim, 17603 I-10 W. Call 210-451-6000.

 

 

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Gallo Pizzeria Opens; Wine Tasting at Texas de Brazil; and More


Gallo spices up the San Antonio pizza scene

Gallo Pizzeria has opened at 164 Castroville Road.

The restaurant specializes in hot and spicy pizzas as well as wings. Prices range from $10.95 for a medium and $12.95 for a large. That is, except for the Diablo, a specialty pizza with diced habanero, jalapeños and ghost peppers with the house diablo sauce. It is priced at $3.95 for a small, $9.95 for a medium and $19.95 for a large.

Other specialty pizzas include the Veggie Delight (mushrooms, onions, spinach, bell pepper and olives), the Chanchi Pizza (avocado chunks, black olives, and red onions on a spicy bean sauce),  the Gallo Pizza (chicken, spinach, and sliced tomatoes with Salsa Mexicana sauce), the Mexican Margarita (fresh tomatoes garnished with dried basil served on Salsa Italiano).

It is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

For more information, call 210-264-0077 or click here.

Texas de Brazil is hosting a private label wine tasting.

Private label wine tasting at Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., is hosting a private label wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23.

Though the label may be private, here are the pairings for the evening: Chardonnay matched with chicken breast wrapped in bacon and smoked salmon crostini with creme fraiche; Merlot with goat cheese crostini with asparagus, garlic picanha and Brazilian sausage; and Cabernet Sauvignon with flank steak with chimichurri and Parmesan pork.

The cost is $25 a person, including tax and tip. For reservations, call 210-229-1600 or email dainaandelmo@texasdebrazil.com.

La Mansión’s new cocktail list has a regional kick

El Colegio, the bar at the Omni La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., has revamped its cocktail list with help from mixologists from across the country.

The lineup includes a host of new drinks made with local ingredients and featuring regional flavors. A few include the following:

  • Smokin’ Patrón — Patrón Silver Tequila shaken with hand-squeezed lime juice, Monin Agave Nectar and a splash of Del Maguey Mezcal.
  • Prickly Sangria Punch — Bacardi Limón Rum, prickly pear purée, fresh lemon juice, Monin Agave Nectar, topped off with ginger ale.
  • Grand Ole Margarita – Herradura Silver Tequila, Monin Agave Nectar, fresh lime and orange juices topped with a float of Grand Marnier.

For more information, call 210-518-1000.

It’s Back to the Pit at County Line

Blueberry-Pecan Crumble Pie is on the menu at the next County Line Pitmaster Cooking Class.

The County Line at 10101 I-10 W. is resuming its popular Pitmaster Cooking Classes with chef Garrett Stephens on the first Fridays of the month. The next two classes are scheduled for Sept. 9 and Oct. 7. Both begin at 7 p.m.

Class participants will enjoy a full serving of each of the four courses that Stephens demonstrates. He also takes questions from the guests while he cooks in an evening that is keeps everyone entertained. A recipe book with room for notes is also included.

The Sept. 9 menu will feature: Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Quail with a Maker’s Mark Jalapeño Glaze; Pit-fired Summer Vegetables with Fresh Basil and Balsamic; Herb-crusted Smoked Prime Rib with Creamed Horseradish and Lemon-Thyme Campfire Potatoes; and Blueberry-Pecan Crumble Pie with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

LangeTwins Wines will be paired with each course.

Since the grill will be fired up, the cooking class will be held outside on the restaurant’s shaded patio; in case of rain, the class will be moved inside.

The cost for the evening with wines included is $50 a person plus tax and tip. Call 210-641-1998 or email garretts@countyline.com. The last two Pitmaster Classes have sold out a week before the event, so make your reservations now.

Labor Day specials at Roaring Fork, Wildfish

Wildfish Seafood Grille (above) and Roaring Fork are offering a savory Labor Day special.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., and its sister restaurant next door, Wildfish Seafood Grille, are dishing up some specials for Labor Day.

Buy one entrée and get a second entrée free during dinner, which begins at 4 p.m. at Roaring Fork and 5 p.m. at Wildfish. The dishes can be purchased in the dining room or bar. The complimentary entrée must be of equal or lesser-value.

For reservations at Roaring Fork, call 210-479-9700 or visit www.roaringfork.com. To reach Wildfish, call 210-493-1600 or visit www.eddiev.com.

If you have restaurant news, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

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