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Copa Becomes a Smokehouse on June 28 for a Great Cause

Copa Becomes a Smokehouse on June 28 for a Great Cause

Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway, is turning into a smokehouse for one afternoon in order to raise money for a young boy named Rowan.

Jeff Bridges will be smoking brisket and chicken.

Jeff Bridges will be smoking brisket and chicken.

Rowan’s Smokehouse at Copa will be held on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until all of the barbecue sells out.

“Rowan is a delightful young boy and the son of some dear friends of ours,” owner Angie Bridges says. “He has been diagnosed with a rare disorder, Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome. It affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow. He is only 7 but has spent over 800 days in the hospital, had dozens of blood transfusions, made 59 trips to the OR, yet is one of the happiest, most amazing little boys you’ll ever meet. He finds joy in the little things and never ever feels sorry for himself.

“We all could learn a thing or two from Rowan, our little trooper!”

Bridges’ husband, Jeff, will be smoking briskets and chicken with side dishes. Plats are priced at $20 apiece or $50 for a family of four. Each plate comes with a ticket good for a bottle of Pedernales Brewing Co. beer, a glass of wine or a glass of Rowan’s ginger lemonade. There will also be some great silent auction items.

For more information about Rowan, click here.

For more information about Rowan’s Smokehouse at Copa, call (210) 495-2672.

Stephan Pyles, Paula Lambert team up

Two Texas food icons are coming together to bring Italy to San Antonio in a special four-course dinner at Sustenio this Saturday night.

Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles

James Beard award-winning chef Stephan Pyles, the driving force behind Sustenio’s Mediterranean menu, will join Texas cheesemaker and cookbook author Paula Lambert for an Italian-themed menu. Each course will be paired with a wine from Italy.

The dinner begins at 7 p.m. in the private dining room at Sustenio.

The cost is $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for 40 guests and can be made by calling Sustenio at (210) 598 -2950.

The menu includes a first course of Soft Shell Crab with Paula’s Mozzarella, Local Tomatoes and Basil, served with 2011 Feudi di San Gregario Falanghina from Campania, Italy.

Next, Tortellini with Swiss Chard and Fresh Herbed Ricotta will be paired with a 2010 Edoardo Sobrino “Vigna Cristina” Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba from Piedmont, Italy.

The third course features Grilled Free-Range Veal Chop with Peach Mostarda, Brown Butter-Sage Polenta and Fire-Roasted Artichokes and Almonds served with a 2009 Pasquale Pelissero Bricco San Giuliano Barbaresco.

Finally, Pyles’ Orange-Mascarpone Panna Cotta with Chocolate Chip Biscotti and Vin Santo Gelée will be paired with a 2008 Antinori Santa Cristina Vin Santo Trebbianco from Tuscany.

 

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Notes & Quotes: Dinners, Balfour New Resto at Pearl

Notes & Quotes: Dinners, Balfour New Resto at Pearl

Join Hotel Havana’s Ocho and Shiner Beers for an evening celebrating Texas’s agricultural bounty. On Friday, June 4, at 7 p.m. Ocho will team up with Loncito Cartwright, a sixth-generation Texas rancher who will share the story of his family’s ranching evolution.

Peaceful PorkOcho’s executive chef, Toby Soto, designed a special five-course menu featuring offerings from Loncito’s Twin Oaks Ranch and seasonal ingredients of the region. The dinner features beer pairings along with each course selected and presented by Terry Fagan of Shiner Beers.

First Course: Texas redfish taquitos with roasted tomato and cilantro slaw served with avocado and queso fresco salad. Second Course: Smoked carrot bisque with sweet pea crema and melted leeks
. Third Course: Charred broccoli and roasted beet escabeche
. Fourth Course: Cast-iron seared sweet potato and purple kale pork roulade, Michelada gelee, herb-battered mushrooms, shaved asparagus, white cheddar fonduta
. Fifth Course:  Buneulo banana cheesecake and caramelized strawberries on a cocoa crisp drizzled with Cajeta de Cabra

Ocho is at 1015 Navarro St. Dinner is $75 per person, including tax and tip. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 210-222-2008.

SA chef Jeff Balfour will open Southerleigh this fall at Pearl

Chef Jeff Balfour’s new restaurant, Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, that is set to open on the ground floor in the historic Pearl brewhouse in fall 2014.

