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Fiesta Specials Capture the Color, Flavor of SA’s Favorite Party

Fiesta Specials Capture the Color, Flavor of SA’s Favorite Party

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Fiesta runs through April 27. Here are a few food and fun events happening that you can enjoy in between the parades, the Oyster Bake, NIOSA or whatever your favorite event is.

Lily’s Cookies Add Color to Your Fiesta

Lily’s Cookies, 2716 McCullough Ave., is getting into Fiesta in a huge way.

The bakery is offering all sorts of colorful cookies, from sombreros to colorful attire to flowers that you can enjoy throughout Fiesta.

For more information, call 210-832-0886.

Ocho Dishes Up the Fiesta Specials

The Hotel Havana and Ocho, 1015 Navarro St., have gotten into the Fiesta spirit. Guests receive a Fiesta wreath on their doors, while medal collectors can purchase the hotel’s third annual collectible.

Meanwhile, Ocho’s chef Toby Soto has created a special Fiesta menu that includes:

  • Pork and Golden Raisin Empanadas with Salsa Roja, $8
  • Pollo Verde Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Mole Negro,$8
  • Albondigas de Res with a Smoked Tomato Broth, $8
  • Martinated Vegetable Skewers on a bed of Yellow Rice, $8
  • Mini Funnel Cakes, $8

Drink specials include:

  • Havana Margarita, $5
  • Cuban Breeze, $5
  • Sangria, $5
  • Sol, $4

Art and a Drink at a Great Price at Barriba Cantina

barriba1Barriba Cantina on the Riverwalk, 111 W. Crockett St., is ready to party in style.

Barriba is again featuring renowned local artist and designer H. Michael Karshis with his Countdown to Fiesta creation.

“Fiesta is the iconic San Antonio event that belongs to visitors and residents alike, so we are teaming with Dulce Vida tequila to offer anyone that brings in a Fiesta medal—old or new—our ‘Skinny Rita’ drink, one of our signature handcrafted drinks, for $3.25 (half off the happy hour price),” says Barriba Cantina general manager Gina Hartbarger. “We are limiting this offer to one discounted drink a day, during Fiesta only (through April 27), but the customer also gets a keeper glass with the recipe on it and a Fiesta-pink Barriba Koozie….what a deal! We will also post the medals on the Fiesta Wall near the Countdown to Fiesta artwork.”

“Fiesta is part Texas, part Mexico—just like Barriba Cantina,” says Karshis. “This installation has been up for a few months and I love it that customers are celebrating birthdays or anniversaries at Barriba and taking photos in front of the countdown.”

For information, call 210-228-9876

Earl Abel’’s Goes Global

Earl Abel’s, 1201 Austin Highway, is celebrating Fiesta with a new globally inspired dish every day through April 27. The special will be priced at $9 and will be available for both lunch and dinner.  Here are a few of the specials being offered:

  • 4/11: Greek cuisine featuring a Gyro Sandwich with Fries or Chips.
  • 4/12: Mexican cuisine featuring a Beef Taco, Cheese Enchiladas, Rice & Beans.
  • 4/13: German cuisine featuring Venison Sausage, Red Cabbage & German Potato Salad.
  • 4/14: Carribean cuisine featuring Fish Tacos with a Mango Salsa, Sweet Potato Fries or Chips
  • 4/15: Italian night featuring Spaghetti and Meatballs and a Dinner Salad.
  • 4/16: Texan theme with BBQ Beef Ribs, Baked Beans and Potato Salad.

Call 210-822-7333 for information.

 

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Josephine Street Cafe Marks 35th Anniversary This Month

Josephine Street Cafe Marks 35th Anniversary This Month

The original Fincke Meat Market, where Josephine Street Cafe now stands.

The original Fincke Meat Market, where Josephine Street Cafe now stands.

Josephine Street Cafe, 400 E. Josephine St., is celebrating its 35th year of business this month. The building that once housed Fincke’s Meat Market was purchased in April 1979 by Pat Molak and Mary Jane Nalley and reopened as the Texas roadhouse that continues to operate today.

Steak and shrimp, the Josephine Street Cafe way.

Steak and shrimp, the Josephine Street Cafe way.

