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6 Ways to Help the Less Fortunate This Season

SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK: Benefiting the hungry in San Antonio

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

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

NUTCRACKER SWEETS: Benefiting Battered Women and Children’s Center

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

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

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

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

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE: Benefiting Marine Corps Toys for Tots

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

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

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

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

JINGLE BELLS AND BURGERS: Benefits Elf Louise Project

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

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

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

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

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

COWS FOR COATS: Benefiting local shelters

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

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

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




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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Aldaco’s Helps Blue Santa; Lüke Shares with Tots

Bring a toy to Lüke, receive a free appetizer

Christmas comes a little early this year at chef John Besh’s new restaurant, Lüke San Antonio on the River Walk. Luke will be a drop-off location for the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation of San Antonio,  a nonprofit fundraising and support organization for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

As part of the program, diners are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to place under the Lüke Christmas tree throughout the month of December.  The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation of San Antonio will then deliver these expressions of holiday cheer to needy children in the community.

Every Lüke diner who brings a toy for the program will receive a complimentary appetizer from enticing appetizer menu. The restaurant is at 125 E. Houston St.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has supported the Toys for Tots program since 1991, and during that time has helped collect more than 64 million toys for needy children, worth $344 million.  For more information about Lüke San Antonio, call 210-227-LUKE or visit

Make a child happy; get a free hot cocoa

Warm up your heart with hot chocolate at Aldaco's Stone Oak.

If you drop off a Blue Santa child’s gift donation at Aldaco’s Mexican Restaurant through Dec. 17th, you’ll receive a complimentary hot chocolate. Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine is at 20079 Stone Oak Parkway. Call 210-494-0561 for information.

The Blue Santa Program began in San Antonio in 1976 when officers from the Community Relations Unit adopted needy families at Christmas time. The officers provided these families with groceries for Christmas dinner and presents for their children. These police officers, wearing their blue uniforms, became known as “Blue Santas.” This year, SAPD officers and volunteers will assemble the gifts, wrap and label them, and make sure the appropriate gift is delivered to each child on the Blue Santa list.

Rashin Mazaheri (right center) talks with a customer on the closing night of Shiraz.

A last taste of Shiraz

Shiraz, 4230 McCullough Ave., went out with a bang Saturday.

Owner and chef Rashin Mazaheri had a full house of fans who wanted one more taste of her Persian delicacies before it closed.

Plates bearing the likes of Fesenjen (chicken with walnuts and pomegranate), the house shrimp made with a lemon cream saffron sauce, Bandary (sirloin strips in a spicy pomegranate sauce) and Lamb Gormeh Sabzi (pieces of lamb in a parsley-cilantro sauce) moved swiftly from the kitchen to the diners, who talked of how bittersweet it is to lose such an old friend.

Bandary, or sirloin in a spicy pomegranate sauce, at Shiraz.

Mazaheri decided to close the restaurant after 12 years because her law career is taking off and she wanted to be sure the quality of the food never slipped. So, she has sold it to Erick Abram, formerly of Métropolitain, who plans to open the Mediterranean-flavored Tangeré in February.

He was on hand for the closing, and Mazaheri introduced him around to many who welcomed him and his forthcoming project.

As joyous as the event was, complete with belly dancers and plenty of wine flowing, it was also sad because San Antonio has lost another of its finer independents. As one customer was overheard to say, “Where am I going to get food like this that’s this good? Nowhere else in town.”

Winter feast at Tre Trattoria

“Inverno Festa” Italian Wine Dinner at Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway Blvd., is a five-course dinner with wine. The event begins with a reception this Wednesday at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30.  The price is $60 per person. Call for reservations at 210-805-0333.

The first course is Honeycrisp Apple and Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Pancetta with a 2008 Antinori Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay; second course is Arancini with Bolognese with a 2005 Tentua Di Prima Voce; third course is Veal Milanese with Saffron Beurre Blanc with a 2004 Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso Secco; fourth course is Tuscan Rib Eye with Taleggio “Mac n Cheese,” with a 2004 Ceretto Barolo Zonchera, and fifth course is Polenta Budino with Cherry Compote and Pear Brulee, served with the 2007 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti.

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