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It’s Oktoberfest Time at the Hyatt Hill Country


The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, is throwing an Oktoberfest like no other this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.

You can sample an array of craft beers, go dancing, enjoy all of your favorite German foods and take advantage of the hotel’s famous five-acres of water fun.

beers1Held on the resort grounds, this Oktoberfest will also live music in the Luckenbach Pavilion from the 2 Rivers Brass Quintet.

Tickets for the event are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-12, while children 5 and under are free. The admission price includes food, entertainment, one drink ticket and parking. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional drinks after you use the one drink ticket. Tickets for the event also include access to the resort’s pools and waterpark from noon to 8 p.m. on the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling the resort at 210-767-7999.

Brews featured during the festivities include Texas craft beers such as St. Arnold’s Octoberfest, Karbach Krunkin Pumpkin, Hacker Pschorr Marzen Amber Ocktoberfest, Erdinger Hefe Weissbier Dark, Hofbrau Maibock, and Paulaner Oktoberfest. There may even be a few surprises to tempt your beer taste buds — like growlers for sale — and a full bar with other beers, wines, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.

A true Texas resort that celebrates its heritage whenever possible, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort features Texas beers throughout the property—in fact, the draft lines in Charlie’s Long Bar consist of only Texas draft beers, so if you’d like to check out the selection while you’re enjoying Oktoberfest, feel free to pull up a bar stool and enjoy some Texas brews.

There’s nothing like a German feast to accompany your beer, and Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort’s food stations definitely fill the bill. With traditional German favorites such as Slow Cooked Sauerbraten and Egg Noodles, Shiner Bock Bratwursts, Braised Red Cabbage, Roasted Chicken with Beer and Onion Sauce, Warm Potato Salad, Pumpernickel Bread, Pretzel Rolls, Molasses and Honey Pfeffernuesse cookies, German Chocolate cake and much more, you’re sure to feel like you’ve stepped into a German brewhouse for a meal.

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It’s Almost Easter. Time to Get Your Bonnet and Your Brunch Reservations.


The Easter Bunny is coming, and he’s bringing plenty of wonderful treats for your special holiday meal. Here are a few choices that await you, in various price ranges.

Prices do not include tax and tip. Reservations are required.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — The Easter buffet is from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features include a sushi station and a salad station plus the following chef-carved meats: Slow Smoked Prime Rib and Bone-In Ham. Entrees include Chicken Habanero Cassoulet, Roasted Loin of Pork with Ancho Ginger Glaze, Tomatillo Hominy Pozole Verde, Pan Seared Salmon with Cactus Tequila Ginger Butter Sauce, Valencia Seafood Paella, Tri-Color Potato Medley, Baby Seasonal Vegetables and Sesame Asparagus. A custom egg station, an array of traditional breads and desserts round out the meal. Cost is $42 for adults and $21 for children ages 4-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 —Easter brunch hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m.The buffet will include appetizers, salads and desserts, while one entree is chosen from the menu. Entree options include: Maine Lobster omelet, poblano rajas, caramelized onion stuffed “Biga” potato, asparagus, avocado, guajillo salsa; Organic Egg Benedict, dill muffin, baby greens, Country bacon, red Hollandaise; Sautéed East Coast flounder, heirloom tomatoes and fennel, sherry brown butter; Roasted ribeye of beef, baked potato gnocchi, broccolini, black pepper beef sauce; Duck confit and mushroom risotto, Frisee, truffled duck jus; Zucchini burger, Fennel seed bun, heirloom tomato, lettuce, grilled onion, basil aioli and root vegetable chips. The selection of desserts: Carrot cake, cream cheese icing and candied carrots; Fresh blueberry baby tarts; Eclairs, Tiramisu, Texmati rice pudding; Torta Divina; and Sparkling strawberry fruit soup. There will also be kids desserts. The prices are $54 for adults and $27.50 for children under 12.

Bin 555,555 W. Bitters Road, (210) 496-0555 — The Easter brunch hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Begin with an apertif Cava Rose and Blood Orange Mimosa ($10). The four-course special begins with choice of appetizer: Mixed Field Greens with Candied Pecans, Texas Goat Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette; Lobster Bisque with Chives and Smoked Butternut Squash; Sous Vide Farm Egg with Spring Vegetable Ragout and ecorino Romano “Frico”; and Buttermilk Biscuits with Shaved Serrano Ham and Strawberry Jam. Entree choices: Duck Confit with Thai Red Curry, Coconut Foam, “Cracklins” and Basil; Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Steamed Eggs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Black Pepper; Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cous Cous, Orange-Carrot Puree, Miso and Charred Cumin; and Sous Vide of Beef Tenderloin Petite Filet with Caramalized Onion Puree, Blue Cheese Spoonbread, Roasted Leeks and Buerre Rouge ($5 Additional Supplement for Filet). After a cheese plate served family style, choose from Nutella and Dark Chocolate “Soufflé” Cake with Hazelnut, Raspberry and Smoked Pistachio; Strawberries with Mascarpone, Basil and Black Pepper; or Passion Fruit “Cheesecake” with Candied Lemon, “Blondies”, Blueberry and Pink Peppercorn. Cost is $29.95 a person or $11 for the children’s menu. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks.

