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Sponsor a Wounded Warrior or Veteran for Thanksgiving


Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., is once again partnering with the Warrior and Family Support Center of San Antonio to share the Thanksgiving spirit with returning and wounded troops.

The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade is hosting wounded warriors and veterans this Thanksgiving.

The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade is hosting wounded warriors and veterans this Thanksgiving.

The community is invited to sponsor a wounded warrior or returning veteran for the Omni’s annual Thanksgiving Brunch, which is open to the public. For every soldier sponsored by the community, Omni Colonnade will match the donation by sponsoring another. Last year, dozens of soldiers and their family members enjoyed a Thanksgiving Day feast together at the Omni Colonnade thanks to the generosity of San Antonio residents.

Thanksgiving Day Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with seatings every 30 minutes. Buffet prices are $45 for adults; seniors (65+) and active military, $41; children 5-11 years of age, $18; and children under 5 are complimentary. Prices are plus tax and service charge.

The menu features turkey served three ways. Choose from rotisserie, Cajun or smoked turkey. In addition to the traditional turkeys, the menu features herb crusted pork loin and a rosemary steamship of beef.

The chef is also featuring a stuffing bar with cornbread stuffing sautéed with your choice of shrimp, chicken, chorizo, smoked oysters, prosciutto or a mix of dried fruit and nuts. The buffet includes breakfast entrees, omelet station, seasonal fresh fruit, fresh baked goods, soups and salads and a seafood display. Chef Soto is featuring his wide array of desserts.

Call the special events line at (210) 699-5803 to make your reservations and to sponsor one or more soldiers.

 

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Omni Offers You the Chance to Give Wounded Warriors Thanks — and Thanksgiving Dinner


The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade is hosting wounded warriors this Thanksgiving.

It’s easy to give thanks on Thanksgiving for the many blessings we have received over the course of a year that we can see and feel. It’s a little harder to remember to be grateful for all of the sacrifices others have made on our behalf. But the folks at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., are offering us one such chance.

The hotel working with the organization Wounded Warriors on a Thanksgiving dinner program that will benefit soldiers who are being treated in the area. For each meal that is donated, the hotel will match it, so the soldiers can bring someone along to break bread with them.

The cost of a meal is $39.95 plus tax and a 21-percent service charge, the same as it is for any adult attending the popular buffet, which will be in the hotel’s ballroom from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Word has only now gotten out about the offer, but in just a couple of days, 25 sponsorships had been pledged, and the hotel was hoping the final list would top 100, general manager Delfin Ortiz said.

How do you sponsor someone?

When people call to place their reservations for Thanksgiving dinner, they are asked if they want to sponsor a wounded warrior. The cost will then be added to their bill. A few people who are planning on having their turkey dinners at home have called to sponsor soldiers, Ortiz said.

“There’s been such an incredible response from our community,” he said. “This is what Thanksgiving is all about.”

If everything works out, the plan is to make the sponsorships a tradition at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

If you want to sponsor a wounded warrior, call (210) 699-5803.

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Restaurants and Reservations, an Easy, Delicious Combination for Thanksgiving Dinner


Turkey, it’s what’s for dinner at Thanksgiving. But it’s not all that restaurants are offering.

This is the 2012 listing.

Why stress making Thanksgiving dinner when you can have the big meal served to you at a restaurant — and no dishes to wash afterward. There are plenty of options in San Antonio to meet all prices and tastes, including the following list. Reservations are required at all places, unless otherwise noted. Tax and tip are not included in the prices listed.

Achiote River Cafe & Bar at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served noon-10 p.m. The buffet starts with Forest Mushroom and Chestnut Bisque and salads: Organic Mixed Winter Greens, Waldorf, fresh fruits and compotes, whole grains and dried fruits, and select seafood. Specialties include Roast Pepper Crusted Tom Turkey and Pan Gravy, Smoked Rack of Pork with Chutneys and Relishes, Stuffed Planked Scottish Salmon, Corn Bread Stuffing with Grilled Poblanos, Crushed Garlic Scented Yukon Potatoes, Cauliflower au Gratin, Coconut Honey Sweet Potatoes, Ratatouille, and Mussels a la Cubana. Pastries and breads round out the array. Cost: $45 for adults, $22.50 for children 6-12. Menu price does not include an 18 percent tip, tax or alcoholic beverages.

Auden’s Kitchen, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., (210) 494-0070 —Thanksgiving service will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The meal will be buffet style including your choice of one entrée. Appetizers and salads include antipasti, veg wrap pinwheels, stuffed mushrooms, roasted beet salad, Bibb salad with red wine vinaigrette, green lentil and marinated veg salad and Caesar salad. Entree options:  Sage roasted turkey, cornbread and Tasso ham stuffing;  Cinnamon and Harrisa roasted turkey, sweet potato hash, brussel sprouts with Spanish chorizo;  Ribeye with bacon and onion stuffed potato; and Salmon with lemon risotto and sautéed fennel.  The dessert table includes apple butter pumpkin pie bars, sweet potato bundt cake with marshmallows, peanut butter crunch chocolate bars, bourbon pecan pie, apple crumble pie bars, assortment of cookies. The price: $38.95 for adults or $18.95 for kids 12 and under.

