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Good Press, Causes for Local Women in Culinary Arts


Saundra Winokur, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, featured in New York Times

Saundra WinokurAn article by David Wallis in the Your Money: Retiring section of the New York Times on June 20, featured Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, owner Saundra Winokur’s ranch south of San Antonio near Elmendorf.

A Texas pioneer in growing olive trees as an agricultural crop, Winokur’s ranch, which she founded in 1997, is shown as a success for those starting second (or third) careers at a time most people would be retiring.

Wallis writes, “Ms. Winokur, a native Texan who worked as an elementary-school teacher and earned a doctorate in developmental psychology, traveled extensively to research olive production. She noticed that renowned olive-producing regions — southern Spain, southern Italy and Egypt — “looked a lot like Texas.” In 1997, she bought 276 acres of sandy land, which she describes as “oceanfront property without the ocean.”

Wallis describes some of the bumps in the road to success, but the orchard now thrives, pressing its own olive oil in the fall, welcoming guests to lush olive orchard for tours, or to The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks restaurant for lunch — and much more for visitors which come from all over the country and beyond. Read Wallis’ article here.

Ferra Coffee LogoCoffee roaster and importer, Susan Jaime, takes spotlight in this month’s San Antonio Magazine

Read Julia Rosenfeld’s article in the most recent issue of San Antonio Magazine. Susan Jaime, whose business is Ferra Coffee, in Boerne. She does much more than roast beans and sell coffee — she goes directly to the growers in several countries to source the beans and pass along some of her expertise to growers, as well.

From San Antonio Magazine: It’s a lot to think about when drinking your first cup of the day, but the coffee we crave each morning is often traced back to impoverished farmers being paid less than one dollar per pound of beans. When Susan Jaime thought about it, she couldn’t stop. And a business and a movement was born.

Food lovers. curious cooks: Learn the science behind some of your favorite foods

This summer, Landa Library’s adult summer reading program will feature science-based talks will be held every week in June and July with a variety of speakers and activities. The next one is Monday, June 30, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the library, 233 Bushnell Avenue. There is “no fee” to attend. Gather in the “Meeting Room.” For more information, call 210.207.9090.

From Di-Anna Arias, vice president of sales and culinary vision for Don Strange of Texas, you’ll learn some fascinating facts about cooking as she shares her favorite recipes and her “secret” formulas. Along with sharing some of her favorite kitchen “experiments,” Arias will be delving into some of her favorite cookbooks, teaching the science involved and sharing her secret “formula” for cooking for a crowd.

The Barrios family restaurants honor Viola Barrios’ birth month in July

Violas Ventanas croppedIn July, the Barrios family restaurants will celebrate founder Viola Barrios’ birth month with a cake special at all three restaurant. Viola’s Heart Cake is a chocolate or vanilla cake with creamy flan and sells for $5.99 a slice or $49.99 for the whole cake. The sales go directly to Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that gives out full school scholarships to girls. For more information on the foundation, visit www.violasheart.org.

The restaurants and addresses are: Los Barrios, 4223 Blanco Road; La Hacienda de los Barrios, 18747 Redland Road, and Viola’s Ventanas at 9660 Westover Hills Boulevard.

 

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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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Matters of the Heart and the SA Dining Scene


Viola Barrios

You gotta get Got Heart. That’s the message coming from Diana Barrios Treviño, who is offering a sweet deal to tempt people.

“It’s July and time to celebrate my mom, Viola, during her birth month!” Diana Barrios Treviño says. “Stop in at Los Barrios or La Hacienda de Los Barrios and enjoy a slice of Pastel con Flan and get a limited edition Got Heart T-shirt for $14.99!”

All of the proceeds go directly to Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation.

“It’s tax deductible, delicious and incredibly stylish!” she says.

Los Barrios is at 4223 Blanco Road. La Hacienda de los Barrios is at 18747 Redland Road.

Whataburger CEO Preston Atkinson presents JoNeen Serna of MDA San Antonio with a check.

Big heart for the MDA

Whataburger apparently has a big heart when it comes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The San Antonio-based burger chain recently presented the local MDA chapter with a check for $100,000, which the staff of the various restaurants raised in a day.

Whataburger also threw a party for 10 local children who are headed off to MDA summer camp as well as their families.

Whataburger is also showing some concern for the heart by introducing a new menu of items under 550 calories. They include:

  • Whataburger Jr. with Bacon & Cheese, 400 calories
  • Double Meat Whataburger Jr. with Cheese, 470 calories
  • New Grilled Chicken Melt, 460 calories
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich, 510 calories
  • Chicken Fajita Taco, 420 calories
  • Whatacatch Sandwich, 450 calories

Whataburger breakfast choices under 550 calories include:

  • Cinnamon Roll, 390 calories
  • Bacon & Egg Taquito, 380 calories
  • Bacon or Sausage Biscuit, 350 to 540 calories
  • Egg & Cheese Biscuit, 450 calories
  • Biscuit & Jelly, 340 calories
  • Egg Sandwich, 310 calories

The baked goods at Little Aussie Bakery are all gluten-free.

Gluten-free goodness

A growing number of restaurants in San Antonio are offering gluten-free offerings to meet the growing number of people living with celiac disease.

And Little Aussie Bakery, 3610 Avenue B, is helping a few of them.