The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta St., (210) 225-6366 — Easter Brunch will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meal will include: Breakfast Buffet with Omelets-to-Order Station, Waffle Station with Maple Syrup, Strawberry Compote and Chantilly Cream. Traditional Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise, Smoked Bacon and Maple Sausage, Home-baked Biscuits and Gravy, Assorted Breakfast Pastries, Breads, Butter and Preserves. Spring Favorites: Trimmings for a Classic Caesar Salad and Bright Shawl House Salad. Chef’s Carving Table: Slow-Roasted Pineapple Glazed Ham. Entrée Favorites: Fried Southern Style Chicken, Lemon-Pepper Fish, Yellow Fluffy Rice, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Steamed Broccoli Spears. Grand Dessert Buffet features Cakes, Tarts, and Petit Fours plus Fresh Easter Bunny Cookies and Brownies. Prices are $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 6-12, and $14.95 for senior citizens. Coffee and tea are included in the buffet price.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Easter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu specials include Breast of Chicken with Champagne Sauce ($29.50), Fresh Salmon Filet with Lemon-Butter and Capers ($36.50), Shrimp Lyonnaise with Wild Rice Blend ($36.50) , Tenderloin of Beef Savoy ($36.50), and Veal Scalloppini with Mushroom and Cognac Sauce ($36.50). The following is served with appetizer, cup of soup and house salad, fresh vegetables and dessert: Trilogy of Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce ($49.50). Children’s menu available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Call for hours. Soups include Beef Barley & Vegetables ($6) and Cold Cucumber, Smoked Salmon & Dill ($7). Appetizers include Assorted Pate Plate ($8), Shrimp Cocktail & Jumbo Crab Meat & Cocktail Sauce ($11), Baked Oysters Casino ($9), Baked Brie & Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry ($9), Spring Rolls served in a Lettuce cup with Fresh Mint & Cilantro ($10), Crab Cake served with Mixed Greens & Tartar Sauce ($11); and Frivolites Of Smoked Smoke Salmon & Salmon Roe ($10). Salads: Roquefort & Walnut Salad ($8), Caesar Salad, ($8), Tomato & Cucumber Salad ($9), Frederick’s Salad with Mixed Green, Fresh Corn, Black Beans & Artichoke Heart ($9). Main courses: Lobster & Lump Crabmeat with Asparagus & Grand Marnier Dressing ($35), Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout with Avocado Relish ($18), Fresh Baked Norwegian Salmon Dijonnaise ($19), Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic & Fresh Thyme Sauce ($21), Beef Filet Mignon with Jumbo Shrimp & Béarnaise Sauce ($31), Grilled Chicken Breast with Sun-dried Tomato & Artichoke Hearts ($17), Eggs Norfolk w/ Smoked Salmon & Crabmeat ($18), and Shrimp with Tomato & Garlic Sauce ($18). The children’s menu: Chicken Breast with Fries ($13) and Grilled Salmon and Fries ($14).

The Grill at Leon Springs, 24116 I-1o W., (210) 698-8797 — The Easter brunch buffet will include 18 assorted salads, waffle station, omelet station, meat-carving station and three main courses. The price is $25.95 for adults or $32.95 with mimosas added; or $11.95 for kids under 12.

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-3357 — There will be three seatings for the annual Easter brunch and petting zoo: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a brunch buffet and Champagne as well as Easter baskets for each table, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, a live piano player and complimentary valet parking. The petting zoo will include rabbits, chickens, sheep, a miniature goat and a potbelly pig. Cost is $34.95 for adults, $30.95 for seniors and $16.95 for children 6-10.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 1234 — Easter brunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For breakfast lovers, there will be pancakes, muffins and croissants, eggs benedict with shaved ham, an omelet bar to include a selection of seasonal ingredients. At the artisan bread, cheese & fruit kiosk: freshly baked rustic hearth breads, tapenade and bread dips, handcrafted cheeses with dried fruit and nuts, and seasonal fruit offerings. Salads and seafood options include local and seasonally inspired salads, hand-shucked oysters, chilled shrimp, smoked gulf mussels, oak-smoked salmon, rémoulade, jalapeño mignonette and plum tomato cocktail sauce, and smoked salmon with bagels, chopped egg, red onion, capers and cream cheeses. The carving station will have slow-roasted beef steamship au jus, sea salt enhancements and creamy horseradish, maple-glazed ham and cumin-crusted turkey. Entrées and sides: Pan-roasted “catch of the day” with three bean stew and poblano tomatillo sauce, mesquite charred chicken with sweet pepper marmalade, griddled new potatoes with fresh herbs, pecan smoked sausage, spring vegetables as well as a chef-attended pasta bar. Desserts: chocolate brownie cobbler, mousses, ice cream sundae bar, cakes, pies, tortes and pastries, and crème brûlée. Prices: Adults – $49.95; Seniors – $39.95; Children – $23; and children under four. There will be a children’s buffet.

Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 – There are extended hours for the Champagne Brunch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the brunch is $69.95 per person and $34.95 for children ages 6-12 years. The regular à la carte dining at Las Canarias will resume at 5:30 p.m.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — The brunch will include such options as Eggs Benedict, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast, a Breakfast Burger and more. The Westlakes location will feature bagpipe players at 1 p.m.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Easter lunch will be from noon to 4 p.m. The three-course special includes choice of Zuppa di Aragosta (Lobster Bisque), Caesar Salad or Caprese with tomato slices and fresh mozzarella to start. Second course choices: Agnello Scottadito (Parsley and Garlic Brined Australian Lamb Chops) or Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto) Dessert: Spumoni, Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato. Cost: $29.95. An a la carte menu also available.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853:  Easter hours are 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Celebrate with our Sunday jazz brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Brunch menu specialties include fried shoulder pork chop on biscuit, pork grillades, a crabmeat and avocado omelet and fried Texas quail and waffles. Visit lukesanantonio.com for more information.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Rd., Suite 101, 210-444-9547: All Easter weekend: Giant Pecan Praline Cinnamon Rolls,$6; Classic Style House Mustard and Chive Deviled Eggs, $4; Asparagus, Pancetta, and Cheddar Quiche,$9; Guajillo-Rubbed Grilled Ham Steak with two Fried Farm Eggs, Caramelized Pineapple Relish, Maple Lacquered Yams, $19.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Easter brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an omelet station offering everything from bacon to crawfish etouffée for your eggs. Buffet items and carved-to-order items include prime rib, broiled salmon, French toast and gumbo. Sides include roasted new potatoes, grilled asparagus, assorted fruit and a salad bar. Desserts: Bread pudding with cinnamon rum sauce and strawberry shortcake with black pepper-Balsamic syrup. The cost is $39.95 for adults or $15 for children under 10.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 228-0700 — The Easter dinner special is a three-course meal consisting of a choice of Lobster Bisque, Ahi Tuna Tower, Jumbo Shrimp Alexander, Caesar Salad, Morton’s Salad or Chopped Spinach Salad, followed by a choice of 6-ounce Center-Cut Filet Mignon served with Steamed Asparagus Spears; Honey-Chili Glazed Salmon Fillet with Vegetable Relish; or Chicken Bianco with Artichokes, Capers & White Wine Sauce. Dessert choices: Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, Double Chocolate Mousse or Individual Souffle. Cost: $59 a person.

