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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Brasserie Pavil Closes


Hot and hotter. Good thing some cool specials are happening indoors.

Brasserie Pavil

The restaurant, at Huebner Road and Loop 1604, closed its doors on Tuesday.  A sister restaurant, Watermark Grill, closed in February. Both restaurants were owned by Watermark Hotel Co. Inc.

Sangria and more at Azuca this summer

Azuca is offering sangria as a way to battle the heat.

Head over to Azuca’s website for a coupon, and then go to the actual restaurant for two of Spain’s most delicious treats: sangria and tapas (savory little snacks).

Azuca is at 713 S. Alamo St. Call 210-225-5550 for information.

Tejas Steakhouse to open this week

Tejas Rodeo Company is opening the Tejas Steakhouse and Saloon on its property at 401 Obst Road, Bulverde. (Just take Blanco Road north to Specht Road, about 10 miles from Blanco and 1604, and turn right. Follow the road for two miles and you’ll see Tejas Steakhouse and Tejas Rodeo on your left.)

Opening night is set for Friday.

Steaks are obviously a part of the menu, with a 20-ounce bone-in rib steak the star attraction. But it also offers burgers, catfish, chicken, salads, tacos and more. There’s also a kids’ menu.

The steakhouse will be open for dinner Thursday-Sunday as well as lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Open Thursday-Sunday for Dinner; plus lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Details at www.tejassteakhouse.com.

In addition to dinner, the Tejas Rodeo Company offers live music plus open mic night under the stars.

Call 830-980-2226 for more information.

The kitchen at the Esquire is offering lunch specials.

Now at the Esquire Tavern

Check out the lunch specials offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Monday-Thursday at the Esquire, 155 E. Commerce St. Select entrée and side are available for $12, served with iced tea and daily ice cream.

Fridays are for martinis: Have the house martini along with steak and frites and the daily ice cream for $18. And yes, we llike the sounds of the daily ice cream as much as you do.

Also, happy hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Select local draft beer is priced at $3.50; select cocktails at $4.50.

Yes, it’s cool inside, but the small balcony overlooking the River Walk is pretty, too, and might even be breezy.

This week at Fig Tree Restaurant

The Fig Tree’s Tuesday and Wednesday dinner specials are among the best deals in town. It’s a great chance for we who live here to get down to the River Walk and enjoy one of the best destination restaurants in town.

The three-course prix fixe menu is $39 per person; if paired with wine, it’s $49. Selected wines are $29 per bottle. (The regular menu is available, as well.) Valet parking is for free. The Fig Tree is located at 515 Villita Street on the San Antonio River Walk. For reservations call 210-224-1976.

Here is the menu for today and Wednesday:  Escargot Ravioli with tomatoes, olives and garlic butter, or, Summer Rolls with Thai prawns and peanut sauce: optional wine is Chateau D’Esclan “Whispering Angel” Cotes de Provence 2010.  Lamb Noisettes with  raspberry demi, Potatoes Borex, upland cress: wine is Main Street Merlot, Sonoma 2006; or, Grilled Sturgeon with yazu butter, carrot mousse and thyme jus served with St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma 2008. For dessert, a choice of Passion Fruit Mousse or Molten Chocolate Cake.

Fig Tree is at 515 Villita St. Call 210-224-1976.

Burger lovers, make way for a Chicken Club

Whataburger is about more than burgers. That’s why it has introduced its Honey Mustard Chicken Club.

The folks who work hard to make you want to try these limited-time options — the folks in the marketing department, that is — have described the new sandwich as follows: “It’s your choice of a grilled or crispy chicken breast with bacon, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and Swiss American cheese topped with sweet Honey Mustard sauce.”

 

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René Bajeux Is Leaving Brasserie Pavil


Rene Bajeux

René Bajeux is leaving Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W. to return to New Orleans to be closer to his family, a press release from the restaurant says.

