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San Antonio Beer Week Turns 5


San Antonio Beer Week is celebrating its fifth anniversary with plenty of liquid excitement on tap.

Yard-House-BeersThe week-long schedule is packed with events in all areas of the region, culminating in a large walk-around party at the Pearl Brewery.

There are too many events to list here, but here are three highlights and a link to the full schedule.

7 p.m. Wednesday — Join the brewers from Ranger Creek and The Granary while enjoying a four-course menu prepared by The Granary’s Tim Rattray. Each course will be paired with Ranger Creek beers including their newest release: Red Headed Stranger. Dinner will be served on the patio at The Granary, 602 Avenue A, so you can enjoy the spring weather while chatting with brewers. Each diner will receive a beer glass to take home. Reservations are required and can be made at www.thegranarysa.com. Cost: $60.

6 t0 9 p.m. Friday — 5 Stones Artisan Brewing, 850 Schneider, Cibolo, is hosting a beer garden. For your $10 reservation, you get a sample glass and five drink tickets. There will be 10-12 beers to choose from plus a special cask of Fracking Blackstrap. A food truck will be on site as well. Call (210) 380-8215.

3 to 7 p.m. Sunday — This year’s closing ceremonies will be at the Pearl Brewery,  312 Pearl Parkway, with breweries from around the area tapping into their best. The admission price will get you six 4-ounce sample tickets, plus a commemorative SABW 2015 tasting cup. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. VIP attendees will be hosted at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery and receive a special VIP commemorative tasting glass. You will get early access to the festival at 2 p.m. and have special beers tapped, plus VIP snacks provided by Southerleigh. VIPs will also have access to Southerleigh’s restrooms and be able to attend an educational panel discussion about craft beer that features brewers and owners from your local breweries. Presale tickets are $30 and will increase to $35 at the door. Register at eventbrite.

For the full list of events, click here.

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Culinaria Pop-Up, Chefs Collaborative & More


Wine dinners at Fredericks, Broadway with Cuvaison wines

Chefs and Cellars wine glass

The wines of Cuvaison Winery will be presented with a five-course dinner at Frederick’s on Broadway Monday, April 28 through Wednesday, April 30. The meals start at 7:30 p.m. and cost $95 per person, plus tax and tip.

Chef de cuisine Javier Landaverde’s dinner pairs Cuvaison Chardonnays, a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and a late harvest Sauvignon bland with these courses: Lobster with Lobster Sauce and Mushrooms; Fresh Halibut with Leeks, Potatoes and Truffle Oil, Grilled Quail with Spring Garden Salad, Veal Loin with Porcini Mushroom Sauce and dessert, a Chocolate Raspberry Bon Bon.
Frederick’s is at 7701 Broadway St. Make reservations at 210-828-9050.
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Pop-up In the Park — Culinaria features local top restaurant chefs
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Some of San Antonio’s most popular chefs team up for a special pop-up event on the patio at Two Bros BBQ Market on on April 28. (This has been changed from the previous location, which was Brackenridge Park.) Two Bros BBQ Market is at 12656 West Ave.
This Chefs 4 Chefs event will run from 7-9 p.m. with drinks, live music and a silent auction, too.  Participating Chefs Include: Jason Dady – Umai Mi, Tre Trattoria, Two Bros. BBQ; Jesse Perez – Arcade Midtown Kitchen; Stefan Bowers – Feast; Robbie Nowlin – Las Canarias; Mark Bliss – Bliss;  Bruce Auden – Biga on the Banks;  Johnny Hernandez – La Gloria, The Fruteria;  Steve McHugh – Cured; Jorge Hernandez – Qui.
To order tickets, which are $50 with a $3.74 fee, connect to this link.

Robert Johnson, bluesman

Robert Johnson, bluesman

Cured celebrates blues great, Robert Johnson at Brews & Blues (Beer) Dinner

On Thursday, May 8, Cured will honor blues legend Robert Johnson on the evening of his birthday with a Brews & Blues Dinner, a multi-course beer-paired dinner with Brooklyn Brewery for $75 per person.

Chef Steven McHugh could not resist as a self-admitted “blues nut.” In fact, before his Culinary Institute of America days, Steve earned a jazz saxophone scholarship that sent him to college.

While Johnson hailed from Mississippi, it was here in San Antonio at the Gunter Hotel where he recorded his very first landmark album in 1936. Johnson’s influential legacy lives on as Eric Clapton has called him “the most important blues singer that ever lived.” He ranked fifth in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Cured is at the Pearl, 306 Pearl Parkway. Call for reservations at 210- 314-3929.

