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Nutcracker Sweets Returns!


The popular Nutcracker Sweets holiday tasting event returns on Monday, December 14, 2015, promising more wonderful dishes from some of the city’s top chefs. Once again, the event will be hosted by the Tobin Center and benefit the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter of San Antonio.

nutcrackersGuests will enjoy both savory and sweet treats – from smoked salmon and candied pork belly to gelato and dessert nachos – as well as live jazz, a ballet performance, and upscale silent auction items.

Nutcracker Sweets runs from 5:30 – 8 p.m., making it a perfect after-work social event, even for working parents. “We encourage moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, to support the shelter as they celebrate the holidays,” says Marta Prada Peláez, BWCS president/CEO. “Nutcracker Sweets is a great way to kick off the holiday season by helping others in our community. After all, domestic violence is a year-round local issue that knows no socio-economic boundaries, and this event helps us help others.”

Nutcracker Sweets tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for 13- to 17-year-olds, and entrance is free for kids 12 and younger. All proceeds will be donated to the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter. Tickets may be purchased online at nutcrackersweetssa.org.

Participating chefs/restaurants include: A La Mode Gelato, Biga on the Banks, The Boiler House, Chef Cooperative, Citrus at the Hotel Valencia, Feast/Rebelle, Ferra Coffee Roaster, Guerrilla Gourmet, HEB Alon Market, HEB Culinary Academy, Humo Catering, KM Culinary, Los Barrios, Nao Latin Gastro Bar at the Culinary Institute of America, Pharm Table, Pullin Premium BBQ, Sysco and Tim the Girl Catering. Major funding for the event has been generously provided by HEB and Valero Energy Foundation.

The beneficiary: The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter provides life-saving services to victims of domestic violence to help them reach self-sufficiency away from abuse.

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6 Ways to Help the Less Fortunate This Season


SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK: Benefiting the hungry in San Antonio

Turn hungry holidays into happy holidays by ordering holiday cards from the San Antonio Food Bank. Designed by the Food Bank, you can send these cards to family, friends, coworkers, colleagues, and clients to wish them a happy holiday while helping to put food on the tables of those in need. Purchase cards here.

Christmas at the Caverns: Perfect for families and visiting relatives! Beginning on November 28 and running through December 23, Natural Bridge Caverns will be illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights outside along with two new underground Christmas shows and other holidays attractions on the grounds. $2 from every ticket will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank and if you bring two cans of food to donate as well, you will receive a $2 gift card to use for food, beverage, or retail items at the park.  For more information and list of all holiday attractions click here.

NUTCRACKER SWEETS: Benefiting Battered Women and Children’s Center

The popular Nutcracker Sweets holiday tasting event is back – bigger and more scrumptious than ever. The event venue is the cherry on top: the exquisite Tobin Center.Christmas nutcracker

Nearly 20 of the city’s top restaurants, bakeries, chefs and trucks will roll out an evening of holiday delights – from savory to sweet – on Monday, Dec. 8 (2014) from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter.

“Domestic violence has been making national headlines lately,” says Marta B. Peláez, BWCS president/CEO. “But it remains a local issue that knows no socio-economic boundaries – and no particular season.”

Nutcracker Sweets tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for 13 – 17-year-olds, and entrance is free for kids 12 and younger. Tickets are available online at NutcrackerSweetsSA.org or may be purchased by phone by contacting Brooke Bell at 210-930-3669.

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE: Benefiting Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Boardwalk on Bulverde, 14732 Bulverde Road, will host its annual holiday toy drive benefiting the Marine Corps Toys for Tots San Antonio on Dec. 5-6.

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to Marine Corps Toys for Tots San Antonio.

On December 7, the food truck park will host its first Silent Disco event. Guests are invited to attend this high energy yet silent experience where the DJ broadcasts through headphones worn by event-goers. Admission is free and toy donations will be accepted (donations on Sunday will distributed to local children in San Antonio, not through Toys for Tots).

Boardwalk on Bulverde will feature a host of food trucks during this weekend-long celebration. For more information, visit www.boardwalkonbulverde.com or by calling 210-402-2829.

JINGLE BELLS AND BURGERS: Benefits Elf Louise Project

elflouiseThe new Big Bob’s Burgers, 4553 N. Loop 1604 W., will mark its grand opening by hosting Jingle Bells and Burgers to benefit Elf Louise. The fundraiser will be Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

The cost is $20 per person, which includes a burger, fries, drink and beer. All of the money will be donated to the Elf Louise Christmas Project, which provides toys to less fortunate families. In 2012, more than 19,000 children in 5,434 San Antonio families were given gifts.

Lucas Jack, who opened for Foreigner at The Majestic, and who does both covers of Billy Joel and Elton John, as well as his own music, will be entertaining. He’s playing for free as well.

There will be raffle items, including eighth row center Spurs tickets Santa himself will be there for pictures.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

COWS FOR COATS: Benefiting local shelters

chick-fil-aParticipating Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Antonio and New Braunfels are collecting new and gently used coats Dec. 1-6.

Your coat donation will also get you a coupon for a free grilled chicken sandwich or chicken nuggets.

The coats will be donated to shelters in San Antonio and New Braunfels to distribute to those in need.

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars: Nutcracker Sweets Returns!


The popular Nutcracker Sweets holiday tasting event is back – bigger and more scrumptious than ever. The event venue is the cherry on top: the exquisite Tobin Center.Christmas nutcracker

Nearly 20 of the city’s top restaurants, bakeries, chefs and trucks will roll out an evening of holiday delights – from savory to sweet – on Monday, Dec. 8 (2014) from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter.

“Domestic violence has been making national headlines lately,” says Marta B. Peláez, BWCS president/CEO. “But it remains a local issue that knows no socio-economic boundaries – and no particular season.”

Nutcracker Sweets tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for 13 – 17-year-olds, and entrance is free for kids 12 and younger. Tickets are available online at NutcrackerSweetsSA.org or may be purchased by phone by contacting Brooke Bell at 210-930-3669.

In addition to festive bites and beverages from the city’s finest establishments, guests will be treated to live music and a performance by Ballet San Antonio, plus an upscale raffle.

The retail Nutcracker Sweets Shoppe also returns, filled with cookbooks, culinary specialties and holiday gifts that will make the season of giving even more delicious. Shoppe vendors will donate a percentage of their sales to FVPS.

Dine-around participants include: A La Mode Gelato, Arcade Midtown Kitchen, Biga on the Banks, Brindles Awesome Ice Cream, Citrus, Cordillera Ranch, Cured, Feast, Freddie Covo Truffles, Guerrilla Gourmet, HEB Alon Market, HEB Culinary Academy, Los Barrios, Mi Tierra, Nosh/Silo, Pullin Premium BBQ, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Tejas Rodeo Co., and Tim the Girl Catering. Major funding for the event is generously provided by HEB and Valero Energy Foundation.

The beneficiary: The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter provides life-saving services to victims of domestic violence to help them reach self-sufficiency away from abuse.

nutcracker cupcakes

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