San Antonio Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in San Antonio. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in San Antonio. We've also got the latest San Antonio Restaurant News.
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Smart Wine Direct is a retail store, a direct-buy website, a sommelier service and a source of wine instruction. Owner Rob Ziegler gives frequent classes at the company’s office/warehouse, and they range from Wine for Beginners to more esoteric classes for those a little farther along the evolutionary curve. Generally priced at around $25 per person, the classes are limited to about 12 participants at the headquarters, but Ziegler, who has wines and spirits education certification, can also be contacted to present classes to businesses and social groups. Smart Wine Direct, 25298 IH-10 W, San Antonio, TX 78257, 210-422-5196.
In an attempt to corral some of the city’s best food trucks, Alamo Street Eat Bar, calling itself a “Urban Gourmet Food Truck Park,” has opened in Southtown with an array of beers and space for several trucks --- not to mention picnic tables and the often-omitted shade. Jason Dady’s Duk Truck, Wheelie Gourmet (Moroccan), The Rolling Pig, Chris Cullum’s Attaboy Burgers, and The Chili Queens are among regular visitors to this, the site of the former Acapulco Drive Inn. Hours are Tues.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., and Sun. 4 p.m.-midnight. For more information, visit www.alamostreeteatbar.com. Alamo Street Eat Bar, 609 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, TX 78210.
Tost Bistro Bar offers a special, five-course tasting menu pegged at $25, inclusive of plates from the regular menu as well as periodic, chef-created specials. Tost Bistro Bar, 14415 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216, 210-408-2670.
The Culinary Institute of America at San Antonio, its expansion project currently in the construction phase, announces several classes for interested amateurs. Three-day and five-day Culinary Boot Camps cover topics ranging from Mexican Cuisine: Puebla and Oaxaca, to the rigorous Basic Training program. Specialty classes about bistros and brasseries, baking, and knife skills are also offered. Many classes include logo aprons, copies of CIA publications and more. For class costs, more information or to register, call 210-222-1113 or 800-285-4627. Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, 312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215, 800-285-4627.
The Cove is offering a series of Third Thursday wine tastings at its eclectic restaurant complex. (A bar, carwash and laundromat are all part of the equation.) The cost, which includes live music, is $10 per person, and the monthly event begins at 7:30. Cove fans were also happy when the restaurant recently appeared on Guy Fieri’s "The View" on ABC, where the spicy lamb burger was his focus. The Cove, 606 W. Cypress St., San Antonio, TX 78212, 210-227-2683.
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Chef John Brand of the Omni La Mansion del Rio hotel has announced the beginning of a series of market-to-table cooking experiences. Brand, who grew up on a Midwest farm, is intent on changing our relationship to food and food sources, and his Epicurean Experience at Las Canarias commences with a chef’s table reception at Las Canarias on a Friday and requires a stay at the hotel. After breakfast on Saturday, Brand will lead a band of up to eight participants to the Pearl Farmers Market for a sourcing session to be followed by an afternoon cooking class. Participants will then dine on what they have prepared that evening and will celebrate their success with a Champagne brunch Sunday morning. To make reservations call the hotel at 210-367-6428 or go to www.omnihotels.com. Las Canarias, La Mansión del Rio, 112 College St., San Antonio, TX 78205, 210-518-1063.