Influenced by the coastal classics of Balfour’s upbringing in Galveston and married with the comfort of southern cuisine, Southerleigh will be a culinary intersection of cultures that make up the historic cuisines of Texas. ”

Guests at Southerleigh will be able to enjoy seasonally-shifting and playful menu items including: hand-rolled pretzels, Texas Longhorn jerky, wood-fired meats, traditional shellfish boils, beer braised meat and more.

Jeff Balfour at Paella Challenge

Jeff Balfour at Paella Challenge

Balfour will craft a cuisine of both modern wit and famous Southern charm,” according to Pearl.

Southerleigh will also house a custom manufactured brewery designed by Portland Kettle Works. Brewer William Les Locke Jr. developed his philosophy for beer and ability to create drinkable art as the former head brewer of Branchline Brewing. The brewery will have a 15-barrel brew house, six serving tanks, and an extensive firkin/wood barrel-aging program. Southerleigh plans to offer up to 21 different beers on tap, including one hand engine, that will be sold by the glass, bottle, or growler.

Austin-based architects Clayton & Little and Interior Designer Joel Mozersky of Austin’s One Eleven Design, have worked together to honor Pearl’s historic brew house while also reflecting Chef Balfour’s coastal southern cuisine.

Frederick’s on Broadway hosts 3-day Joel Gott wine dinner

Joel Gott’s wines will be featured from June 2 through June 4 at Frederick’s on Broadway, 7701 Broadway. The price is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.

A representative from Trinchero Family Estates will be on hand to discuss the wines. Joel Gott wines served with the five-course meal from chef de cuisine Javier Landaverde. Call for reservations at 210-828-9050.

Aldaco’s Dominion opens today

Aldaco shrimp enchiladasAldaco’s, on Dominion Drive, has opened. Two soft openings on Tuesday and Wednesday nights brought in owner Blanca Aldaco’s many fans and showcased the new restaurant. Colorful art, a stylish bar and rustic, oak-shaded patios were some of the highlights of the new restaurant.

Dishes such as Shrimp Enchiladas, Queso Flameado, Grilled Queso Panela, Chile Relleno and Fajitas, paired with two of Aldaco’s famous avocado margarita and prickly pear margarita are the same favorites you find at the two other Aldaco’s restaurants in San Antonio.

 

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Culinaria Pop-Up, Chefs Collaborative & More

Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Culinaria Pop-Up, Chefs Collaborative & More

Wine dinners at Fredericks, Broadway with Cuvaison wines

Chefs and Cellars wine glass

The wines of Cuvaison Winery will be presented with a five-course dinner at Frederick’s on Broadway Monday, April 28 through Wednesday, April 30. The meals start at 7:30 p.m. and cost $95 per person, plus tax and tip.

Chef de cuisine Javier Landaverde’s dinner pairs Cuvaison Chardonnays, a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and a late harvest Sauvignon bland with these courses: Lobster with Lobster Sauce and Mushrooms; Fresh Halibut with Leeks, Potatoes and Truffle Oil, Grilled Quail with Spring Garden Salad, Veal Loin with Porcini Mushroom Sauce and dessert, a Chocolate Raspberry Bon Bon.
Frederick’s is at 7701 Broadway St. Make reservations at 210-828-9050.
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Pop-up In the Park — Culinaria features local top restaurant chefs
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Some of San Antonio’s most popular chefs team up for a special pop-up event on the patio at Two Bros BBQ Market on on April 28. (This has been changed from the previous location, which was Brackenridge Park.) Two Bros BBQ Market is at 12656 West Ave.
This Chefs 4 Chefs event will run from 7-9 p.m. with drinks, live music and a silent auction, too.  Participating Chefs Include: Jason Dady – Umai Mi, Tre Trattoria, Two Bros. BBQ; Jesse Perez – Arcade Midtown Kitchen; Stefan Bowers – Feast; Robbie Nowlin – Las Canarias; Mark Bliss – Bliss;  Bruce Auden – Biga on the Banks;  Johnny Hernandez – La Gloria, The Fruteria;  Steve McHugh – Cured; Jorge Hernandez – Qui.
To order tickets, which are $50 with a $3.74 fee, connect to this link.

