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GauchoGourmet to Suspend Retail Sales After Saturday

It was an announcement nobody who loves food in San Antonio wanted to read: Saturday will be the last day of retail sales at GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road.

GauchoGourmet is closing its retail business.

GauchoGourmet is closing its retail business.

Due to the expansion of our wholesale distribution throughout South Texas, GauchoGourmet will be restructuring operations as follows;

·         Wholesale and internet distribution will remain fully open and operational.

·         Retail to the public operation will pause until further notice, as of Sat., May 16th 2015.

During this time, GauchoGourmet will continue to contribute to the local culinary scene by;

·         Partnering with other local retailers to continue to offer their products to the public

·         Host periodic events with local chefs and producers.

The last day of retail operation will be Saturday, May 16th. For your convenience, GauchoGourmet will be open with regular retail hours until then and offer a store-wide deal on your favorite goodies.

Guess I’ll have to start getting my yerba mate, my charcuterie and cheeses, and the rest of my gourmet goodies at

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Learn How to Make Your Own Paella

Have you ever wanted to make your own paella and not rely entirely on the host of wonderful chefs who serve it up each year at the Paella Challenge? Then make a reservation for this year’s Viva Paella at GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road.

Learn how to make your own paella.

Learn how to make your own paella.

On Saturday, you can attend the third annual paella cooking demonstration and sample three different versions of the noted dish.

Members of the San Antonio Chef Cooperative will be on hand to lead the making of the three version. The lineup includes Stephen Paprocki, Jeff White, Chris Cook, Isaac Cantu, Tyler Horstmann, Toby Soto and Chuck Hernandez.

Customers will be able to watch the preparation, ask questions, taste the different prepared paellas and take home recipes.

Other features include:

  • Beer tasting by Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery due to open this spring at The Pearl.
  • Authentic Spanish Chorizo Ibérico sampling.
  • Informative talks about Paella, the different kinds of paella rice, chorizo & equipment.
  • Paella booth with extensive selection of paella ingredients & cooking equipment for purchase.

The event runs from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is being offered in partnership with the San Antonio Chef Cooperative and Groomer’s Seafood.

The cost is $15 per person if bought by March 13 to enjoy all paellas, chorizos and beer sampling; $20 at the door. More information and tickets are available online at

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Valentine’s Ideas if You Want to Stay at Home

Here are two ideas for Valentine’s dinner if you prefer staying at home with your loved one.

quailGauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, is now offering a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Take-Home Dinner for Two, which can be ordered via telephone and the website. The menu features the option of three or four easy-to-enjoy courses for two, complete with stress-free set-up and heating instructions. The menu includes a house-made creamy tomato bisque soup, Maryland blue crab ravioli, and a dessert sampler. An optional charcuterie platter is also available. A selection of fine French wines and champagne from Alexander Vineyards will be available for purchase to complete the romantic dinner. Order by Feb 11; pick up on Feb 13 or 14. Click on the link to see the full menu, upgrading options and pricing, and then place your order online or by calling (210) 277-7930.

Cooper’s Meat Market, 6002 Broadway, is offering a Valentine’s dinner for two that includes Cooper’s Special Salad, amain course of two honey and bourbon glazed quail stuffed with mild peppered couscous and two 6-ounce Certified Angus Beef tenderloins wrapped in bacon. They are served with Yukon gold whipped potatoes and roasted green beans. Dessert is a mixed berry cobbler and fresh whipped cream. The price is $65. Call (210) 820-3838.


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GauchoGourmet Wants You to Smile and Say Cheese

GouchoGourmet is opening a specialty cheese market.

GouchoGourmet is opening a specialty cheese market.

GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, is expanding.

The owners have announced that they’re planning a specialty cheese market, The Texas Cheese Cellar, which will open in January.

“The store will feature a vast selection of cut-to-order cheese, charcuterie, wine, accompaniments as well as a wines-by-the-glass list and cheese and charcuterie tasting menu,” a press release said. “The store will be located by the Pearl on Broadway.”

The address is 401 Pearl Parkway, next to Stay Golden.

More details are coming soon.

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GauchoGourmet Stepping Out! New and Local — Nov. 1

Gaucho Gourmet's imported salami and other cold cuts sandwich.

Gaucho Gourmet’s imported salami and other cold cuts sandwich.

Starting Saturday, Nov.  1,  one of San Antonio’s premier food imports store — with so much more — launches some great new offerings.  Features include an expanded daily takeout menu and a Saturday indoor market that supports local producers.