“Chef René has helped us assemble one of San Antonio’s most outstanding culinary teams and he leaves the restaurant in very good hands,” said Patrick J. Kennedy, owner of Brasserie Pavil and founder of Watermark Hotel Company. “We understand and respect his desire to be with his family and are very appreciative of what he and the team have accomplished in a very short time frame. The commitment to excellence is a hallmark of Brasserie Pavil and will only continue to grow as we move forward. We wish him all the best.”

For more information about Brasserie Pavil, click here or call 210-479-5000.

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An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, Oysters al Fresco and More Restaurant News


Oysters at Brasserie Pavil.

The city’s dining scene is bustling with activity and great tastes to tempt all palates.

Oysters on the patio

During Fiesta, Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W., celebrated with an oyster bake on the patio.

Guests seemed to really enjoy the event and, as a result, the restaurant is offering an oyster bake each Thursday.

The menu includes $2 grilled or raw oysters, $2 classic martinis and $2 beers.

Call 210-479-5000.

Start the weekend right

Tommy Moore’s Cafe, 915 S. Hackberry St., is having its monthly all-you-can-eat brunch buffet this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you haven’t been to Tommy Moore’s, it’s a haven of home cooking with the fried chicken earning the highest praise. If you have been, then you know what lies in store.

The price is $10.95 for adults and $5.95 for children. Call 210-531-9800 to let them know you’re coming.

Carpaccio at Fig Tree Restaurant.

A mid-week treat

Wanna know the best fine dining secret in town? It’s the Tuesday and Wednesday prix fixe special at Fig Tree Restaurant, 515 Villita St.

Chef Byron Bergeron and his staff prepare a three-course menu that changes weekly. The specials include two choices of appetizer, entrée and dessert for $39. Wine pairings are available for $49.

Recent appetizer options have included smoked duck breast, a summer roll with a peanut sauce or zucchini blossoms with goat cheese and an heirloom tomato coulis. Past entrées options: Steak au Poivre, an oven-roasted prawn, Veal Blanquette with jasmine rice or crispy skin striped bass. Desserts run the gamut from an almond and pear tart to Domino Cake, a creamy house specialty. On a recent Tuesday, it was strawberries flambé prepared tableside.

For reservations, call 210-224-1976. Let your server know you’re interested in the prix fixe.

On the move

Fishland Fish Market, 4941 Walzem Road, is moving. Not far, mind you, just next door. But the new space will be much larger, so more diners can enjoy the kitchen’s seafood specialties. The move should be complete by July.

If you aren’t familiar with this haven of fried seafood, with some of the best hush puppies you’ll ever taste, check out our review. Though it appeared in September 2009, recent visits have shown it to be as good as ever.

Pasha readies second location

Pasha Mediterranean Grill will open a second San Antonio location on Loop 1604 at Blanco Road in June. The restaurant’s original location is at 9339 Wurzbach Road.

Closing

San Antone Cafe and Concerts, formerly Casbeers at the Church, is closing. The owners, Steve Silbas and Barbara Wolfe, have cited personal health reasons and the economy. Whatever the reason, it’s a shame. The owners have helped raised plenty of money for charities over the years through the Gospel Brunch and other fundraisers, while bringing in some fine music.

Many will miss the one-of-a-kind Tex-Mex enchiladas as well as the bean burger, one of the best in the city.

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: Pizza, Brunch and Dinners on the River


Fiesta is done, but there is more to come on the food, wine and restaurant scene in San Antonio.

Fundraiser a Feast for ARTS San Antonio.

ARTS San Antonio Floating Feastival 2010 patrons Mary Martinez, Xitlalt Herrera – Salazar,Trudy Madan, Rocio Rosenstein and Carla Ruiz.

The 29th annual fundraiser for ARTS San Antonio is coming May 10-11. The Floating Feastival 2011 offers gourmet dining while cruising along the San Antonio River.  Chefs will create a multi-course progressive meal complete with wine, beer, and soft drinks for the boat ride, which will last anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours. .

