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Holiday Mingle & Jingle Your Chance to Shop, Support Nonprofits

La Cantera and Tiffany & Co. host the sparkling Holiday Mingle & Jingle on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. at the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway. The event will be located at the Fountain Court between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s.

This shopping event, while fun, also is a means for six selected charities to raise funds for their respective causes. There will be holiday fashions, special shopping incentives, cocktails and exquisite food to nibble on.

The nonprofit Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation is one of the charities for that will benefit from Holiday Mingle & Jingle.

To date, Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has awarded two full scholarships to two deserving young women. Abigail Issarraras is a senior at Incarnate Word High School. Daniela Portillo is currently in her junior year at Providence High School. Both of these young women continue to do great things in their schools and communities.

“Thanks to the contributions of many, we can continue to help other young women, who face challenging obstacles in their lives, reach their greatest potential,” said a foundation spokesperson.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door (cash only). To purchase your ticket(s) and support one of more of these charities, phone numbers and online sites are below:








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Culinaria Launches This Year’s Festival with Sip, Savor and Shop

Crowds flock into the Shops at La Cantera for Sip, Savor and Shop.

Wine and beer flowed in abundance Wednesday as about 1,400 people turned out for the annual Sip, Savor and Shop extravaganza that served as a kickoff  of this year’s Culinaria.

Blue Moon is more than just good beer. It's art.

The crowd was a great mix of people, some of whom showed up for the savory treats that restaurants such as Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse and 20nine served. Others were there for the shopping, as the stores at one end of the Shops at La Cantera offered tantalizing discounts for patrons of the event. And then there were those who showed for the wine and the beer, with a few even bringing their own glasses so they could enjoy the event a little better.

No matter the reason people turned out, most were grateful by the end of the evening to have had a chance to indulge in all three aspects of the event.

Brio served up a meaty ziti dish, while Z’Tejas offered a tuna ceviche treat. Flour Power Cafe offered samples of several types of cake, while Kirby’s served  up different varieties of chocolate truffles, including one with the kick of cayenne pepper. 20nine had a shrimp and scallop ceviche, while other treats included cheeses, pretzels and snacks to go with the assorted wines and craft beers.

Eduardo Franco of Brio serves up ziti.

Wines from around the world, ranging from the Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon and Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc from Chile to Cuvaison’s Charonnay and Pinot Noir from California’s Carneros region, kept people happy. Beer lovers had a series of good choices including Blue Moon, which sponsored a canvas that people could contribute to over the course of the evening.

It was a fun launch to the festival, which continues tonight with a series of special wine dinners, including a feast at the Westin La Cantera in which sommelier Steven Krueger will be pouring the Raymond Sommelier Series that he helped craft the blend of. Also new this year is the Food Truck event at the H-E-B Alon Market on Northwest Military Highway.

The Best of Mexico is at La Villita on Friday. The Grand Tasting follows on Saturday and Burgers, BBQ and Beer is at the Pearl on Sunday. For a full schedule of events, times, dates and ticket prices, click here.

20nine serves up shrimp and scallop ceviche.


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Dine at Brio: Support Culinaria Wine & Culinary Arts Festival

Brio at Shops at La Cantera will be donating  30 percent of their dinner sales, between Nov. 6-12, to support Culinaria, San Antonio’s premier food and wine fest.

Brio is at 15900 La Cantera Parkway. You also can visit them online here. Call for reservations at 210-877-9300.

For Culinaria events, click here.

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Get an Appetite! Restaurant Week is all this Week.

Pecan-crusted Fried Chicken at Citrus featured during Restaurant Week, 2010.

Sample some of San Antonio’s most exciting restaurant fare during Restaurant Week, which starts Saturday and runs through Aug. 27.  Sponsored by Culinaria, this delectable deal comes with specially priced menus of $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner.

Reservations are not required, but you are encouraged to do so if you wish. Make them directly with the restaurants of your choice. The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills is getting a head start by offering its prix fixe meals already. Kirby’s Steakhouse, meanwhile, is extended its special through Sept. 3.

A few of the participating restaurants include Antlers Lodge, Auden’s Kitchen, Bin 555, Bolo’s Rotisserie Grill, the Esquire Tavern, the JW Marriott’s 18 Oaks and Cibolo Moon, Ruth’s Chris, Texas de Brazil, and Tost. Go to Culinaria’s website for the full list. Here are some of the specials you’ll be able to enjoy:

Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St.

The special menu begins with a Caprese salad of burrata, baby tomatoes and arugula or Gazpacho Andaluz prepared tableside. The main course is a choice of braised short rib with polenta and wild mushrooms or Wahoo Façon Provençal with eggplant caviar, tomatoes and Niçoise olives. Dessert is a choice of chocolate macaron with hazelnut gelato or Macedoine de Fruit Tropicaux. Call 210-224-1976 for reservations.

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E.

Restaurant Week special at Kirby’s will run Aug. 20-Sept. 3.