Robert Johnson, bluesman

Robert Johnson, bluesman

Cured celebrates blues great, Robert Johnson at Brews & Blues (Beer) Dinner

On Thursday, May 8, Cured will honor blues legend Robert Johnson on the evening of his birthday with a Brews & Blues Dinner, a multi-course beer-paired dinner with Brooklyn Brewery for $75 per person.

Chef Steven McHugh could not resist as a self-admitted “blues nut.” In fact, before his Culinary Institute of America days, Steve earned a jazz saxophone scholarship that sent him to college.

While Johnson hailed from Mississippi, it was here in San Antonio at the Gunter Hotel where he recorded his very first landmark album in 1936. Johnson’s influential legacy lives on as Eric Clapton has called him “the most important blues singer that ever lived.” He ranked fifth in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Cured is at the Pearl, 306 Pearl Parkway. Call for reservations at 210- 314-3929.

Collaborative dinner at The Granary with Scott Anderson, acclaimed chef

The Granary’s chef/owner Tim Rattray announces a rare collaborative dinner with Scott Anderson, chef and co-owner of New Jersey’s critically acclaimed Elements Restaurant on Monday, May 19.

Scott Anderson chefAnderson, a two-time James Beard Foundation nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, has garnered much attention for his innovative and provocative work with ingredients, constantly keeping each dining experience fresh and exciting.

Visiting San Antonio for the first time, Anderson will partner with Rattray to present a new spring menu to guests in this seven-course dinner.

The dinner is $90 per person with available beer and wine pairing options. Seatings are at 6:15 and 9 p.m. Reservations can be made on the Open Table widget on the Granary’s home page here.

Restaurant Trends: Healthier food options and emphasis on wellness

O.O.Veggie Pita by Tracey MauererThe National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot Chef Survey of 2014 emphasizes a trend in restaurants toward healthier food options. In fact, this trend is their No. 7 out the top 20 trends.

The average American now places more emphasis on healthy food decisions than ever before. According to the Futures Company, 73 percent of Americans (16 and older) say they are more interested in healthy eating practices than they were a few years ago.
This convergence of other key factors in making for succcessful restaurant experiences include sustainability, atmosphere, authenticity, flavor, texture and taste. – By corporate chef Cristi Shipley via FastCasual.com.
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The great lime shortage…
Lime prices are on the rise.

Lime prices are on the rise.

Bartenders are finding creative ways to replicate the flavor and acidity of limes as the fruit’s price skyrockets due to a shortage stemming from a bacterial disease. According to the Culinary Institute of America’s Smart Briefs, Toby Cecchini, owner of Long Island bar in Brooklyn, has cut a house gimlet with lime cordial from the menu in favor of a lemon cordial while Stephanie Griber of Shoo-fly Diner in Baltimore relies on hard cider, vinegars and kombucha to give cocktails a boost of flavor and acidity.

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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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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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Chili’s and the Shriners Team Up to Help Children’s Hospital  — Plus More Restaurant Notes

Chili’s and the Shriners Team Up to Help Children’s Hospital — Plus More Restaurant Notes

Chili’s and the Shriners join forces

Chili’s and the Shriners are teaming up for a pair of fundraisers to help the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

On Nov. 4, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of all sales to the hospital. All you have to do is mention the promotion when you go in for lunch or dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the event is taking placce at all Chili’s across the state, Oklahoma, Louisiana and beyond.

Shriners Hospitals for Children seek to provide expert medical care for children with no financial burden to the patients or their families. Shriners Hospitals for Children are focused on maximizing a child’s quality of life regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The Alzafar Shriners are made up of more than 2,200 Central and South Texas businessmen and community leaders who are dedicated to supporting 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Shriners Hospital for Children provide services for children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, in addition to cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

Visit www.facebook.com/AlzafarShriners for more information.

Nostra Supreme

Nostra Supreme

Cosa Nostra Pizza opens

Cosa Nostra Pizzeria has opened at 16607 Huebner Road.

The restaurant offers pizza, of course, as well as salads, calzones and submarine sandwiches.

Specialty pizzas include a Steak Pizza with tomatos, muchrooms and onions;  an Alfredo Pizza with chicken, bacon and  a creamy sauce; a Veggie with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, articholes, Parmesan cheese and garlic; and a Mexican Pizza with beef, bacon, onions and jalapeños. The Nostra Surpreme comes with Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, pepperoni and black olives.