Culinary partners include Achiote River Café and Bar, Boudro’s Texas Bistro on The River Walk, Luciano Ristorante, and Zocca Cuisine d’Italia.   Although not required, guests are encouraged to dress in colorful, casual clothes. Check-in is at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St. Cruise boats set off at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $150, or you can reserve a 16-passenger boat for $2,200. Proceeds from this event support the arts and education programs of ARTS San Antonio.

Contact Lee at 210-226-2891; e-mail lee@artssa.org; or visit www.artssa.org/specialevents/floatingfeastival.asp

Becker, Brasserie Pavil get together for Lavender Dinner

Spanish Lavender in bloom at Becker Vineyards.

On April 28, Brasserie Pavil hosts a five-course lavender dining experience, and each course is paired with a different wine from Becker Vineyards.

Chef Rene Bajeux’s menu is as follows: BlueBonnet Farm Arugula with Smoked Foie Gras Torchon Apricot Lavender Champagne Vinaigrette with Becker Viognier;  Bay of Fundy Wild Salmon, Shiitake Mushroom and Napa Cabbage, Tomatoes, Lavender Kieffer Lime Broth with Becker Chenin Blanc; Tea-smoked H Quail, Lavender Honey Glaze Roasted Corn and French Lentils with Becker Malbec; Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope Chop, Grilled Peaches, First of the Seasons Black Truffle, Porcini Risotto, Lavender Herbs de Provence Jus with Becker Reserve Cabernet; and Rosemary-infused Funnel Cake Cone, Lavender Gelato and Citrus Compote with Becker Late Harvest Clementine. 6:30 p.m.

Brasserie Pavil is at 1818 N. Loop 1604. Call 210-479-5000. Cost: $65.

Two new pizza restaurants open

Pepper and onion pizza at Big G's Pizzeria.

Big G’s Pizzeria is New York-style bliss at 7806 Callaghan Road at Torino Drive. The menu features wings, calzones, gyros and sandwiches, including a Philly cheesesteak, in addition to its generous slices. It is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday. Call 210-384-8899.

Meanwhile, Deco Pizzeria, at the corner corner of Fredericksburg Road and Zarzamora, has refreshed the facade of what was once a filling station, then a series of Mexican restaurants. The fresh, pale green and white paint and “Deco” sign are on the building at 1815 Fredericksburg Road, in what is termed the city’s Deco District. Deco pizza? We’ll see.

A bacon- and brisket-infused Bloody Mary at Francesca's at Sunset.

Brunch at Francesca’s

The brunch at Francesca’s at Sunset is off to a delicious start — and the views out the famous windows are just about as lovely at breakfast time as they are at twilight.

We sampled several of the new brunch dishes at Francesca’s, which is in the Westin La Cantera. Many of the tastes were excellent, including a chilled, clear gazpacho served in a martini glass as well as a dish of Kobe beef rib and seared foie gras that was perfectly cooked and utterly rich. A beautiful lobster salad with grapefruit supremes and lightly dressed greens was a refreshing appetizer, while the eggs Benedict featured crab cakes rather than Canadian bacon, and a nice substitution it was.

A trio of Bloody Marys are well worth investigating if you’re in need of an eye-opener. One is made with bacon- and brisket-infused vodka, giving the drink real heft.

“Brunch is here to stay; it’s something we are going to build on,” said Isaac Cantu, one of the chefs on the staff. The kitchen staff for Sunday brunch was hand-picked from restaurants throughout the hotel.

Francesca’s at Sunset is in the Westin La Cantera, 16641 La Cantera Parkway. Call 210-558-6500.

Morton’s raises the bar on its wine and spirits program

Morton’s the Steakhouse is unveiling a range of new drink selections that include a variety of boutique and hard-to-find wines at value prices.

