GIVEAWAY: 35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

This year’s show hosts DIYers, local experts and special guests, all sharing the latest in home and garden trends!

  • Jason Cameron, host of DIY Network’s popular shows, will be there to share secrets on the art of remodeling homes and landscapes while giving an inside peek into his hit television shows.
  • Family-friendly show also includes flavors and treats sure to fill the bill.
  • Enjoy gourmet food and wine, take home a plant or craft a stunning wreath to adorn your front door.
  • Baptist Health System is bringing a Mobile Health Screening Unit offering complimentary health screenings (valued at $25)
  • Entertained by a petting zoo and dessert decorating.
  • Home Depot will offer workshops for kids throughout the weekend
  • Pet Zone features live pet adoptions. Project Rescue Runway and Kirby Animal Care Services are back at it again, teaming up to change the lives of shelter pets. Fancy felines and dashing doggies will strut their stuff down the cat (and dog!) walk to show that adoption is the most fashionable option. 

 

GIVEAWAY:  35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

 

Website: http://www.sanantoniohomeshows.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Antonio-Spring-Fall-Home-Garden-Show/124700510942930

Show Times

  • Friday, Feb. 27, 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 1, 11 am – 6 pm

GIVEAWAY:  35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

 

Ticket Information

Admittance for adults 17 years and over is $9.00. Seniors 65+ admittance is $6.50. All active duty military and 16 years and under receive free admission. A single ticket is good for the entire weekend. For more information, visit www.sanantoniohomeshows.com.

FREE Stuff!

Event attendees will also receive a free tote bag and a pack of Autumn Beauty Sunflower seeds, the perfect ingredient to start your garden! With so much in store, the San Antonio Home & Garden Show is the perfect place to make your budding home and garden ideas truly blossom.

 

GIVEAWAY:  35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

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GIVEAWAY:  35th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show

ABOUT SAN ANTONIO HOME & GARDEN SHOW

Show Technology is an industry leader in the production of consumer home and garden shows across the United States. The annual San Antonio Spring Home & Garden Show is one of San Antonio’s favorites with three days of educational and shopping opportunities with activities for all ages. The show features home, garden and landscape vendors with a variety of home improvement seminars with activities for everyone to enjoy. The show is presented by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association and sponsored by San Antonio Express-News. For more information, visit www.sanantoniohomeshows.com.

2015 Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant Week

2015 Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant Week

As a foodie in San Antonio, I have a couple of favorite times of the year and they all involve Culinaria, our premier non-profit organization that helps bring awareness to the world of the culinary greatness that is bubbling within our fair city of San Antonio.  They work hard to bring food and wine events to the community, drawing people into San Antonio and helping provide scholarships for future chefs and helping our local chefs!  One of my favorite weeks is in August when San Antonio restaurants offer discounted prix fixe meals for lunch and dinner at a great deal.  I am excited to help announce Culinaria’s newest wintertime San Antonio Restaurant Week!  Send calendar invites out and start planning your meals!

2015 Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant Week

When:  January 19-24, 2015 (lunch and dinner)

Where:  Participating San Antonio restaurants listed here.

San Antonio Restaurant Week benefits Culinaria, so your dining experience during will be a charitable one. With each meal ordered specifically for San Antonio Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria and the programs it supports.

Tiered Lunch and Dinner Plans

Participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu – encompassing a three-course lunch and dinner for two different tiers:
Tier 1: $15 lunch and $35 dinner.
Tier 2: $10 lunch and $25 dinner

Flyer here:  Culinaria_RW_2015_8.5×11

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into the Darkness

On October 17 and 18, at 8 p.m., the San Antonio Symphony will take the movie-watching experience to another level by featuring “Star Trek Into Darkness,” director J.J. Abrams’s most recent blockbuster hit in the Star Trek franchise, with composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling musical score performed “live to picture” by the orchestra. Giacchino is best known for creating scores for films including “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Jupiter Ascending.”

San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into the Darkness

Come dressed as your favorite Starfleet crew member and see this action thriller on the big screen with music scores accompanied live by the San Antonio Symphony. The “live to picture” action film will be featured in high definition as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise track down an indestructible rogue terrorist and in the process, uncover a secret plot to militarize Starfleet and engage in all-out war with the Klingon Empire!