Fashioned after the legendary Hoffbrau Steakhouse on West 6th Street in Austin, Josephine Street Café is a simple yet unique mainstay for many San Antonio residents. Longtime classics like “Steaks” and “Whisky,” as the signs in the windows read, as well as chicken-fried steak and onion rings mix with newer dishes like the beef tenderloin salad, club sandwich and fried shrimp.

Many recognize the space by the large oak tree that still stands in the center of the building. Like the iconic tree, Josephine Street Cafe holds strong to its original roots: home-cooked comfort food, friendly service and affordable prices. Those aspects are what Molak credits to the restaurant’s success.

“The secret to our long-lasting, and hopefully, continual, success is great food at very reasonable pricing and our wonderful staff, who, despite the casual atmosphere, take their job of providing outstanding service very seriously,” says Molak.

Situated on the corner of Josephine Street and Avenue A, Josephine Street Café is located in the heart of what is now known as Midtown and Pearl Brewery. However, the area has not always been the buzzing district it is today.

“We’ve seen quite a few businesses come and go in the area since 1979,” Molak says. “Of course, the largest impact has been the transformation of the Pearl Brewery into a full-blown food, retail, housing and destination complex. We are proud to have been a pioneer in this fabulous midtown neighborhood and are looking forward to many more years serving this area.”

For more information on Josephine Street Café, click here. Look below for more photos.

Fincke Meat Market, before it became Josephine Street Cafe.

Fincke Meat Market, before it became Josephine Street Cafe.

Josephine Street Cafe today. (Credit: David Kerstein)

Josephine Street Cafe today. (Credit: David Kerstein)

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It’s Music, Barbecue and a Benefit for the Food Bank All in One

It’s Music, Barbecue and a Benefit for the Food Bank All in One

It’s such a simple equation: You get free music and a chance to have some fine barbecue while making sure that others have food to put on their table.

Roger Creager

Roger Creager

That’s what the popular Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2014 Live Music Series at The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank is all about. And the music returns on Wednesday with Dirty River Boys.

Now in its 14th year, the music series has featured some of the very best Texas and national country musicians such as Blake Shelton, Bart Crow Band, Kyle Park, Gary P. Nunn, Cory Morrow, Stoney LaRue, Randy Rogers, Jason Boland, Roger Creager, Wade Bowen, Pat Green, Aaron Watson, Radney Foster, Kevin Fowler, Bleu Edmondson, The Rick Cavender Band and many more.

Here are the performers booked as of March 20, with the headliners listed first, followed by the opening acts:

  • April 2: Dirty River Boys with Jonathan Garcia
  • April 9: Midnight River Choir with James Delgado
  • April 16: Roger Creager with Ray Johnston Band
  • April 23: Jason Boland with Wally West & Them Lostbound Souls
  • April 30: Micky & The Motorcars with The Rusty Brothers
  • May 7: Cody Canada with Stewart Mann & The Statesboro Revue
  • May 14: Jason Eady with Cameran Nelson
  • May 21: Chris King with Jeffery Charles
  • Brandon Rhyder

    Brandon Rhyder

    May 28: Tejas Brothers with Roadside Libby

  • June 4: Brandon Rhyder with Jonathan Garcia
  • June 11: Bri Bagwell with The Washers
  • June 18: TBD
  • June 25: Cody Canada and Willy Braun of Reckless Kelly with Bryan Boyce and Jonathan Garcia
  • July 2: Jon Wolfe with Bonnie Lang
  • July 9: The Damn Quails with Kyle Reed Band
  • July 16: TBD
  • July 23: Thieving Birds with James Pardo
  • July 30: TBD

The live music series is free; however, all who attend are asked to make a food or monetary donation to the San Antonio Food Bank. Since it started, the series has raised more than 820,000 pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank; last year’s music series alone raised almost 105,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank, which translates into more than 81,000 meals to those in need in our community. The Texas Restaurant Association just named this County Line a winner of its annual Restaurant Neighbor Award—one of only three in the state and the only one in San Antonio—for its charitable support and dedication to improving their local communities through its music series and donations to the Food Bank.