Collaborative dinner at The Granary with Scott Anderson, acclaimed chef

The Granary’s chef/owner Tim Rattray announces a rare collaborative dinner with Scott Anderson, chef and co-owner of New Jersey’s critically acclaimed Elements Restaurant on Monday, May 19.

Scott Anderson chefAnderson, a two-time James Beard Foundation nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, has garnered much attention for his innovative and provocative work with ingredients, constantly keeping each dining experience fresh and exciting.

Visiting San Antonio for the first time, Anderson will partner with Rattray to present a new spring menu to guests in this seven-course dinner.

The dinner is $90 per person with available beer and wine pairing options. Seatings are at 6:15 and 9 p.m. Reservations can be made on the Open Table widget on the Granary’s home page here.

Restaurant Trends: Healthier food options and emphasis on wellness

O.O.Veggie Pita by Tracey MauererThe National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot Chef Survey of 2014 emphasizes a trend in restaurants toward healthier food options. In fact, this trend is their No. 7 out the top 20 trends.

The average American now places more emphasis on healthy food decisions than ever before. According to the Futures Company, 73 percent of Americans (16 and older) say they are more interested in healthy eating practices than they were a few years ago.
This convergence of other key factors in making for succcessful restaurant experiences include sustainability, atmosphere, authenticity, flavor, texture and taste. — By corporate chef Cristi Shipley via FastCasual.com.
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The great lime shortage…
Lime prices are on the rise.

Lime prices are on the rise.

Bartenders are finding creative ways to replicate the flavor and acidity of limes as the fruit’s price skyrockets due to a shortage stemming from a bacterial disease. According to the Culinary Institute of America’s Smart Briefs, Toby Cecchini, owner of Long Island bar in Brooklyn, has cut a house gimlet with lime cordial from the menu in favor of a lemon cordial while Stephanie Griber of Shoo-fly Diner in Baltimore relies on hard cider, vinegars and kombucha to give cocktails a boost of flavor and acidity.

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Paella Times 2; Celeb Chef Tesar at Granary; Wine!


paella soul food half cropWhile the Paella Challenge at the Pearl isn’t happening until March, you can get a mouth-watering preview of some paella action — and learn how to do it — at GauchoGourmet’s cooking and tasting event, Viva Paella, this Saturday, Feb. 21.

Viva Paella will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. featuring chef James Canter, Aurelia’s Chorizo owner Leslie Horne and members of the San Antonio Chef’s Cooperative. Learn how it’s done and get samples of three different paellas.

GauchoGourmet is at 935 Isom Road. Phone: 210-277-7930

The cost is $10 if the ticket is purchased by Friday or $15 at the door on Saturday. Ticket price includes tasting of paellas and chorizo. Ticket also may be purchased online here. www.gauchogourmet.com/events.html

The Pearl Paella Challenge

It’s coming! The fifth annual Corona Paella Challenge is coming March 9, bringing a day of live entertainment wines and sangria from Spain and of course, the paella competition. This contest, running from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. brings together chefs from  from San Antonio, across the United States and Mexico. They’ll be turning up the heat on their paella cookers to create these sumptuous dishes of rice, vegetables, seafood and more. The proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus.

Ticket Prices:  Adults: $50; Those under 21: $25.

The ticket price includes entry into the event, samples of paella and other treats from the chefs as well as beverages (beer, wine, sangria, sodas and water). Items from vendors who may be on site are purchased separately.

Visit here for more information on participating chefs and a photo gallery from last year’s event and other information.

granaryGranary announces dinner with John Tesar of Top Chef Masters

Excited to officially announce we are taking reservations for our March 17 Chef Collaboration dinner!

Chef John Tesar (Top Chef Masters, Spoon Bar & Kitchen) will join forces with The Granary chef/owner Tim Rattray to serve a seven-course Surf & Turf tasting menu — including lobster pastrami. Drink pairings will be available.

Reservations can be made here.  (Cancellation within 48 hours of the dinner subject to fee.)

Seatings are at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

 

where y'at pieter sypesteyn1Where Y’at? At Feast

Feast, 1024 S. Alamo St., is bringing its Guest Chef Series back on March 3.

Chef Pieter Sypesteyn of Where Y’at food truck will be serving up a Lundi Gras dinner.  That’s Fat Monday, folks, and it’s the day before Mardi Gras.

“This may be the last Guest Chef dinner for a while, so I wanna go out with a BANG!” Feast chef Stefan Bowers says. “Don’t mess around! Call and purchase in advance and get a $10 break. Its going to be a night of amazing food, white lightning’s and hurricanes. Right in your back yard! Take the next day off and come tear it up!”

Tickets are $60 at the door or $50 in advance. Call 210-354-1024.