Biga on the Banks,203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0700 — Thanksgiving dinner hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The Thanksgiving dinner includes a selection of appetizers and salads, plus a choice of of the following entrées: Herb Roasted Organic Turkey, sourdough sage and apple smoked bacon dressing, green beans; Jerk-rubbed Organic Turkey, Jamaican rice and peas, plantains; Pepper Roasted Beef Ribeye, grilled Idaho with fixings; braised pork with green chiles and white beans, mustard greens, fried egg;  Organic Nutty Brown Farms Eggs Benedict, English muffin, grilled baby romaine, Canadian bacon; Texas Brioche Toast, three berry compote, crunchy bacon, maple syrup; Crab and shrimp croquettes, basil aioli, frisee, marinated olives and beans; Guajillo-cranberry glazed Red American Snapper, butternut squash pepita risotto cake;  and a vegetarian dish. For a $5 supplement, get baked potato au gratin, Green beans with crunchy onions, garlic mashers, sourdough dressing, country potatoes, scrambled eggs, and pork braised beans. A children’s menu and a dessert station also offered. Cost is $58 for adults and $27 for children 12 and under.

Thanksgiving dinner at Antlers is one of three dining options people have at the Hyatt Hill Country this year.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef and owner François Maeder is preparing traditional Thanksgiving dishes with his own taste of Europe. Guests can look forward to a menu with roasted turkey  and baked ham with all the trimmings ($28.50), as well as Maeder’s Veal Scaloppini with mushroom cognac sauce ($33.50) and other restaurant favorites. All entrees are served with fresh bread, salad, appetizer and dessert. A children’s menu is also available.

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Hwy., (210) 822-3358 — The Thanksgiving menu will be served 11 a.m.-9 p.m., with breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. Reservations are not accepted.  Appetizer specials include pumpkin soup, Earl’s Cream of Chicken soup and deviled eggs. Entree options: Roasted Turkey with handmade cornbread dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry relish; fried chicken with mashed potatoes; Thanksgiving pot roast with mashed potatoes and carrots; fried shrimp served with a baked potato; and a repeat of last year’s Venison Sausage from Broken Arrow Ranch in Ingram and served with German Potato Salad and Red Cabbage. Pies that day will include pumpkin pie, sweet potato pecan pie with Chantilly cream, chocolate ice box pie, pecan pie, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate and butter crème cakes. There will also be a children’s menu.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Thanksgiving hours are from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. A few items from the lunch menu: Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup ($6);  Lobster Bisque ($7);  Crab Cake with Spicy Remoulade ($9.5);  Roquefort Walnut Salad ($7);    Avocado, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Salad ($25); Frederick’s Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey served with Home-style Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries and Seasonal Vegetables ($19); Jumbo Sea Scallops with Capers and Lemon and Butter, Caper Sauce ($20); and Black Angus New York Strip with Grilled Shrimp & Béarnaise ($29). Highlights from the holiday dinner menu include Frederick’s Spring Rolls ($9);  Crispy Calamari with Spicy Marinara Sauce ($9);  Oyster Casino ($9);  Escargot Bordelaise with Mushrooms and Garlic Butter ($10);  Frederick’s Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey served with Home-style Stuffing, Fresh Cranberries & Seasonal Vegetables ($25); Norwegian Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard White Wine Sauce ($27);  Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Shrimp & Béarnaise ($34) and Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout with Avocado Relish ($28). Children’s menu available at both meals.

Green Vegetarian Downtown location only; 1017 N. Flores;  210-320-5865, $15 per person. Prix Fixe menu: Roast Turkey; Glazed Wham; Sausage and Apple Stuffing; Glazed Yams; Green Bean Casserole; Mashed Potatoes; Cranberry Salad; Tea. Please RSVP to marketing@GreenSanAntonio.com. www.GreenbSanAntonio.com

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-3357 — Seating times are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The lavish buffet includes fresh salads, bread display, an omelet station, entrées, traditional turkey and dressing, and a delicious dessert display. Price: Adults $34.95, Seniors/Military $31.95, Children 6-10 $16.95, Free for children 5 and under. Includes complimentary valet parking.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort,9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — The resort is offering two dining options for all tastes:

  • The Hill Country Ballroom will be offering a brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Features include a rustic soup station with butternut squash soup, onion soup with Gruyère crouton, roasted tomato soup with smoked cheddar crostini, chicken tomatillo soup, and posole with cilantro and diced onion. The salad bar includes a selection of local greens, composed salads, and a specialty apple and pear tasting accompanied by warm mulled cider, Seafood: jumbo shrimp and cascabel chile cocktail sauce, hand-shucked oysters with jalapeño mignonette, smoked salmon with traditional garnish and mini bagels, smoked garlic mussels. Cheese kiosk and artisan breads will include locally made cheeses and crusty breads, warm, smoked-cheddar green chile biscuits with agave butter, Leaning Oaks Vineyard wine conserves and chipotle-pomegranate jam, and a marinated vegetable and olive bar. On the Butcher Block: citrus-coriander basted tom turkey with house-made gravy, maple-glazed honey baked ham with spicy mustard, and roasted beef steamship with horseradish. There will also be a Cranberry Bar, Pasta and specialties, including sweet potato with marshmallow gratin, corn bread stuffing, mashed garlic potatoes, baked “fresh catch” with lime butter cream sauce, roasted acorn squash with sherry and chestnuts, haricot vert and pancetta. Breakfast items, pastries and a children’s buffet also included. Cost: $49.95 for adults, $39.95 for seniors, and $23 for children 5-12 years.
  • Thanksgiving dinner in Antlers will be served 3-9 p.m. The special menu begins with soup and salad: Spanish Chorizo and Kale Soup with Leeks, Carrots, Celery, and Potato plus Chopped Salad with Romaine and Radicchio, Apple Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette. Main Dishes and Accompaniments include Sage Butter Roasted Turkey and Kettle Gravy, Lavender Honey-Glazed Ham, Wild Mushroom and Chorizo Stuffing, Tequila-Jalapeño and Traditional Cranberry Sauce, Smoked Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Autumn Vegetable Hash, Parmesan Broccolini with Smoked Paprika, and fresh baked breads and butter. Dessert is your choice of Caramelized Pumpkin Tart with White Chocolate Whipped Cream, Roasted Apple-Cranberry Cobbler or Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. Sommelier-recommended specialty wines available. Cost: $53 adults, $42 seniors, and $22 children 6-12.
  • The Springhouse Café will serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. The meal will include the traditional Thanksgiving favorites with a carving station for turkey and ham. Cost: $23 for adults, $11.50 for children 6-12. Reservations are not required.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The Grand Oaks Ballroom will be the scene of a Thanksgiving buffet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Options start with breakfast items, including Omelet Station, Fresh Fruit and Berries, Warm Breakfast Pastries, House Smoked Salmon, Mini Bagels, Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Elgin Hot Links Sausage. Salads, breads, sides and soups will be served along with seafood: Shrimp, Snow Crab Claws, Clams, and Oysters. At the carving station: Maple Brined Tom Turkey, Peach and Cranberry Relish, Prime Rib, Natural Pan Jus, Potato Sea Salt Rolls, and Bourbon Glazed Smoked Pork Loin. A dessert buffet and a children’s buffet are also included. Price: $54.95 for adults, $46.95 for seniors, and $25.95 for children 4 and older.

Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 —The Thanksgiving buffet is served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The buffet includes complimentary parking and choice of champagne, mimosas and Bloody Mary. The cost is $72 for adults, $36 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Regular a la carte dinner service with featured themed specials will resume at 6 p.m.

Las Ramblas, Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., (210) 298-3040 — Seatings are at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. The meal will include two carving stations at the main buffet, a waffle and omelet station, a chilled seafood display, a pastry chef’s table and a children’s buffet. Price: Adults, $41 (with bottomless mimosas and sangria, add $9); children 7-16, $16.

Expect to find all sorts of pies among the dessert offerings.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — The restaurant will be open noon-4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. A traditional turkey dinner will be served for $21.95 per person. The a la carte dinner menu will also be served.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St.,  (210) 227-5853 — The Thanksgiving dinner will be served 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The five-course family-style Thanksgiving feast will be served to all, including service men and women from Fort Sam Houston, who will be honored guests that day. Starters include Crab Deviled Eggs, Southern Caviar and Cornmeal Pancakes, Hogs Head Cheese and Grilled Bread, and Boudin Balls, followed by Shrimp Maison, Braune Farms Beet Salad, Young Spinach Salad, Creole Seafood Gumbo, Turducken, Dirty Rice, Texas Yam Souffle, Mirliton and Shrimp Stuffing and more. Dessert is a choice of Mascarpone and Pumpkin Pie with White Chocolate Croustillant, Wild Turkey Pecan Pie with Vanilla Pot de Creme, Walnut and Apple Strudel with Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream, or Brendan’s Bread Pudding, Candied Pecans, Vanilla Ice Cream. The cost is $45 for adults, $20 for children, plus tax and gratuity. A limited a la carte menu will be available as well.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747— Thanksgiving dinner with will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Start with a choice of Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Caesar Salad or Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinegrette, followed by an entree of Cranberry Glazed Carrots; Green Beans & Mushroom Casserole; Creamy Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes; Roasted Turkey Breast with Chorizo, Andouille, Walnut & Cornbread Stuffing; Giblet Gravy and Whole Fruit Cranberry Relish. Dessert is a choice of Pecan Pie with White and Dark Chocolate Sauce, Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream or White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. The cost is $24.95 for adults, $9.99 for children under 10.

The Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 691-8888 — The Thanksgiving brunch buffet will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a turkey bar featuring several types of turkey, from Cajun and rotisserie to roasted and smoked, and a stuffing/dressing bar with fixings that include shrimp, chicken, chorizo, oysters, prosciutto, dried fruit and nuts. Rosemary steamship of beef and herb-crusted pork loin will also be offered in addition to soups, salads, desserts and breakfast items. The price is $39.95 per adult plus tax and a 21 percent service charge. Children ages 6-11 cost $16.95. You can also sponsor a wounded warrior to a Thanksgiving dinner when you make your reservation.