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031 — Holiday hours begin at 11 a.m. and continue into the evening. The regular menu will be offered. Seating is limited.

Oro at the Emily Morgan, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 225-5100 — Easter brunch will be served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The brunch buffet includes omelets made to order,Texas Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Spiced Maple Syrup, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Sausages, Home Style Potatoes with Garlic Sea Salt, Fresno Pepper and Aged Cheddar Biscuits and Cracked Pepper Gravy. Chilled items: Seasonal Fruit and Berries, Mixed Lettuces with Roasted Tomatoes and Local Goat Cheese, Blanched Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan, Bacon Aioli,  Grilled Baby Portabello, Spring Tomato and Aged Balsamic. Warm items: Truffled Garlic Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Garden Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms with Pickled Onions, Sautéed Texas Squash and Zucchini with Roasted Tomato, Dried Cranberry and Apricot Studded Wild Rice. Main items: Achiote Honey Rubbed Pit-Style Ham with a Cinnamon Walnut Sauce, Hickory Smoked Prime Rib with Natural Jus and Horseradish Crema, Herb Seared Scottish Salmon with a Gorgonzola Cilantro Cream, and Coriander Mustard Smeared Pork Loin With A Grilled Apple and Garlic Veal Sauce. Sweets: Pumpkin Pie, Assorted Cookies and Blondies, Lemon Ice Box Cake and Strawberry Shortcake. Complimentary valet parking. Prices:  $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children.

Ostra at the Mokara, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 – The regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch hours, with featured Easter Sunday specials during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya St., 210-362-6325: Easter Brunch, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults: $42 per person; Children: ages 0-3 Free; ages 4-12 $21 pp. Menu: Antipasto and cheese display of domestic and international cheese; cured meats and grilled vegetables. Salad bar: Hearts of Romaine, Baby Spinach, mesclun greens, house blend, tomato, bacon bits, hearts of palm, croutons, Parmesan cheese, green onions with House dressing, ranch or bleu cheese dressing. Also, Cucumber Salad; Red Onion and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette; Roasted Fennel, Red Peppers, and Texas Orange Segments; Grilled Artichokes, Roasted Red Pepper, and Tomato Salad Topped with Feta Cheese. Roasted and Hand-Carved Meats: Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Sweet Lemon Preserves, and Mint Tzatziki; Texan Wild Boar Ham with Whole Grain Mustard, Cherry and Pineapple Marmalade. Entrees: Ancho Chili Mustard Crusted Red Fish with Tomatillo Salsa; Corn Bread Muffins Topped with Chorizo and Eggs and a Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce; Pancakes with Blackberry Raspberry Compote and Bourbon Orange Compote. Custom omelet stations and fresh egg dishes. Traditional Holiday Sides: Bacon and Sausage; Three Cheese Mac n’ Cheese; Breakfast Potatoes. Traditional Bread Table: Blueberry Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins, Muesli Bread, French Baguettes, Croissants, Ciabatta. Dessert buffet: Mini Cookies, Napoleons, Mini Mousse Shooters, Coconut Mini Flan, Crème Brulee, Pot De Crème, Opera Cake, Pear Tart, Fruit Tart, Mini Cheesecake, Mini Strudel’s & Macaroons. www.qriverwalk.com

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 479-9700 — The Easter Brunch from executive chef Matt Inouye will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The specialty a la carte menu features a selection of breakfast items, signature side dishes, hearty entrees and tasty desserts. Menu items include: Chicken and Waffles; Pancakes in Pulled Pork; Fresh Baked Warm Cinnamon Rolls; Breakfast Flatbread with Fried Eggs, Elgin Sausage and Bacon; Cast Iron Skillet of Green Chile Pork with Oven Roasted Sunny Side Up Eggs; Chicken Enchiladas and Eggs with Black Beans; Carnitas Benedict with Poached Eggs, cornbread and Chipotle Hollandaise; Elgin Sausage Migas with White Cheddar and warm buttered tortillas; and the  full menu and regular brunch menu. Mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails will be priced at $5.00 each. Cost for the brunch is $29 per person.  www.roaringfork.com

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — Easter hours for the four-course brunch are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Start with a Pomegranate, Pineapple Juice, Vodka Martini Topped with Ruffino Prosecco ($10). The meal begins with a choice of Slow Roasted Caprese; Simple Mixed Field Salad with Shaved Fennel, Cherry Tomato and Red Wine Vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Bisque with Smoked Paprika Crema and Basil; or Toasted English Muffin with Italian Sausage, Organic Fried Egg and San Marzano Jam. Second Course choice: House Made Tagliatelli with Oyster Mushrooms and Thyme; Spinach and Bacon Frittata with Calabrese Salsa and Roasted Squash Escabeche; Crispy Skin Rainbow Trout with Brussel Sprout Hash and Salsa Verde; and Duck Confit Leg with Polenta Waffle Maple Agrodolce and Aruglula. After a Cheese plate served family style, enjoy your choice of Nutella X 3, Local Strawberry and Mint Parfait, or Olive Oil cake with House Made Apple Sauce. Cost is $37.95 for adults or $11 for the children’s menu. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks.