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into the Darkness

Majestic Theatre

Fri. October 17, 2014 : 8:00PM

Sat. October 18, 2014 : 8:00PM

Tickets: now on sale $35 – $85

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into the Darkness

 

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into the Darkness

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GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into the Darkness

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Star Trek Into the Darkness

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Girls Inc. Made with Code

Girls Inc. Made with Code

I am very, VERY proud to be the mother of a strong, smart, and bold 11 year old girl who wears shirts with periodic tables and pi jokes. As a mom who majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics at college I feel very strongly about the following:

  • Empowering my daughter to feel like she can do anything with hard work
  • Giving her every opportunity to geek out as much as she wants to

People ask me all the time how I do it…and part of it is not letting one day go by where I don’t give her examples of women being strong, smart, and bold…whether it’s in the technology field or somewhere else. I actively seek out opportunities for my daughter to participate in programming, robotics, and engineering camps, activities, games, etc. Unfortunately a lot of times this can cost money and resources to make help her get back and forth in the middle of the day.

I am was so excited when Girls Inc asked me to share information about this FREE 2 hour workshop that they are offering for ANY girl, ages 12-18 to learn more about programming and pursuing opportunities in a technical field. Although it is never too late to explore your dreams, how incredible would it be to give girls the opportunity sooner than later. Let’s not let them get all the way through college before exposing them to needs our industry currently has for Computer Science majoring women.

Today, only 0.4% of female college freshmen plan to major in CS. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school go to college, there will be one million more CS jobs than computer scientists to fill them. Today, only about 10% of high schools offer Computer Science classes. And when they do, the curriculum isn’t always best suited to be inclusive of girls.

For the past four years, I have attended the Grace Hopper Conference which celebrates women in computing whether in the industry, academics, or majoring in school. Four years ago was the first time I had ever been in a room with 2,000 women who also majored in Computer Science. It was an amazing feeling. Since high school I was in advanced math classes where there were more boys then I went into Computer Science at UTSA and there were only a handful of girls there too. If we encourages girls 12-18 to start actively learning about a career in code, a hobby in coding, the possibilities programming presents, there will be less girls who are the only girl in the room. There will be more diversity in the classrooms from high school on up.

I <3 Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. San Antonio presents a “Made with Code” party is open to all girls ages 12-18 to demonstrate how programming can help make any dream come true, regardless of the interest area. Technology and programming are continuing to be a huge part of people’s lives. You don’t have to have any experience programming.

Event information can be found by clicking on the image or clicking here.

To sign up contact Girls Inc. of San Antonio at (210) 212-2510.

When: Sat., September 13th OR Sat., September 20th

Time: 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm

Place: St. Mary’s University Campus | 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78288 { MAP }

 

Make sure you keep in touch with Girls Inc. San Antonio by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

Google Made with Code Initiative

Girls Inc. proudly joins Google in the Made with Code Initiative, which aims to inspire millions of girls to learn to code and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. Girls Inc. will reach thousands of girls with an introduction to coding, building upon programming in which girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of their lives and potential career options. Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities today and for the future.

For those who want to get a head start or cannot attend one of the workshops, check out their online resources here. Activities include:

  • Animating your name
  • Making a card for friends
  • Making a meme
  • Making custom paper
  • Sewing a light up bookmark
  • Making a website
  • Make an app for your phone

There are also great resources for parents, teachers, and counselors who are excited about getting their kids involved.

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

No matter where you are in the world, nothing captures the sweetness of a sunny afternoon better than ice cream. Friday, July 18th, Uber San Antonio will be serving up cold treats on demand in 144 cities, in 38 countries, on 6 continents. You can use the Uber mobile app to either order a delivery of ice cream or a ride or both! I have personally used the Uber car service in San Deigo, CA and Chicago, IL and both times have been a very easy experience. Within the app you select or enter your pick up location and Uber will let you know how long it will take for your ride to arrive and how much it will cost to take you to your destination. Make sure you use my promotional code below!

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

Who: Uber

When: Friday, July 18th, 11am- 5pm

How: Download the iPhone app here and the Android app here. You can use the promotional code for $20 off your first discounted ride: IceCreamSA

What: Classic ice cream trucks and uberX partner vehicles will be delivering ice cream on-demand across San Antonio

Delivery Includes:

  • (5) icy treats + Uber swag to users for just $25

Additional Discount:

We have a special promo code ‘IceCreamSA’ which provides new users $20 off their first uberX ride

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

THE INSIDE SCOOP

  • Ice Cream will be available on Friday, July 18th.
  • To request, choose the Ice Cream option in the app. If a vehicle is available, you’ll be enjoying your desserts in minutes.
  • No cash needed—your order will be billed to your Uber account.

