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SA Cocktail Conference Presents $100K To Children’s Causes


BohananchefMark Bohanan—owner and executive chef of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, and creator of San Antonio Cocktail Conference—presented a check for $100,000 to HeartGift San Antonio and ChildSafe on Wednesday at the Sheraton Gunther downtown.

Both of these organizations are focused on saving the lives of children. The San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2014, a four-day event was held here from Jan. 16-19 and offered education and celebration of craft cocktails and spirits.

SACC Logo“The third annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference proved to be even more successful than we could have anticipated,” said Bohanan.

“It’s incredible to see the generous support of our community partners and friends. The contributions of everyone, including our presenters and attendees, are the true backbone of this event and we simply could not have come this far without their continued support. This donation is especially meaningful as it allows two organizations to provide their services to children in need, a cause that is so near and dear to my heart. It is with great joy that we present this check today.”

Bohanan was joined by Charlie Deacon, chairman of the board of HeartGift San Antonio; and Kim Abernethy, president and CEO of ChildSafe.

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Salud! SA Cocktail Conference Back for Another Round in January


The San Antonio Cocktail Conference, which premiered in San Antonio this past January, is coming back after the new year with promises of a little more of everything.

Cocktail novices and enthusiasts, industry experts, sponsors, and regional and national media will all be headed to San Antonio for this year’s conference, which runs Jan. 17-20. Of course, the event is also open to the cocktail-loving public.

Combining education with fun are seminars, tastings, evening soirees, after parties and more — all of which will benefit HeartGift San Antonio, a non-profit organization that provides life-saving heart surgery to children in areas where necessary care is unavailable.

“San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2013 will have more to offer than ever before, and will continue to bring the cocktail community together. Last year was a huge success, raising $57,000 for HeartGift, and my goal is to exceed that donation this year,” says Mark Bohanan, owner and executive chef of Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar

The conference opens Jan. 17 at the Majestic Theater, where ambassadors of select spirit brands will host a number of bars throughout the three levels of this historic building. Accompanying this crafting and serving of specialty cocktails will be jazz from six-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval.

The following day brings a full day of classes and parties for cocktail beginners and aficionados as well as the Original Cocktail Competition. In the evening enjoy a Tiki party at El Tropicano/Lani Kai and events at Luke, SoHo and The Esquire Tavern.

Saturday, Jan. 19, will present even more daytime cocktail craft seminars. Enjoy a beautiful view of downtown from atop double-decker buses, provided by City Sightseeing Double Decker, as you make your way to the street-level evening events at Bar 1919, Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar, and The Brooklynite.

One after-party ticket gives you access to two late-night bashes. Head over to Hyatt Regency San Antonio’s Lone Star Palace, which overlooks the historic Alamo or swing by The Menger Bar where hosts Jason Kosmas and The 86 Company keep the fun flowing.

Round out the Cocktail Conference with a delicious Sunday morning brunch hosted by Tito’s Vodka and a tequila cocktail event at La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar.

Stay tuned for ticket information, a full and detailed class schedule and more information here.

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You Gotta Help HeartGift


Jordan Asiimwe, a child helped by HeartGift San Antonio (center), is joined by Joseph Baker (from left), Deborah Miller, Rodrigo Ugartechea and Heather Nanez.

Five San Antonio chefs are getting together Thursday to prepare a multi-course dinner to benefit HeartGift San Antonio, a charity that helps children with heart defects.

Each of the chefs will be preparing a course with watermelon as an ingredient.

The chefs and their dishes include:

  • Heather Nañez of Bohanan’s with Yucatan-style Seared Hamachi and an assorted melon salsa and sour orange vinaigrette
  • Damien Watel of Bistro Vatel with Watermelon, Grape Tomato and Feta Salad.
  • Rodrigo Ugartechea of Cabo Seafood + Bar with Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail plus watermelon tartare, passion fruit with cilantro sauce and crispy rice noodles
  • Patricia Wenckus of Auden’s Kitchen with Watermelon and Prosciutto Salad with goat cheese and basil
  • Joseph Baker of the RK Group with Watermelon Pavé, strawberry dice, cilantro caviar, black sesame micro-sponge cake.

Jordan Asiimwe, a 1-year-old heart surgery patient from Uganda, will be the special guest of the evening. He underwent heart surgery last week, thanks to HeartGift and will be on hand to receive a special cake from Baker.

HeartGift San Antonio brings children from around the world to San Antonio for free surgery to correct life-threatening heart defects.

Tickets for the event are $125 a person. The event is at the home of Deborah and Morris Miller, 777 East Olmos Drive.  For reservations, call Cathy at HeartGift, 210-299-7666.

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