Tre Trattoria at the Fairmount, 401 S. Alamo St.,  (210) 223-0401 — A four-course Easter brunch is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Start with your choice of the following appetizers: Slow Roasted Caprese with Mozzarella and Basil; Mixed Field Greens with Shaved Fennel, Grape Tomatoes, Red Wine Vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Bisque with Celery Heart and Parsley Salad; and Toasted English Muffin with House Made Italian Sausage, Fried Egg, San Marzano Jam. Entrée choices: Tagliatelle, Thyme and Wild Mushrooms; Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Caramelized Bananas, Nutella Chantilly; Grilled Tuscan Ribeye with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Charred Green Beans, Tarragon Butter ($12 beef supplement); Pan Roasted Salmon with, English Peas, House Made Ricotta Cheese, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Roasted Spring Onions; and Crispy Duck Confit, Polenta Waffles, Baby Arugula, Maple Agrodolce. After a cheese course (served family style, enjoy your choice of Nutella x 3 or Strawberry and Mint Parfait. The cost for the four-course meal is $39.95 a person. The regular menu will be served after 4 p.m.

Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N.,(210) 688-2686 — The Easter Bunny will put in an appearance during brunch. In addition to the regular menu, there will be a Scotch egg special for $6.95 on both Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Westin La Cantera, The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, in the San Antonio Grand Ballroom 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For reservations call 210-558-2439. The annual Grand Ballroom brunch this holiday features a variety of seasonal specialties and traditional fare. Our buffet features cuisines sure to please any palate, including carving stations, fresh seafood, local favorites and a chocolate fountain with decadent dessert display. Everyone in the family is sure to enjoy live music, children’s activities and more. Adults, $52 pp;  Child $25 (6-12), Senior $40. Children 5 and under are free.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, will open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny will have treats for children and pose for complimentary photos until 3p.m. Z’Tejas’ new brunch menu, which features a jalapeño bacon stuffed relleno served with scrambled eggs and a chorizo pork scramble skillet will be available from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To receive a special 20 percent off discount for Easter dinner, follow Z’Tejas on Facebook at facebook.com/ZTejasLaCantera or on Twitter at @ZTejas. For reservations, call 210-690-3334.

John Griffin contributed to this report.

Restaurateurs, if you want to be included in our lists, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

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Chef’s Corner: Louis Venditti’s Almond Cookies


Louis Venditti, former pastry chef at Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa

From Louis Venditti, the former pastry chef at Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa come these utterly delectable Almond Cookies. We had them on our dessert plates during a visit to Antlers during Culinaria’s Restaurant Week. I was determined to get the recipe.

Venditti was kind enough to share it. And, to my surprise, it called for a half-pound of lard. “That’s what makes them so delicious,” says Venditti.

Apparently the use of lard, whether in pastry, pizzas or pasta, has become trendy.

Regina Schrambling in “Slate” predicted this in a posting in 2009, “I’m convinced that the redemption of lard is finally at hand because we live in a world where trendiness is next to godliness. And lard hits all the right notes, especially if you euphemize it as rendered pork fat—bacon butter. ”

The “bacon butter” terminology works for me. Though, I’m thinking that butter and/or shortening could be substituted for the lard in this recipe.

Also, note that Venditti’s recipe indicates weight, not cup measurements for the flour and sugar. The first time I tested this recipe I used a conversion chart to turn ounces into cups and the results were not good. The second time I weighed the flour and sugar out on my kitchen scale (once used for Weight Watchers, and the irony did not escape me) and discovered I’d put extra flour into the first batch.

The results were much better the second time, and the measurements in parentheses below will work.

Almond Cookies from Louis Venditti’s recipe.

Almond Cookies

15-1/2 ounces flour (3-1/4 cups)
7- 3/4 ounces sugar (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pound lard
1-1/4 ounces butter
1  egg
1  egg yolk
1-1/3 tablespoons almond extract
2 tablespoons half-and-half, for brushing
3/4 cup sliced almonds

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Cut in the lard and butter.  Whisk the egg, egg yolk and almond extract together, then and mix into the dry ingredients until combined. Roll dough into 1- inch balls, flatten between your palms and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten them a bit more, then brush with the half-and-half.  Top each cookie with slivered almonds.  Bake in 350 degree oven until just golden brown around the bottom edges and just starting to brown lightly up the outer sides of the cookies.  (In my oven this was 13- 14 minutes.) Let them cool on a rack.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

From Louis Venditti, pastry chef at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa

These were from the first batch of cookies. Not like Venditti’s, but good enough to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spectacular Brilliance: Food-friendly Wines Great to ‘Go To’


Troy Knapp is executive chef at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort, including Antlers Lodge. He’s also a Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine. His column, Spectacular Brilliance, appears monthly on SavorSA.

By Troy Knapp

Troy Knapp

“What wine should we bring?”  This is a common question when attending a party, especially when you know the food and company will be outstanding.  Just because the cuisine is uncertain, doesn’t mean the wine selection should be.  When in doubt, a “Go To” wine is your best bet!

A “Go To” wine refers to a wine with friendliness, as it gets along well with others.  It typically offers flexibility to pair with a wide range of dishes, as well as the preferences of a diverse crowd.  “Go To” wines will typically have particular structural traits.  There are two major factors when determining a wine to be “food friendly”: alcohol content and acidity.  Wines from a moderate to cooler climate will typically display lower levels of alcohol and higher acidity, which is prime for “Go To” wines.

My personal favorite “Go To” wine selections are:

Sparkling:  Always a safe bet.  Not only is sparkling wine versatile, it is also a great way to kick off the party.  You can’t go wrong with Cava, Prosecco or Champagne.  Feeling adventurous?  Look for French Crémant de Bourgogne, German Sekt or South African Cap Classique.