See what everyone is saying about #UberIceCream on Twitter (@Uber_SanAntonio) and Instagram.

World Peace:

Uber will also be doing a few special drop-offs and surprising some kiddos at the Ronald McDonald House with ice cream, as well as a special visit by Miss San Antonio 2014, Deidra Angulo. Very sweet indeed Uber, thanks for sharing!

Uber

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 70 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

For more details about Uber’s insurance policy, check it out here.

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

 

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2014 Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week

2014 Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week

My favorite time of the year is here and that’s Culinaria’s Restaurant Week!  Although we are a month out (almost exactly!), Culinaria is a local non-profit culinary organization that works towards creating opportunities to share food among friends, neighbors, and those in need.  It has helped put San Antonio on the map as a culinary destination not just layover.

Restaurant Week is Culinaria’s celebration of amazing San Antonio restaurants and this year there are almost 70 different restaurants and food trucks participating!  The participating restaurants and their amazing chefs have a set menu that you can take advantage of (much less expensive than ordering items a la carte).  I love it, this is literally my favorite time of year (besides the middle of May when Culinaria’s Festival Week occurs.)

When: Saturday, August 16 through Saturday, 23, 2014

Why?

San Antonio Restaurant Week benefits Culinaria, so your dining experience during Restaurant Week will be a charitable one. With each meal ordered specifically for San Antonio Restaurant Week, restaurants will donate $1 for lunch and $2 for dinner to Culinaria and the programs it supports.

2014 Culinaria San Antonio Restaurant Week

How much for a fantastic meal supporting your local non-profit organization?

Participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu – encompassing a three-course lunch and dinner for three different tiers:

  • $15 lunch and $35 dinner.
  • $10 lunch and $25 dinner
  • Restaurant Week on The Move: $8 lunch and $15 dinner

*Reservations are not required to participate – but, are a good idea – and can be booked directly with the restaurants.

Where

Here are the restaurants participating with an easy map to all of them to optimize your trip!

Make sure you follow Culinaria on Twitter here:  https://twitter.com/culinariasa and Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/CulinariaSanAntonio

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio My good friend Stacy of Kids Stuff World enjoyed my post on 2014 Summer Reading Programs for Kids where I highlight programs that incentivize kids to read over the summer so they don’t lose any of the valuable things they learned during the school year. She mentioned interest in a post about 2014 free summer movies, especially in San Antonio, so here it goes! As I was writing the post, I realized that a lot of the sites didn’t have a clear list of the movies, when they were, and where so I tried to make that a little easier. Hope you enjoy this post and let me know what other kinds of posts you would be interested in in the future!

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio regal theaters Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!

Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Search for a theater in your area to see where the Summer Movie Express is playing.

2014 Movie Schedule Includes:

  • Week 1 Hotel Transylvania The Smurfs 2
  • Week 2 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 The Pirates: Band of Misfits
  • Week 3 Arthur Christmas Despicable Me 2
  • Week 4 The Lego Movie Free Birds
  • Week 5 The Adventures of Tintin Rise of the Guardians
  • Week 6 Kung Fu Panda 2 Madagascar 3
  • Week 7 The Croods Epic
  • Week 8 Turbo Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Week 9 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Rio 2

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio regal theaters   2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio cinemark theaters Either pay $1 per film or pre-pay $5 for 10 movies! Click on your location to see what’s playing…when! For San Antonio Cinemark theaters, check out the theater at 410 and the one on New Braunfels Ave. 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio santikos theaters Santikos is offering Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am these movies are FREE!

  • The Croods – July 1, 2014 – July 2, 2014
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – July 8, 2014 – July 9, 2014
  • Epic – July 15, 2014 – July 16, 2014

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio movies moonlight in travis park After six years of outdoor movies in HemisFair Park, the Movies by Moonlight summer outdoor film series is moving down the street, to Travis Park. Follow them on Facebook for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/SlabCinema All movies start at dusk.