The menu opens with an optional additional course that can be had for $7 extra:  Grilled Maine Day Boat Scallops with Watercress & Charred Pineapple Green Chili Salsa. The special Restaurant Week menu begins with your choice of the following: Hudson Valley Duck Confit and Pan-seared Foie Gras with a Blackberry Veal Stock Reduction or  Maryland-style Crab Cake with Classic Sauce Beurre Blanc. Main course options include 5-ounce Peppered Center Cut Tenderloin with the Signature Cognac Pepper Sauce;  Australian Rack of Lamb with Shiitake Mushroom Veal Demi;  Hickory-smoked Berkshire Pork Chop with a Bacon Maple Hotel Butter;  Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Grilled Asparagus and an Artichoke Cream Sauce;  Filet Oscar with Asparagus and Classic Sauce Béarnaise.  All entrees served with Susie’s Famous Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Sautéed Vegetables. Dessert choices include Grand Marnier Crème Brûlée,  Kirby’s Chocolate Spice Cake and Key Lime Pie.  For reservations,  210-404-2221.

The Lodge Restaurant at Castle Hills, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road

The Lodge is already offering its Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner menu:

First course: Pan-seared Diver Scallop with Deconstructed ‘Bloody Mary’,  Celery Root Agnolotti, Charred Heirloom Tomato Coulis, Spring Radish, Preserved Lemon and Picholine Olives; Second course: Choice of Pan-roasted Duck Breast with Yuzu-Carrot Purée, Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushroom, House-cured Guanciale and Smoked Peach-Bourbon Jus OR Forbidden Rice-crusted Hawaiian Wahoo with Yukon Mousseline, Ginger “Fried” Cauliflower and Coconut Broth. Third course: Choice of Nutella Torte with Housemade Caramel, Peanut Butter Mousse and Hazelnut Nougat or Key Lime Pie Tart with Vanilla Chantilly and Coconut Meringue. For reservations, call 210-349-8466.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road

The special lunch menu includes Cauliflower Velouté with fried cheese curd dipsticks; a choice of Pulled Crab Tamale with tomato marmalade and roasted sweet red pepper créme fraîche;  Fredericksburg Dog with pickled red cabbage, house-made German mustard and Max’s frites; or  Alamo City Prime Rib Sando with Max’s chips. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. The dinner special includes Pulled Crab Tamale, followed by choice of Pumpkin Gnocchi with brown beurre meunier;  Chicken with Butternut Risotto; or Ahi Tuna ($7 upgrade) with ginger-scallion-shiitake rice cake and soy wasabi butter. Dessert is White Chocolate and Butterscotch Crème Brûlée. Call 210-444-9547.

The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway

Participating restaurants in the Shops include Brio’s Tuscan Grille, Grimaldi’s, Kona Grill, The Yard House and Z Tejas Southwestern Grill. If you spend $100, you can redeem dining receipts at Customer Service in the mall management office to receive a $20 Shop Etc. gift card. One gift card per person and recipient must be 18 or older, ID required. Available through Aug. 27 while supplies last.  Reservations are preferred.


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Coming from Culinaria: Rambling Rosé, Totally Texas and Jazz

Culinaria keeps the fun coming this summer with a variety of activities. For more information, including prices and musicians who are scheduled, see Culinaria’s website.

Rambling Rosé, Becker Vineyards

August 13, 2011: Hot, hot summer, cool, cool rosé wines. The is the only event in San Antonio that offers you an opportunity to sample a half-dozen or more pink wines that are dry, delicious and perfect for summer quaffing, with or without food. At the end of the tasting, you’ll know exactly which wines you liked and what they cost. You’ll experience the wines through a blind tasting led by a panel of experts and enjoy food prepared to go well with the rose from chef John Brand of Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel and Ostra at Mokara.

Summer Jazz at the Falls, The Shops at La Cantera

August 20, 27 and September 3: Celebrate the summer with smooth jazz at The Shops at La Cantera. Bring your lawn chairs and settle back to enjoy the music of nationally known jazz musicians.

Pecan-crusted Fried Chicken featured at Citrus during Restaurant Week, 2010.

Restaurant Week, Various Locations

August 20-27, 2011: This week is devoted to putting together food-loving customers with more than 100 local restaurants and chefs offering three course, prix fixe menus. Guests will be able to sample the diverse array of restaurants, large and small, fancy and casual, that San Antonio has to offer.

Totally Texas, Rio Cibolo Ranch

October 30: This family-friendly event takes place at the perfect setting for an experience of all things Texas—from the food and wine, Texas products and ranch activities such as hayrides, barge rides and even longhorn cattle. Live entertainment throughout the day will keep things lively, while seminars about herbs, wine and more provide opportunities to learn about the wealth of Texas-made and Texas-raised products.

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Foodies and Fashion: New World Wine & Food Festival’s Newest Event

corkWondering what to wear for the holiday parties coming up  or for attending a festive wine tasting at the New World Wine & Food Festival in November?  Check out this shoppers’ extravaganza starting at 2 p.m. Nov. 8. at The Shops at La Cantera.

Sip, Savor & Shop is the newest event of the upcoming New World Wine & Food Festival. It is where to get great tips (and bargains) on your party wear — and much more, including wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, shopping discounts and gifts. Also, look for the Festival Fashion Guide as well as cooking demos, live entertainment and door prizes.  A find-your- festival-fashion show tops off an afternoon of great shopping, dining and bargains.

The first to arrive at The Shops, which are on La Cantera Parkway, receive a goodie bag filled with finds from the shops.

This event is for the entire family. Tickets are $25 per person, $10 for those younger than 21, and children under 5 get in free. For more information about the festival in November, and to purchase tickets, go to

The New World Wine & Food Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth and education of San Antonio students in culinary arts through scholarships and supporting local food related charities.

(photo: Kriss Szkurlatowski)

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