Micky and the Motorcars

Micky and the Motorcars

“Summer is the hardest time for the San Antonio Food Bank as the need in our 16 county service area grows with children out of school and the elderly facing increased utility bills while our donations from the public decrease,” says Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank president and CEO. “The County Line Music Series is tremendously helpful filling that gap and makes sure that those in need have food on their table.”

The free music concerts are held every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 10 p.m. from April 2 through July 30 at the I-10 location, which is between the Wurzbach and Huebner Road exits, near the Colonnade). Held on the restaurant’s open-air patio, the opening act comes on at 6:30 p.m.; the headliner plays from 8 – 10 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine. Drink specials run from 3 to 7 p.m. on concert days in the bar.

Sponsors thus far include Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Y-100; Budweiser; Dulce Vida; Rebecca Creek; Enchanted Rock Vodka; Twilight Services; Comfort Air/Primo Plumbing; Red Bull; Ozarka; and Pure Party Ice.

For up-to-date information on the series lineup, click here.

Call 210-641-1998 for more information.

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Spring Warm-up: Openings, Events, Tastings, Fun

Spring Warm-up: Openings, Events, Tastings, Fun

Rosario's new Panela cheese, grilled and topped with two salsas.

Rosario’s new queso Panela, grilled and topped with two salsas.

Three much-anticipated restaurants open soon.

First, Rosario’s, at 3715 San Pedro Ave., will open Monday (March 31) for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the dishes and drinks you love at the downtown Rosario’s on Alamo Street, plus some new items. We sampled some favorites and the new grilled panela cheese with two salsas, seviche, a Rosario’s burger (complete with chalupa inside and some real good fries) and more at a soft opening Thursday night.

Hot Joy, opening at the former location of China Latina, will open April 3. The restaurant is at 1014 S. Alamo St.

Aldaco’s Dominion will also be opening in April, but toward the end of the month.

Conger’s Smoke Shack food truck announced they will move to a brick-and-mortar location. This will be at 3714 Broadway. A skip and a jump near the Pearl, and across the street from the Witte Museum. Will they still be setting up shop at Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market?  No, says Heather Hunter, but they will be there this coming Saturday for one last round of great barbecue.  Chela’s Tacos, which has been there the past couple of weeks, will be taking over that post.

Travis Park and St. Anthony Hotel

St. Anthony Hotel garden.

St. Anthony Hotel garden.

Join The St. Anthony Hotel Monday (March 31) to celebrate the Grand Reopening of the historic Travis Park. The vibrant greens of spring and the new visions and plans for Travis Park will be honored for a full day.  At 9:30 a.m. the hotel participates with Southwest Airlines President and CEO Gary Kelly and other contributors to restore the park and invite you to join them.

This will be followed in the evening (6 p.m.) by farm-fresh foods crafted by  St. Anthony chef, Mike Mata, paired with wines from Becker Vineyards, and the soft sounds of Brent Watkins’ live jazz for Twilight on the Plaza.

Crawfish at Lüke

Celebrate crawfish season in true style this Sunday (March 30) at Lüke San Antonio downtown. From  3 p.m to 6 p.m at the restaurant at 125 E. Houston St., it will be not just lots of crawfish crawfish1but also savory sides such as crawfish boil potato salad, boiled “corn in a cup,” and Poteet strawberry shortcake for dessert. St. Arnold Brewery will be the featured beer for washing down those crawfish.

The event is all you can eat and drink, for $48 per person.  Call them at (210) 227-5853. See their event page at  https://www.facebook.com/events/776505119029244/?context=create&source=49

 

King and Queen Anchovy Poker Run

Michael Westheimer and Elaine Wolffe have a party planned and you’re invited. Saturday, April 5, is the King and Queen Anchovy Poker Run.

Poker handHere are the attractions: Five restaurants, five bites, five drinks and (most important) five cards.

The best hands will win prizes, including tickets to Cornyation and gift certificates to the participating restaurants: Bite, The Monterey, The Brooklynite, Cured and Minnie’s.

The fun starts at  1 p.m. at Bite. The cost is $50; chefs are donating their hospitality so proceeds go to support Fiesta Cornyation.

