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SACC 2013 Organizers Present Funds for Lifesaving Heart Surgery

Of course, I'm so glad they work for you, thank you for the coverage! The woman in the photo with Mark Bohanan is Marcy Doderer, Vice President and Administrator of Children's Hospital of San Antonio, and the man is Charlie Deacon, Chairman of the Board of HeartGift San Antonio.

From left, Charlie Deacon, CEO Heartgift San Antonio, Marcy Doderer, vice president and administrator of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and Mark Bohanan, executive chef/owner Bohanan’s.


Mark Bohanan — owner and executive chef of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, and driving force behind the San Antonio Cocktail Conference — presented a check for $75,000 to HeartGift San Antonio on Monday. This gift was a lifesaver for a little girl from China who needed heart surgery.



The donation supports lifesaving procedures for children from disadvantaged countries seeking heart surgeries at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. This donation is from the San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2013, a four-day educational event about craft cocktails and spirits, held in downtown San Antonio from Jan. 17-20.

The presentation took place on Monday at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Bohanan was joined by Marcy Doderer, vice president and administrator of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio; Charlie Deacon, chairman of the board of HeartGift San Antonio; and Leslie Davis Met, executive director of HeartGift San Antonio.

Attendees celebrated the successful surgery of patient Ziran. The evening before the conference kicked off, Ziran flew to San Antonio with her grandmother from China to begin her journey through heart surgery and recovery.

Just three days after the conference came to end, Ziran underwent surgery to repair her Tetralogy of Fallot—a procedure she would not have been able to receive had it not been for the funds raised through this year’s SACC.

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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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Cocktail Conference Raises $57,000 for HeartGift

Mark Bohanan (right) presents proceeds from the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference to members of HeartGift. (Shane Kyle/CE Group)

Mark Bohanan, owner of Bohanan’s Restaurant and Bar and creator of the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference, recently presented a check for $57,000 to HeartGift San Antonio to support two lifesaving surgeries for children from disadvantaged countries seeking heart surgeries at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital.

Other businesses who helped sponsor the conference included SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, Ocho Lounge at Hotel Havana, The Esquire Tavern and Rio San Antonio Cruises.

HeartGift is a San Antonio-based charity that provides life-saving heart surgery to children from countries with unavailable or inaccessible health care. Every child chosen receives state of the art pediatric surgery from doctors Dr. John Calhoon and Dr. Adil Husain and their medical staff free of charge.

During the celebration, attendees celebrated HeartGift surgery recipient’s Wang Nan’s fourth birthday, a birthday she may not have seen had it not been for the funds raised through the first-annual cocktail conference, a four-day educational event about spirits that was held in downtown San Antonio in January.

Wang Nan lives in a remote Chinese village in the Gansu Province. Her family lives in a five-room mud house on two acres of land. Although they farm their land, Wang Nan’s father must go to the Xinjiang Province to do construction work for eight months each year to send home money for the family. Wang Nan suffers from Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. She was operated on Feb. 3 and she returned home with her mother and their San Antonio host family on Feb. 7.

“The inaugural San Antonio Cocktail Conference was a bigger success than any of us could have imagined,” said Bohanan, whose restaurant is at 219 E Houston St. “This donation simply would not have been possible without the countless number of supporters, partners, presenters and attendees that made this a reality. We are thrilled to provide such a significant contribution to HeartGift on behalf of the conference, knowing that it will save the lives of two children in need.”

Boschetto pizza coming to Gallo

Starting Thursday, Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road, will be making pizzas with boschetto, white truffles and portobello mushrooms blended with cheese. According to the pizzeria’s Facebook page, “It’s great for Lent.”

The cost is $19.99 for a large and $15.99 for a medium. Supplies are limited. Pre-orders are accepted.

Call (210) 264-0077 or click here.

Sip a sample of the Veneto at Luce

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, is showcasing the wines of the Veneto at a special dinner set for 5 p.m. March 10.

Executive chef Joe Buonincontri and Italian wine expert Jeremy Parzen are teaming up for the multi-course meal.

The cost is $50 a person. For reservations, call  (210) 561-9700.

Hoist a beer on Texas Independence Day

High Velocity, one of the dining areas at the JW Marriott resort, 23808 Resort Parkway, is having a  Saint Arnold beer dinner on Texas Independence Day, March 2.

The four-course meal will feature matching beers.

For price, time and reservations, call (210) 276-2500, ext. 5835.

Maggiano’s is giving away dinner for 20

Want to win dinner for 20 of your nearest and dearest?

Registration is now open for the Maggiano’s Little Italy “Who’s In Your 20?” sweepstakes. This is a chance for someone to land a private, Italian-style dinner party with 19 of his or her closest family, friends and co-workers. A dinner will be given out at each of the chain’s 44 restaurants.

Anyone who registers will also receive a coupon for a free flatbread at the restaurant. Registration is open through April 1.

To enter, click here. The San Antonio Maggiano’s is at the Rim, 17603 I-10 W. Call 210-451-6000.



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San Antonio Drinks In Its First Cocktail Conference

Corey Morris mixes cocktails at the launch of the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Can you make a perfectly dry martini? Do you know how to make a margarita that achieves the right balance of natural sweetness and tartness? Do you know how to modify a classic cocktail when using the cucumber-flavored Hendrick’s Gin instead of a regular gin?

The Business 2 ounces Hendrick's Gin 3/4 ounce honey syrup 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice Place all of the ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until cold and pour into a cocktail class. Garnish with a slice of lime or cucumber, if desired.

Anyone who loves a finely crafted cocktail knows that it takes plenty of studying to get the right mix.

But it also begs another question: Can you think of any studies that are more flavorful and more conducive to partying?

That’s the format of the first San Antonio Cocktail Conference, which kicked off Thursday night with, appropriately enough, a cocktail party.

Chef Mark Bohanan, a driving force behind the conference, opened the bar at his Houston Street place to more than 350 cocktail lovers. The crowd  went from the luxurious interior, where a jazz combo kept things lively, to the neighboring patio.

The balmy January evening was perfect for traveling among the various tables where patrons could drink cocktails made with the likes of tequila, vodka, gin, Cognac and Champagne as well as such flavorings as coconut, ginger, lime and honey.

The whole conference is a fund-raiser for HeartGift, a local charity that provides medical assistance to children from around the world in need of heart surgery.

The overflowing crowd put a big smile on Mark Bohanan’s face. It must also be gratifying to know that some of the seminars today and Saturday have sold out. (For a schedule of events, including river cruises, parties at SoHo, Ocho and the Esquire Tavern, and Sunday brunch at the Sheraton Gunter, click here.)

More than 350 fill Bohanan's for the inaugural event of the San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Corey Morris, a bartender at Bohanan’s, offered a few tips for making a good cocktail at home:

  • Make sure your ingredients are good. You can taste it when they’re not.
  • Make sure you use good ice. Ice with an off flavor can affect your drink.
  • Don’t shake your drink too much. Ice that melts too soon can water down your drink.

That’s just a taste of what’s to come over the next few days, including sessions in  Forgotten Cocktails, the Wonderful World of Gin and the homegrown Lone Star Cocktails.

While working at Bohanan’s, Morris has studied under several master mixologists, including the internationally regarded Sasha Petraske of Milk & Honey. Petraske is just one of the people who will be leading seminars, which means that anyone with passion for making perfect cocktails can learn what bartenders know. Or you can just sit back and absorb the intoxicating atmosphere that’s marking the inaugural cocktail conference.



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