  • For the sports fan: Morton’s was announced as the Official Steakhouse of the PGA Tour. To celebrate, a new Above Par wine menu was created. Included are the first vintage wine from Jack Nicklaus’ reserve line, a 2008 Jack Nicklaus Private Reserve (Napa), as well as an Ernie Els Bordeaux Blend (Stellenbosch, South Africa) and Greg Norman Shiraz Reserve (Adelaide, Australia). Morton’s has also created a signature Double Cross Mortini, garnished with a Chilean baby pear skewered on a golf tee, with $1 of every Mortini donated to Birdies for the Brave, a non-profit organization that supports military home front groups that provide critical programs and services for wounded warriors and military families.
  • For the beer connoisseur: Beer enthusiasts can experience vintage beers and ultra-premium crafts, trappists and lambics, including Lindemans Raspberry Lambic (Belgium), Fuller’s 2010 Vintage Ale (England) and Paulaner Hefe Wiezen (Germany). The menu also features an Orval Trappist Ale (Belgium).

  • For the wine aficionado: Morton’s has expanded its wine by the glass menu. The lineup includes Mollydooker among others. Guests can also experience several fine wines only at Morton’s restaurants in the U.S., including Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain 2005) and Freemark Abbey Cabernet (Napa 2002).  St. Supery Moscato (Napa 2009) is another new addition for those who are looking to pair something a little sweeter with their main course or as an after dinner drink.

Also launched in March 2011 is Morton’s introduced first national sommelier team. It is composed of 12 Morton’s sommeliers from within the company.

Closed

Le Midi Bistro, 301 E. Houston St., has closed.

If you have restaurant news, e-mail Bonnie Walker at walker@savorsa.com or John Griffin at griffin@savorsa.com.

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Tequila Tasting, Fiesta Happy Hour at Brasserie Pavil


Fiesta happens all over town, and the North Side is no exception.

Brasserie Pavil will be celebrating as well, with all-day-long happy hour, now through the end of Fiesta, April 17. Also from the bar menu are $5 appetizers.

On Saturday, from 4-6 p.m., BP hosts a free tequila tasting featuring Avion, Milagro and Republic tequilas as well as Lavender Mango Peach Salsa, Tomatillo Pepper Salsa and Cucumber Lime Cilantro Salsa.

Wednesday, it’s a Good Thyme Sangria Tasting from 5-8 p.m. Three interesting sangrias (wine and fruit punch) will be served, for $12 per person. Along with the drinks are smoked meats and gourmet cheeses to sample.

Thursday, from 6-8 p.m., it’s Oysters and Margaritas, with grilled or raw oysters at $2 each, margaritas at $2 and selected beers for $1

Saturday, it’s Fiesta Flambeau Parade Tapas and Spanish wines, from 8-10 p.m., for $12 per person.

Brasserie Pavil is at 210-479-5000. It is located at Huebner Road at Loop 1604 in Las Campanas.

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Varney Named GM at Brasserie Pavil


William Varney has been named general manager at Brasserie Pavil. Varney is former owner of the Fredericksburg Herb Farm. There, he expanded what started as a small Central Texas farm to one encompassing two retail locations, an organic restaurant, a five-station aroma therapy day spa, and an associated bed-and-breakfast.  Varney sold the farm in 2008 after 23 years of successful operation.

He most recently served as general manager of the Fromage du Monde in Fredericksburg, handling the day-to-day operations of the Hill Country cheese shop and restaurant.

The author of two books, “Along the Garden Path” and “Herb Growing and Using the Plants of Romance,” Varney has lectured throughout the United States and abroad on the art of raising and using herbs and herbal flavors.

“Bill brings a truly unique background to Brasserie Pavil,” said Patrick J. Kennedy, owner of Brasserie Pavil and founder of Watermark Hotel Company. “His experience as a successful business owner combined with his enthusiastic demeanor will be a great asset to the restaurant.”

Brasserie Pavil is located in the Plaza Las Campanas, at the southeast corner of Huebner Road and Loop 1604.  For more information or to make reservations visit www.brasseriepavil.com or call 210-479-5000.