Candied yams are a seasonal favorite.

Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 224-0146 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The seafood selection includes a variety of East Coast Oysters, Ahi Tuna, Gulf Redfish, Gulf Shrimp Ceviche, Gulf Cocktail Shrimp with Pickled Onion and Cilantro Cocktail and Littleneck Clams.  Chilled items include Bluebonnet Farms Heirloom Tomato and Roasted Mushrooms, local lettuces and salads, and assorted seasonal fruit and cheeses. Vegetables include Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Steamed Wild Rice with Cranberries and Huckleberries, Roasted Cherry and Butternut Squash Puree, and Sweet Potato and Braised Cabbage Hash. Hot favorites: Carved Rosemary and Cardamon Scented Turkey, with Classic Dressing, Alamo Beer and Citrus Braised Berkshire Pork Shank, Mesquite Smoked Garlic Studded Beef Sirloin and Natural Jus, and Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Passion Fruit Butter and Charred Bell Peppers. Dessert options: Petit Fours, Classic Seasonal Berry Cheesecake, Caramelized Texas Pecan Pie with Chantilly Cream, and Decadent Pumpkin Pie with Golden Raisin Caramel. Cost: $39.95 plus tax and tip; $19.95 for kids 12 and under. Complimentary Valet Parking.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Ostra will have its regular à la carte menu available all day. Featured themed specials are available during dinner service, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk at the Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya St., (210) 222-1234 — Thanksgiving dinner will be served 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Start with shrimp and crab claw shooters, prosciutto, capicola, Genoa salami, mortadella, marinated vegetables and Brazos Valley cheeses, season produce and salads, breads and soup as well as herb-roasted turkey breast or molasses-glazed bone-in ham, both carved to order. The Wall of Fire includes pistachio-encrusted salmon, brussels sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions, Brazos Valley White Cheddar mashed potatoes, Haricot Vert Casserole, and Bruleed Sweet Potatoes. Desserts include pumpkin cheesecake, bourbon pecan pie, Calvados apple cobbler, maple creme brulee, clementine fruit tarts, banana pudding cones and cinnamon roll French toast. Cost is $44 for adults or $22 for children. Price includes a glass of champagne and parking in the garage across the street.

Sustenio at Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 — On Thanksgiving Day, Sustenio is hosting a 3-course family style Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Start with a choice of two of the following: Apple and Pear Salad, Pumpkin Soup, Truffle Chantilly, Traditional San Antonio Smoked Pork Tamales, Caesar Salad, Double Diamond Texas Quail, Smoked Chicken Deviled Eggs, Crab Salad and Goat Cheese Dip ($5 per person for an additional appetizer.) Choose two entrée selections: Wood Grilled Beef with Wild Mushroom Ragout; Heritage Turkey Breast; Texas Oak-Wood Smoked Ham; Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin; Leg of Lamb; Pan Seared Stripe Bass; Pressed Confit Duck; and Vegetarian Pasta ($7 per person for additional entrée). Choose three side dishes: Grandma’s Corn Bread, Sautéed Green Beans, Savory Pumpkin-Anise Bread Pudding, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Caramelized Root Vegetables, Smoky-Cheddar Stone Ground Grits, White Bean and Grilled Vegetable Salad, Braised Red Cabbage, Honey Glazed Carrots, Sweet Potato Soufflé and Yukon Gold Potato Puree ($4 per Person for an additional side.) Choose two desserts: Peppermint Cheesecake, Spiced Orange-Cranberry Cake, Pumpkin Panna Cotta, Pecan Whiskey Tart, Fruit Tart and Apple Cobbler ($5 per person for additional dessert.)  The cost is $42 for adults, $16 for children.

Many restaurants will serve Thanksgiving favorites family-style.

The Terrace Grill at Riven Rock Ranch, 390 Hermann Sons Road, Comfort, (830) 995-4045 — Chef Brantley is serving Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 5 p.m. The cost will be $49.95 for adults and $29.95 for children under 10, plus beverage, tax and tip.  A salad precedes the meal featuring the following sides: Fresh baked sweet corn muffins with whipped butter; Four Cheese Broccoli Casserole-with Romano, Fontina, Provolone and mozzarella cheese, topped with toasted bread crumbs; Orange Scented Haricots Verts with sun dried cranberries and toasted almonds; Sweet Corn, Water Chestnut and Texas Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing; and Agave Syrup Infused Sweet Potatoes and Spiced Apples with a Whiskey Glaze. You can choose two of the three meats from the carving station: Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Center Cut Pork Loin and Amaretto, Pecan & Peach Glazed Smoked Ham. Dessert choices: Warm Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate-served with Chantilly whipped cream, grated chocolate and marshmallows; Caramel Jonagold Apple Cheesecake Bars with ginger snap cookie crust and streusel topping; and Traditional Pumpkin Pie-creamy custard based pumpkin pie sprinkled with candied pecans and spiced whipped cream.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600 — The Brazilian steakhouse opens at noon  Thanksgiving Day with a few traditional items, such as roast turkey, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce in addition to the regular array of meats.

