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Trader Joe’s Opens in Stone Oak

Trader Joes Logo croppedTrader Joe’s has opened its second San Antonio location. It’s at 403 N. Loop 1604 W., which is in the Stone Oak area.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 210-545-3123.

FOLC hosts wine tasting

FOLC Restaurant, 256 E. Olmos Drive, is hosting a wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The wines will be presented by sommelier Veronique Cecilia Barretto and Felicia Gonzales of Serendipity Wines.

The amuse-bouche pairings will be created by FOLC owner, chef Luis Colon.

The price is $20 a person. Seating is limited. Call (210) 822-0100 for reservations.

lockupguide1Herradura tasting at La Fogata

La Fogata, 2427 Vance Jackson Road, is featuring Herradura during its monthly free tequila tasting, which is set for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

After the tasting, you can make the evening even more flavorful by ordering a margarita made with Herradura alongisdde a Quesadilla de Flor de Calabaza, (otherwise known as pumpkin blossoms and white cheese on thick masa tortilla).

Call (210) 340-1337 for details.

Look for Tre Enoteca

Jason Dady is opening Tre Enoteca Tuscan Ristorante and Vino Bar at the Alley, 555 W. Bitters. It’s the space that once housed Bin 555 and, more recently, Umai Mi.

Umai Mi, meanwhile, is moving to a smaller space within the Alley.

Crumpets sets sights on Oregon

mouton noirCrumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, will showcase wines from Oregon a special dinner set for 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

Highlights of the multi-course menu include smoked trout fillet with Willamette Valley Riesling; Vol au Vent with Scallops Montrachet with Silvan Ridge Viognier; and Duck Breast with Wild Mushroom Rossini Sauce paired with Mouton Noir O.P.P. Pinot Noir. (Mouton Noir is made by former San Antonian Andre Mack.)

The price is $75 a person. Call (210) 821-5600 for reservations.

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Spring Warm-up: Openings, Events, Tastings, Fun

Rosario's new Panela cheese, grilled and topped with two salsas.

Rosario’s new queso Panela, grilled and topped with two salsas.

Three much-anticipated restaurants open soon.

First, Rosario’s, at 3715 San Pedro Ave., will open Monday (March 31) for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the dishes and drinks you love at the downtown Rosario’s on Alamo Street, plus some new items. We sampled some favorites and the new grilled panela cheese with two salsas, seviche, a Rosario’s burger (complete with chalupa inside and some real good fries) and more at a soft opening Thursday night.

Hot Joy, opening at the former location of China Latina, will open April 3. The restaurant is at 1014 S. Alamo St.

Aldaco’s Dominion will also be opening in April, but toward the end of the month.

Conger’s Smoke Shack food truck announced they will move to a brick-and-mortar location. This will be at 3714 Broadway. A skip and a jump near the Pearl, and across the street from the Witte Museum. Will they still be setting up shop at Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market?  No, says Heather Hunter, but they will be there this coming Saturday for one last round of great barbecue.  Chela’s Tacos, which has been there the past couple of weeks, will be taking over that post.

Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel

St. Anthony Hotel garden.

St. Anthony Hotel garden.

Join The St. Anthony Hotel Monday (March 31) to celebrate the Grand Reopening of the historic Travis Park. The vibrant greens of spring and the new visions and plans for Travis Park will be honored for a full day.  At 9:30 a.m. the hotel participates with Southwest Airlines President and CEO Gary Kelly and other contributors to restore the park and invite you to join them.

This will be followed in the evening (6 p.m.) by farm-fresh foods crafted by  St. Anthony chef, Mike Mata, paired with wines from Becker Vineyards, and the soft sounds of Brent Watkins’ live jazz for Twilight on the Plaza.

Crawfish at Lüke

Celebrate crawfish season in true style this Sunday (March 30) at Lüke San Antonio downtown. From  3 p.m to 6 p.m at the restaurant at 125 E. Houston St., it will be not just lots of crawfish crawfish1but also savory sides such as crawfish boil potato salad, boiled “corn in a cup,” and Poteet strawberry shortcake for dessert. St. Arnold Brewery will be the featured beer for washing down those crawfish.

The event is all you can eat and drink, for $48 per person.  Call them at (210) 227-5853. See their event page at


King and Queen Anchovy Poker Run

Michael Westheimer and Elaine Wolffe have a party planned and you’re invited. Saturday, April 5, is the King and Queen Anchovy Poker Run.

Poker handHere are the attractions: Five restaurants, five bites, five drinks and (most important) five cards.

The best hands will win prizes, including tickets to Cornyation and gift certificates to the participating restaurants: Bite, The Monterey, The Brooklynite, Cured and Minnie’s.

The fun starts at  1 p.m. at Bite. The cost is $50; chefs are donating their hospitality so proceeds go to support Fiesta Cornyation.

Check out the Facebook page here and make reservations soon.

Baby grapesSummer events coming up at Becker Vineyards

The new outdoor pavillion is open now at Becker Vineyards, in the Texas Hill Country. The pavillion oversees the lavender field, plus new outdoor restroom facilities are available, too. Don’t forget the winery’s 16th annual Lavender Festival, with lavender luncheons, vendors selling lavender and gardening-related items, lavender cooking demos and more. Plus there will be, of course, wine tastings. The event is May 3 and 4. Go to their website here for more information.