  • July 1    Toy Story 2
  • July 8    Cars 2
  • July 15    Cloudy w/a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • July 22    The Smurf’s 2
  • July 29    Despicable Me 2

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio movies by moonlight in travis park 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio main plaza bikes MPC’s Cycle-In Cinema is one part of the bigger picture which aims to launch pedal power events and workshops at Main Plaza every year. MPC’s Cycle-In Cinema mission is to inspire and empower a wider understanding and uptake of renewable energy technologies and create a movement towards San Antonio reducing their energy consumptive habits. We will achieve this by engaging our audiences in how energy works in a fun and interesting way through this pedal powered movie series. Updates for movies are on their calendar of events or 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio main plaza bikes 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse Join Alamo Drafthouse Theaters in San Antonio to beat the heat this summer with the best family friendly movies around! All films are free and all ages are welcome! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.

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Plays July 1st at 11am @ Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

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Plays July 1st at 11am in Stone Oak

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On July 8th at 11am in Stone Oak

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On July 8th at 1030am in Park North

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Plays at 11am at Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse   2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio city base cinema City Base Cinema’s is offering Summer Free Kid’s Movie Festival brought to you by ICEE. If you have a daycare, summer program, or just a bunch of kids this program is for you. Admission is FREE, but we highly suggest you call and make reservations, as last summer we had to turn people away. Website here. 2623 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, TX 78223 To make reservations, for the entire summer call now (210) 531-3000 x 7 and speak to Mr. Stewart San Antonio Public Libraries are offering all kinds of free movies for kids of all ages! Movies for kids, tweens, and elderly are featured here. Includes their Marvel Summer Movie series. 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo heights movies Free movies in Alamo Heights details here. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be held next to the Nature Trails parking lot off Viesca Street. Remember to get there early for the best seats. Don’t forget your coolers, chairs and blankets!

  • July 18 – Gravity
  • August 22 – Frozen

Keep up with them on Facebook here and their website here.

Disney on Ice: Frozen San Antonio Early Code

From now until June 2, 2014, get your tickets to Disney on Ice: Frozen when they come to San Antonio before anyone else!

April 2
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April 5
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Onsale to General Public, Tue. Jun 03 2014, 10:00 AM – Thu. Apr 02 2015, 05:30 PM…get yours between now and then by using the code: EARLY.

Disney on Ice: Frozen San Antonio presale tickets

 

Disney on Ice: Frozen

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You¿ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let it Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

Culinaria Becker Vineyard Luncheon

The weekend of the Culinaria Festival starts with the incredibly popular Culinaria Becker Vineyard Luncheon. The Beckers play host to four local chefs each taking one course of the meal and pairing it with the Culinaria’s guest winemakers for the week. The result is an afternoon that is tasty, informative and the perfect way to kick off the weekend. This year’s featured chefs and restaurants include: Chef Cullen Holle, Tre Trattoria Downtown, Chef Michael Mata, the St. Anthony, Chef Jeff White, the Boiler House and Elaine Bicknell, Elaine’s Table. This year’s featured wineries include: Becker Vineyards, Bending Branch, Brennan Vineyards and Messina Hof.

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Becker Vineyards Lavender Haus Reception Hall
May 16, 2014
11:30 AM-2PM
Pricing: $75/person
Attire: business casual

2014 Menu

Begins around 11:30
Smoked Meats and Cheeses and wine

1st Course
Spring Love Salad
Cherry Balsamic Tomatoes-Citrus Oil Olives-Pearl Mozzarella-Fig Vinaigrette-Fresh Salad Greens Bouquet-Parmesan Ribbons-Freshly Grated Pink Salt Garnished With Chicken
Mike Mota St. Anthony Hotel

2nd Course
Pan Fried Soft Shell Crab, Smoked Apple Cider Beets, Sour Goat Cheese Crema and Pickled Red Grapes
Jeff White The Boiler House

3rd Course
Comfit of Lamb Belly with a Ragu of Shoulder, Cacio Pepe Sauce con Burrata , Spring Carrots, Peas, radish, and Goat Milk Biscott.
Cullen Holle Tre Tattoria Downtown

Dessert
Elaine’s Famous Carrot Cake Elaine’s Table Kerrville

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2014 Culinaria San Antonio

2014 Culinaria San Antonio

Since my favorite things in life involve food, it’s no surprise that my favorite month in San Antonio, TX is May. Not only was my daughter born in this month, but Culinaria also conducts its annual festival of culinary events! This year Culinaria will run from Wednesday, May 14 through Sunday, May 18, 2014. During this time there will be TWELVE amazing chances to understand why San Antonio is a wine and food destination! Not only does the not-for-profit organization pronounced “COO-linaria” showcase our local chefs that make San Antonio a city on the rise where food is concerned, Culinaria also helps support the local community by providing culinary scholarships and aid to local chefs enduring personal hardships (through their “Chefs 4 Chefs” program.)

