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It’s Napa Cab Time at J Prime

It’s Napa Cab Time at J Prime

J Prime Steakhouse, 1401 N. Loop 1604 W., is hosting its first horizontal wine tasting at 6 p.m.  July 8.

Inglenook“Together we will compare six Cabernets from multiple Napa Valley wineries to fulfill the ‘horizontal tasting’ experience,” the steakhouse says. “Wine enthusiasts, start planning for an evening made to enlighten and unwind – you may even find a new Cabernet favorite!”

The lineup includes:

  • Stag’s Leap, Stag’s Leap Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stag’s Leap District 2012
  • Cade, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain Napa Valley 2011
  • Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012
  • Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District Napa Valley 2012
  • Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2011
  • Inglenook “Cask” Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Napa Valley 2012

The price is $35 a person. Light appetizers will be served. Call (210) 764-1604 for reservations.

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How Do You Thank Dad for All He’s Given You?

How Do You Thank Dad for All He’s Given You?

Vegan cupcakes for Dad from Green Vegetarian Cuisine.

Vegan cupcakes for Dad from Green Vegetarian Cuisine.

Father‘s Day is June 21 this year, and restaurants all over town are gearing up to give Dad a treat he’ll remember.

Call for reservations, though they aren’t needed at all places. Prices do not include tax and tip.

Alamo Beer Company, 202 Lamar St. – FatherFest will run from noon to 6 p.m. Together with Kiolbassa Sausage, the brewery will offer live music, sausage cook-offs, “dad stuff” and, of course, beer. “Supporting pints for prostates,” reads the flier for the event.

Arcade Midtown Kitchen, 303 Pearl Parkway, (210) 369-9664 – The restaurant will be open for Father’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ruth's Chris is one of the steakhouses open on Father's Day.

Ruth’s Chris is one of the steakhouses open on Father’s Day.

Bakery Lorraine,  306 Pearl Parkway, (210) 862-5582 – The bakery will be open on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 354-4644  – The restaurant will be hosting a Special Father’s Day Brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The dishes will range from $13 to $19 each.    

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, 210-821-5600 — Father’s Day brunch will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begin brunch with an appetizer and choose from Puff Pastry with White Wine Mushroom Sauce, Scottish Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese or Mousse Truffle Pate. For the main course, choose from an extensive selection of entrées including Chicken Breast with Champagne Sauce, Fresh Rainbow Trout or Tenderloin of Beef with Green Peppercorn Sauce. The Crumpets Trilogy will also be available on the Father’s Day Menu. A children’s menu will be available. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — Treat Dad to brunch beginning at 10 a.m. Guests have their choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert from our special holiday menu.  Entrées include Prime Rib, Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Baked Brioche French Toast, Blue Crab Omelet and Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon. The price for adults is $39.95. Kids’ menu is $18.95.

Green Vegetarian Cuisine – The restaurant will be open Father’s Day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Josephine St. Cafe is ready to treat Dad.

Josephine St. Cafe is ready to treat Dad.

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar, 1287 Gruene Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 606-1287 – This Father’s Day, the off-menu special is Baby Back Ribs. Served with a dinner salad and side. Pair it with a cold Shiner. Opens at 11 a.m.

Josephine Street Cafe, 400 E. Josephine St., (210) 224-6169 – The restaurant is open on Father’s Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The specials include a 7-ounce sirloin with shrimp for just $13.95. Shrimp can be fried, blackened or grilled.

Kirby’s Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 — Father’s Day hours are 5 to 9 p.m. with the regular menu of steaks, seafood and more.

Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St., (210) 227-1887 — Brunch on Father’s Day is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with dinner service available until midnight. Brunch specials include sourdough waffles with bacon and Original 1984 Waldorf Eggs Benedict. Other specials for the day include Hemphill County Cowboy Salad, Short Ribs and Fettuccine, Pork and Chicken Stew Oaxacan Style, Cherry Tarts and Abuelita Ice Cream.