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Sunday Brunch at Francesca’s, Mediterranean at Tangeré and More Restaurant Happenings


Graduation night offer from Rainforest Café

High school principals in San Antonio, are you worried about your seniors partying too hardy on graduation night and then attempting to drive? You might want to consider an offer from Rainforest Café, 110 E. Crockett St.

The restaurant is offering you the chance to set up a lock-in with an all-night dance and no alcoholic drinks. General manager Rocco Valentino sees this as part of the restaurant’s mission to serve the community. “I personally visit local schools, day care centers, elementaries,” he says. “We’re here and we want to do what we can to help.”

If you are interested in Project Graduation Night, contact Valentino at 210-227-6300.

RiverTini Pour-Off at Brasserie Pavil

This year’s RiverTini Pour-Off is at Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W. It runs 5-7 p.m. March 31.

Other restaurants competing for the right to claim it makes the city’s best martini include Aldaco’s Stone Oak, Auden’s Kitchen, Boudro’s, the Cork Bar at the Hotel Contessa, Jason Dady’s restaurants, Lüke, Q at the Hyatt Regency, the Grand Hyatt, Quarry Hofbrau, the Vbar at the Hotel Valencia, and the Westin La Cantera Resort.

All proceeds benefit the San Antonio River Foundation. Click here for tickets, priced at $50 apiece.

Tangeré adds a Mediterranean touch

Tangeré is a Spanish word for touch. It’s also the name of a new restaurant at 4230 McCullough Ave. that chef Erick Abrams hopes will touch your taste buds.

Abrams, formerly of Métropolitain in the Quarry, has taken over the spot where Shiraz once was. For his new place, he has planned a Mediterranean menu of varied flavors that cover the map.

The onion soup with Gruyère will remind you of France, while the jamon Iberico Férmin will transport you back to Spain. Gnocchi and duck confit ravioli conjure images of Italy, and tagine of lamb and harissa summons memories of Morocco.

For dessert, sample a limoncello soufflé or an apple tarte tatin made to order.

Tangeré is open Monday-Friday for lunch and Monday-Saturday for dinner. Call 210-822-6644 for reservations. Click here for a menu.

Lobster salad with local Bluebonnet greens.

Francesca’s at Brunch

The Westin La Cantera Resort’s premiere restaurant, Francesca’s at Sunset, is now offering a classic Sunday brunch.

Brunch will be 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and will be served a la carte from a menu of appetizers and entrees through desserts.

Look for treats such as berries sabayon, lobster salad, chocolate almond French toast to customized eggs Benedict.  Guests can also explore the restaurant’s house-made Texas strawberry and apple honey jams, and desserts such as seasonal fruit crepes and Limencello berries.

Brunch beverages range from juices, iced and hot Tea Forte, and award-winning coffees.  As well, guests can match their mid- morning meal with a selection of cocktails such as freshly squeezed mimosa’s or Bloody Mary’s, mixed with a combination of fresh ingredients infused with vodka.

Seating is limited and reservations can be made by visiting www.westinlacantera.com/dining.html or www.OpenTable.com.

Appetizers are between $6-12 and entrees vary from $12-22. The resort is at 16641 La Cantera Parkway.

The Chicken Pasta Roll at Z'Tejas.

Lobster tacos, aged beef tenderloin on spring menu at Z’Tejas

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill at the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, has introduced a new menu for the spring that features some lighter dishes and a few plates perfect for Lent.

The new items include chipotle-sautéed lobtser tacos with avocado, a smoked chicken pasta roll with either picante cream or green chile sauce, and a chicken and goat cheese salad with strawberries, grapefruit and a creamy cilantro vinaigrette.

Flame-grilled mahi-mahi is coated with a charred pineapple rub and topped with mango salsa while the aged beef tenderloin is served with lobster.

A new dessert is Mission Fig Beignets served warm with a raspberry sauce.

Call 210-690-3334.

CPA Special at Morton’s

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 300 E. Crockett St., is having a drawing to reward a certified public accountant this tax season.

April 18 has been designated CPA Appreciation Day. On that day, the winners of dinner for two will be announced.

