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Get Your Thirst On for a Good Cause


Raise your glasses as KLRN Public Television gears up for one of their largest fundraisers of the year: the San Antonio Wine Festival. For one weekend, you can sample wines and Champagnes from all over the globe, with a great representation of Texas’ best as well.

wine glassesThe weekend kicks off Sept. 26 at the St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E. Travis St., with the Wine Opener, an intimate black-tie event that serves fine food and a forest of wine bottles waiting to be uncorked. Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz will provide the music. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $200 apiece or tables of 10 can be purchased for $2,000.

On Sept. 28, it’s bubbles, brunch and jazz at the Champagne Brunch, also held at the St. Anthony Hotel. A variety of Champagnes and wines will be served along with a full brunch. A live performance by The Jim Cullum Jazz Band keeps the mood just right. Tickets are $75 or tables of 10 can be purchased for $1000.

red wine in glassesLater that evening, the Wine Festival concludes with the Fine Wine & Cuisine Tasting, which will be held for the first time at the Pearl Stable, 303 Pearl Parkway. Guests will be able to walk around sampling delectable dishes and taste a selection of wine from all over the world. Participating restaurants include Nao, Boiler House, Tuk Tuk Taproom, Cured, Southerleigh, The Peach Café, Los Barrios Family Restaurant, Hotel Emma at the Pearl, Green Vegetarian Cuisine, Arcade, Bakery Lorraine and more. Tickets are $100 apiece and include valet parking, a commemorative glass and plate.

The KLRN Wine Festival dates back more than 30 years. This year’s San Antonio Wine Festival is chaired by Carlos Torres and TJ Eshelman.

Tickets for all events can be purchased on-line at www.saWINEfest.com. All proceeds benefit KLRN, serving South Central Texas, to help fund educational workshops, programming and community initiatives. For more information,  call KLRN at 210-270-9000 and ask for a member of the events department.

Major sponsors of the San Antonio Wine Festival include: the Pearl Brewery, St. Anthony Hotel and United Airlines.

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Christopher Cullum to Take Over Tucker’s Kozy Korner


Tucker’s Kozy Korner, 1338 E. Houston St., is the heart of the east side. Dating back to 1948, the charming interior highlights a retro-atmosphere and is the current watering hole for jazz aficionados and soul dancers alike. Christopher Cullum, owner of Cullum’s Attaboy hamburgers, has been in the background, sending tasty fare out of the kitchen since early 2011. On New Year’s Day, he will assume control of the front of the house. Growing up running Jim Cullum’s the Landing, Limelight in its hay day, and co-owning Bunsen Burgers, he will draw on these strengths to create a unified experience of cocktails, music and bar eats.

tuckers“The rich east side history is what I love most about Tucker’s,” Cullum says. “I want to showcase San Antonio soul food and music by revamping the bar and providing excellent service for a positive customer interaction. My vision is a classic 1940’s cocktail profile with a Southern twist.”

Cullum plans to preserve the bar’s historical features. The food is also staying true to its origins as a hamburger stand, with the addition of fried chicken sliders and a wider array of soul food. Also, guest chef pop-up kitchens will be a new permanent feature.

First day of business will be New Year’s day. The bar will open at 1 p.m. for bottomless mimosas and will feature a Bloody Mary bar. What better way to welcome the New Year with black-eyed peas and corn bread? Entertainment will begin with Midtown Jazz Sound and Jim Cullum & Friends, and will continue into the night with DJ Gibb.

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Satisfaction Is on Boardwalk Bistro’s Restaurant Week Menu


My friend Gail had raved about Boardwalk Bistro’s Restaurant Week menu last year, so it landed near the top of my list for this year’s celebration. I couldn’t fit it into last week’s hectic schedule, which made me glad when I learned that it was one of the places that decided to extend their special menu another week.

Pimiento ricotta -- pure pleasure.

Pimiento ricotta — pure pleasure.

Gail and I headed out on Tuesday night and were almost immediately faced with a dilemma. There were six first-course options and, well, we wanted as many as we could get. Our server solved our problem by announcing that we could get an extra appetizer for $5 apiece, so we loaded up on four of the six choices and proceeded to fall into a state of comfort food bliss.

My first plate was the fancifully labeled “pimiento ricotta atop toasted baguette,” which we folks in Kentucky would call pimento cheese on toast. Mighty good it was, too. The addition of a fried herb and a balsamic drizzle made the dish a mash-up of Italy and the Old South, but it worked because it was all about presenting these favorite flavors in a way where they all complemented each other.

A seared scallop with grapefruit butter

A seared scallop with grapefruit butter

A velvety corn soup arrived with a crab beignet in the center and chunks of ham suspended in each spoonful, while a romaine salad featured a generous amount of duck confit, a touch of duck bacon and a light hazelnut dressing. Our final starter was a perfectly seared scallop crowned with slivers of nectarine and served with a dollop of grapefruit butter and a pistachio vinaigrette that was so nutty you wanted to dredge each voluptuous bite of that shellfish through it. (And we weren’t through with those irresistible pistachios.)

Because we were sharing a bottle of robust Bogle Phantom, made with Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, we opted for the two red meat entrée options. One was Lamb Wellington, with tender shank meat presented with a rustic apricot sauce and scallion mashers. It was a toothsome variation on the usual serving of meat and potatoes. The other was a Petite Filet Benedict, in which a 5-ounce cut of beef tenderloin had been wrapped in prosciutto and served with a poached quail egg and hollandaise. The beef arrived medium rare to order and practically melted in your mouth, with or without the unctuous sauce on top. Rosemary potatoes and asparagus spears rounded out the plate.

Petite Filet Benedict with a poached quail egg

Petite Filet Benedict with a poached quail egg

The final option on the Restaurant Week menu is Cornmeal Encrusted Red Fish.

From the dessert menu, we chose a nut-lover’s fantasy — pistachio cake with pistachio cream and pistachio ice cream — and a seductive chocolate torte with a bourbon caramel sauce. Both plates were cleaned before we left.

Most every dish offered as a fine reminder of the good food that comes out of Boardwalk Bistro’s kitchen on a regular basis.

Culinaria’s Restaurant Week continues through Saturday at Boardwalk Bistro as well as Azuca, Biga on the Banks, Bin 555, Boiler House, Myron’s Prime Steakhouse and both Tre Trattorias.

A chocolate torte with bourbon-caramel sauce

A chocolate torte with bourbon-caramel sauce

This Friday, you can hear Jim Cullum’s Band at Boardwalk Bistro while enjoying the Restaurant Week menu.

Boardwalk Bistro
4011 Broadway
(210) 824-0100
Lunch: Monday-Saturday; Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday
boardwalkbistro.net

 

 

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