Vegeria Vegan Restaurant, 8407 Broadway, (210) 826-4223 — Vegeria’s Thanksgiving buffet will be 100 percent vegan and gluten free. It will also be completely local and organic.  The cost is $20 and includes drinks and dessert, but not tax or tip.  Seating choices are Slot A: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Slot B: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; Slot C: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. On the menu: Corn Cheddar Bread Pudding, Quinoa and Corn Bread Stuffing, Harvest Kale Salad with Candied Pecans and Walnuts, House Salad, Green Bean Casserole, Herbed Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin and Butter Nut Squash Curry, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Baked Herb Tofu with Creamy Portabella Gravy, fresh vegetables with homemade vegan cheese, Fresh Corn Bread and Jalepeño Cheddar Corn Bread, Pumpkin Spice Tamales, Spinach and Cream Cheese Tamales, Thanksgiving Stuffed Tamales, Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake, Raw Pecan Pie, Apple Spice Cupcakes, and Pumpkin Spice with Bavarian Cream Cupcakes. The raw menu includes raw savory pumpkin seed loaf with cranberry sauce, raw marinated kale and mushrooms, raw apple and sweet potato casserole, house salad, Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake and Raw Pecan Pie.

The Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2439 — The Thanksgiving meal will be offered during seatings that run ever half hour from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  The brunch will include soup, salads, and carving stations with roast tom turkey, pineapple-glazed ham and prime rib au jus. Entrees include tomato-mozzarella stuffed chicken roulade, Provençal-style salt cod, and chile-rubbed pork loin. Breakfast specials, an array of side dishes and desserts, and a children’s menu are all offered.  Cost is $49 for adults, $25 for children.

If you would like to add another restaurant to the list, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

 

 

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Learn How to Create a Thanksgiving Feast on the Grill at County Line Cooking Class


Lemon Salt-Rubbed Smoked Turkey

Garrett Stephens and the County Line barbecue team will resume their popular “Pitmaster Cooking Classes” on Nov. 9 at the restaurant, 10101 I-10 W.

There’s not a cooking class in all of San Antonio quite as fun as the Pitmaster Cooking Classes, and this one promised to be no exception.

Class participants will enjoy a full serving of each of the three courses as Stephens demonstrates how to prepare each dish while taking questions from the guests.

Everyone receives a recipe book, with space to take notes.

A cocktail reception featuring Alexander Valley Vineyards’ dry Rosé of Sangiovese begins at 7 p.m. with the class/dinner following at 7:30 p.m.

Pomegranate Glazed Carrots with Basil, Mint and Pine Nuts

The theme for the November menu is “Thanksgiving on the Grill” and includes:

  • Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onion, Smoked Gouda and Candied Walnuts
  • Lemon Salt-Rubbed Smoked Turkey with Oregano and Thyme as well as Cranberry, Fig and Pinot Noir Chutney; Grilled Sourdough Dressing with Sausage, Parsnip, Apple and Sage; Pit Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Bleu Cheese, Arugula and Smoked Pecans; and Pomegranate-Glazed Carrots with Basil, Mint and Pine Nuts.
  • Smoked Pecan Pie with Jack Daniels and Grilled Peaches

Wine pairing for each course with wines from Alexander Valley Vineyards.

Pit Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Bleu Cheese, Arugula and Smoked Pecans

Since the grill will be fired up, the cooking class will be held outside on the restaurant’s shaded patio; in case of rain, the class will be moved inside.

The cost for this live cooking demonstration, recipe book, cocktail reception and three-course dinner is $50 per person plus tax and tip.

To make a reservation, contact the restaurant at (210) 641-1998 or garretts@countyline.com.

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Creamy Wild Mushroom and Parsnip Soup


Use oyster mushrooms or a combination of wild mushrooms in this soup.

A flavorful take on mushroom soup, this version, from the New York Times, is fancy enough for a  Thanksgiving first course, and perfect for having with turkey sandwiches afterward. The parsnips add to the earthy flavors of the mushrooms, too. Note that the presentation is a little different, too. Sliced baguette, topped with mushrooms, goes into the soup bowl first, then creamy soup is ladled over.

 

Creamy Wild Mushroom and Parsnip Soup

2 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, sliced, about 2 cups
2 small parsnips, peeled and chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
1 thyme branch
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth, plus more if necessary
2 tablespoons chopped dried morel or porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes, then drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound chanterelles, oyster mushrooms or other wild or cultivated mushrooms, in roughly 1/8-inch slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon thyme leaves, finely chopped
6 slices day-old baguette
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Crème fraîche, optional.

Melt the butter in a deep heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, parsnip, carrot, thyme branch and bay leaf. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and lightly browned, about 10 minutes

Add the broth and the soaked dried mushrooms. Bring to a boil, then adjust the heat to a gentle simmer.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over high heat in a wide skillet. When the oil is hot, add the chanterelles, stirring with a wooden spoon, allowing them to brown a bit. Season with salt and pepper, then turn the heat to medium and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked through. Add the garlic and thyme and cook 1 minute more.