San Antonio wine educator and seller, Woody Del LunaDallas Wine Competition judges

San Antonio wine educator and seller, Woody Del LunaDallas Wine Competition judges

San Antonio wine expert at Dallas wine competition

Woody de Luna, wine educator and owner of Vintages 2.0, was one of the judges at the Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition, the second-largest in the nation.

The competition was Feb. 17-18 at the Irving Convention Center.

In the photo at right, from left to right are Tim Gaiser, MS of San Francisco, Dilek Caner, MW of Dallas, Woody de Luna, CWE of San Antonio, and Debbie of Zachareas of Napa & San Francisco.

Crumpets French Wine Dinner

All of the wines in this month’s wine dinner at Crumpets are from France. Two are from the famous Bordeaux region, two from Cote d’Azur region in southeastern France and one from the historic city of Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, southern France bordering Spain.

The dinner is $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Call for reservations at 210-821-5600. Crumpets is at 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road.

Courses paired with French wines:

Crumpets is nestled in a sylvan section of town.

Crumpets’ woodland setting

Domaine Sarrail Cite de Carcassonne Blanc
French Onion Soup

Chateau Burgrave White
Vol au Vent St Jacques

Chateau Burgrave Red
Goose Liver Terrine

Chateau du Trignon Rasteau
Entrecote Café de Paris

Chateau du Trignon Muscat
Mocha Éclairs

 

 

 

 

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Behind on Your Barbecue? You Can Catch Up and Support a Good Cause at the Same Time


Want to sink your teeth into some great barbecue for a good cause?

Check out some of the state's best 'cue.

Check out some of the state’s best ‘cue.

Travaasa Austin has announced that the Travaasa Austin BBQ Bash, a fundraiser for Foodways Texas, is happening on Saturday, June 15 from 5-9 pm.

The event marks the official launch of the highly anticipated Farm at Travaasa Austin, a 10-acre farm, with 3.5 acres developed for row crops, located across from the property on the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Its address is 2769 Farm to Market 2769.

Some of the best barbecue joints in the state and a few of the state’s spirits producers have joined the lineup for the event:

The Marshall Ford Swing Band will perform.

The event is being hosted by Ben Baker, Tavaasa’s executive chef. “Guests will enjoy an unforgettable night at Farm at Travaasa Austin,” he said. “We have pulled together an amazing list of vendors for this event, including Pecan Lodge and Snow’s BBQ, both of which were ranked as one of the top 4 best barbecue places in the state in Texas Monthly’s famous Top 50 Texas BBQ list.”

This event marks the official launch of the Farm at Travaasa Austin, an exciting project that has allowed Travaasa to take the “farm-to-table” concept to heart by cultivating a 10-acre farm, with 3.5 acres developed for row crops. Located across from the property on the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the farm features more than 80 varieties of vegetable crops, perennial fruit orchards, native pecans, edible flowers, and culinary and medical herbs, all of which are used extensively in the resorts food and beverage offerings as well as in treatments at the award winning spa. Additionally, the farm includes a 360-square foot greenhouse, a 2,300-square foot activity garden for hands-on growing classes, and a 680-square foot chicken coop with more than 100 laying hens of five different breeds and two roosters, as well as the property’s new equine center which is home to seven horses and the resort’s Equine Encounter program.

Individual tickets and room packages are available now with proceeds supporting Foodways Texas, an organization founded to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas. Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased by clicking here. Call (855) TO.TRAVAASA (855-868-7282) for information.

 

 

 

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?


Fast away the old year passes, the song tells us. But we’re not going to let it go without a big blowout. New Year’s Eve parties galore dot the city scene, and the following are a few restaurant options that are offering feasts to greet 2013.

Reservations are required. Tax and tip are not included in the prices shown.

Enjoy live music during Biga on the Banks’ New Year’s party.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt,  600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — New Year’s Eve dinner is from 5 p.m. to midnight. The buffet includes salads, such as an arrangement of greens and winter vegetables, Moroccan Cous Cous and Legumes, Jicama with Red Endive and Chili Lime Slaw, Thai-inspired Green Papaya, duo of poached pears, and Roasted Beet, Citrus and Feta;  Traditional Seafood Soup with Saffron Aioli and Seed Crusted Baguette; a Seafood and Ceviche display with Poached Shrimp, King Crab Legs, Red Snapper Ceviche, Pacific Ahi Poke’ and Taro Chips; Anti-Pasti and Cheese Specialties; Carved dishes, such as Achiote-Crusted Natural Beef Tenderloin, Roast Rack of Lamb, Parsley Marble Potatoes, and Mahi Mahi Steamed on Asian Greens with Coconut Green Curry Broth; and  Daniel’s Denim and Diamond Dessert Display. The cost is $60 for adults, $30 for children, ages 6-12. Tax and 18 percent tip will be added to each check. Does not include beverages.