White Wines:  You’ll want to look for medium to light-bodied white wines, with racy acidity, good fruit, and even a touch of residual sugar.  My personal favorites include, from Austria, Grüner Veltliner.  From Spain, Albariño and Txakoli.  From Oregon, Germany and North Italy, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio. For something with subtle sweetness, France’s Vouvray or Germany’s, Mosel Kabinett (off-dry) Riesling.

Dry rose wine

Dry Rosé Wines:  This is my favorite category!  Rosé is typically, very versatile, as the slight red fruit character lends itself to a wide range of dishes.  Highly underrated and reasonably priced wines from Tavel, in France, Vinho Verde from Portugal and Spanish Garnacha Rosado, bring a lot of excitement to the table.  One piece of advice: these should not be confused with cheap, pink sweet wine.  As they say, “Friends don’t let friends drink white Zin.”

Red Wines:  Here’s where it gets a little tricky.  The one thing to keep in mind here is to stay away from excessive alcohol and tannin (bio-molecule that contributes to the dry, “puckering” in your mouth you feel with certain wines). Check the label to ensure the alcohol content is not too high — you want to stay under 14 percent alcohol.  The lower the alcohol, the better indication that it will be friendlier to a diversity of dishes, as well as the audience.

Oregon, Washington and the cooler areas of California will offer bright fruit with balanced acidity.  Merlot can be a good option as it is typically rounder with soft tannins.  Zinfandel displays loads of fruit up front and moderate tannin. However, it can be very high in alcohol so keep an eye on the label.  Other exciting options consist of German Pinot Noir, Barbera from North Italy, Cru Beaujolais from one of the 10 highly regarded village /sites in France.

Dessert Wines: Selections such as Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Aqui from Piedmont, Italy, are enormous crowd-pleasers.  Both offer light effervescence with balanced sweetness and acidity.  Low in alcohol with delicate minerality, these selections are sure to intrigue a range of palates.

Now that you have my recommendations, here are some items to avoid when looking for a “Go To” wine.

Big, oaky Cabernet isn't necessarily food friendly.

Wines high in alcohol, tannin and a big oak treatment should be nixed.  With this in mind, you may want to save the big California Cabernets and Chardonnays for an occasion that will do them justice.  As wonderful as they are, they are better suited for specific dishes and certainly have their place in the pursuit of the perfect pairing, just not for the “Go To” list.

Be wary of chasing critic scores or ratings. Remember we are looking for certain specific qualities in a wine that gives it the ability to work well under most conditions. Ratings are far too general and do not speak to the structure of a wine.

Don’t forget to do a little research on the wine; where did it come from, where’s the vineyard, what was the process?  What you discover may add a little something extra to the overall experience, plus, it would make for great dinner conversation.  Keep in mind the theme of this column — to educate yourself on the art of wine pairing, while intriguing your appetite for adventure.  Spectacular brilliance is always right around the corner, sometimes you may have to stroll from your comfort zone to achieve it.


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Filet Mignon, Roast Chicken and More During Restaurant Week at Antlers Lodge


The open kitchen at Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country.

Our first venture into Restaurant Week got off to a rousing start Sunday evening with a trip to Antlers Lodge at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort.

We were seated close to the magnificent chandelier of antlers that dominates the air above the elegantly understated dining area. So, we could enjoy a view of it out of the corner of one eye, while also watching the staff work in the open kitchen that’s marked by a burnished array of gleaming copper cookware that we wanted to take home for our own kitchens. (If a pot’s missing, we didn’t take it. Honest.)

After drooling over chef Troy Knapp’s regular menu for a few moments — that bison tenderloin is calling me back for a return visit soon — we each found what we wanted on the special Culinaria Restaurant Week menu, which is a three-course prix fixe for $35 a person. The special offering runs through Saturday.

Two of us started with the Poblano Tomatillo Soup, a regular menu item that captured my attention because it promised roasted chicken, avocado and cilantro in addition. It was spicy and tangy, with just the right touch of creaminess to blend all of the rich flavors together, before ending with a pleasant chile burn on the finish. I had ordered a glass of the Gruet Brut Rosé, and the bracing acidity of the wine cleansed the palate, making me want to spoon more and more soup.

Organic, free-range chicken with a touch of rosemary.

The third person in my party ordered the traditional Caesar, which a winning combination of crisp romaine, salty Parmesan as well as the salty, mouth filling richness of anchovy in it. It was fresh and a welcoming respite from the summer heat; yet despite the high temperatures, I still could have eaten a gallon of that soup.

Each of us was more than happy with our respective entrée choices. Moist, briny Gulf red fish was presented with a lively spice blend on the crust, while a petite prime filet mignon arrived with spicy poblano butter on it. The beef was velvety, tender and a perfect sponge for the butter. Half of an organic, free-range chicken had been roasted in rosemary-tinged butter, which left the meat perfectly moist. The skin was delicate with a few choice crispy parts, while the meat practically fell off the bone without it having been overcooked. (The chicken and red fish are also on the regular menu in addition to several steak selections.)

On the side of each were smoked Cheddar mashed potatoes, with an emphasis on the appealing smoke flavor that perfumed the potato, and fresh spears of asparagus that had been prepared to the point of being soft but without losing some crunch when you bit into them.

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Roasted Strawberries

The breads were definitely not an after-thought, as you’ll find true in too many other restaurants. Pastry chef Lou Venditti’s choices included jalapeño corn biscuits and black pepper-cumin lavosh, and both disappeared quickly, though we were glad the kitchen brought us some regular butter to replace the sweet pecan butter they were served with. (Those of us who don’t want sweet except at dessert are becoming more of a minority every day, I know. And I also realize we are probably the first table to make such a request this year, if not longer.)

Dessert was a sweet, as it should be. It was buttermilk panna cotta, dense and delicious, with a roasted strawberry syrup on top. The roasted berries provided the one controversy of the evening. One friend didn’t care for the carbon flavor that the charred exterior of the berries provided. The other two didn’t mind the texture or flavor it contributed. We all agreed, however, that the almond cookies on the side, loaded with almond extract or marzipan or what have you to give it extra almond flavor, were spectacular. Light and airy, they provided a great contrast to the creaminess of the panna cotta while complementing the richness of the dish.