Salads include a Caesar, a Greek, an Antipasto, a Super Steak, an Italian Chicken and a Cosa Nostra with lettuce, spinach, carrot, Mandarin oranges, almonds, tomato, feta, red onions and grilled chicken. Subs include a Steak Philly, a Chicken Green, a Chicken Ranch, a Peatball Parmesan, a Sausage with onions, and a club.

Call (210) 492-1141 or visit www.cosanostrapizzeria.com.

Open Mic Night is back at  the County Line

Open Mic Night has returned to the County Line restaurant at 10101 I-10 West every Thursday night from 6 – 9 p.m.

Held on the restaurant’s outdoor patio, Open Mic Night features some of San Antonio’s local singers/songwriters/musicians, as well as drink/food specials.

This free event is hosted by local artists The Bexar Creek Boys; sign-up each Thursday is from 6 – 7 p.m.

Reservations are accepted. Call (210) 641-1998. In the case of inclement weather, the party will move inside to the restaurant’s large banquet room.

 

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Burgers, Children’s Plates, Fine Spirits and More on the Menu

Burgers, Children’s Plates, Fine Spirits and More on the Menu

Culinaria’s fourth annual Restaurant Week has begun and many of us are getting our appetites into overdrive.

This year’s line still includes multi-course lunches for $15 and dinners for $35 at restaurants around town. But there’s also a food truck event on Aug. 20.

For a full list of participants, click here.

But that’s not the only restaurant news in town.

Fattboy expands

Fattboy Burgers is opening a second location.

Fattboy Burgers is opening a second location.

Fattboy Burgers, 2345 Vance Jackson Road, is expanding.

The burger joint is opening a second location in a few weeks. It will be at 11224 Huebner Road, just off I-10, in the same space that Fat Burger — not to mention a number of other restaurants — once occupied.

Don’t confuse the two.

Fattboy offers a juicy burger with your choice from an extensive array of toppings, including mushrooms, grilled onions, grilled jalapeños and grilled bell pepper. Hebrew National hot dogs, fried pickles, onion rings, fried mushrooms and freshly cut fries fill out the menu.

Fat Burger offered an uncooked malnourished burger with unremarkable fries, which was one explanation as to why it went out of business quickly.

Fattboy should be open in early September if all goes according to schedule.

Beat Street introduces a new menu

Beat Street Coffee Co. and Bistro, 2512 N. Main Ave., has changed up a few items on its menu.

New dishes include a small plate of shrimp a la plancha with caponata and large plates of Mussels/Migas and Olive-Crusted Tuna.

Plus, the hangar steak is now being served with caramelized cauliflower, sherry raisins, olives and salsa verde.

Call (210) 320-2099.

News from NAO

NAO, the restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus, has two new projects in the works.

On Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., they are staging a pop-up taco stand at the fire pit at the center of the Pearl campus. The stand is offering the likes of suckling pig and roasted pork tacos as well as aguas frescas for customers to enjoy while they go to the Pearl Farmers Market.

Plus, the restaurant is now offering a Fire & Ice happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays featuring $3 small plates as well as specials on beer, wine, sangria and aguas frescas.

NAO is at 312 Pearl Parkway. Call (210) 554-6484.

Myron’s hosts Patrón dinner

patronMyron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., is hosting a Patrón Family Spirits dinner at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

The first course pairs a salad of cold water lobster, jumbo lump crab, golden dorado and shrimp with a Pyrat Rum Mojito. It is followed by  Inside Out Lettuce Wraps with seared Kansas City strip, mango pico, and watermelon with an Ultimat Vodka Mule.

A filet slider with chimichurri, cilantro, pickled onions and queso fresco with Patrón Añejo & Grand Platinum. Closing out the evening is a  chocolate caramel shooter with a Patrón Cocoa Martini.

The cost of the dinner is  $85.95 plus tax and tip. Call (210) 493-3031 for reservations.

Luce adds children’s menu

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, has added a children’s menu.

The dishes include Linguine and Meatball, Cheese Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Chicken Tenders and Fries. Each plate comes with a soft drink. The price of each is $4.99.

For information, call (210) 561-9700.