Culinaria’s fabulous weeklong festival of food isn’t just for 21+. I bring my daughter to the Food Truck event where we sample food from tons of different local food trucks, wines and beers from both local and out of state purveyors (a lot of time the family owners pouring you a glass at the booth), play games in the field, and cool off with free ice cream being passed out by HEB. Another family friend event that she personally requests is the Burgers, BBQ, and Beer at the Pearl where we enjoy going from restaurant booth to restaurant booth, sampling the over the top dishes, comparing notes, and then sitting at a table to enjoy our food. I won’t spoil the surprise for a future post but just like a good family meal, Culinaria brings people together over great food, great chefs, and great times.

2014 Culinaria San Antonio  Food Truck Event Presented by H-E-B, Domingo at Casa Hernan "The Sunday Morning Brunch", Taste Test Education by Chris Ware at Arcade, barrels in Becker Vineyard wine room.
From left going clockwise: Food Truck Event Presented by H-E-B, Domingo at Casa Hernan “The Sunday Morning Brunch”, Taste Test Education by Chris Ware at Arcade, barrels in Becker Vineyard wine room.

These events will sell out. They will be more expensive at the door.

Check out all the events here, the hyperlinks below take you directly to purchase tickets and learn more about this awesome experience!

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From left going clockwise: Becker Luncheon, Tequila tasting at Johnny Hernandez’s brunch, Becker Luncheon, Chef Jesse Perez with Bunny Becker at Becker Vineyards.

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2014 Culinaria San Antonio Wine glasses needed for Becker Vineyard wine tasting, Burgers, BBQ, and Beer event at the Pearl, White wine tasting with Beckers and Sommelier Steven, Where Y'at Po Boy at Food Truck event
From left going clockwise: Wine glasses needed for Becker Vineyard wine tasting, Burgers, BBQ, and Beer event at the Pearl, White wine tasting with Beckers and Sommelier Steven, Where Y’at Po Boy at Food Truck event

Cured At Pearl | Chef Steven McHugh

Cured at Pearl may have opened at the end of December 2013 but it has been a dream of Chef Steven McHugh for many years (and even before.) I remember meeting the chef at the opening preview of Luke San Antonio and thinking how personable he was. That it was crazy busy but took a second to patiently take a picture with me! It was easy to follow his career (and food) since he moved here towards the end of 2010 because he supports so many local events and organizations. Understanding that commitment to quality, taste, and locally sourced food led to my ridiculous excitement for Cured at Pearl opening.

Cured At Pearl | Chef Steven McHugh and chef ashby

Food Highlights from our 12/30/2013 visit (pictured):

  • Charcuterie board selection of apple jalapeno pork rillettes, jalapeno sausage, country style pork pate, chicken liver mousse, hunters sausage, tarragon sausage accompanied by pickled okra, cauliflower, mustards, jams, and crispy flatbreads
  • Griddle burger with onion jam, cheddar, and crispy fresh cut fries (make it a double!)
  • Crabmeat ravigote so fresh with avocado, tomato, citrus, and beets
  • Cabrito Sliders (which we first enjoyed a couple of months previously at a chef demo during the farmers market) on local bread, fresh pickles, and onion sprout
  • Intense desserts during our first visit included:
    • Chocolate Donut Bread Pudding #NOLA
    • Texas Citrus Tarte with deliciously sweet Meyer Lemons
    • Carrot and Cardamom Cheesecake accompanied by an amazing stuffed Lady Apple

Cured At Pearl | Chef Steven McHugh lunch

I’m sure a lot of restaurants say, “locally sourced”, but Chef Steven McHugh takes it to the next level. When we received our charcuterie plate, I immediately recognized the beautiful, yellow Oak Hills Farm cauliflower (that I just purchased at the Pearl Farmers Market) and he grinned that I noticed. When they were starting to open I remember seeing him walk his kitchen staff (shout out Ashby!!) around the market where I’m sure he was pointing out the importance of basing the menu off what was offered seasonally. As someone who has been there for lunch twice, brunch twice, and dinner once (in the past two and a half months), I can definitely attest to how frequently the menu updates. There are staple dishes of course but the desserts have changed completely already.