Transfer 1/2 cup of the cooked chanterelles to a small skillet and add the rest to the soup. Let the pot simmer until the parsnips and carrot are quite tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Discard the bay leaf and thyme branch. Purée the soup in a blender and strain through a fine-meshed sieve. Thin with more broth if it is too thick, and correct the seasoning. Keep hot.

Warm the reserved mushrooms. Toast the baguette slices lightly and put a spoonful of mushrooms on each.

Ladle the hot soup into bowls. Top each bowl with a mushroom toast, a little chopped parsley, and a drizzle of crème fraîche if you like.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

From the New York Times

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Thanksgiving Dinner Options Abound (2010)


Dear Readers:  The list on this page is for 2010.

Click here on the NEW list  to find the listings for 2011.

Great Thanksgiving!

 

 

Thanksgiving 2010 is fast approaching. It’s time to make reservations for dinner, if you’re eating out, or placing orders for side dishes, pies and more. Here are some of the places in the San Antonio area that are celebrating in style. Reservations are required for most places, so call as early as possible. At the bottom are places offering turkeys, side dishes and desserts to help you complete your meal.

Achiote River Cafe, the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., 210-224-1234 — The buffet will run noon-9 p.m. It will feature pan-Latino mixed salads, carved roast turkey with traditional accompaniments, roasted pumpkin soup, pumpkin seed-crusted salmon, strip loin with wild mushroom sauce, horseradish mashed potatoes, candied yams in honey butter glaze, cranberry chutney, artisan breads and assorted holiday desserts. The cost is $30 a person including tax, tip and coffee, tea or soda.

Auden’s Kitchen, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 1117, 210-494-0070 — The hours will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A prix fixe dinner for $28.95 includes choice of Caesar Salad or mixed greens, followed by baked salmon or Bourbon Peach-Glazed Turkey. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin cheese cake or Biga’s sticky toffee pudding. There will also be an a la carte menu with a crab omelet, a seared rib-eye, cumin-rubbed turkey and more. The children’s menu is priced at $11.99.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., 210-225-0722 — The Thanksgiving meal will be served 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. It begins with a buffet of appetizers and salads, followed by the diner’s choice of entrée. Some of the main plate options include herb-roasted free-range turkey with the trimmings, free-range turkey mole poblano, molasses-rubbed prime rib, barbecued lamb open-faced ravioli, seared red snapper and baked Atlantic salmon. The dessert buffet includes Chocolate Pecan Tart, Butternut Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust, Sweet Potato Pie, Maple Vanilla Creme Brulee, Pumpkin Tartlette with Sweet Whip Cream and a variety of kids desserts. Children’s options include chicken or turkey pasta, a child’s turkey plate and a child’s beef plate. The price is $49 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and younger, plus tax and tip.

Casbeers at the Church, 1150 S. Alamo St., 210-271-7791 — A buffet of homemade, traditional Thanksgiving favorites will be served beginning at noon. The price is $15.95 for adults and half price for children 11 years and younger. The celebration moves upstairs between 1:30 2 p.m. for dessert and a showing of the movie “Alice’s Restaurant.” Filmed in 1969 it stars singer/songwriters Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-821-5454 — From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., patrons can choose from a series of entrées, all served with an appetizer, bread, house salad and dessert (except children’s). Appetizer choices include mousse truffle pâté, smoked salmon with cream cheese, and puff pastry with white wine mushroom sauce. Entrée selections include roasted turkey and baked ham with stuffing ($28.50), beef tenderloin with red wine mushroom sauce or green peppercorn Cognac sauce ($35.50), fresh rainbow trout meunière or amandine ($28.50) or veal medallions with mushroom Cognac sauce ($33.50). The children’s menu for those under 10 includes turkey and ham with all the trimmings and choice of salad or dessert ($12). A tip of 18 percent will be added to parties of five or more. Crumpets also offers a variety of to-go options. www.crumpetsa.com

Earl Abel’s, 1210 Austin Highway, 210-822-3358  — Earl Abel’s will be serving Serving Thanksgiving meals 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; regular hours are 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.  No reservations are being taken. For Thanksgiving there is Roast Turkey and Cornbread Dressing ($17);  Honey-glazed Country Ham with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Pineapple Sauce ($18) ; Fried Chicken, two pieces white/dark with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Gravy ($16); Niman Ranch Top Sirloin Steak with Baked Potato ($24); Fried Shrimp with Baked Potato ($19). All entrees come with  All entrees include choice of appetizer, vegetable, potato or cornbread dressing, dinner rolls, and dessert.  Notable new items on the menu include Deviled Eggs as an appetizer; Roasted Root Vegetables, and a Pumpkin Ginger Cake. Also, Sweet Potato Pecan Pie with Chantilly Cream and  Earl’s favorite Strawberry Shortcake.  A children’s menu will be available that includes roast turkey and dressing or fried chicken.  Each comes with green beans, cornbread dressing or mashed potatoes, and a dessert.

Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 — The restaurant will be open on the holiday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner. A few of the entrée specials include Frederick’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing ($20), Norwegian salmon ($19), jumbo sea scallops Provençal ($20), and black Angus beef rib-eye with grilled shrimp & béarnaise ($31). Dinner specials include the traditional turkey plate ($25), Parmesan-crusted Red Snapper with Avocado Relish ($28), Maine Lobster and Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Salad ($29) and Lamb Chop with Garlic Red Wine Sauce ($33). www.fredericksbistro.com

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, 210-828-9050 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner. A few of the entrée specials include Frederick’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing ($20), Norwegian salmon ($19), jumbo sea scallops Provençal ($20), and black Angus beef rib-eye with grilled shrimp & béarnaise ($31). Dinner specials include the traditional turkey plate ($25), Parmesan-crusted Red Snapper with Avocado Relish ($28), Maine Lobster and Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Salad ($29) and Lamb Chop with Garlic Red Wine Sauce ($33). www.frederickssa.com

Green Vegetarian Cuisine & Coffee, 1017 N. Flores, 210-320-5865 — The vegetarian feast will be served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. PhoTurkey, gravy, sausage and apple stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pudding are on the menu. For reservations, e-mail mike@greensanantonio.com. www.greensanantonio.com

Hyatt Hill Country, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, 210-647-1234 — A Feast of Flavors brunch will be served 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A rustic soup station will include butternut squash soup, roasted eggplant bisque, onion soup, roasted tomato soup with dumplings, Texas chili and posole. The seafood offerings include jumbo shrimp, hand-shucked oysters, smoked salmon and smoked garlic mussels. The butcher block will feature citrus-coriander basted tom turkey, cider-brined roasted turkey legs, maple-glazed honey-baked ham and roast beef. Salads, a cranberry bar, traditional side dishes, breakfast items, a pasta station, a cheese kiosk, artisan breads and a buffet of desserts are included. There will also be a children’s buffet with traditional favorites. The cost is $45 for adults; $35 for seniors; $23 for children ages 5-12; and free for children 4 and under.

JW Marriott, 23808 Resort Parkway, 210-483-6622 — The buffet will be served 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carving stations with tom turkey, prime rib and pecan-smoked bone-in ham will come alongside spreads of house-smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail and sushi as well as soups, salads, sides and a dessert spread. Lobster and edamame risotto and butternut squash gnocchi will be pan-made to order. A children’s buffet is offered. Champagne included. The cost is $49.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, and $22.95 for children ages 5-12.  A $5 discount on valet parking available for brunch visitors. For the full menu, click here.

Las Canarias, La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., 210-518-1063 — The Thanksgiving buffet will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Carving stations will feature prime rib, roast turkey breast, grilled shrimp with chorizo, and Texas sausages from Elgin. The rest of the buffet will include unlimited Mumm sparkling wine, composed salads, local Texas cheeses, imported and domestic cheeses with seasonal fruits and berries, omelets and Belgium waffles. The cost is $65 for adults and $30 for children ages 5-12. The restaurant’s regular à la carte dining, with added holiday features, will resume at 5:30 p.m.

Limestone Grille, Ye Kendall Inn, 128 W. Blanco St., Boerne, 830-249-2138 – The holiday dinner will be 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Start with a choice of soup or salad, followed by entrée selections of slow-roasted herbed turkey, apple cider and herb-marinated roasted center cut of pork loin, mustard-crusted chateau loin of beef, and grilled salmon, all with seasonal side dishes. Dessert is Limestone Pumpkin Maple Pecan Pie. Cost is $25.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors, and $12.95 for children ages 10 and younger.

Los Patios, 2015 N.E. Loop 410, 210-655-6171 – The Gazebo is offering a Thanksgiving lunch special daily through Nov. 30. It features roasted Cornish game hen, served with mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and buttered biscuits for $11.95.  The restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but to-go orders are available all month. Advance notice recommended. To-go orders must be picked up by noon Nov. 24.  www.lospatios.com

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, 210-561-9700 – Holiday hours are noon-5 p.m. The special menu for Thanksgiving begins with a choice of butternut squash soup with braised escarole, pancetta and a touch of cream or Insalate Misto with goat cheese ‘truffle.’ The main course is slow-roasted tom turkey with pine nut stuffing, sweet potatoes, giblet gravy, fresh fall vegetables and cranberry sauce, followed by pumpkin pie. The cost is $21.95 for adults and $7.95 for children under age 12.

Lüke, 130 E. Travis St., 210-226-9000 – On Thanksgiving day, hours will be 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sample turkey two ways. One will be smoked turkey leg, the other is slow-cooked breast with corn bread dressing and stewed greens.  The lunch version includes soup ($15) while dinner is offered with soup and dessert ($23). Children’s meals are half price at both lunch and dinner.

Maggiano’s Little Italy, 17603 I-10 W., 210-451-6000 — Service will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost for the special dinner is $32.95 for adults and $15.95 for children.