Here’s hoping the rest of our Restaurant Week adventures are as satisfying as this one was.

Antlers Lodge
Hyatt Hill Country Resort
9800 Hyatt Resort Drive
210-647-1234
hillcountry.hyatt.com

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M Is for the Many Restaurant Options for Mother’s Day


On May 8, it’s all about Mom. Remember all she’s done for you and treat her right. Treat her to the dinner of her choice. The following restaurants range in style from prime steakhouses to extensive buffets to barbecue in the great outdoors.

Reservations are required unless otherwise noted. Tax and tip are not included.

Whether Mom wants a light lunch or an extensive buffet, San Antonio resaturants are ready to please.

Achiote River Cafe, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 Market St., 201-224-1234 — Mother’s Day buffet is 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Begin with spring greens, a Tomato-Thai Basil Salad, Barley and Papaya Salad, Calamari and Shrimp Couscous Salad, and fruit cocktail in ginger syrup. Entrees include Shiner Bock-battered Atlantic Scrod Fillets, Miso-glazed Grilled Chicken, Coconut-Ginger Lamb Curry, prime rib, bone-in ham and an omelet station. Other dishes include a hot and sour tomatillo soup, roasted local harvest vegetables, steamed asparagus in black sesame soy, and garlic horseradish mashed potatoes. Seasonal pastries, mousse and cakes as well as Chef Daniel’s chocolate creation round out the meal. Cost: $30, adults, and $15 for children ages 3-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — Brunch hours on Mother’s Day are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A buffet of appetizers, salads and artisan breads precede an entrée from a menu. Options include a Maine lobster omelet, an organic Eggs Benedict, curried spiced mini lamb meatloaf with spring vegetable ratatouille, brioche Texas toast,  seared Atlantic salmon, pork goulash, pan-roasted wild Alaskan halibut, and smokey garlic roasted prime rib ($3 supplemental). A dessert buffet closes out the meal. A kids’ menu, with choices such as chocolate waffle and chicken fingers with fries, is available. Cost: $49 for adults, $27.50 for kids.

BIN 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-496-0555 — A special four-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu features choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert and will include a cheese course served family-style. Drink specials, mimosas and sangria will be available. Cost: $29.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, 210-824-0100 — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A three-course menu will be offered, varying in price from $20 to $32 a person depending upon the entrée selected. Appetizer choices include lobster-asparagus bisque, tomato-basil bisque, a mini-Belgian waffle and Waldorf salad. Entrée options: Eggs Benedict, three-egg omelet, smoked Black Forest Ham on pumpernickel French toast, crab cake, honey-glazed spiral baked ham, and Chateaubriand. Desserts: cheesecake, strawberry tiramisù, chocolate pecan caramel torte, brandied apricot croissant pudding and fresh berries in mascarpone sabayon.  An optional flight of wines accompanies the meal for $16. Flamenco guitar and percussion will also be featured. A child’s plate for $8.99 is available.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St.,  210-472-2600 — On Mother’s Day, Bohanan’s open at 5 p.m. with its full menu. In addition, all Mothers will receive a yellow rose and gift box of truffles. www.bohanans.com

Coco Chocolate Lounge and Bistro, 18402 U.S. 281 N., 210-491-4480 — Brunch will be served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bottomless Champagne or mimosas will be served alongside a buffet of starters featuring smoked salmon and bagels, tomato and mozzarella, shrimp cocktail, mushroom dip, goat cheese dip, hummus, and daily selection of green, Caesar, potato, red pepper, chicken, white truffle and fresh lemon penne salad as well as a selection of charcuteries and cold cuts and a platter of imported and domestic cheeses. A crêpes station will feature sweet and savory selections, including eggs and bacon; smoked salmon with chives and cream; ratatouille and egg; roasted red pepper with tomatoes , potatoes and egg, Nutella banana, chocolate, and roasted pear and crème Chantilly. Egg and entrée choices include  scrambled eggs with apple wood smoked bacon country breakfast sausage and sautéed potatoes; eggs Benedict with smoked Canadian bacon or smoked salmon; and tagliatelle with lardons, English peas, Asiago and chicken. A dessert buffet with a chocolate fountain and more closes out the meal. Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for children under age 12.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5600 — Chef Francois Maeder is giving Mom a weekend of celebrations. Special menus will be offered for lunch and dinner May 7 and brunch and dinner May 8. Dinner menus on both evenings will feature hors d’oeuvres, such as Marinated Gulf Shrimp, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Mousse Truffle Pâté. Entrées include Chicken Chasseur, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Shrimp Lyonnaise, New York Strip and the Trilogy, featuring Lobster Tail with Lemon-Garlic Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Beef Tenderloin Rossini.  The May 7 special lunch menu will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will feature a variety of salads, pasta dishes and entrées such as Rosemary Chicken, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Tenderloin of Beef and more. The Mother’s Day brunch, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes entrées such as Shrimp Salad on Avocado, Eggs Benedict, Veal Scaloppini, Shrimp Lyonnaise and more. The Trilogy will also be available. Children’s menu available.  www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., 210-822-3358 — Mother’s Day hours are 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with a special menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Two breakfast specials are Earl’s Famous Thins topped with strawberries and served with bacon or house-made pork sausage and Bananas Foster & Walnut French Toast with bacon and maple syrup. For lunch and dinner, specials include a new field greens salad with citrus, jícama and a cilantro-lime vinaigrette; a 6-ounce filet mignon with a Torre di Pietra Port sauce; Beef Lasagna; and Rainbow Trout Amandine. Fried chicken, roast turkey and a select menu of favorites will also be available. Dessert specials include red velvet cake and Earl’s Boston Crème Pie. Children’s menu available.

