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The Witte Wants to Help You Stick to Those New Year’s Resolutions

The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, wants to help you stick to those resolutions to eat better this year. So, they’re offering a little help from a local chef as part of Salud! Culinary Nights, which is set for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14.

culinary nightsThe tasty and interactive evening will feature chef Zach Lutton, executive chef of Zedric’s Fit With Flavor, which has two San Antonio locations. He’ll be offering healthy foods for the new year: Zedric’s Chicken Tortilla Soup with an Avocado Relish, Pecan Crusted Chicken with Brown Rice Pilaf and Ratatouille with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Organic Peanut Butter Chocolate Chews with Fresh Berries.

Enjoy conversation with tips for a healthier, new you while sipping wine from Bending Branch Winery that has been paired with each menu item. Bending Branch Winery is a sustainable practice and organically focused operation with award-winning wines, including their Petite Sirah, Picpoul Blanc, Cabernet and more.

Set in the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Demonstration Kitchen in the brand new H-E-B Body Adventure Powered by University Health System, Salud! Culinary Nights programs continue the H-E-B Body Adventure’s mission to provide the community with healthy lifestyle alternatives through local chefs and a diverse array of cuisines and topics focusing on empowerment, health IQ and wellness. Meet local chefs, farmers, ranchers and food historians in an intimate setting as they present information, history and stories about the selected Salud! Culinary Nights menu.

Each program will also feature a wine, beer or cocktail pairing from Texas winemakers, brewers and mixologists.

This class is limited to 60 guests per evening and tickets start at $50 per person, $45 for Witte members and include a souvenir wine glass. For more information, call (210) 357-1910 or visit

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San Antonio on the Rise: Culinary, Fine Arts Team Up

By Emily Reynolds

More and more we are seeing the arts collide here in San Antonio — and the results are delicious.

Emily Reynolds for Dinner Lab story 1That’s because along with the thriving visual and musical fine arts, the culinary arts are experiencing a renaissance as well.

Chefs such as John Russ of Luke and Alamo City Provisions, are working with art galleries to host well-rounded dinner events. The national dinner series, Dinner Lab, is joining forces within unique, creative dining spaces, and The Witte Museum is now hosting a series of dinners with cocktail pairings in their new H-E-B Body Adventure kitchen.

San Antonio is truly embodying the moniker ‘a city on the rise and our culinary pioneers are making that happen one bite at a time.  Read more about these exciting events below; check out the calendar of upcoming events that follows.


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Chef Zach Lutton of Salud!, right.

It is within the spirit of collaboration that The Witte Muesum crafted Salud! Culinary Nights, a series of tasty, interactive evening programs where adults can meet top local chefs, farmers, ranchers and food historians in an intimate setting.

Each program also features wine, beer or cocktail pairings from the finest Texas winemakers, brewers and mixologists.

The last dinner featured a three-course meal from Zedric’s. Executive chef/owner Zach Lutton created a healthy meal with vibrant flavors, giving life to one of the three key themes of the H-E-B Body Adventure: addressing healthy foods and eating habits.

The name “Salud!” came from the idea of how we raise a glass and toast prior to a great conversation over dinner with friends. Salud endeavors to make sure that is how guests feel when they attend these events. The Witte’s goal is to host Salud! monthly, with breaks during the holiday season and Fiesta.”says Kim Biffle of The Witte.

Alamo City Provisions

This group is also painting the town red with a stellar lineup of chefs and cool spaces to eat, drink and taste at.

John Russ (right) is part of Alamo City Provisions.

John Russ (right) is part of Alamo City Provisions.

“There is such as wealth of hidden creativity surrounding us in San Antonio. We are thrilled to be opening more opportunities for people to explore and enjoy. It is so important to the sustainable development of the community. We are committed to creating something that is organic in nature as well as pleasant, relaxed and thoughtful,” Russ says.

“Alamo City Provisions curates the simple expressions of music, cocktails, food and physical art into an experience that is inviting and honest,” he says, explaining the vision behind the Alamo City Provisions dinner series.

Dinner Lab

With a national reputation, hosting dinners in cities such as New Orleans, New York, Austin, and now San Antonio, Dinner Lab is here to stay.

Memberships are rising daily and there is no better time to purchase one. In fact, in purchasing one membership, you are actually purchasing two. Membership includes access to traveling chef dinners, happy hours, and exclusive wine and dine opportunities.

Dinner Lab is still accepting memberships in San Antonio, and includes access to all of Dinner Lab’s dinners. The current chef lineup is touring the states with hopes of owning their own restaurant at the end of the rainbow.

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Mark Your Calendars:

Alamo City Provisions: Their next dinner is set for Sept. 21, The Inn at Craig Place, 117 West Craig Place; 6 p.m.  champagne reception, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  This is a four-course plated dinner with wine pairings. Tickets may be purchased here.