The bakery is now making the following gluten-free items for local restaurants:

  • Whole flax buns for the various Babes Burgers
  • Focaccia for All Aboard Deli, 5255 McCullough Ave.
  • Buns for the Cove, 606 W. Cypress
  • Pizza crust for Gallo Pizzeria, 164 Castroville Road
  • Buns for various Rome’s Pizza places

Little Aussie has its own great gluten-free products, dishes and a dazzling array of baked goods, including mouthwatering cakes, that are worth checking out, too. Call (210) 826-7787.

Perry’s Steakhouse

4 for $4 at Perry’s

Perry’s Steakhouse in the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, has a thing for the number 4.

During the month of July, if you visit Perry’s on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (except July 4), $4 gets you  your choice of an 8-ounce version of the famous pork chop; the house-made Polish sausage appetizer; the Candy Bar dessert, reminiscent of a Reese’s Cup; and the Perry-tini, a take on a lemon drop martini. Or you could have all four for $16.

On a visit this week, plenty of $4 pork chops were being served to the folks in the bar, which is where those of us without reservations sat and enjoyed the live piano as well as the various treats we tried.

For reservations, call (210) 558-6161.

If you have restaurant news, email griffin@savorsa.com or walker@savorsa.com.

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Lüke/Becker Dinner, Real Ale, Il Sogno, Viola Barrios


Lüke Wine Dinner to Feature Becker Wines

Steven McHugh, executive chef at Luke San Antonio.

Lüke San Antonio will team up with Becker Vineyards for a wine dinner next Wednesday.  The price will be $60 per person plus tax and tip. Luke is at 125 E. Houston St. To make reservations call 210-227-5853.

Becker wines on the menu are Fume Blanc, Texas 2010, Becker Prairie Roti, Texas Hill Country 2009; Reserve Chardonnay, Hidden House Vineyard 2010; Chenin Blanc Texas 2011; Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Canada Family Vineyard, 2009; and Clementine, Bingham Vineyard 2010 (late harvest viognier).

Menu items to include Louisiana Crawfish Bisque, Stuffed Crawfish Head and Tapioca, House-made Fromage Blanc Dumplings, Texas Rabbit Rouladen and Orange Basil Semifreddo.

Barrios Family Awards Scholarship in Viola’s Memory

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has selected its second scholarship recipient, Daniela Portillo, an incoming sophomore at Providence High School. This is the second such scholarship from the foundation. The first was awarded to Abigail Issarraras.

The Barrios family, owners of Los Barrios Mexican Restaurant and La Hacienda de los Barrios, established the the charity in memory of Viola Barrios. The scholarship supports young women who exhibit the kind of hardworking, generous characteristics of Viola, and who may not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue a high quality education.

Daniela Portillo and her family will be at Los Barrios, 4223 Blanco Road, at 5 p.m. today. They’ll meet with well-wishers and customers of the restaurant Viola Barrios founded, with the help of her daughters Diana Barrios Treviño and Dr. Teresa Barrios, and her son, Louis Barrios. The foundation also supports a Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship in Viola’s name.

Il Sogno Celebrates Two Years at Pearl

Osteria Il Sogno, at the Pearl Brewery, will be celebrating its second anniversary this month, chef/owner Andrew Weissman said.

“We would like to thank our many loyal guests who repeatedly visited us and supported our concept,” said Weissman. He also noted that Il Sogno was listed as the No. 3 top “most delicious” restaurant in the recently published  “Fearless Critic,” while another of his restaurants, Sandbar, also at the Pearl Brewery, was given the No. 1 listing. Chris Carlson is executive chef at Sandbar.

Tost Weekend Specials

Tost Bistro Bar specials this weekend will be Fresh Atlantic Striped Bass and Fried Chicken Livers. Tost is open for lunch daily except Sundays and Mondays, and the Sunday Brunch is Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tost happy hour is from 4-7 p.m., $15 per person gets you drinks from a lineup of selected house spirits and beer. On Fridays and Saturdays, happy hours are 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information call Tost at 210-408-2670.

Real Ale Beer Dinner at Westin La Cantera’s Palo Duro Pavilion

Check out the delicious possibilities when pairing a great beer with chef-prepared foods created to match. This will happen at the Real Ale Brewing Company dinner on July 22 at the Westin La Cantera Resort’s Palo Duro Pavilion. The reception begins at 7 p.m., with the four-course meal at 7:30 p.m.  Please make reservations at 210-558-2305.

Five different beers from Real Ale in Blanco will be poured and paired with a special menu by chefs Isaac Cantu and Henry Wesolowski.

Erick Ogershok, head brewmaster of Real Ale Brewing Company, will be the host. Click here for the ales and menu featured at the dinner.

Bright Shawl on Takes a Break for Renovations

The Bright Shawl, the restaurant and meeting space owned by the Junior League of San Antonio, Inc., is taking a break this summer to renovate its kitchen and refurbish its dining room.  The restaurant will be closed through July 27 while the work is being completed, and it should be reopened by early August. The Bright Shawl is at 819 Augusta St. The original facility housing The Bright Shawl was named a Texas landmark in 1973, and the restaurant there has been in continuous operation since 1925. For more information on The Bright Shawl, click here, or call 210-225-6366.

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