Menger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza, 210-223-4361 — The only times available for the Thanksgiving brunch are 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The cost of the buffet is $38.50 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 6-11.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, 830-438-2747 – The Thanksgiving dinner is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The special menu includes Butternut Squash Soup, Green Beans with Roasted Fennel and Shallots, Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Fresh Sage, Turkey Breast Roulade with Wild Mushroom and Pancetta Stuffing, and Pecan Pie with Bourbon Crème Anglaise The menu is priced at $24.95 for adults and $12 for children under age 12. Mike’s is also offering holiday food gifts, including Crawfish Cheesecake, as well as catering. www.mikesinthevillage.com

Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia, 218 Produce Row, 210-225-1262 – The restaurant will be open 24 hours and will offer two specials. One is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with asparagus soup, roasted turkey, corn bread dressing, white wine giblet gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce, candied yams, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. The other is a Mexican Turkey en Mole Dinner with tamale corn bread dressing, asparagus soup, white rice with poblano peppers, and pumpkin pie. Both are priced at $14.25 plus tax and service charge. Children’s turkey plates cost $6.95.

Pomegranate at Artisans Alley, 555 W. Bitters Road, 210-494-9111 – It will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and under are free.

Q on the River Walk, Hyatt Regency, 123 Losoya St., 210-222-1234, ext. 4240 – The buffet will be served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Expect chimichurri-basted Angus strip sirloin, jumbo prawns, oakwood-smoked tom turkey, grilled currasco, Texas corn bread dressing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry-orange relish, pumpkin muffins, pies and mini-pastries on the buffet. Beverage bar included. The cost is $40 for adults, $36 for seniors and $20 for children ages 5-12. Complimentary self-parking at Central Parking across the street from the hotel.

Ventanas Bistro, Downtown Doubletree, 502 W. Durango St., 210-388-0356 – The Champagne brunch will be 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Carving stations will feature turkey and bone-in maple honey ham. Smoked strip loin of beef, blackened roasted pork loin, Atlantic salmon and grilled Balsamic chicken will be served along with seafood, traditional sides, salads, breakfast items and a dessert station with an assortment of cakes and pies. The price is $29 for adults or $19 for children ages 14 and younger. Complimentary parking.

Looking to have your meal at home? These businesses are happy to help:

Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine, 20079 Stone Oak Parkway, 210-494-0561 — The restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving, but people can place orders for Blanca Aldaco’s tres leches cake, available in pumpkin ($39.99) or with brandy ($44.99). These cakes serve up to 20 slices.

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, various locations — Click here to order online. A 10- to 12-pound turkey with gravy and dressing costs $38.99, while an 18- to 20-pound turkey with gravy and dressing costs $59.99. Honey-glazed spiral cut ham costs $5.19 a pound. Party packs, pies and extras are also available.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, 219 E. Houston St. #275, 210-472-2600 — From Nov. 22 to Dec 23, the restaurant will offer several holiday dishes, including Seared Hudson Valley Duck Breast with Huckleberry Jus and Pumpkin Spice Torte.

Central Market, 4821 Broadway, 210-368-8600 — Place orders by 2 p.m. Nov. 23. Order a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that serves 6-8 for $129.99. The lavender-white hickory smoked turkey dinner for 6-8 costs $139.99. A turkey breast dinner for 4-6 costs $99.99. The glazed white hickory-smoked ham dinner for 6-8 costs $99.99. The herb-roasted rib-eye dinner for 6-8 costs $159.99. The herb-crusted beef tenderloin dinner for 6-8 costs $169.99. The vegetarian hazelnut-fig roast en croûte for 2 costs $39.99. A package of holiday side dishes for 6-8 costs $49.99.

The County Line Barbecue, 10101 I-10 W., 210-641-1998 — Boneless, smoked, pepper-rubbed turkey breast is available for $12.99 a pound. The breasts are generally 4 pounds and feed 10-12 people. Orders accepted through Nov. 22. Cobblers are available in peach for $40 or harvest (Granny Smith apples, candied cranberries and walnuts) for $45. Each features 25-30 servings. Order accepted through Nov. 23. The emergency kit of barbecue and sides is available for $11.99 a person. Ship barbecue via AirRibs by visiting www.airribs.com or by calling 800-AIR-RIBS (800-247-7427).

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 1170 E. Commerce St., 210 227-8847; and 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, 210-821-5051 – San Antonians can order the following side dishes, which serve 10-12, throughout the holidays: sweet potato casserole, green beans and roasted garlic, creamed spinach and corn pudding ($29.95 each). Desserts for 8-10 people include pecan pie and bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($24.95 each). Desserts for 10-12 include a whole cheesecake or a whole Chocolate Sin Cake ($45 each). Orders must be picked up 24 hours in advance.

Whole Foods, 255 E. Basse Road, 210-826-4676 — Order your holiday meal online by clicking here.  The Southern turkey dinner with all the trimmings is priced at $129.99. Other dishes include chipotle-glazed pork loin for $17.99, pecan pie for $12.99 and brie with fig spread and almonds, $11.99.

Restaurateurs, if you are not included on this list e-mail info@savorsa.com and we will update the list.

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