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Upcoming: Asian Festival, Ruth’s Chris Barge Dining, More


Asian Festival 2014Asian Festival at ITC a showcase of cultures

The Institute of Texan Cultures is partnering with the San Antonio Food Bank during their 27th annual Asian Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The festival takes place at the Institute from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please bring your nonperishable food items to donate at the door. Also look for the special cooking demonstration by a San Antonio Food Bank chef. For more information, please visit their website.

Food Bank Presents Sort-A-Thon on Super Bowl Weekend

Calling all volunteers! The Food Bank’s annual Sort-A-Thon will take place the Friday and Saturday of Super Bowl weekend. Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts to sort food donations. Shifts are available on Friday (Jan. 31) and Saturday (Feb. 1) from 9 a.m. – noon; 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Email volunteer@safoodbank.org to reserve your shift.

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Texas Hill Country Named One of 10-best Worldwide Wine Destinations

The Texas Hill Country Wineries was selected one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in their January issue.  The non-profit association boasts 38 wineries located in Central Texas.

Each year, the magazine narrows from the hundreds of global wine regions they visit to just 10 for this annual ‘best of’ list.  Included among the selected wine regions, Texas Hill Country is one of only three regions from the United States.  Alexis Korman, senior associate editor for Wine Enthusiast Media, visited the Texas Hill Country in fall of 2013, identifying all six wineries she toured in the article.

“Visitors may flock to Texas Hill Country to sip wine,” says Korman, “but they end up drinking in the romance of the Old West, too.”

“It is an honor to be included in the list of prominent wine regions from around the world,” says January Wiese, executive director of Texas Hill Country Wineries.

Bending Branch1Texas is the No. 5 wine-producing state in the United States with the Texas Hill Country AVA being the second largest in the nation.  Spanish and Italian varietals grow well in the Hill Country including tempranillo, viognier, sangiovese and tannat.  The six wineries mentioned in the article were: Lewis Wines, Flat Creek Estate, Perissos Vineyards and Winery, Pedernales Cellars, Bending Branch Winery and Driftwood Estate Winery.

For additional information on Texas Hill Country Wineries and member wineries, please visit www.TexasWineTrail.com.

Ruth’s Chris River Walk offering Sizzling River Barge Dining
Ruth’s Chris on the River Walk will be offering a River Barge Dining Package, and is available for Lunch or Dinner beginning Jan. 28.

Board the barge at Ruth’s Chris patio and have a leisurely 30 minute glide along the Riverwalk with wine, beer or margaritas and hors d’oeuvres. Then, disembark at Ruth’s Chris Patio to finish off the evening with some of the restaurant’s famous dinner items.

Ruth's Chris's Filet Mignon

Ruth’s Chris’s Filet Mignon

The River Barge menu is $125 per person and includes two glasses of house wine, beer or house margarita. A maximum of 16 guests can be accommodated on the barge, and complimentary valet parking is provided

The menu includes a choice of appetizers, and drinks on the barge. Then, dinner on the patio offers a choice of salads, entree, side dishes and a choice of desserts.  Contact Information & Reservations: Rose Taylor, sales manager at 210.227.8847 or you may visit  www.ruthschrissa.com and click on reservations — River Barge Dining.

 

 

Cowboy Breakfast kicks off the SA Stock Show & Rodeo

It’s coming right up this Friday, Jan. 24. The 36th annual Cowboy’s Breakfast is from 4:30-8:30 a.m. at the Cowboys Dancehall parking lot, 3030 N.E. Loop 410. It is sponsored by Jordon Ford.

This year,  to help reduce the lines when serving  upwards of 50,000 early-rising fans, the world’s largest free breakfast has been streamlined to speed up service. Display booths that previously were near the cooking tent will be moved to the west side of the parking lot to help relieve confusion and congestion at the serving lines.

Plus, instead of just one serving line for hot coffee, two more will be added — one near the Cowboys Dancehall sign and another on the west side of the parking lot.

“We really appreciate so many people showing up so early in the morning to celebrate the unofficial kickoff to the (San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo) and help raise funds for St. Philip’s College’s Culinary Arts Program so we’re doing what we can to reduce the time they have to wait,” said Bill Massey, chairman of the board of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation.

A souvenir of Cowboy Breakfasts past.
A souvenir of Cowboy Breakfasts past.