La Gloria, 100 E. Grayson St., (210) 267-9040 – The restaurant will be open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Local Coffee, 302 Pearl Parkway, (210) 248-9133 – The coffee house will be open Father’s Day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mozie’s, 1601 Hunter Road, Gruene Historic District at New Braunfels, (830) 515-1281 – Let Dad enjoy lunch with the family in air conditioning while watching sports on eight all-sports TVs. The specials include Panko Parmesan Chicken with angel hair pasta in a chipotle cream sauce. Stop in Gruene Hall for free live music all day while in Gruene. Opens at 11 a.m.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., (210) 228-0700 — There’s a special three-course menu for Dad priced at $59.

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 136 N. Castell Ave., New Braunfels, (830) 624-1024; 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031 — Father’s Day dinner hours are 4 to 11 p.m.

Southerleigh offers Dad brews, meats and coastal seafood.

Southerleigh offers Dad brews, meats and coastal seafood.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 558-6161 — The steakhouse will be open 4 to 9 p.m. on Father’s Day with its usual array of steaks, chops and seafood.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Concord Plaza, 7720 Jones Maltsberger Road, (210) 821-5051; Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 227-8847 — The Concord Plaza location will be open at 4:30 p.m. Father’s Day with the full menu. The Grand Hyatt location will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, 136 E. Grayson St., (210) 455-5701 – The restaurant is opening for dinner on Sunday and giving a complimentary commemorative beer glass to all fathers having dinner. 

Sustenio at Éilan Hotel and Spa, 17103 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 598-2950 Father’s Day brunch will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet features Smoked Ribs plus Artisanal Cheese Selection, Antipasti Display, Charcuterie & Marinated Olives, Seasonal Fruit Display, Smoked Salmon Display, Caesar Salad with Focaccia Croutons and Garlic Vinaigrette, Caprese Salad, Classical Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast, Oven Roasted Salmon with Mango & Peach Chutney, Grilled Breast of Chicken with Organic Mushrooms, Chef’s Omelet Station and Carved-to-Order Prime Beef. A Bloody Mary Bar will be offered. Cost: $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 4 – 12.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 229-1600 — Service begins at 11 a.m. on Father’s Day. All Dads will receive a certificate for a free lunch or dinner on their next visit.

Whiskey Cake, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, (210) 236-8095 — Father’s Day food service is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with bar service until 11 p.m.

If you’d like to add your restaurant to this list, email griffin@savorsa.com.

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Sandy Oaks Passport Adventure to a sizzling Argentine ‘Asado’

Sandy Oaks Passport Adventure to a sizzling Argentine ‘Asado’

Elmendorf, TX  – The next in a series of tastings from olive growing regions across the globe, this month’s Passport Adventure Series will showcase the olive oils, wines, cheeses and cuisine of Argentina.

Sandy Oaks Argentina_2015Join us on June 19 for an Argentine “Asado” – the national social gathering of friends, family, and locals around traditionally grilled meats and local wines.

On any given weekend in Argentina, a stroll through a neighborhood is sure to leave your belly raging and your head reeling with smoke and sizzling meat, sights and smells of asado, paired with great Argentinean wines.

Saundra (Sandy) Winokur, owner of Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, will also present a brief history of the olive oil industry in Argentina.

The gathering starts Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person.

For reservations, call 210.621.0044 or reserve online by clicking here. You can also view the complete menu for the event at this link.

 

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Growing Something Special at the Hot Wells Ruins

Growing Something Special at the Hot Wells Ruins

Planning this year's Hot Wells Harvest Feast.

Planning this year’s Hot Wells Harvest Feast.

Resurrecting the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa may seem a little crazy to some, after two fires in 1997 and 2011 destroyed much of the fabled resort. But that is somehow in keeping with the history of the place.

The "Gents" pool at the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa.

The “Gents” pool at the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa.

Its story begins in 1892, when the Southwestern Lunatic Asylum drilled a well in order to have enough water to operate, according to a history on the Edwards Aquifer website.

And it continues today as a project of the Hot Wells Conservancy, which was formed in 2013 “to preserve the vestiges of the historic hotel and provide educational, cultural, and environmental programming,” the site says.

But enough of history. What’s happening on the grounds of the spa these days?