To enter the contest,  call Morton’s at 210-228-0700 before April 17 to submit your name, phone number and e-mail address. The winner will be notified by phone and will have to bring proof of being a CPA.

Aldaco's Chicken Fajita Cobb Salad

Aldaco's Chicken Fajita Cobb.

Springtime salads at Aldaco’s in Sunset Station

Aldaco’s in Sunset Station, 100 E. Hoefgen St., has introduced a series of salads for spring.

The lineup now includes:

  • Aldaco’s Chicken Fajita Cobb with chopped bacon, shredded cheese, egg and rajas de poblano with a roasted jalapeño ranch dressing.
  • Tres Marias with romaine, rajas de poblano, sunflower sees and queso fresco in a lime-cilantro dressing.
  • Ensalada Nido de Avocado with chicken salad on avocado halves, jícama, and carrots in the lime-cilantro dressing.
  • Boone’s Salad features chicken, beef or grilled shrimp on lettuce, tomato and more with the lime-cilantro dressing.

Lenten specials include fish and chips Aldaco’s style, shrimp or fish tacos,  and   Pescado Aldaco, pan-seared mahi-mahi and two grilled shrimp with a mild chile de arbol garlic butter sauce.

Call 210-222-0561.

For a limited time

  • Marioli, 18730 Tuscany Stone, is offering fish tacos during Lent. Call 210-496-1111.
  • Smashburger, with various locations around the city, has introduced an Oreo Mint Milkshake to its lineup for a limited time.

Bonnie Walker contributed to this report.

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Restaurant Notes & Quotes: From Fried Chicken to Bouillabaisse


As we ramp up to spring celebrations, such as Fiesta San Antonio and Culinaria, San Antonio-area restaurants and eateries are dishing up everything from cooking classes to a crawfish party.

Dough to be on Food Network April 9

Guy Fieri will be showcasing Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, the popular San Antonio pizzeria at 9 p.m. April 9 on the Food Network. Part of the attraction of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives host to the restaurant was the homemade burrata cheese bar.  Doug Horn and his wife, Lori, own the restaurant, at 6989 Blanco Road.

Want Earl Abel’s fried chicken now?

Photo courtesy Earl Abel's

Earl Abel’s introduces a new website that is “customer friendly and convenient,” says owner Roger Arias.  Customers can go to www.earlabelssa.com, select entrees, sides, desserts and more from the menu, indicate when it should be ready for pick up, pay online, then drive up to get their order.

“We are aware of how today’s busy lifestyle can lead to unhealthy eating habits and we want to make it easy for families to enjoy a nutritious meal in the comfort of their own homes,” says owner Roger Arias.

Right now, and for a limited time, orders placed online are discounted 10 percent.

Earl Abel’s is at 1201 Austin Highway in the Terrell Plaza Shopping Center. Kids eat free from 5-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday and all day on Tuesday. Visit the website above for more information.

Godai Sushi Bistro closed for remodeling

The restaurant at The Ridge on Loop 1604 is closed for remodeling, according to a Facebook post. The original at 11203 West Ave. is still open if you’re looking for some of the best sushi in town.

Bouillabaisse and more at Brasserie Pavil

A couple of items from Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W.:

  • Prix-fixe lunches: Brasserie Pavil is celebrating Red, White and Brut Restaurant Week through Sunday. The brasserie is offering a special prix-fixe lunch menu for $17.95 per person, which includes a soup, main entrée and dessert course, as well as a glass of French wine.  The prix-fixe menu will rotate on a daily basis with a sampling of dishes including Chicken Chowder with Walnut Pesto, Roasted Root Vegetable Soup, Seafood Risotto with Asparagus, Lemon Zest and Red Pepper and a Pear Tart.  Complimentary wine choices include red, white and sparkling, while additional glasses of wine are available for $6 per glass.  For more information call 210-479-5000.
  • Bouillabaisse by Bajeux: Expand your French culinary knowledge through a “Bouillabaisse by Bajeux” cooking course hosted by Executive Chef Rene Bajeux.  The gathering will include a how-to session on preparing this traditional Provençal stew and with a tasting for guests.  Bajeux will also discuss the history of French pâtés, and then conclude the evening with a complimentary glass of signature Veuve Clicquot champagne and a sampling of fine cheeses.  Session begins at 6 p.m. at Brasserie Pavil and tickets are available for $22 per person. For more information call 210-479-5000.