“This has been a long time coming, and we’ve worked hard to make “GauchoGourmet Reloaded” happen,” said Sylvia Ciociari, who with her husband, Luciano and co-proprietors Cuqui and Juan Ciociari, will be on hand to welcome guests at this launch.

For further information contact GauchoGourmet at 210-277-7930.  Gaucho Gourmet is at 935 Isom Road.

Here are some of the highlights of GauchoGourmet Reloaded:

New take-out menu

Easy and healthy grab ‘n’ go items are now available Monday through Saturday during lunch hours. GauchoGourmet offers artisanal sandwiches, hot specialty sausages featuring Berkshire hotdogs, duck sausage, chicken sausage and Argentine grillers. In addition, check out their great burrata, charcuterie appetizers and pasta salads all made in-house.

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GauchoGourmet’s burrata cheese with charcuterie and fresh bread — on the deli menu!

It’s all about cheese! 

GauchoGourmet has expanded the deli counter to showcase their latest and largest selection of cut-to-order cheeses and cheese accompaniments from all over the world.  Everything needed to indulge in the ultimate cheese experience is now available, including cheese tools as well as serving utensils, plus an entire line of foie gras torchon, mousses and pates.

 Seasonal Saturday Market

GauchoGourmet has partnered with Groomer’s Seafood and a well-respected group of other local producers to feature a fine line of food products every Saturday throughout the holidays. GauchoGourmet and Groomer’s now make this a dual stop, the best one-stop shopping for chefs and foodies. Here’s what the lineup includes:

• Fine French wines by Alexander Vineyards in Fredericksburg, as well as other local wineries

Sandy Oaks olive oil

Sandy Oaks olive oil

• Groomer’s Seafood

• Fresh-pressed juices by Crave Market

• Fresh, artisan bread by The Bread Box

• Organic coffee beans by local roasters, Ferra Coffee

• Authentic Spanish chorizo from La Mancha Specialties

• Olive products from Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Elmendorf

• All natural lamb from Hudspeth Farms



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It’s Time for Some Foie Gras

This one has us excited: GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, is having its annual Duck & Foie Gras Feast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

Make your own foie at home.

Make your own foie at home.

Chef Robbie Nowlin of Citrus and the Hotel Valencia will be leading two classes in how to handle foie gras. One is set for 10:30 a.m., the other for 12:30 p.m. Price is $40 a person.

In addition to preparing a special foie gras dish that guests can sample, Nowlin will take questions from anyone about this delicacy.

Register for the class and you kit a take-home kit for two that will let you create your own foie gras feast. The kit includes two pieces of 2 oz. Hudson Valley foie gras, local organic micro greens from My Father’s Farm in Seguin, imported Italian Amarena cherries by Fabri and a fresh, artisan brioche loaf from The Bread Box.

Several types of foie gras will be for sale.

Several types of foie gras will be for sale.

Other discounts will be offered on additional foie gras must-haves, such as French made frying pans and Alexander Vineyard Sauternes dessert wine, which will beautifully complement any foie gras dish.

Foie gras has long been a favorite treat when dining out. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to bring this treat into your own kitchen.

Duck fans, don’t worry. You haven’t been forgotten in the foie fuss.  All duck products will be offered at 10 percent off on Saturday. The lineup includes whole legs from Rougie, breasts from Hudson Valley and Delpeyrat, smoked breast, duck bacon, confit legs, duck salami, duck sausage and duck fat.

For more information or to register for the class, call 210-454-9861 or email

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NAO Visits the Yucatan; Ocho Celebrates Hemingway’s Birthday

Ocho, Library Foundation to celebrate Hemingway’s birthday with food, drink

Ocho and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s First Edition Society will be celebrating the the birthday of beloved author, occasional Cuban resident and renowned cocktail enthusiast Ernest Hemingway with a special event on July 19, from 7-11:30 p.m.

PrintThe event is free to attend and will provide appropriately themed food and drink specials to celebrate the occasion along with live music from Tiburon.

VIP tickets are available for $30 with a portion of proceeds benefiting the SAPLF and San Antonio libraries. VIP guests will enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeurves, and will be able to enjoy VIP terrace access.

Ocho is at the Hotel Havana, 1015 Navarro Street.

VIP tickets are $30 and can be purchased at by clicking on the events calendar. VIP tickets may also be purchased by calling 210-225-4728, ext. 10.