Alamo Street Eat Bar, 609 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-2469 — Ring in the New Year with a variety of treats from various food trucks, including the DUK Truck, and plenty of cheer on tap.

Barriba Cantina, 111 W. Crockett St., (210) 228-9876 — The cantina will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with free live music on both nights from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-2722 — The New Year’s Eve menu includes an amuse bouche of crab, cucumber and caviar, followed by appetizers that include Many Mushroom and Duck Confit Raviolo, Foie Grass Terrine, Chicken-Fried Oysters, Crab Spring Rolls,  Smoked Sturgeon Profiterole,  selection of artisan cheeses,  farm-raised American Transmontanous caviar ($85 supplement) or  Wild American Hackleback Caviar ($50 supplement). Soup and salad options:  Lobster Bisque,  Grapefruit and Avocado Salad (add butter-poached lobster $12),  Chardonnay Braised Leeks (add caviar $12),  Emile’s Hydroponic Greens with Rebecca Creek goat feta, Romaine Leaves with red pepper Caesar dressing (add 3 chicken-fried oysters $8) and Spinach Salad (add grilled quail $8). Entrees:  Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna,  Slow Braised Veal Osso Bucco,  South Texas Antelope and Bandera Quail,  Grilled Beef Tenderloin,  Australian Lamb Rack and additional fish options.  The dessert list has not been written yet. Price: $100 per person. Late seating includes live music and a glass of Champagne.

Bin 555, 555 W. Bitters, (210) 496-0555 — The New Year”s Eve menu comes with optional wine pairings. On the menu: Amuse: 2008 Argyle Brut with Bruschetta & Baba Ganoush and Ras El Hanout Chickpeas, Cilantro and Mint. Appetizer: 2008 Zaca Mesa Roussanne with choice of Roasted Butternut Lobster Bisque, Pan Roasted Pork Belly and Braised Beef Cheeks. Salad: 2010 Amici Sauvignon Blanc with choice of Butter Leaf Salad, Mixed Field Greens, or Autumn Squash Salad. Pasta: Iberico Pea Risotto with 2010 Feudi LaCryma Christi Bianco. Entrée choices: Wood Fired Halibut with 2009 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay; Local Texas Rabbit with 2009 Pierre Amadieu Vacqueyras La Grangeliere Grenache/Syrad; or Braised Lamb Shank with 2009 Pierre Amadieu Vacqueyras La Grangeliere Grenache/Syrah. Dessert: Taylor Fladgate 20-Year-Old Tawny Port with choice of Chef Dady’s Signature Nutella Torte, Raspberry, Hazelnut Nougat and Smoked Pistachio Anglaise, Panettone Pain Perdu, Cinnamon Mascarpone Chantilly, Raspberry and Sour Cranberry Compote, Apple & Pear Granola Crumble or Jim Bean Black Honey Bourbon and Crème Fraiche Ice Cream. Cost is $60 a person or $90 with wine pairing. Tax and 18 percent tip added.

Bliss, 926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547 — On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will offer a 5-course menu for $100 a person.

Boardwalk Bistro, 4011 Broadway, (210) 824-0100 — The restaurant will be open 5 p.m.-1 a.m. with a five-course special that includes plenty of choices.    Start with a choice of appetizers such as Cold Water Seafood Risotto, Baked Eggplant Involtini, Grilled Lamb Kofta with Cinnamon Yogurt and Shrimp Casino in Puff Pastry. Soups:   Cold Water Lobster Asparagus Bisque, Winter Squash Soup with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sweet Pea with Ham and Croutons and Heirloom Tomato Basil with White Cheddar Breadsticks. Salads:  Traditional Caesar Salad, Mesclun Greens with Fried Shallot and Stilton Bleu Cheese, and Spinach Salad with Corn Bread Croutons. Entrees: Prosciutto Wrapped Black Cod ($63),  Surf and Turf  (grilled lobster tail and filet mignon, $72), Panko-crusted Eggplant Napoleon ($52),  Applewood-smoked Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin ($65), and Grilled Lamb T-Chop ($68). Desserts: Duo of Crème Brulee, New York Cheesecake with Berries,  Chocolate Pecan Caramel Torte with Frangelico Anglaise,  and Tiramisù with Frangelico Anglaise filled Chocolate Truffle.  An optional flight of wines can  accompany each course for an additional $20.

Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, 219 E. Houston St., (210) 472-2600 —The restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve for those celebrating along Houston St. The regular menu with steaks, including Akaushi Beef,

Laurent’s Modern Cuisine

Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644 — Chef Jesse Perez of the upcoming Arcade Midtown Kitchen joins Boiler House chef James Moore to create a special six-course New Year’s menu that includes:  Chilled Smoked Sturgeon, Caviar Creme Fraiche;  Moroccan Quail Medallions, Pomegranate Molasses;  Confit Rabbit Terrine, Pickled Mustard Seed Aioli;  George’s Bank Diver Scallops, Smoked Oyster Stew;  Balsamic Braised Cabrito, Goat Cheese Farro Risotto;  and ‘Crispy & Salty’ Chocolate Bar. The price is $65 per person (food only); plus 6 half glasses of paired wines, $25 per person, or  six half glass of premium wine for $45. Balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight.  Live music 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Bolo’s at the Omni San Antonio Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., (210) 699-5803 — New Year’s Eve seatings begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. The meal features a Spanish Tapas-style menu with dishes from different regions of that country. The price is $65 a person and includes a Champagne toast at midnight. The bar in the hotel will have a large-screen TV broadcasting the drop of the ball at midnight for those who want to watch.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998 — The restaurant will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations will be taken.

The County Line Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., (210) — The River Walk location is open New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. No reservations accepted.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5454 — On New Year’s Eve, chef Francois Maeder will be serving appetizers such as artichokes stuffed with goat cheese and almonds or Nova Scotia smoked salmon with cream cheese. Guests can experience Crumpets Trilogy, a special main course featuring a lobster tail with lemon butter, rack of lamb Provencal, and tenderloin of beef with Rossini sauce. Other entrées offered are chicken, shrimp, Rainbow trout, veal and beef. All include an appetizer, cup of soup, house salad and dessert.

Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St., (210) 225-2111 — There will be two seatings on New Year’s Eve: 6-9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The special menu starts with an optional connoisseur caviar course (30 g of osetra) for a $150 supplement. The dinner includes Caramelized Onion Tart with Figs, Chevre and Arugula Pistou; Peking Quail with Persimmon Chutney; Bok Choy and Pear Salad; Lobster Cannoli Chanterelles and White Truffles, Mascarpone Béchamel; Chateaubriand for Two with Béarnaise and Chateau Potatoes. Dessert choices: Dark Chocolaté Pavé, Milk Chocolate Mousse or Wild Morello Cherry Crème Brulee. The price is $98 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Celebrate the arrival of 2013 at your favorite restaurant.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-WINE (9463) — Fleming’s will celebrate Dec. 28-31 with a special menu that includes a complimentary Gulf shrimp and grits appetizer, followed by a choice of Delmonico Steak with Blue Crab & Gruyere Glaçage ($74.95), Filet Mignon and Lobster Brioche Bread Pudding ($69.95), and Lobster Tail with Macaroni and Cheese ($79.95). Chocolate Budino ($9.95) is the special dessert. Magnums of Gloria Ferrar Sonoma Brut will be poured at $12 a glass or $100 for the 1.5-liter bottle. The regular menu will also be offered.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Both restaurants will ring in the new year with the following special menu. First course is a choice of Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Leeks Ragout and Caviar Beurre Blanc, Seared Veal Carpaccio with Herbed Cheese, Stuffed Quail and Foie Gras Terrine Platter or Assorted Seafood Delicacy. Second course: Frederick’s Salad and Goat Cheese with Champagne, Hazelnut Vinaigrette. Main course choices: Orange Ginger Glazed Duck Breast Over a bed of Wild Rice Risotto, Beef Tournedo “Rossini” with Foie Gras and Perigourdine Sauce, Sea Bass and Crab Meat Napoleon or Grilled Maine Lobster. Fourth course is choice of dessert. Cost is $85 a person.

Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road, (210) 264-0077 — The pizzeria is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, 602 Avenue A, (210) 228-0124 — A five-course tasting menu will include oyster on the half shell, root beer-glazed scallop, TG Texas Toast and ‘Cue Butter, Smoked Bison and Baked Alaska. The cost is $68 a person. Add $20 for beer pairings.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999 — Two packages are available for New Year’s. The Sea World package includes full breakfast buffet for two adults and two children (under 12) each day, tickets to  SeaWorld’s Twilight New Year’s Eve Party from noon – 9 p.m.,  and transportation to and from the resort. Some of SeaWorld’s New Year’s features: fireworks spectacular, A Dolphin Christmas,  Elmo’s Christmas Wish,  Shamu Christmas,  A Sesame Street Christmas,  and Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas. Antlers Lodge New Year’s Eve dinner package includes overnight accommodations, four-course dinner for two, live entertainment, party favors, Champagne toast at midnight and breakfast buffet for two on Jan. 1. Call for prices.