Vacation time

  • Rossini Italian Bistro, 2195 N.W. Military Hwy., has reopened after a brief vacation. Call (210) 615-7270 for information.
  • Saveurs 209, 209 Broadway, will be closed Aug. 20-Sept. 3, so that the owners, the Nykiels, can take a vacation. Call (210) 639-3165.
Ruth's Chris's Filet Mignon

Ruth’s Chris’s Filet Mignon

Ruth’s Chris job fair

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which is moving to the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., is having a job fair Aug. 19-22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The location is the its now-closed Sunset Station location,  1170 E. Commerce St.

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

 

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Notes & Quotes: Lobster-Mania, Ramen Shop and More

Notes & Quotes: Lobster-Mania, Ramen Shop and More

Francescas Lobster Salad croppedIf you love lobster, you’ll be happy that it’s almost time for Groomer’s Seafood’s 2nd annual Lobster-Mania. This celebration of deliciousness and how to get your hands on some for a great price happens Aug. 1-3, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“For those of you who are new to shopping with Groomer’s, Lobster-Mania is the time of the year where we bring in thousands of live Maine lobsters and sell them for as low as possible! The price however is all in the hands of our customers,” says Blake Groomer.

It works like this: The more people who like Groomer’s Facebook page — and that’s already a lot of us — the lower go their prices. If they can add another 500 likes to their page in the next week, they’ll be selling those crustaceans for $7.95 each. If 1,000 like them, that price goes down to $6.95. (Cut-off to add your name to their Facebook ‘likes’ is Monday.) That’s social media in action!  Groomer’s Seafood is at 9401 McCullough Ave.

 

Zaza Gallery

Entryway to Zaza Gardens, on South Flores.

Slow Food South Texas Farm Dinner: Featuring chef John Russ

Slow Food South Texas’ next farm dinner will be at Zaza Gardens in downtown San Antonio for a Celebration of Farms with chef John Russ. Russ is executive chef at Lüke, San Antonio.  The dinner is Sunday, Aug. 11, and goes from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Zaza, 723 S. Flores St.

Participating Farmers include Rancho Ojo de Agua, Braune Farms, Kitchen Pride Mushrooms, Peeler Farms, South Texas Heritage Pork, Oak Hill Farms, and Gulf Oysters from Port Aransas. Featuring Texas beer and wine from Karbach Brewing Company and others.

Wander from station to station devouring the joint creations of chef Russ and our local farmers and ranchers. Sip beverages from Texas beer and wine makers and mingle with your fellow foodies. Click here to buy tickets.

The next Slow Food farm dinner is Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, Oct. 12, 2013 Traditional Family Style.

 

Kimura Ramen Shop to open Monday

Chef Michael Sohocki will be opening Kimura, next to Restaurant Gwendolyn, a 152 Pecan St., in the space vacated by Cakery Bakery.  Sohocki said a soft opening this week will give him some information to go on in the last few days as he irons out the menu’s offerings before opening on Monday, July 29.

Noodle eaters in "Tampopo" Japanese comedy filmed in 1985.

Noodle eaters in “Tampopo” Japanese comedy filmed in 1985.

To whet your appetite for this Japanese (by way of China) dish we’d suggest checking out one of our favorite foodie movies, “Tampopo.”

Ramen noodles, and the proper preparation thereof, was a focal point for the Japanese movie, filmed in 1985. The production and consumption of ramen was a large part of the 1985 Japanese comedy film. Truck drivers, Goro and Gun help a widow polish up her product and thus save her languishing ramen shop – though food of all sorts is touched on in this comedy. There are many types of ramen, and the movie leaves you with an appreciation for this simple – or not so simple, as it turns out – food.

 

Hat’s on!  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-off & Festival

smokin' joe's barbecueThe San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off & Festival is coming up Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. Spend Friday evening at the Ace in the Hole Casino Night (must be 21 and older) including great food, Las Vegas-style gaming, music and live and silent auctions.

Saturday is a full day of  family-friendly events and activities including Mutton Bustin’.  Enjoy live music throughout the day, shopping and plenty of Texas barbecue  to sample.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cook-Off is a championship event sanctioned by the Texas Gulf Coast Bar-B-Que Cookers Association.  The cook-off features over 300 teams of the world’s best barbecuers. For more information click on their page here.

 

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Notes & Quotes: Ruth’s Chris on the Move; Restaurant Week

Notes & Quotes: Ruth’s Chris on the Move; Restaurant Week

Barbecue chickenCopa Wine Bar  turns up the smoke Saturday — all for a good cause
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On Saturday (July 20) at Copa Wine Bar, owner Jeff Bridges will be smoking briskets and chickens, with sides, for a benefit at the request of a boy named Rowan. The event will go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or as long as the barbecue and beer last.