Nao Presents:  A taste of the Yucatan now at Nao

SAN ANTONIO — Nao has begun its Yucatan menu, a part of the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio  restaurant’s exploration of Latin America cuisines.

Nao diners have explored the flavors of Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Oaxaca, Peru, Venezuela, and the Spanish Caribbean through the restaurant’s Celebration of Cuisines program, and they will now step deep into the heart of southern Mexico. This Yucatan-inspired menu offers three courses for $42 and will run until Monday, Sept. 8.

Chef Geronimo Lopez and the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio students will bring this region’s most celebrated flavors from the Yucatan, where spicy Mexican chiles meld with cool Caribbean flavors often ending in a celebration of Mexican cacao.

Many of Mexico’s most important dishes, techniques, and flavor combinations were born in the Yucatan, and Nao will commemorate this culinary hot-spot by transforming the restaurant through food and culture.

Geronimo Lopez

Geronimo Lopez

“This menu is truly representative of the Yucatan and you can taste the rich Mayan influence that remains intact in every dish,” says Lopez. “Our goal is to give you a glimpse of that beautiful ancestral heritage through this dining experience.”

The special Yucatan tasting menu features an appetizer, main course and dessert for $42. The dinner begins with a choice between venison “tzic,” a crispy corn tostada with pickled onions, radishes, cilantro, and avocado; or a traditional pickled salad of lima beans, chayote and pearl onion “escabeche.”

The menu continues with two main course options, the seafood “pibxcatic,” featuring stuffed chiles with crab meat, lobster knuckles, shrimp, tomato and “hojasanta” sauce; or roasted pork tenderloin served with black “recado” sauce, black bean relish, sweet plantain puree, goat cheese, and corn dumplings. For dessert, diners can enjoy a cacao nib “nicoatole,” a cacao-corn pudding served with sapote fruit ice cream and anise sauce.

Nao’s beverage manager, Tim Bryand, will craft a Yucatan-inspired cocktail, the Ix Chel, to accompany this menu. The cocktail is made with Blanco Tequila, Yucatan Tangerine Liqueur, lime, orange, and Xtabentun spray.

Nao is a restaurant and CIA classroom dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of the authentic cuisines, cultures and bounty of Latin America. Nao is open for dinner on Tuesday to Thursday from 5-9 p.m.  and on Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m. Nao also offers a pop-up taco stand at the farmers’ market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and happy hour on Tuesday to Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m, and on Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Gaucho Gourmet offers can sugars — now with natural flavors

Gaucho Gourmet Flavored sugarsGaucho Gourmet announces its organic, fair-trade certified pure cane evaporated sugar — but with an added zing. These sugars have natural flavors added to bring out the best taste possible without adding anything extra.  Use these sugars for sprinkling, baking, on hot or cold drinks, and anywhere else you need a pop of flavor.

Get these bulk sugars that you can now buy in home-sized quantities, but also with bulk sizes and pricing to stay stocked! Some examples include Raspberry Cane Sugar, Coconut Cane Sugar and Lemon Cane Sugar.

Other suggestions now are caciocavallo, a stringy, semi-hard Italian cheese that’s great for sandwiches and more of the popular imported burrata DOP.


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Paella Times 2; Celeb Chef Tesar at Granary; Wine!

paella soul food half cropWhile the Paella Challenge at the Pearl isn’t happening until March, you can get a mouth-watering preview of some paella action — and learn how to do it — at GauchoGourmet’s cooking and tasting event, Viva Paella, this Saturday, Feb. 21.

Viva Paella will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring chef James Canter, Aurelia’s Chorizo owner Leslie Horne and members of the San Antonio Chef’s Cooperative. Learn how it’s done and get samples of three different paellas.

GauchoGourmet is at 935 Isom Road. Phone: 210-277-7930

The cost is $10 if the ticket is purchased by Friday or $15 at the door on Saturday. Ticket price includes tasting of paellas and chorizo. Ticket also may be purchased online here.

The Pearl Paella Challenge

It’s coming! The fifth annual Corona Paella Challenge is coming March 9, bringing a day of live entertainment wines and sangria from Spain and of course, the paella competition. This contest, running from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. brings together chefs from  from San Antonio, across the United States and Mexico. They’ll be turning up the heat on their paella cookers to create these sumptuous dishes of rice, vegetables, seafood and more. The proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus.

Ticket Prices:  Adults: $50; Those under 21: $25.

The ticket price includes entry into the event, samples of paella and other treats from the chefs as well as beverages (beer, wine, sangria, sodas and water). Items from vendors who may be on site are purchased separately.