Salud!: Next dinner is set for Oct. 8,  and classes are limited to 60 guests per evening and tickets start at $50 per person, $45 for members and include a souvenir wine glass. For more information, please call Witte Reservations at 210.357.1910 or visit

Emily Reynolds for Dinner Lab story 4 croppedDinner Lab: The next dinner is set for Sept. 24, but before that check out the membership link here. Dinner will include: Corn Chowder with crispy arepa | pancetta | scallion; Country Pork Roulade with celery apple slaw | grain mustard | espelette almond crumble; Falafel with Arugula and  cucumber ribbon | creamy tahini | pickled onion; Halibut with Tomato Marmalade | olive | yellow squash purée | fingerlings | chorizo: and Vanilla Marinated Pineapple Lime | cilantro | espelette yogurt. These all prepared by visiting chef, Aaron Grooskopf. Grooskopf is one of the three chefs that has emerged from the field of the Dinner Lab tour. He distanced himself from other top ranking chefs across the country with a resume that includes Per Se, 5th Floor, and Rubicon to name a few.

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: New Caribbean, Burgers at the Witte and More

New Calypso Rotisserie Opening this Month

Pierre O. Kranzle, owner of Azuca Nuevo Latino in Southtown, will open up a Caribbean fusion restaurant in Helotes later this month. The restaurant, Calypso Rotisserie, will be just outside Loop 1604 at 12030 Bandera Road.
Expect a colorful, casual but sophisticated atmosphere.

The menu will include items such as an all-natural rotisserie-style chicken, pork roast crusted with Latin spices, beef short ribs basted with a blend of Caribbean flavors, a hot-pressed Cuban Sandwich, burritos, pineapple coconut rice and a selection of local and Latin beers.

The new restaurant will be open seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Max’s Wine Dive Teams up with Witte

Max’s Wine Dive takes its gourmet  comfort food to the Witte Museum’s 6th Annual Burgers, Bottles and Beer this Friday (June 17) from 6-8:30 p.m.  Plus, Cheesy Jane’s is bringing the milkshakes.  Make your reservations soon by calling 210-357-1922 (by Tuesday).
Meanwhile, stop in at Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E. Basse Road, and check out the new summer menu. It all looks good! The Witte Museum is at 3801 Broadway. Those in the Quillin Society, Explorers, Voyagers and Witte Society get in to the Friday event free.
Have a Gooey Eclair — and a Bottomless Cup of Earl’s Coffee

This particular national celebration might have passed you by in previous years, but thanks to Earl Abel’s, you might want to put it on your calendar for June 22.

Earl Abel's is giving away coffee to go with one of these chocolate-y treats.

Celebrate National Chocolate Éclair Day at Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Highway, on that day and they will have chocolate éclairs made fresh by head baker Tony Sanchez.  Plus, you’ll get all of Earl’s organic coffee you care to drink.

The éclairs can be purchased for $3.95, with mini versions available upon request for parties and special events.

Earl Abel’s is open 7 days a week. Visit them online by clicking here.  Call 210.822-7333 to place to go orders or order online here.


Fourth of July Firecracker Foods, Free Class by Chef Michael Flores

This free cooking class, offered on June 25, is part of chef Michael Flores’s series of cooking demonstrations taught at La Taza Coffee House,
15060 San Pedro Ave. If you’re looking for recipes to serve on July 4th, this is the place to come.
Class is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. On the menu are Tomatillo Quesadillas, Bloody Mary Dip, Candied Jalapeno Cheese Spread with Pepitas and Sweet-n-Spicy Parsley’d Shrimp.
Guests will learn new culinary ideas and techniques taught by Flores, well-known local chef, author, television personality, and owner of a specialty foods company. The classes in this series take place on the fourth Saturday of each month at the time given above.

Fig Tree Winemaker Dinner Features Craggy Range Founder, Steve Smith MW

The viticulturalist, founder and director of wine at Craggy Range, at Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, wears many hats, and puts out a spectacular product.

On June 30, at the Fig Tree Restaurant, Steve Smith, who also is a Master of Wine, will discuss the fine wines from the winery and guests will get to sample them paired with carefully matched cuisine at the River Walk restaurant.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. at the Dashiell House. The cost is $85 per person, plus tax and service charge. The restaurant is at 515 Villita St. Make reservations at 210-224-1976.








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Taste of the Heights Set for Thursday

Tre Trattoria is one of the restaurants participating in Taste of the Heights.

The 17th annual Taste of the Heights is this Thursday at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway.

More than 40 restaurants and food companies are participating in the event, which begins at 7 p.m. The list includes El Jarro de Arturo, La Fogata, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Hofbrau, Tre Trattoria and Tycoon Flats. Other businesses include Al’s Gourmet Nuts, Amy’s Ice Cream, Cookies by Design, Creative Chocolates and Starbucks.

A silent auction will also be held. Proceeds from the event go to support the Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce as well as the Children’s Bereavement Center, Alamo Heights School Foundation and the Witte.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information on the event, click here.

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