Get ready for a crawfish boil in Waring.

Crawfish Funk in Waring

The party is scheduled for April 9 in Waring at the Waring General Store.  The crawfish boil costs $10, or $5 for the Crawfish Étouffée and $2.50 for beer. Kids 10 and under get in free. Entry is $5 and music will be by Ponty Bones and the Squeezetones, Greg Forest, and Brian Strange and the Strange Brothers.  The Waring General Store is at 544 Waring-Welfare Road. Take the exit of I-10 West before the Comfort exit. For more information call 830-995-4377.

Reservations at Il Sogno

Il Sogno at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayston St., is now accepting reservations. If you’ve waited long for a table, you know what a relief that can be. Call 210-223-3900.

Chef Andrew Weissman is now in charge of the kitchen at the Italian restaurant. But he hasn’t stopped working on other projects. The Luxury Trailer Park is still due to arrive this spring. And he’s also joined the Twitter scene. Follow him @AWRestGroup and receive news on upcoming events, wine tastings and other foodie activities.

John Griffin contributed to this report.

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Watermark Grill Closes


The exterior of the Watermark Grill

Watermark Grill, 18740 Stone Oak Parkway, closed Monday.

That was the word in an e-mail from Michael Bazar, vice president of operations for Watermark Restaurants, which also operates Brasserie Pavil, 1818 N. Loop 1604 W.

“While we have enjoyed both critical success and much-appreciated support from loyal customers such as you, this closure will better enable our management team to focus our full attention and resources on the growing success of Brasserie Pavil,” he writes. “Watermark Grill gift cards are redeemable at Brasserie Pavil.”

The restaurant was once the home of Reggiano’s.

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Beer Dinner Tuesday at Brasserie Pavil


Brasserie Pavil will host a beer dinner featuring the Beers of the World, with featured guest Travis Poling, author of the book “Beers Across Texas.”

The evening begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday and there will be a five-course meal and a reception with passed appetizers.

Enjoy these drinks:  Sunner Kolsh,  Koln (Cologne) Germany; Filnsburger Dunkel Schleswig-Holstein, Germany;  Southern Star Bomb Shell Blonde, American; Triple Karmeliet, Belgium; Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale, Texas;  Southern Star Buried Hatchet.

A beer-friendly Texas  meal will include: Medjool Date with foie gras mousse, duck pastrami and a port reduction; Curry Butternut Squash Soup with a goat cheese and crab dumpling and chipotle oil; Mediterranean full-on Sardine Tempura and a jicama, cilantro salad; Roasted Quail Cordon Blue with Manchego cheese and prosciutto, herbed red quinoa and a brown butter mustard. Also, Almond and Portabello- crusted Veal, Pale Ale-ginger emulsion and a white bean ragout. Dessert is Kaffir Lime Cheese Cake with ginger sauce

Price is $49 per person.   For reservations, call (210) 479-5000 or visit www.brasseriepavil.com.  Brasserie Pavil is at 1818 N. Loop 1604 W.

Irish whiskey tasting at Kirby’s

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the monthly Scotch tasting at Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse takes on a whole new profile. The feature on the first Tuesday of the month, March 1, will be four Irish whiskies from Jameson Distillery.

The Not Scotch Tasting will include Jameson Standard, Jameson 12-Year, Jameson Gold and Jameson 18-Year. The Jameson ambassador will also be on hand to answer questions.

The tasting runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is priced at $25 a person. Kirby’s is at 123 N. Loop 1604 E. For reservations, call 210-404-2221.

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