April means Hornitos tequila at La Fogata

Aldaco MargaritaLa Fogata knows tequila — and mixes no fewer than 300 gallons of their tequila concoctions each week. La Fogata features monthly tequila tastings to allow its guests to explore different tequila flavors and enjoy special cocktails crafted by their experienced bar staff.

April’s featured tequila is Hornitos. On Saturday, April 19,  before you head to your table, stop by the tequila tasting table to learn more about Hornitos tequila. The free tasting table will feature the tequila served both straight up and mixed in margaritas. The tasting table will be open on La Fogata’s main patio from 6-8 p.m. La Fogata is at 2427 Vance Jackson Road.

If you can’t make the tequila tasting, don’t worry:  La Fogata is featuring Hornitos throughout the month of April, so you have the opportunity to try the tequila by ordering it in your favorite drink at La Fogata.






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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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Getting Into the Spirit of the Season

The spirit of the season is upon us, and a number of restaurants are responding with Toys for Tots drives and other charitable collections.

McDonald's employees gather boxes of blankets for Haven for Hope.

McDonald’s employees gather boxes of blankets for Haven for Hope.

The folks at McDonald’s heeded the call before Thanksgiving.

In response to an emergency request from Haven for Hope, the Greater San Antonio Area McDonald’s co-op recently donated 500 blankets to the many homeless the organization cares for.

But they’re not finished. The donation is only half of the amount that the local owner/operators will be donating to Haven for Hope. The remaining 500 blankets will be donated this month.

Twelve Spirits of the Season at La Fogata

La Fogata, 2427 Vance Jackson Road, is getting into a different spirit of the season. Twelve, in fact.

Twelve Spirits of the Season is the name of the restaurant’s holiday drink menu. During the season, you can try any of the following specialty margaritas:

  • Have Yourself a Berry Christmas (Strawberry)
  • Prancer’s Peach (Peach)
  • Up on the Rooftop Raspberry (Raspberry)
  • The Grinch (Midori)
  • Partridge in a Prickly Pear Rita (Prickly Pear)
  • Away in a Mango Margarita (Mango)
  • The Happy Elf (Amaretto)
  • Poinsettia Rita (Pomegranate)
  • Blue Blitzen (Blue Curacao)
  • Red Nosed Rudolph (Blood Orange)
  • Santa’s Sangria Rita (Sangria)

La Fogata is also hosting a free tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. this Friday. At the tasting table will be Patron’s Blanco and Reposado varieties, served both straight up and mixed in a Red Nosed Rudolph. The table is on La Fogata’s main patio.

Call 210-342-5377 for more information.

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La Fogata Features Cabo Wabo Tequila at a Tasting Saturday

La Fogata, 2427 Vance Jackson Road, is featuring a free tequila tasting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The star will be Cabo Wabo Tequila and will include the distillery’s blanco, reposado and añejo, served straight up and in margaritas.

The agave plant is the basis of tequila.

The agave plant is the basis of tequila.

You can stop by the tasting table in the main patio on your way to your dinner and discover how different tequilas can affect your margarita. Several types of margarita will be served, including one made with Cabo Wabo Silver Tequila, Solemo Blood Orange liqueur and fresh lime juice. The skinny skinny margarita is made with Cabo Wabo Silver Tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. And the Fresca margarita uses Cabo Wabo Silver Tequila, premium orange liqueur and fresh lime juice.

Though several types of margaritas are being poured, La Fogata is not changing its recipe. ““We’’re not going to change our margaritas—; our recipe has been perfected over time and offers a flavor we feel can’’t be beat. And if we tinkered with that, our guests would be upset with us,” says David Dominguez, general manager of La Fogata. “”The tequila tastings let our guests explore different tequilas and learn more about tequila in general.””

Cabo Wabo Tequila was born in 1996 by musician and tequila aficionado Sammy Hagar. After searching for a tequila exceptional enough to serve inside his cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Sammy partnered with a tequila-making family with more than 80 years of experience. Today, the agave used to make Cabo Wabo Tequila is grown, cultivated and harvested by this same family.

Cabo Wabo Tequila is La Fogata’’s featured tequila for the month of June. La Fogata’’s featured tequila in July will be Olmeca Altos. The July tequila tasting date will be announced next month. For more information, call (210) 340-1337.

For the rest of the month, La Fogata has an appetizer they are introducing, Campechana, which s a combination of La Fogata’s own fish ceviche recipe and shrimp cocktail.

Here’s the recipe if you want to try your own version at home:


6 ounces medium shrimp
6 ounces fish marinated in lime juice
Chopped onions
Diced tomatoes
Tomato sauce

Boil the shrimp until tender. Let cool and peel.

In a bowl with the marinated fish, add the chopped onion, tomatoes, cilantro and tomato sauce, all to taste. Add salt or a dash of hot sauce. Stir.

Serve with shrimp ringing the bowl and chips on the side.

Makes 4 appetizer servings.

Adapted from La Fogata

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