Heirloom tomatoes known as blueberries.

Heirloom tomatoes known as blueberries.

You can take a yoga class regularly in the old ruins, if you’d like. Or you can join with hundreds of other food lovers on June 3 for Hot Wells Harvest Feast, a event in which you can tour the grounds while eating food grown on the property and sipping your choice of cocktails, wine and beer.

This is a fundraiser to benefit the conservancy that was created by Robbie Nowlin, executive chef of the Hotel Valencia, and artist Justin Parr, who lives on the grounds.

The concept is simple: The participating chefs, including the mixologists, have to include ingredients grown on the property in their dishes. That could mean one or more of several dozen heirloom tomatoes, peaches from the heavily laden trees, any of the many hot pepper varieties, hoja santa leaves, lovage, fennel pollen, garlic blossoms — you name it. Some of the booths will be set up inside the ruins, while the remainder will line the exterior, all under strands of Italian lights.

A few of the gardens at Hot Wells.

A few of the gardens at Hot Wells.

This year, Nowlin has more than 30 chefs lined up, and he had to turn away many more. He knows it has caused some hurt feelings, but he hopes they understand that there’s just not room to accommodate everyone at this point.

“I’m a chef,” he says, “not an event planner. But I’m an event planner.”

In the end, it’s the cause that’s important, and if you’d like to see this once-grandiose site restored or if you just want to have some fine food in a wholly unique setting, you can visit the Hot Wells Conservancy website for details. For a list of the participating chefs, click here.

A few tips if you’re making the trip to Hot Wells, 5503 S. Presa St., Wednesday or any time in the foreseeable future:

–Dress casually and for warm weather.

–Leave your high heels at home.

–Wear plenty of bug spray.

–Have a designated driver.

–Enjoy yourself.

Robbie Nowlin stands in the Hot Wells ruin.

Robbie Nowlin stands in the Hot Wells ruin.

The ruins of the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa.

The ruins of the Hot Wells Hotel and Spa.

Fennel grows by the ruins.

Fennel grows by the ruins.

Peppers grow amid the flowers.

Peppers grow amid the flowers.

 

 

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Lunch at Southerleigh, Basil Fest and More

Lunch at Southerleigh, Basil Fest and More

crawfish1Southerleigh opens for lunch at Historic Pearl

Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery is now open for lunch. Beginning this week, Southerleigh will serve lunch from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chef Jeff Balfour says the lunch menu is featuring favorites from the dinner menu including the wood-fired pretzel served with beer cheese and sweet and spicy mustard, smothered and fried Parker Creek Ranch chicken breast served with red eye gravy, and the crawfish boil served with corn and red potatoes.

Southerleigh will also offer new sandwiches and salads including a pressure cooked pot roast in gravy sandwich served with shredded lettuce and tomato; Griddled 44 Farms Texas chili dog with 1015 onion, white cheddar, and hand-cut fries; and a chilled gulf shrimp roll with green goddess dressing, lettuce, and tomato.

Additionally, Southerleigh will offer the Cellarman’s Lunch Pail, which includes a choice of entrée from southern pot roast, crisp fried gulf golden tilefish, and wood-broiled oysters, served with your choice of green salad and market soup for $11.

Southerleigh offers weekday lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner daily from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the bar is open daily from 2 p.m. to midnight. Southerleigh is located on the ground floor in the historic Pearl brewhouse at 136 East Grayson, Suite 120. For more information, please visit www.southerleigh.com.

 

Houston Street Food Community Picnic is Sunday

Support the San Antonio Food Bank by attending this Saturday’s gourmet picnic, with basket selections from Bohanan’s, Luke, the Monterey, Market on Houston, The Palm and more. Your basket purchase includes live music and unlimited wine and beer.

The picnic baskets must be reserved from participating restaurants ahead of time and picked up at the event Sunday, May 31.

picnic basketThe event will be on Houston Street between Navarro and St. Mary’s from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The gourmet picnic baskets will be $50 each. For $25 you can pick up a “kid-friendly” basket.