JW Marriott,23808 Resort Parkway, (210) 483-6622 — The resort is offering a variety of activities and events to celebrate the New Year. Raise a toast and dance the night away in Crooked Branch or High Velocity after enjoying dinner either 18 Oaks and Cibolo Moon, both of which feature special New Year’s Eve menus. A complete New Year’s Eve package is available for $239, which includes a guest room and a $50 resort credit that can be applied to golf, spa or dining. 18 Oaks will feature a selection of special a la carte dishes on New Year’s Eve, including Cast Iron Baked Fontina for $16 and a 16-ounce Ribeye for $48. Cibolo Moon is offering a New Year’s Eve buffet dinner for $28 featuring king and stone crab, oysters, aged cheeses, smoked meats, prime rib, Shiner-brined turkey and much more. A Kids’ Zone dinner buffet is also available for $14.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 — Chef Daniel Nemec is preparing a special menu priced at $89 a person. Start with a choice of Texas Sterling Lamb Wellington,  Cedar Plank Diver Sea Scallops With Grilled Applewood Smoked Bacon and a Chive Beurre Blanc,  House-made Crisp Gnocchi With Garlic Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Sauce Carbonara,  Broiled Veal Marrow and Kirby’s Signature Maryland Style Crab Cake. Second course choices:  Oven Roasted Grape Tomatoes with Baby Mozzarella, Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette in a Parmesan Tuile;  House Caesar;  Baby Arugala and Fire Kissed Strawberry Salad; or Lobster Bisque. Third course choices:  Grilled 7- or 10-ounce Blue Ribbon Filet; Grilled 16-ounce Ribeye; 7- or 10-ounce Filet Oscar; Grilled Cobia Fillet; Oven-Baked Cold Water Western Australian Lobster Tail with Alaskan King Crab Dressing; Texas Sterling Lamb Shank Osso Buco; 16-ounce Prime New York Strip.  Served with side and choice of dessert. Melina Narezo Band will perform.

Las Canarias at Omni La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1177 — On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will offer a special five-course pre-fixe menu for $100, with reservations available from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. Menu items include a chilled white asparagus velouté, Pacific sturgeon and Strube Ranch wagyu beef bavette. Á la carte dining will also be available at featured menu prices. A live band with dancing and party favors will perform from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and a complimentary champagne toast will be offered at midnight to bring in the New Year. Complimentary parking will also be available on a first come, first serve basis. On New Year’s Day, the brunch will be from 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and under. The buffet menu consists of eggs and omelets made to order, Texas cut cinnamon raisin French toast, fried eggs Benedict with crispy pork belly and a selection of breads and cereals, among other options. The buffet also includes complimentary parking, juice and coffee; all other beverages are non-inclusive. Las Canarias’ à la carte dining will be available from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Laurent’s Modern Cuisine,4230 McCullough Ave., (210) 822-6644 — The New Year’s Eve menu will include a five-course meal with the chance of adding a cheese course to the lineup. Some of the items on the menu include appetizer choices of Diver Sea Scallop with sweetbread strudel, candied orange, blood orange gastric; Ahi Tuna Tartar, caramelized sea urchin, fried quail egg; Foie gras crème brûlée, mini ginger bread and torchon sandwich; or Three cheeses Profiteroles, Brie, Humblefog and Gruyere, Yellow pepper coulis.  Salad course: -Petite Mache salade, baby Heirloom, shaved asparagus, frisee, champagne vinaigrette.  Main course choices:  Norwegian Halibut (or Sea Bass), Fresh Peas and Horseradish puree, Miso beurre blanc; Farm raised Capon, baby vegetables, Parsnips puree, Red plum-chicken jus; Beef Tenderloin, Crispy Pig Feet, Sauce Perigourdine, Truffled dauphines potatoes; or Half roasted Maine lobster, curried crab meat, Roasted corn Hach, Sauce Americaine. The price is $75 a person while the cheese course is an optional $10 more.

Little Rhein Steak House, 231 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-2111 — New Year’s Eve sittings are 5-6:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The early dinner special includes choice of Shrimp Cocktail or Bacon Wrapped Quail Legs, followed by Beef Steak Tomatoes with Blue Cheese or Field Greens with Cranberries, Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Basil Vinaigrette. Main course choices:  Prime Rib, Prime Strip Loin,  Center Cut Filet Mignon, Bay of Fundy Salmon Fillet or Center Cut Filet and Lobster. Entrees served with Au Gratin Potatoes, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Buttered Asparagus. Dessert is either Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream or  New York Cheesecake with Strawberries.  A glass of Champagne included. Price is $70 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip. Later seatings add lobster bisque to the menu. Price is $79 a person plus tax and 18 percent tip.