Visit here for more information on participating chefs and a photo gallery from last year’s event and other information.

granaryGranary announces dinner with John Tesar of Top Chef Masters

Excited to officially announce we are taking reservations for our March 17 Chef Collaboration dinner!

Chef John Tesar (Top Chef Masters, Spoon Bar & Kitchen) will join forces with The Granary chef/owner Tim Rattray to serve a seven-course Surf & Turf tasting menu — including lobster pastrami. Drink pairings will be available.

Reservations can be made here.  (Cancellation within 48 hours of the dinner subject to fee.)

Seatings are at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


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Feast, 1024 S. Alamo St., is bringing its Guest Chef Series back on March 3.

Chef Pieter Sypesteyn of Where Y’at food truck will be serving up a Lundi Gras dinner.  That’s Fat Monday, folks, and it’s the day before Mardi Gras.

“This may be the last Guest Chef dinner for a while, so I wanna go out with a BANG!” Feast chef Stefan Bowers says. “Don’t mess around! Call and purchase in advance and get a $10 break. Its going to be a night of amazing food, white lightning’s and hurricanes. Right in your back yard! Take the next day off and come tear it up!”

Tickets are $60 at the door or $50 in advance. Call 210-354-1024.

San Antonio wine educator and seller, Woody Del LunaDallas Wine Competition judges

San Antonio wine educator and seller, Woody Del LunaDallas Wine Competition judges

San Antonio wine expert at Dallas wine competition

Woody de Luna, wine educator and owner of Vintages 2.0, was one of the judges at the Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition, the second-largest in the nation.

The competition was Feb. 17-18 at the Irving Convention Center.

In the photo at right, from left to right are Tim Gaiser, MS of San Francisco, Dilek Caner, MW of Dallas, Woody de Luna, CWE of San Antonio, and Debbie of Zachareas of Napa & San Francisco.

Crumpets French Wine Dinner

All of the wines in this month’s wine dinner at Crumpets are from France. Two are from the famous Bordeaux region, two from Cote d’Azur region in southeastern France and one from the historic city of Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, southern France bordering Spain.

The dinner is $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Call for reservations at 210-821-5600. Crumpets is at 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road.

Courses paired with French wines:

Crumpets is nestled in a sylvan section of town.

Crumpets’ woodland setting

Domaine Sarrail Cite de Carcassonne Blanc
French Onion Soup

Chateau Burgrave White
Vol au Vent St Jacques

Chateau Burgrave Red
Goose Liver Terrine

Chateau du Trignon Rasteau
Entrecote Café de Paris

Chateau du Trignon Muscat
Mocha Éclairs





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Ideas With a Difference for Your Valentine

Take your valentine out — or stay in — with one of these entertaining options that offer options to restaurants.

Creative Chocolates Strawberry Heart BoxChoose a chocolate dessert-making class at Central Market, order a stay-at-home gourmet meal from GauchoGourmet or stop in for a tequila tasting at La Fogata. Or, bring in a made-to-order Valentine’s breakfast, complete with card and flower, from Crumpets.

GauchoGourmet’s Valentine’s Take-Home Dinners

You can order three- or four-course meals for a romantic Valentine’s Day at home from GauchoGourmet.

This is a perfect option for all food lovers who are thinking about avoiding the crowds but still enjoying a quiet and romantic dinner at home. The dinners will also feature wines from Alexander Vineyard’s to go along with your dinner – Champagne Grand Cru Brut & Rose, Bordeaux St. Emilion, Bordeaux Graves Red & White as well as a Sauternes dessert wine! You can pick them up at the the GauchoGourmet warehouse on Feb. 14 along with your meal and GauchoGourmet will also have them available to pre-order on their website in the next few days so you can make sure they’ll be ready for pickup.

Dinners for two

ravioli genericDuck à la’Orange — Fresh Duck Rillettes by award-winning producer Hudson Valley, Candied Oranges, Crostini (or upgrade to) fresh Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon; Ravioli for the Gourmet –Maryland Blue Claw Crab Ravioli, Italian Sundried Tomato Butter, with semidried Cherry Tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano, East Coast Baguette (or upgrade to) Native Maine Lobster Ravioli; Sweet Seductions: Fine Spanish Chocolate Truffles, House made Cheesecake with Amarena Cherries, Soft Italian Nougat (or upgrade to) Fine Filled Chocolate Truffles, House made Cheesecake with Amarena Cherries, Soft Italian Nougat & Ferra Organic Coffee.