The foundation presented a $15,000 check in July that provided 17 scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program, one of only 25 in the world rated exemplary by the American Culinary Foundation. Emcee of the event will be Jackie Van De Walle, chairman emeritus of the Alamo Colleges Foundation.

There will be live music throughout the morning with Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band.  Flores ended 2013 on a high note with the single “Let Your Lonesome End With Me” at No. 2 on the Texas Regional Radio Report’s last tracking in mid-December.

Also, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, the Cowboy Breakfast will deliver tacos and biscuits and gravy to the Warrior Family Support Center for wounded warriors, their families and support staff to show its support and appreciation.

Free shuttle buses will run continuously to and from the Cowboy Breakfast from the parking lot of the Santikos Realto Theater, 2938 N.E. Loop 410. Parking also will be available onsite at Cowboys Dancehall, but the lot overflows early.

With the help of more than 300 volunteers and dozens of sponsors, the Cowboy Breakfast Sponsored by Jordan Ford, the unofficial kickoff of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, serves a variety of free tacos, taquitas, Pioneer Flour Mills biscuits and gravy, Kiolbassa sausage and barbecue, all washed down with thousands of gallons of McDonald’s coffee. See more information here.

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SA Stock Show & Rodeo BBQ Cookoff Fri. & Sat.


The 2012 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cookoff and Concert will take place at Sea World San Antonio Friday and Saturday, with music from Cody Canada and The Departed and Brandon Rhyder.

Admission on Friday,  Jan. 27,  is  $5 per person. The show will begin charging for gate entry on Friday at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, gates will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to midnight.  Admission on Saturday is $15 for adults.

A weekend pass, good for both nights, may be purchased for $13.

Admission is $15 for adults.  Children 12 and under and active military (with ID) are free. Pets are not permitted.

Call 210-225-5851 for more information. Or, visit the website.

Sea World is on Westover Hills Blvd, off Highway 90 West.

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World’s Largest Cooked Breakfast Dishes up (Early) on Friday


When you’re serving breakfast for, oh, 50,000 people or so, you gotta get up early. In fact, we figure that the cooks aren’t going to sleep much at all before serving breakfast starting at 4:30 a.m.

Officials with the 34th annual Cowboy Breakfast, sponsored by Jordan Ford, promise not only a free, hot meal, but also some lively entertainment for early-rising fans of the world’s largest free breakfast. It will be served from 4:30-9 a.m. Friday, in the parking lot of Cowboys Dance Hall, 3030 N.E. Loop 410, at the southwest corner of the intersection with Interstate 35 North.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Herb Carroll, honorary life chairman who died last year. The event, recognized in 2001 as the World’s Largest Cooked Breakfast by the Guinness Book of Records, routinely feeds between 30,000-50,000 people, depending on the weather.

“We are looking forward to coming back to Cowboys Dance Hall for the third year in a row. It’s a great place for a free taco and live music at 5 in the morning,” said Chuck Cristian, board chairman of the Cowboy Breakfast Foundation.

The Cowboy Breakfast also is the unofficial kick-off for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. There will be live music on two stages with J.R. Castillo & Unwound, Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band and Paul Sanchez & Wrangler Country.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, the Cowboy Breakfast will deliver 2,000 tacos, 500 biscuits and gravy and 160 dozen tamales to the Warrior Family Support Center for wounded warriors, their families and support staff to show its support and appreciation.

The center also will receive 100 movie tickets from Santikos Theaters, 50 tickets to San Antonio Rose Live and several cases of frozen biscuits from Pioneer Flour Mills.

Jordan Ford, the name sponsor of the Cowboy Breakfast, will provide vans and volunteers for the delivery.

With the help of more than 300 volunteers and dozens of sponsors, the breakfast serves a variety of free tacos, taquitos, biscuits and gravy, sausage and barbecue, all to be washed down with thousands of gallons of McDonald’s coffee.

Free shuttle buses will run continuously to and from the Cowboy Breakfast from the parking lot of the Santikos Realto Theater, 2938 N.E. Loop 410. Parking also will be available onsite at Cowboys Dance Hall, but the lot overflows early.

Website: www.thecowboybreakfast.com

 

 

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Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition: Raising the Bar


By Cecil Flentge

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo is still a few months away,  but this past Monday 44 judges reviewed 686 wines to decide the gold, silver and bronze winners for the 2012 Wine Garden.

As a wine judge for each of the two previous competitions I was impressed at the friendly, but very professional, organization of this latest event.