Rowan, who is only 6, has been diagnosed with a rare disorder, Shwachmann-Diamond Syndrome. It affects the pancreas, GI tract, immune system, blood and bone marrow. He has spent over 800 days in the hospital, had dozens of blood transfusions, made 59 trips to the operating room, yet is one of the happiest, most amazing little boys you’ll ever meet.

On Sunday, July 21, he’ll be 7, and he asked if his friends, instead of bringing him gifts, would donate to Kidd’s Kids. So, the barbecue will be $20 a plate, or $50 for a family of four. Each plate comes with a beverage ticket good for a Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, or a glass of wine, or a glass of Rowan’s famous Ginger Lemonade. There will also be silent auction items and some great live entertainment from The Reality Project Band.  Copa Wine Bar is at 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy.

 

Ruth’s Chris downtown location to close on Commerce Street July 27
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filet mignon Ruth's ChrisThe Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 170 E. Commerce St. in Sunset Station will be closing this month. The last day of business at this location will be Saturday, July 27.

In the near future, Ruth’s Chris will open a new location on the River Walk, that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer complimentary valet parking. The restaurant will have an extensive Prime Bar inside and a large patio with bar outside directly on the River Walk. Look forward also to River Barge Dining Charters offering a Ruth’s Chris Steak House dining experience as well.

The new Ruth’s Chris will be at the Grand Hyatt, at 600 E. Market St. The restaurant is expected to open late in September.

Feliz cumpleaños with Choripán Saturday

Gaucho Gourmet fans, when you go to GauchoGourmet, 935 Isom Road, to do your shopping for some of the imported charcuterie, cheeses and much more, you can help celebrate Luciano Ciorciari’s birthday this coming Saturday, July 20, with a traditional  Choripán sandwich for lunch. Served this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the sandwiches are $6 each. 

Choripán is a type of sandwich with chorizo popular in Argentina and other Latin and South American countries. The name comes from the combination of the names of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo (sausage) and a pan (crusty bread) such as a baguette. It was invented in Argentina and is traditionally topped with chimichurri sauce made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and vinegar.
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Culinaria Restaurant Week Aug. 17-24

Culinaria Restaurant Week 2013Now in its fourth year, Culinaria Restaurant Week will be here soon to tempt your palates, introduce you to newcomers and give you a chance to dine out in style Aug. 17- 24.

Restaurants such as Arcade Midtown Kitchen, The Boiler House and Texas de Brazil, join founding participating restaurants such as Bin 555, Biga on the Banks, Kirby’s and more, to offer three-course, pre-fixe menus for $15 at lunch and $35 at dinner.

Participating restaurants span the city from downtown to Alamo Heights, to Stone Oak and La Cantera Parkway. Reservations are not required, but encouraged.

“Restaurant Week presents a tremendous opportunity for local residents and out-of-town visitors to discover the art of gourmet dining in San Antonio at affordable prices,” says Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, president and CEO of Culinaria. “Plus, it generates excitement and buzz about the wide range of choices and excellent food that defines our city,” she said.

For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, click here.

 

Violas Ventanas croppedA sweet treat at Los Barrios’ restaurants all month, for Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation
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Throughout this month, you can celebrate with the Barrios family as they continue to build restaurant founder Viola Barrios’ legacy by giving — and offering customers a sweet treat in commemoration of Barrios’ birthday.

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation is a charitable organization that was set up after Barrios’ death to carry on her spirit of generosity. The Foundation recently presented full scholarships that will support three young women through high school. One scholar has gone on to earn a scholarship, residency included, to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

If you purchase a slice of Viola’s Heart Cake, a chocolate or vanilla cake with creamy flan, or the entire cake, at any of the three Barrios restaurants in San Antonio, all proceeds will go directly to the foundation. The piece of cake costs $5.99 and a whole cake is $49.99.

The restaurants are Los Barrios at 4223 Blanco Road, La Hacienda de Los Barrios at 18747 Redland Road and Viola’s Vantanas at 9660 Westover Hills Blvd, 2 miles from Sea World. Or, you can mail a tax-deductible donation to: Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, PO Box 700508, San Antonio, TX 78270. Visit the foundation’s website by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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