Check out the Facebook page here and make reservations soon.  https://www.facebook.com/events/474137272715017/

Baby grapesSummer events coming up at Becker Vineyards

The new outdoor pavillion is open now at Becker Vineyards, in the Texas Hill Country. The pavillion oversees the lavender field, plus new outdoor restroom facilities are available, too. Don’t forget the winery’s 16th annual Lavender Festival, with lavender luncheons, vendors selling lavender and gardening-related items, lavender cooking demos and more. Plus there will be, of course, wine tastings. The event is May 3 and 4. Go to their website here for more information.

April means Hornitos tequila at La Fogata

Aldaco MargaritaLa Fogata knows tequila — and mixes no fewer than 300 gallons of their tequila concoctions each week. La Fogata features monthly tequila tastings to allow its guests to explore different tequila flavors and enjoy special cocktails crafted by their experienced bar staff.

April’s featured tequila is Hornitos. On Saturday, April 19,  before you head to your table, stop by the tequila tasting table to learn more about Hornitos tequila. The free tasting table will feature the tequila served both straight up and mixed in margaritas. The tasting table will be open on La Fogata’s main patio from 6-8 p.m. La Fogata is at 2427 Vance Jackson Road.

If you can’t make the tequila tasting, don’t worry:  La Fogata is featuring Hornitos throughout the month of April, so you have the opportunity to try the tequila by ordering it in your favorite drink at La Fogata.

 

 

 

 

 

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: It’s McHugh on ‘Flay’ Thursday

Restaurant Notes & Quotes: It’s McHugh on ‘Flay’ Thursday

Chef Steven McHugh at Cured

Chef Steven McHugh at Cured

He came to San Antonio as an accomplished chef after 10 years as chef de cuisine for John Besh. Now, he’s a respected voice in San Antonio’s food scene.

What some don’t know is that McHugh beat cancer, and his first  gastropub, Cured, at the Pearl, is a culinary tribute to his life-affirming experience with illness. The restaurant is already drawing a steady stream of customers enjoying McHugh’s inventive cuisine.

So, will he win the first round on “Beat Bobby Flay”? Tune in Thursday (March 20) at 9 p.m. on the Food Network and watch McHugh compete in the “Beat Bobby Flay” episode that the network is calling “Fighting Irish.” McHugh will go head-to-head to outcook contestant Brian Young from Boston, while Food Network star Giada De Laurentis and “Iron Chef” judge Mo Rocca will beef up the competition for the battle.
By the way, while you might want to stop by Cured and say congrats to McHugh (if he wins) Thursday night,  don’t go there for a watch party — Cured has no television monitors and he’ll be busy with a banquet. (But, of course, he knows the ending of this episode already.)
Menu revamped at Eilan by chef Stephan Pyles

Sustenio, the AAA Four Diamond restaurant at Éilan Hotel and Spa, has launched a brand new, revamped menu inspired by the Tuscan theme of the hotel and its setting at the heart of a European-style new urban village. The hotel is at 17103 La Cantera Parkway.

The modern Mediterranean menu, created by Texas-based, James Beard Award-winning chef Stephan Pyles, is also influenced by Pyles’ passion for the food of countries including Spain, Italy and Greece, as well as Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Morocco.

“It’s food that I love,” Pyles says. “I’ve always been fascinated by the Mediterranean diet and everything in it.”

Chef Mike Collins takes the helm at Sustenio.

“Mike has worked at some of the finest hotels and destinations in America and brings passion, leadership and a proven history of culinary excellence to Sustenio and the hotel,” said Robert Fagen, general manager of Éilan. Collins most recently oversaw the culinary offerings at a AAA Four Diamond Resort in Maui.

“My goal is to create a dining experience that is fun, creative and most importantly one that pairs excellent food with exceptional service,” said Collins.

Crumpets April Wine Dinner

The wines of Chile will take center stage Friday, April 11, as Crumpets presents its monthly wine dinner.  Dinner begins at 7 p.m. To make your reservations call: 210-821-5600. Cost is $70  per person plus tax and gratuity.