814 A Texas Bistro, 713 High St., Comfort, 830-995-4990 — Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes grilled petite filet mignon with sweet potato mash and bistro steak butter ($22),  Sautéed Norwegian Salmon with Sweet Pea Risotto and Tomato-Shallot Vinaigrette ($19),  Shrimp & Grits ($18), and Apricot-Herb Glazed Duck Breast ($18). All entrées include choice of salad or soup and a complimentary mimosa for Mom. www.814ATexasBistro.com

El Jarro de Arturo Mexican Restaurant, 13421 San Pedro Ave., 210-494-5084 — The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.    Chef-prepared omelets, chilaquiles, spiral ham, potatoes, waffles with Bananas Foster, fajitas, Tex-Mex tacos, enchiladas, pork cascabel, Mexican sides, salads, fresh fruits and desserts will be featured. Cost:  $18.95, adults; $9.95, children under age 10. Regular menu available from 3 to 9 p.m. www.eljarro.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-824-WINE (9463) — The Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The special meal begins with a choice of fruit salad or wedge salad. Entrée choices include mushroom, cheddar and filet mignon frittata; berry-stuffed French toast; smoked salmon and toasted bagel; asparagus, Swiss cheese and lump crab frittata; and filet Benedict. Dessert choices include walnut turtle pie, New York-style cheesecake and  crème brûlée. Cost: $32.95, adults; $15.95, children ages 12 and younger. Moms receive a $25 gift card for a future visit.

Fogo de Chão, 849 E. Commerce St., 210-227-1700 — The Brazilian steakhouse will be open for special hours on Mother’s Day. Lunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at a cost of $32.50 a person while dinner is 3:30-9 p.m. at a cost of $42.50 a person. Children ages 5 and under are free, and children 6-10 are half-price. Valet parking will be available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a special menu. A few of the dishes include New York strip with grilled shrimp, pan-seared salmon, shrimp with Pernod saffron sauce, Korabuta pork chop veal T-bone and more. www.frederickssa.com/

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 pm. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner. Appetizer specials include, but are not limited to, Baked Oysters Casino ($9), spring rolls in a lettuce cup ($8), crab cake ($9), and beef carpaccio ($8). Some of the main course options include lobster and lump crab meat asparagus salad ($29), Parmesan-crusted rainbow trout ($17), grilled lamb chops ($19), filet mignon with crab and béarnaise ($27), and Eggs Norfolk with smoked salmon and crab ($18). www.fredericksbistro.com/

The Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo, 210-224-3357 — There will be three seatings for the brunch: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The soup and salad bar will feature  Cream of Butternut Squash Soup, Cucumber-wrapped Mesclun Mix Salad and Romaine and Pesto-Goat Cheese Bundles. A bread display will be set up alongside omelet and carving stations. Entrées include Chocolate Pecan Waffles, Grilled Salmon, Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, Herb-crusted Pork Chops,  Confetti Jasmine Rice, Pan-Roasted Asparagus, Grilled Carrot Sticks and Shallot Smashed Potatoes. A dessert bar rounds out the meal. Complimentary valet parking and a special chocolate gifts for mothers included. Cost:  $29.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors,  $15.95 for children ages 6-10 and free for children 5 and younger. www.palaciodelrio.hilton.com

Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-767-7999 — The Mother’s Day Brunch, which runs 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., features high tea dishes, pasta and paella, local and artisan cheeses, salads, sides and more. Egg and breakfast dishes include smoked salmon benedict, brisket hash with poached egg and hollandaise, rosemary brown sugar bacon, country sausage links, cheese blintz with orange marmalade, personal omelets, and pancakes with syrups and roasted fruit. Surf and turf dishes: fresh shucked oysters, oak-smoked mussels and salmon, iced shrimp and roasted chile cocktail, whole fried snapper with chimichurri, grilled flank steak, whole roasted barbecued spiced chicken. From the bakery: pain au chocolat, almond-filled croissants, Palmier, tarts, petite carrot cakes, decadent chocolate truffles, crème brûlée, vanilla bean panna cotta and an ice cream sundae bar. Children’s table offered. Cost: $46.95, adults; $37.95, seniors; $22.50, children ages 5-12.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — Mother’s Day brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eggs Benedict, a breakfast burger, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast and more will be offered. Some of the drink specials:  Mimosa, $3.49; Bloody Mary, $3; Irish Bulldog, $5; Pimm’s Royal, $4.99; and Pimm’s Punch, $4.99. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma, 210-349-8466 — The restaurant is celebrating its 10th year of honoring mothers with a brunch served served 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. A five-course menu, with plenty of the restaurant’s signature dishes, will include choice of appetizer and entrée, followed by cheese course and choice of dessert. The Lodge will feature a Farmers Market-inspired Mimosa. Cost: $37.95. Children’s menu: $11.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 — Mother’s Day brings a three-course meal from noon to 5 p.m. Start with your choice of Insalata di Mare (cold seafood salad), Arancini di Riso (Italian rice balls), Polenta con Carciofi (polenta cakes with artichoke hearts),  Cozze Fradiavolo (sautéed mussels)  and Carpaccio Cipriani (thin-cut beef tenderloin) among others. Entrée options include Salmone al Caperi (salmon with pasta and a lemon caper sauce), Linguine con Frutta di Mare (linguine with seafood), Pesce Fresca (pan-seared Chilean sea bass),  Carciofi (sautéed chicken breast with artichoke hearts), veal piccata, Agnello Scottadito (parsley- and garlic-brined New Zealand lamb chops), Osso Buco, and Bistecca di Manzo (grilled center-cut New York strip steak). Dessert options:  Tiramisù, cannoli, and fresh berries with cream. Cost: $27.95.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Road., Suite 101, 210-444-9547 — Service hours are 10 a.m.–10 p.m.. All items are available all day, through brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu includes Almond, Strawberry, and Spinach Salad ($9), Orange and Fig Glazed Ham, Roasted Asparagus, Glazed Carrot Purée ($15), and Warm Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Fondue ($8).