The three-course dinner for 2 is $59.95. Upgraded, the dinner for two is $79.95.

For the four-course Dinner for Two, add the following course: Charcuterie Platter: Meats: Artisanal Finocchietta Salami, Prosciutto San Daniele; Cheeses: Irish Ardagh Cheddar, Camembert; plus Olive Medley, Spicy Calabrian Peppers, Balsamic Cipollini Onions. Or, upgrade to Upgrade to Artisanal Salami con Porcini, Culatello, Cacio di Bosco Black Truffle Cheese, La Grein Wine Cheese.

The four-course dinner for two is $79.95; the upgraded four-course dinner for two is $99.95.

Please order by order by 5 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 12th; pickup on Feb. 14 or 15. Gaucho Gourmet is at 935 Isom Road. Phone number is 210-277-7930. To order online go click on the weblink here.

Free Tequila Tasting

Make Valentine’s Day reservations at La Fogata, then toast your sweetheart with one of La Fogata’s award-winning margaritas served with one of the restaurant’s  signature orchids nestled at the top of the glass. The restaurant’s concoctions are so popular that their bar crafts more than 300 gallons of margaritas each week.

Partida Margarita -1aLa Fogata features monthly tequila tastings to allow its guests to explore different tequila flavors and enjoy special cocktails crafted by La Fogata’s experienced bar staff to highlight the featured tequila.

February’s featured tequila is Camerena Tequila. Enjoy Valentine’s dinner at La Fogata Friday, Feb. 14, and before you head to your table stop by the free tasting table that will feature Camarena served both straight up and mixed in margaritas.

The free tasting table will be open on La Fogata’s main patio from 6-8 p.m. La Fogata is at  2427 Vance Jackson Road. (210) 340-1337.

Crumpet’s Gourmet Breakfast Delivered

For $28.50 per person, plus tax and tip, you can have a Valentine’s Day breakfast delivered to your door. The delivery of a gourmet breakfast is something Crumpets always offers, but they’ll add a romantic touch if you order for this romantic day on Feb. 14.

The breakfast is delivered in a basket tray with a flower and a card, and there is a delivery fee. Call Crumpet’s at 210-821-5600.

Breakfast includes: Eggs Benedict; freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit fruit, croissants and European breakfast pastries, and condiments.

Pastry Chef Offers Chocolate Class at Central Market

This class has all the sweetness you’d want, lots of chocolate dessert ideas and instruction from an expert. French pastry chef Jean Francois Bonnet, pastry chef and owner of Tumbador Chocolates, will show you some of the secrets of the pros as he demonstrates how to make and garnish Chocolate Souffle; Chocolate Pot de Creme; Chocolate Cremeux and Milk Chocolate-Hazelnut Dacquoise.

The class is $50 and is from 1-3 p.m. on Feb 9. The class is recommended for those who are 13 years and older. Call Central Market Cooking School at 210-368-8617.

chocolate cocoa

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Wild Game, Fresh Truffles at GauchoGourmet Saturday

Black truffles are here!

Truffles, a great seasonal taste, especially when fresh.

Stock up on some of the best tastes of the season this Saturday.

GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road is holding a Wild Game Tasting event on Dec. 14, featuring a selection of seasonal game meat specialties with discounted pricing including lamb and venison prosciutto by Salumeria Biellese, wild boar and venison sausages as well as Mangalitsa pancetta.

Customers will be able to sample the different meats and watch chef Tyler Horstmann of Tejas Steakhouse and other renowned chefs from San Antonio Chefs Cooperative, including Jeff White of Boiler House, Tyler Horstmann of Tejas Steakhouse and Isaac Cantu of Cordillera Ranch preparing wild game products.

Also available will be two kinds of fresh truffles, black Burgundy and white Alba truffles – sold by the ounce.

Alexander Vineyards of Fredericksburg will be sampling and selling fine French wines and Johnson’s Backyard Garden is onsite with local and organic produce.

If you want to stud your lamb with rosemary, do it lightly.

If you want to stud your lamb with rosemary, do it lightly.

Something new — Hudspeth River Ranch all-natural lamb from will be available from Comstock, Texas. Choose from rack of lamb, loin chop T-bones and ground lamb. (All natural, no added hormones or antibiotics, 100 percent grass fed.)

GauchoGourmet is at 935 Isom Road.  210-277-7930 or fax 210-497-2364.

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