Menu:

Chilean Ceviche with Cono Sur Bycicleta Sauvignon Blanc

Empanada Tipica de Chile with Ventisquera  Carmenere

Ancho Honey Glazed Salmon with Cono Sur Bycicleta Chardonnay

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak, Chimichurri Sauce with Ventisquera  Cabernet Sauvignon

Leche Quemada Flan with Los Hermanos Moscato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bernard’s Takes a Taste of New Orleans into the Express Lane

Bernard’s Takes a Taste of New Orleans into the Express Lane

Bernard’s Creole Kitchen is expanding, which is great news for anyone in San Antonio who loves a taste of New Orleans.

bernardsThe restaurant, based at Stinson Airport, now has an express kitchen in Pica Pica Plaza, 910 S.E. Military Drive.

“My goal is to somewhat turn Bernard’s into a chain of locations without losing the flavor of New Orleans,” owner Bernard McGraw says. “We’ve noticed for years now that more than 50 percent of our customers come from other parts of San Antonio. A huge chunk of them come in from the north side side of town. I would like to one have a location or two over in that area, offering our greatest hits, so to speak, meaning all our favorites that have stood the test of time” Ain’t Ya Momma’s Meatloaf, catfish, Big Momma’s Deep Fried Pork Chops, Gumbo, A-2 fay, Cajun stuffed chicken breast, etc. Oh and red beans and rice.”

McGraw says he hopes to be “cooking from one location and shipping food to other locations, ensuring that all the restaurants will be enjoying the same great food.”

“Compared to the menu at Stinson, we would like to cut back on the lengthy menu and offer only the classics,” he says, adding there will be “a short list of our famous po’boys and signature chicken and waffles.”

“The problem is we have so many great items. This will be a challenge. That’s why we are using Pica Pica Plaza as a tester. We have our work cut out for us, but I’m excited about it.”

McGraw moved to San Antonio in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He brought his family here and opened Bernard’s Creole Kitchen & Catering, which has had several locations on the south side before moving to Stinson Airfield. No matter the location, McGraw’s food is well worth seeking out. For more information, call 210-921-1112.

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BBQ in Southtown and Specht’s Store; More Restaurant News

BBQ in Southtown and Specht’s Store; More Restaurant News

The Two Bros., Jason and Jake Dady, are teaming up with Steve Newman of the Friendly Spot Ice House and Alamo Street Eat Bar to open B&D Ice BBQ and Draft at 1004 S. Alamo St. The spot is across the street from the Friendly Spot in an old ice house that Bruno D’Zanski operated for decades.

Crowds line up for a beer at the Friendly Spot.

Friendly Spot’s Steve Newman, Dady brothers will open a BBQ, draft beer spot on South Alamo.

The B refers to Newman’s signature beard, while the D refers to Dady as well as barbecue and draft beer. (If you thought otherwise, burn your copy of “Fifty Shades of Gray” right now. Burn it, for good measure, in any case.)

According to the new spot’s website, the place is expected to open in the spring with plenty of Texas craft beer, Texas wine and Texas pit barbecue.

“We are super stoked to make it to Southtown,” Jason Dady says on the site. “Great Texas pit barbecue and the emerging Texas craft beer movement is a perfect fit. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a great neighborhood and restaurant scene.”

Ready for a lobster omelet for brunch? Saveurs 209 has it.

Saveurs 209, 209 Broadway, will now be serving brunch on Sundays.

The menu includes omelets with your choice of sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, lobster, mushrooms and house-cured salmon as well as Croque Monsieur or Madame, duck leg confit with fingerling potatoes, charcuterie, and shrimp with coconut and curry rice.

Viennese pastries and croissants, desserts, coffees and wine cocktails are also available.

Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saveurs 209 has changed its hours, too. It is now open for lunch Wednesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner  Tuesday to Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. as well as Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call (210) 223-0209.

pearl market vegetablesOrganic Farmers conference coming to SA

The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is having its 2015 conference in San Antonio. No dates or location have been announced yet, bt this is great news for lovers of organic food grown nearby.

Specht’s Store changes hands

Specht’s Store, 112 W. Specht Road, has a new owner, new hours and more music, according to Facebook. But the big news is that it is now offering Texas barbecue.

The new owners are Truman Love, who was once owner of the Water Street Oyster Bar in San Antonio, and Dave Dickson.

New hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Call (830) 438-1888 for information.