Mike’s in the Village, 2355 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 — Mother’s Day brunch will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be an omelet station while entrées on the buffet will include carved-to-order Creole-seasoned Rib-eye, Herbed-roasted Turkey Breast, Miso-glazed Salmon with Lemon Butter, Southwestern Eggs Benedict plus sides and desserts.  Cost: $39.50 for adults, $15.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., 210-228-0700 — A special Mother’s Day menu is available 3-9 p.m. It includes a choice of Morton’s Salad with Morton’s blue cheese dressing, chopped egg and anchovies or Caesar Salad;  a choice of Single-cut Filet Mignon, Filet Oskar with Asparagus and Jumbo Lump Crab, Broiled Salmon Fillet with Beurre Blanc, Colossal Shrimp Alexander or Chicken Christopher; and choice of vegetable or potato; and a choice of Crème Brûlée or Double Chocolate Mousse. Cost: $59. Regular menu also available.

Paesanos, 555 E. Basse Road, 210-828-5191 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Paesanos 1604, 3622 Paesanos Parkway, 210-492-1604 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu and a Mother’s Day special: a complimentary Bellini, a small Caesar salad, a five-piece order of Shrimp Paesano and cheesecake and seasonal berries in a Grand Marnier sauce. Cost: $31.95.

Paesanos Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., 210-227-2782 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the regular menu.

Pike’s Place Restaurant, 167 Panther Ridge, Pipe Creek, 830-535-4442 — Mother’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A few of the items from the menu are bacon and fontina risotto with a poached egg, eggs Benedict or crab cake Benedict, buttermilk fried chicken, ham and Swiss eggs en croute, vegetarian quiche, steak and eggs, brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes and mesquite-smoked prime rib. Prices range from $9 to $20. Endless mimosas are priced at $12.

Q on the Riverwalk, Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4241 — Service is from 11 a.m.  to 3 p.m.  On the salad bar: fresh spring greens, taboulleh, grilled asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, cold smoked and pressed foie gras, venison brats on cornbread croutons and chipotle aioli, salmon tartar with avocado cream, fresh fruit parfait. Antipasti: assorted domestic and international cheeses, fruit and compote garnishes, variety of charcuterie and patés smoked trout and ale mousse, country pork paté with truffles and pistachio croccantinis with fennel and lavosh, melba toast. Breakfast favorites: made-to-order omelets and eggs, applewood bacon, grilled breakfast sausage, buttermilk waffles with spiced peach compote and maple butter. Entrees: beef sirloin with creamed horseradish, fresh grilled gulf mahi mahi with avocado and smoked mango salsa, green Thai curry with jasmine pilaf, apple chili bbq pork loin with Ranger Creek ale demi, saffron and English pea risotto. Assorted sweet, savory breads. Dessert table. Complimentary champagne and mimosas. Cost: $40, adults; $34, seniors; $19, children ages 5-12. Complimentary self-parking available at the Central Parking garage located across from the hotel.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., 210-479-9700 — Brunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with dinner available after 4 p.m. In addition to its regular brunch menu, Roaring Fork will offer Pecan-crusted Pork Loin with Molasses Apple Glaze, Oven-baked Snapper over Watercress and Arugula Salad. Dessert options include Key Lime Pie with a Cointreau Raspberry Sauce. www.roaringfork.com

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., 210-229-1600 — The doors open at 11 a.m. Mother’s Day with the full array of meats and the salad bar with more than 50 items plus dessert. Also special for Mother’s Day are Brazilian mimosas, a frozen cocktail made with house Champagne, blended with a choice of fruit purée and a touch of orange juice. Mango, papaya, wild berry, strawberry, pomegranate, passion fruit, and guava flavors are among the purées available.

Tost BistroBar, 14425 Blanco Road, 210-408-2670 — A three-course brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will begin with the following: appetizer choice of Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese, Mint and Watercress; Shrimp Bisque with Crème Fraîche; or Crab Cake with a Jicama Slaw. Entrée choices: Pan-seared Petit Filet with Goat Cheese Mash Potato, Grilled Asparagus and Bleu Cheese Béarnaise; Seared Sea Bass with a Crab Citrus Butter Sauce and Curried Cauliflower Purée; or Truffled Lobster Risotto with Roasted Sweet Corn. Dessert choices:  S’mores Chocolate Tart or Homemade Sorbet. Cost: $27.

Tre Trattoria, Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St. 210-223-0401, and 4003 Broadway 210-805-0333 — A five-course Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signature mimosas and Chef’s Bloody Marys will also be available. Cost: $34.95 a person. Children’s menu: $11.

TriniCakes Cupcakery, 999 E. Basse Road, Suite 178, 210-229-2107 — The Mother’s Day box includes a dozen specialty cupcakes – three lemon, three strawberry, three milk chocolate, and three orange cupcakes – adorned with flower decorations handpicked with her in mind. Cost: $36 a dozen.

Two Bros. BBQ Market, 12565 West Ave., 210-496-0222 — All Moms with a complimentary glass of sangria with dine-in orders over $18. Kids can play in the large yard covered by a canopy of oak trees. No reservations.

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 N. Loop 1604 W.,210-493-1600 — Brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a menu that ranges from Chef Steve’s Sashimi Tasting, Maine lobster bisque and broiled oysters to Lemon Sole in Parmesan Crust, Jumbo Georges Bank Scallops, and prime New York Strip. The full menu and dinner will be available after 5 p.m. www.wildfishseafoodgrille.com

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, 210-690-3334 — Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Z’Tejas favorites, such as the Chicken and Potato Hash and the Breakfast Quesadilla, will be offered. The weekend fun bar, featuring make-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas cost $3.50. Until 3 p.m., the Z’Tejas staff will be taking and printing complimentary keepsake family photos, and all moms will receive a free dessert. Reservations are recommended but not required. sanantonio.ztejas.com

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