Ring in the new year with Morton’s Legendary Chocolate Cake.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — The regular menu will be served all New Year’s Eve.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — The restaurant will be celebrating during dinner on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Oro at the Emily Morgan Hotel, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 224-0146 — New Year’s Eve seating starts at 5:30 p.m.  Begin with a Belvedere Martini, followed by Bluebonnet Farms Petite Lettuces or Charleston She Crab Soup. The main course is a choice of grilled ribeye with sherried lobster mushrooms or pan-roasted halibut with hickory smoked oyster sweet potato hash. Dessert is a choice of espresso tiramisu or caramelized pear and apple beignets. The cost is $79.95 a person and includes the martini, a glass of Moet et Chandon Brut Champagne and complimentary valet parking.

Ostra at the Mokara Hotel, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 — Reservations can be made from 6:30 to 11 p.m. with bar beverage service continuing until 2 a.m. Party favors and champagne toasts part of the celebration.

Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway, (210) 822-6151 — The restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

Perry’s Steakhouse,15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-6161 — Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is offering a three-course menu followed by a champagne toast at midnight. For each course, guests can choose from a selection of Perry’s signature items, such as the lobster bisque, Perry’s Famous Pork Chop and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar dessert. For those dining at 5:30 p.m. or earlier, the cost is $54.95 per person plus tax and tip; it is $74.95 per person plus tax and tip for 6 p.m. or later.

Say Happy New Year with fireworks!

Q on the Riverwalk at the Downtown Hyatt, 123 Losoya, (210) 362.6325 — The New Year’s Eve celebration will feature dining from 6 to 10 p.m. The meal includes choice of the following main courses: house-smoked standing rib roast, fire-grilled fillet of salmon or roasted breast of chicken. Side dishes include roasted butternut squash risotto, baked mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, and grilled seasonal vegetables. There will also be a build-your-own salad bar as well as desserts that include vanilla bean creme brulee, mini-strawberry cheesecake, chocolate mousse shooters and cappuccino tarts. The cost is $50 a person.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road (210) 821-5051; Sunset Station, 1170 E. Commerce St. (210) 227-8847 — The specially priced menu consists of Ruth’s Chris steaks and other signature favorites for $99 per person and includes a Champagne toast as well as view of fireworks from the balcony of the Sunset station location.

Silo, 1133 Austin Hwy., (210) 824-8686; 434 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 483-8989 — The New Year’s Eve special menu begins with a choice of lobster bisque, chicken-fried oysters, ricotta gnocchi, tuna carpaccio or five-spice Texas quail. Second course choices: Hydroponic mixed greens, baby wedge salad, Caesar salad, or roasted beet and watercress salad. Third course options: Roasted duck breast and confit leg, grilled beef tenderloin, prosciutto-wrapped sea bass, grilled Australian rack of lamb, or whole butter-poached lobster. Fourth course choices: Toasted coconut mousse pie or Callebaut dark chocolate truffle tart. A glass of Piper Heidsieck Brut is the finale. Price is $85 a person.

Sustenio at Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa, 17103 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 598-2950 — There will be two seatings on New Year’s Eve. The first is at 7 p.m. and features a three-course dinner priced at $75 a person.  The second is at 9 p.m.  and features a five-course dinner with dancing at iDance City and a Champagne toast, all for $125.

The Terrace Grill at Riven Rock Ranch, 390 Hermann Sons Road, Comfort, (830) 995-4045 —The New Year’s Eve party begins at 8 p.m. and runs until 12:30 a.m. The meal includes passed appetizers, soup or salad, a choice of Beef Tenderloin with red onion and Singing Water red wine marmalade, sweet cream whipped potatoes and Texas caviar or seasonal fresh fish topped with blue crab and pecan brown butter sauce with wild rice pilaf and Texas caviar. Cost is $99.95, which includes party favors and a complimentary glass of Champagne at midnight.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600 — The restaurant will be open early and late, offering diners skewers of meat as well as its extensive salad bar.

Thai Dee, 5307 Blanco Road, (210) 342-3622 — Thai Dee Restaurant will be open on New Year’s Day serving your favorite Thai dishes.