“We are serving the best in time honored: Barbecue, Bands, and Beer,” they posted. “We cook exclusively on post oak. We serve only Certified Angus Beef: Choice to Prime. We prepare everything on premises daily. We make our own sausage. Brisket, Spare Ribs, Sausage, Sides, Sauce and Dessert served daily. Specialty items of Turkey Breast, Brined Pork Chop, Prime Rib, Chicken and Salmon change daily.”

Hot Joy finds home

Expect Hot Joy to open in its own home some time after Valentine”s Day, chef Quealy Watson said during the recent San Antonio Cocktail Conference, where he was serving Tater Tot Chat to the throngs.

The restaurant, which had been a popup feature at the Monterey, will be in the spot that once housed China Latina, 1014 S. Alamo St. Look for more Asian fusion dishes filtered through Watson’s sense of fun.

SoHo gets into food

SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, 214 W. Crockett St., will soon be offering Akaushi beef sliders, duck fat fries, chicken and waffles, and more.

Brandon McKelvey of Say.She.Ate will be serving up his treats from a kitchen that’s being added to the bar known for its great cocktails and more.

Expect the kitchen to be open in the next few weeks.

Call (210) 444-1000.

 

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Becker Vineyards, Hill Top Café Present Wine Dinner

Becker Vineyards, Hill Top Café Present Wine Dinner

Hill Top Neon SignThe Hill Top Café and Becker Vinyards will be presenting a vintner’s dinner on Jan. 26, The four-course meal kicks off with a wine reception beginning at 5 p.m.  Johnny and Brenda Nicholas, Hill Top Café proprietors, and Nichole Bendele, Becker Vineyards, will be present to meet and greet guests.

The dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.  Seating is limited. Please make reservations at the Hill Top Café by calling 830-997-8922 or contact them through their website www.hilltopcafe.com.

Directions:  Hill Top Café is located 10 miles north of Fredericksburg on U.S. Hwy 87, the road to Mason.

Brenda Nicholas – who is also the culinary director – and chef Marvin Hobson, created the  menu (see below) around the Becker Vineyards wines:

wine bottleWhile Becker Vineyards owns three different vineyards, they also purchase additional grapes from several grape growers.  Three of the five wines being served at the vintner dinner – the Provencal (rosé made with mourvedre), Prairie Rotie (a Rhone-style blend of mourvedre, grenache, and syrah), and Raven (malbec and petit verdot blend) – are made with grapes grown by Drew and Laura Tallent of Tallent Vineyards in Mason, and some from grapes grown at the Becker’s vineyard in Stonewall.  The albarino and zinfandel is grown at the Becker’s Mason Vineyard, formerly the Peter’s Prairie Vineyard owned by Beverly Cartwright.

Reception:  Becker Vineyards Provencal Tallent Vineyard 2012

First Course:  Braised Oxtail Soup with Parsnips, Kale and Potato Dumplings paired with Becker Vineyards Albarino Peter’s Prairie Vineyard 2012

Second Course:  Locally Grown Roasted Rainbow and Golden Beets with Native Spiced Pecans, Texas Chevre and Hearts of Palm in a Prickly Pear Cactus Vinaigrette paired with Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie 2012

Third Course: Mixed Entrée Menard County Lamb Ravioli seared in Browned Butter, topped with Truffle Cream Sauce and Toasted Pistachio Crumbles paired with Becker Vineyards Raven 2012 (75% Malbec, 25% Petit Verdot)

Gulf Ling Cod Filet baked in Papillote with Wasabi Beurre Blanc, Julienned Winter Vegetables and Peppered Sesame Oil Glaze paired with Becker Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

Fourth Course:  Port Poached Winter Pear Slices layered with Crispy Pancetta Ham, shaved Spanish Manchego Cheese and Lemon Quince Jam paired with Becker Vineyards Vintage Port 2012.

 

 

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Cured to Open at Pearl Before Christmas

Cured to Open at Pearl Before Christmas

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Kit Goldsbury of Silver Ventures and chef Steve McHugh at preview of Cured, the Pearl restaurant to open soon.

Chef Steve McHugh’s new restaurant, Cured, will open before Christmas, a restaurant spokeswoman said today.