Visit the Houston Street Food website by clicking here at the store to look over the menus and reserve your basket. Each dollar raised from this event helps provide seven meals for a child this summer, while school is out and children lose their daily access to school lunches and breakfast.

 

Basil Fest is this Saturday at Pearl

Laurel Tree Basil1The San Antonio Herb Market Association is proud to present Basil Fest 2015 Saturday, May 30
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Historic Pearl. The event is free and open to the public and includes plants sales, cooking demonstrations, a chef’s challenge and other educational features for all ages to enjoy.

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It’s Beer and Brunch at Barbaro This Saturday

It’s Beer and Brunch at Barbaro This Saturday

On Saturday morning, you can drink your oats for breakfast.

founders-kentucky-breakfast-stoutBarbaro, 2720 McCullough Ave., and Founders Brewing are throwing a breakfast party to celebrate the release of Founders’ KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout), an imperial stout brewed with oats, coffee and chocolate, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure bourbon undertones come through in the finish. 

Barbaro will be serving KBS along with Founders’ Curmudgeon Old Ale, brewed with molasses and a focus on the malt bill, then oak-aged. In addition to Barbaro’s regular a la carte brunch menu, the restaurant will be serving Italian sausage links and porcini mostarda seasoned with ten herbs paired with the KBS.

The breakfast party will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, visit www.barbarosanantonio.com. 

 

 

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It’s Going to Be a Hot Time at Hot Wells on June 3

It’s Going to Be a Hot Time at Hot Wells on June 3

Get ready for one of the most talked-about food events of the entire San Antonio year.

hot wellsThe Harvest Feast at the Hot Wells ruins returns June 3.

The annual event began with friends chef Robbie Nowlin and artist Justin Parr, who had the idea of planting the gardens on the grounds of the former hotel and spa.

They enjoyed the food that they grew so much that they began to include others. Out of that grew a dinner on the grounds using the harvest.

Chefs around town loved being a part of the event, and more than a few talked about it for months after it happened.

That helps explain the lengthy list of chefs and booths for this year’s event:

·         Chef Robbie Nowlin-Citrus

·         Bar Chef Jorel Pena-The Last Word

·         Bar Chef Jaret Pena-The Brooklynite

·         Chef Jason Dady-Jason Dady Restaurant Group

·         Chef Stefan Bowers-Feast

·         Chef Josh Cross-Toro Taco Bar

·         Chef Brooke Smith-Esquire Tavern

·         Chef Chris Jara-St Anthony Hotel

·         Chef John Fahle-Outlaw BBQ

·         Chef Brandon Mckelvey-Say.She.Ate

·         Chef Harris Esparza-Compass Group

·         Chef Rebecca Masson-Fluff Bake Bar-Houston

·         Chef Zach Garza-Primero Cantina

·         Charles Gonzales-Rosella Coffee

·         Chef Jeff White-The Boiler House

·         Chef Beto Gutierrez-Houston

·         Chef Jeff Wiley

·         Chef Quealy Watson-Hot Joy

·         Chef Andrew Wiseheart-Gardner-Austin

·         Chef PJ Edwards-Gardner-Austin

·         Chef Geronimo Lopez-CIA/NAO

·         Chef Mark Weaver

·         Chef Luis Colon-FOLC

·         Chef Halston Conella-Citrus

 Hot Wells is at 5503 S. Presa St. Tickets are $75 a person or $125 a couple. Call Cindy Taylor at 210-912-5868 for tickets.

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Fill Up on Barbecue and Free Music While Helping the Food Bank

Fill Up on Barbecue and Free Music While Helping the Food Bank

Who doesn’t like an evening of barbecue and a beer plus free music, all while supporting a great cause?

the swindles

The Swindles

That’s the secret to ongoing success of the Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2015 Live Music Series at The County Line, which benefits the San Antonio Food Bank.

Concerts are held every Wednesday night through July 29.

This is the 15th year for the series, which has featured some of the 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 more.

Here are the performers booked as of May 1, 2015 (headliners listed first):

Mike and the Moonpies

Mike and the Moonpies

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 913,400 pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank; last year’s music series alone raised 93,458 pounds of food for the Food Bank, which translates into more than 73,000 meals to those in need in our community.