For a list of winning wines, click here.

As the volunteers have improved, so have the wines.  I was told that 30 percent of the wines entered would retail for $30 or more.  That shows wineries and distributors are taking the Rodeo competition as seriously as the athletes and exhibitors do in their respective competitions.

I was part of the judging team at one of the nine tables arranged to divide the tasks.  My team tried 11 different groups of wine, almost 80 wines total, yet we only tried wines from seven categories – less than 12  percent of the wines entered.

The good news for me, and for consumers following the rankings, is the wines were better overall.  The top wines were very good, as they usually are, but even wines that did not receive a medal were pleasant.  This again reflects the status that the Stock Show and Rodeo has developed for the Wine Garden.

The Wine Garden is in its third year and will offer for sale the 38 gold medal wines by the taste, the glass or the bottle.

Judges sniff and ponder a white wine category in Monday's Stock Show & Rodeo Competition.

There is also the Champion Wine Auction where you can bid on the celebrated wines.  The funds from this and the Wine Garden fund scholarships for Texas youth.  Some of the scholarships are specifically designated toward viticulture for students attending Texas colleges and universities with programs supporting viticulture.

Awards and scholarships for this year will add more than 300 new scholars to the program.  Currently, there are more than 1,600 active scholarship recipients from the Rodeo in 90 colleges and universities throughout Texas.

Judges were selected from the wine business including distributors, restaurants, and a couple of wine writers.  There were also a few experienced wine aficionados to represent the local consumers.

In the process of determining the winners, the judges used 3,500 glasses to taste wines from 173 American wineries from Texas, California, Oregon and Washington.  Moving that much glassware is a big task and it was accomplished by the over 90 wine committee volunteers who were constantly bringing glasses, removing glasses, washing glasses and refilling glasses.  Salute to them!

Raise a glass at the rodeo to support scholarships.  The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will run Feb. 9-26, 2012.

Cecil Flentge is a San Antonio wine educator for professionals or novices and a cooking instructor. Restaurant events or home tastings.  Questions? Email cecil@wine2you.com.

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Volunteer for Cowboy Breakfast — and Earn a Chance to Win a Vegas Trip


Food and prizes — including two round-trip tickets with accommodations to Las Vegas — will highlight the volunteer sign-up party for the 33rd annual Cowboy Breakfast. The event, sponsored by Jordan Ford, is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at Cowboys Dance Hall, 3030 N.E. Loop 410 at Interstate 35

Other prizes for volunteers will include weekend stays at the Courtyard San Antonio North/Stone Oak at Legacy and Residence Inn San Antonio North/Stone Oak; 50 tickets for San Antonio Rose Live; 10 pairs of tickets to Tracy Lawrence’s concert Jan. 21 at Cowboys Dance Hall; a pair of tickets to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; a pair of Spurs tickets; and a cowboy hat from Herb’s Hat Shop.

More than 300 volunteers are needed for the world’s largest cooked free breakfast, which will be from 4:30-9 a.m. Jan. 28 at the parking lot of Cowboys Dance Hall.

Extra volunteers will be needed for a special delivery of more than 3,000 tacos  to wounded servicemen and servicewomen undergoing treatment and their caregivers at Brooke Army Medical Center on Jan. 27.

Those interested in volunteering who cannot attend the sign-up party may register at www.thecowboybreakfast.com.

Up to 50,000 people attend the Cowboy Breakfast Sponsored by Jordan Ford, which  raises money for scholarships for students in St. Philip’s College’s Culinary Arts Program.

The breakfast, the unofficial kickoff of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, serves a variety of free tacos, taquitas, biscuits and gravy, sausage and barbecue, all washed down with thousands of gallons of McDonald’s coffee and Nestlé’s Hot Cocoa.

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J. Lohr Top Winery Among Go Western Gala Medal Winners


J. Lohr Winery was named best all-around winery in this year’s Go Western Gala Wine Competition, which benefits the scholarship program at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 was named Reserve Grand Champion Red while its Riverstone Chardonnay 2009 was named Grand Champion White.

Other top winners include St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 for Grand Champion Red and Waterbrook Melange Blanc 2008 for Reserve Grand Champion White. Texas’ Landon Winery was named Best of Herd.

The wines will be featured at an auction during the 2011 Go Western Gala, which is set for Jan. 15.

For a complete list of winning wines, click on the link below.

Go Western Gala – 2010 Medalists

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