McHugh, the farm-raised chef who has worked in several legendary New Orleans kitchens and also served as the chef de cuisine of Lüke San Antonio, says his new restaurant will feature house-made bitters for the bar, vinegars for pickling, and cured meats for charcuterie.

The dishes at Cured will make use of the purest regional ingredients, paired with the organic methods that McHugh credits, in part, for his own renewed health as he was diagnosed with and recovered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. McHugh’s menu is built on a foundation of lovingly hand crafted, time-consuming, cured foods, from charcuterie to pickles.

The pickles — essentially cured vegetables — are everywhere, from the Masa Fried Oysters with Tarragon and Pickled Tapioca; to the Cabrito Sliders with Chayote Pickle and Onion Sprout; even the Brewery Frank boasts an accompaniment of Nopalito Relish and House Made Ketchup.  Eleven different cured meats grace the Charcuterie list, from South Texas Heritage Pork Coppa to Hogshead Cheese to Bacon and Frog Leg Rillettes — order selections of three, six, or nine choices to sample a good range of McHugh’s passion.

One dollar from the price of each charcuterie board is donated to a different charity rotating on a quarterly basis.

The restaurant’s renovated historical building, built in 1904 as Pearl’s Administration Building which included the president’s office, will embody the perfect blend of a contemporary and historical atmosphere.

Cured is located at 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 101, San Antonio, Texas 78215. For more information, please visit Cured’s website here.

Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces and paseos, a riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America.  As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with LEED-certified complexes mixed with historic architecture. 

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Warm Up! Spanish-Caribbean is on Nao’s Menu Thru Jan. 17

Warm Up! Spanish-Caribbean is on Nao’s Menu Thru Jan. 17

Nao continues exploring new world flavors with the new Spanish-Caribbean menu that is available now until Jan. 17.

This is the third installment in Nao’s Celebration of Cuisines program, following Oaxaca and Peru.

NAO executive chef Geronimo Lopez brings tastes of Spanish-Caribbean to NAO.

NAO executive chef Geronimo Lopez brings tastes of Spanish-Caribbean to NAO.

Chef Geronimo Lopez will take guests on a culinary journey by blending multicultural influences and creating culinary riches full of flavor and history.

The cuisines of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are a wild mix of ingredients and techniques influenced by the cuisines of Spain, Africa, East India and China. Guests will be surrounded by and immersed in the music and art of the Spanish Caribbean culture while they enjoy this region’s delicious dishes served with a modern touch.

The special Spanish Caribbean prix fix menu features an appetizer, main course and dessert for $39. The dinner begins with a choice between Conch Fritter & Plantain with lobster veloute and spicy picked garlic; or Shrimp Ceviche “Coco y Mango” with tiger’s milk, gulf shrimp, fresh mango and toasted coconut flakes.

The prix fixe continues with a choice between Roasted Cobia Sofrito with fresh roasted filet, roasted Caribbean peppers and saffron rice stew; or Cubano Crispy Glazed Pork with a tangy citrus glaze, chopped roasted peanuts, black bean puree and slaw and onion escabeche. Dessert is  Zapote Cobbler with Caribbean “persimmon” fruit and fresh cream ice.

Nao’s new beverage manager, Tim Bryand, will be crafting a typical cocktail of the Spanish Caribbean region throughout this installment of the Celebration of Cuisines program. The Dark and Stormy is made with blackstrap molasses rum, velvet falernum, lime juice and house-made ginger beer.

Nelson Millan bongos

Guest musician, Nelson Millan (executive chef at San Antonio Country Club) adds a tropical sound on bongos at recent NAO event.

In the spirit of New World flavors, Nao will continue to introduce a new menu inspired by a Latin American country every six weeks. Coming up, Nao will feature Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela. Chef Lopez will guide guests through their exploration of cuisines with a culturally inspired culinary tour for each installment.

Located at the Pearl, at 312 Pearl Parkway, Nao is a restaurant and CIA classroom dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of the authentic cuisines, cultures and bounty of Latin America.

Nao is open for dinner on Monday to Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Nao also offers a farmers market lunch on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Late Night at Nao on Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Pop-up Taco Stand at the farmers market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Fire & Ice Happy Hours on Friday and Saturday from 5-7 p.m.

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