Two Tons of Steel

Two Tons of Steel

Last year, the National Restaurant Association named 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.

“Music, barbecue and the perfect way to give back.  This describes the great experience we have every week with the folks over at The County Line,” says Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank president and CEO.  “This is a perfect example of community coming together in a fun way to help fight hunger in our community.  We are so grateful to those who come out every week to support the cause, and even more grateful to The County Line for continuing to be such an exceptional partner.”

The free music concerts are held every Wednesday night from 6:30 – 10 p.m. now through July 29 at The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant at 10101 I-10 W. Held on the restaurant’s open-air patio, the opening act comes on at 6:30 p.m.; the headliner plays from 8 to 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, Bud Light; Rebecca Creek; Enchanted Rock Vodka; Comfort Air/Primo Plumbing; Red Bull; Ozarka; Hallmark College, and Pure Party Ice.

The County Line continually updates the concert line-up on its website.

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The 4th Annual Spring Fling Is Set for Boardwalk on Bulverde

The 4th Annual Spring Fling Is Set for Boardwalk on Bulverde

Boardwalk on Bulverde will host its fourth annual Spring Fling May 22-24. Sponsored by Miller Lite, this family-friendly food festival is free and open to the public.

boardwalkThroughout the weekend, Boardwalk on Bulverde will feature a variety of food trucks serving food from all over the world. Trucks include Treats on Streets, Gracie’s Kitchen, G. Bros. Chicago Style Pizza, Gilbo’s Grill, and the first food truck built by Cruising Kitchens, Wheelie Gourmet. Adults can cool off with ice cold Miller Lite products.

On Friday, May 22, the entertainment will be provided by DJ Quake, while The Kerosene Drifters will bring live music to the evening of Saturday, May 23.

Boardwalk on Bulverde is San Antonio’s first food truck park, located at 14732 Bulverde Road, approximately 2 miles south of Loop 1604. The recently remodeled venue features a
playscape for kids, a mobile school bus arcade, washers and a basketball hoop. During Memorial Day weekend, a moon bounce for the kids and a mechanical bull will provide
fun for the entire family.

A portion of the proceeds from the Spring Fling will benefit the Monarch Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland. The Monarch Academy was created to provide students with special needs a unique learning environment so they will reach their maximum individual potential.

Hours for the Spring Fling are 6 to 11 p.m. May 22, noon to 11 p.m. May 23 and noon to 8 p.m. May 24.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkonbulverde.com or cal 210-402-2829.

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Sustenio Gets Into the Spirit of Lung Force Week

Sustenio Gets Into the Spirit of Lung Force Week

May 11 to 15 is Lung Force Week.

Blue Martini

Blue Bay Martini

That means a great deal to the staff at the Eilan Hotel & Spa:

–Sustenio Executive Chef John Herdman’s mother died from lung cancer.
–Director of Sales & Marketing Melanie Koscelnak’s mother is a lung cancer survivor.
–General Manager Robert Fagan lost his father to lung cancer and he himself suffers from a lung disease that requires frequent breathing treatments throughout the day.

Collectively, they have made it their personal mission to build awareness about lung disease and efforts to find a cure. Lung cancer is the No. 1 killer of women in America and the No. 2 of men. It kills more than breast cancer, colon and stomach combined per year and is the least known and least funded.

In support of lung cancer awareness and Lung Force Week, which was created by the American Lung Association, Eilan will feature a special Blue Bay Martini at Sustenio, 18603 La Cantera Terrace. The hotel will also light up its archway in blue, the color of lung week.

If you can’t make it out to Sustenio, you can still support the American Lung Association and mix up your own Blue Bay Martini.

Blue Bay Martini

1 ounce Kettle One
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce blue curaçao
3/4 ounce of Domain de Canton French-Ginger Liqueur

Rim half of martini glass with brown sugar.  Shake vodka, Cointreau, blue curaçao and ginger liqueur with ice, and pour into martini glass. Garnish with a whole strawberry and blueberry.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Sustenio

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