While 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. www.gauchogourmet.com/events.html
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.
Granary 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.
Where Y’at? At Feast
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 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’ 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