Tre Trattoria in Alamo Heights, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — All parties receive family-style antipasti on New Year’s Eve, followed by the following menu. First course choices: Slow Roasted Caprese with House Pulled Mozzarella and Basil; Pear and Apple Panzanella with Rye, Arugula, Shaved Fennel, Spiced Walnuts and Lemon; or Salt Cod and Yukon Gold Fritters, Roasted Cauliflower Salad and Caper Aioli. Second course choices: Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and Caramel Crema or Mussels and Chickpea with Saffron, Italian Sausage, Caramelized Fennel and Greek Yogurt. Third course options: Pan Seared Diver Scallop with Pecan Ice; Butter Poached Cold Water Oysters with Creamy Orzo, Chiles and Bottarga; or Tagliatelli with Smoked Local Cabrito, Calbrese Peppers, Pecorino and Rosemary. Fourth course choices: Pan Seared Ahi Tuna with Beluga Lentils; Wild Boar Ragu and Creamy Polenta; Grilled Tuscan Ribeye and Smashed Red Potatoes with Fontina; or Crispy Skin Duck Confit with Grilled Chicories. Fifth course options: Nutella x 3; Butterscotch “Blondie” with Thyme Chantilly and Praline “Crumble”; or Olive Oil Cake with Citrus and Mint. Price is $69.95 a person. Price does not include tax and 18 percent tip.

Tre Trattoria Downtown at The Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St., (210) 223-0401 — The special New Year’s menu begins with an optional apertif of Cinco Vodka, Cava and Hibiscus flower syrup with Pomegranate Juice and Lime ($12 supplement). It is followed by a choice of House-made Mozzarella Caprese Salad, Caesar Salad or Lobster Bisque. Second course is Pearl Farmers Market Bruschetta served family style. Third course is a choice of Tuscan Farro Salad, Black Eyed Pea and House Sausage, or Israeli Cous Cous with Crab ($7 supplement for the latter). Fourth course choices: House-Made Pan Seared Potato Gnocchi; House-Made Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, Thyme and Parmigiano Reggiano; or House-cut Fettuccini with Roasted garlic, Wilted Spinach, Basil and Parmigiano Brodo. Fifth course choices: Seared Diver Sea Scallops: Pan Seared Salmon with Marinated Purple Cabbage; Grilled Tuscan Marinated Ribeye ($15 Supplement); or Cornish Game Hen. Dessert choices: Nutella x 3, Vanilla Gelato, or Fresh Fruit and Local Honey Parfait. Price is $90 a person plus tax and tip or $120 with wine pairings.

The Westin La Cantera Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-2253 — Dinner on New Year’s Eve will be in Francesca’s at Sunset and will include an Alice in Wonderland theme. Chef Stephen Gonzalez and sommelier Steven Krueger are planning a five-course meal with matching Champagnes. The price is $125 a person.

 

 

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San Antonio’s Restaurant Scene Is Busy Dishing Up New Flavors


San Antonio’s restaurant scene is growing on all levels. Here are a few places that have opened recently or are opening in the near future.

La Tequilera del Patron has opened at 17776 Blanco Road.

The restaurant bills itself as “the real Mexican cantina” and offers a varied menu that includes Chicharron de Rib-eye, marinated and fried chunks of rib-eye; grilled Artichoke Tequilera with caper aioli; Chicharron el Borracho, fried pork with a molcajete and beer sauce; and grilled short ribs. Other dishes include ceviche, beef tripe, paprika-fried chicken, tacos, soups and salads, and, on weekends, a series of cures for those suffering from a hangover.

The kitchen is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday;  11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday. The bar stays open later. Call 210-479-1210 for information or click here.

Bite, 1012 S. Presa St., is a new Southtown destination opened by chef Lisa Astorga-Watel, wife of Damien Watel, who is known for his own culinary ventures.

According to the restaurant’s website, “Bite’s menu is never made of tiny hors d’oeuvres and cheap ingredients … but real dinner food! Imagine, instead of half a duck, it’s a quarter duck, instead of three lamb chops, it’s one really juicy nice one! It’s a full lobster tail in your spring roll! You probably expect to pay $40 bucks or more for your lamb chops, so doesn’t $18 for our lamb chop delight you in more ways than one?!!”

For more information, call 210-532-2551.

Restaurants at the Pearl Brewery will soon be opening in quick succession. First up is The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, followed by the Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, a standalone and a new concept from the owners of Max’s Wine Dive.

Jesse T. Perez will follow with his tribute to American favorites with Arcade. Early next year, look for a new venture from Steven McHugh as well as Green Vegetarian Cuisine, which is moving from North Flores.

A guac-topped favorite at Old West Burgers

Old West Burgers has moved from Evers Road to 4553 N. Loop 1604 W.

As the name implies, burgers are what dominate here with everything from a traditional burger to the wonderfully named Chalupacabra Burger. There are also burgers made with bison, chicken, turkey and vegetables.

For more information, call  210-267-1774 or click here.

Papa Nacho’s is opening soon at 203 N. Loop 1604 W., the site of the former El Papalote.

If you have information on restaurant openings or closings, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

 

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