Cured At Pearl | Chef Steven McHugh dessert

Going to Cured for the first time?

Here are my suggestions:

  • Call ahead and make dinner reservations 210-314-3929 (if you use Open Table, make reservations from Cured’s website)
  • Go with a group so you don’t have to be as limited in your choices
  • Bring your phone charger for easy use in the USB outlets for leisurely dining and electronically charging (take foodie pictures without fear of battery drain!)
  • Thank your waiter, chefs, and bartender for the love they drench their food and service in
  • Try cocktails at the bar while you wait for a table if you don’t make reservations ahead of time
  • Perfect place to celebrate anything

Architecture

Always dedicated to the environment, Cured was sustainably restored around its walls that have stood for 110 years!

Cured At Pearl | Chef Steven McHugh architecture

  • Original building built in 1904 as Pearl’s Administration Building which included the president’s office
  • Includes interior fashioned with reclaimed or original materials
  • Beautiful exposed brick with layers of history
  • Look DOWN at the beautiful floors, especially by the open kitchen
  • Look UP at the ceilings that match the original pressed patterns
  • Visit the men’s water closet and see the original desk repurposed into a sink and trash can
  • Look at the vault turned walk in fridge by the bar (ask the waiter to peek in, they’re cool)
  • The antique meat slicer at the bar, check out what the bottle of waters are beautifully stored in

Cured At Pearl | Chef Steven McHugh bathroom and architecture

 

Cocktails

“We tried to design cocktails we could put our philosophies into, which are being local and handcrafted. Our biggest seller was developed by my wife’s creative suggestion – the Cured Cocktail – meyer lemon, thyme and moonshine infused with ginger that’s mixed with house-made citrus bitters, topped off with Champagne. People can be afraid of moonshine, but then they try it and end up having two or three because it’s just smooth and it’s got that lemon in there. The Champagne adds effervescence. It’s really refreshing.”

Cured at Pearl

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Charcuterie for a Good Cause

One of the driving philosophies of Cured is an appreciation of life, in gratitude and celebration. Chef Steve McHugh survived non-Hodgkins lymphoma and since opening Cured, found a way to give back while doing what he loves – by donating $1 from every Charcuterie Board ordered to a different charitable organization every quarter. From now through March, each dollar from an order will go straight to the Leukkemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • Already nearly $2,000 from char boards has been donated to LLS to fund much-needed research that has helped millions, including Chef Steve, live strong.

Cured At Pearl | Chef Steven McHugh charcuterie board

 

Feast SA Guest Chef Series Mardi Gras

Come celebrate Mardi Gras with Chef Stefan Bowers as he throws the 4th dinner in his series of guest chefs (without the traditional brick and mortar kitchen) taking over his kitchen to bring their own unique style. Perfectly timed is Chef Pieter Sypesteyn’s (WhereYAtSA.com), New Orleans’ native and food truck owner extraordinaire. His food is as big as his heart and you can feel the love he puts into his cuisine (as well as the legit crawfish from Crowley, LA that are driven in during crawfish season.)

Cost: $55/person if you call in and reserve your slot with your credit card!

When: Monday, March 3, 2014 (Cocktail Hour from 6-730, Family-style Dinner to follow.

Facebook Event here (you still have to physically call to reserve a slot!!!)

Call Feast at 210-354-1024 to confirm your slot, they’re going fast!

Address: 1024 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX78210

Phone: (210) 354-1024

Websitehttp://www.feastsa.com/

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Mardi Gras San Luke Antonio

Luke San Antonio is bringing the flavor of New Orleans straight to Texas with a special Mardi Gras party on Fat Tuesday!

When: March 4th, from 3pm-8pm.

The event takes place during Luke’s weekly extended happy hour. Featured drinks include a signature Hurricane cocktail and Abita Beers on tap, including Amber, Purple Haze, Turbodog, Restoration Pale Ale and Mardi Gras Bock. For those who want to start Mardi Gras festivities early, we’ve attached our Hurricane recipe below.

Mardi Gras San Luke Antonio

Luke San Antonio will be giving away t-shirts and there will be opportunities to win John Besh’s Mardi Gras-themed Besh Boxes!

Mardi Gras San Luke Antonio

*Photo courtesy of twitter.com/thebeshbox

Chef John Russ will be serving New Orleans party fare.

Extended Happy Hour Rates:

  • $2 King Cake with chances to win Besh Box
  • Hot Boiled Crawfish
  • $5 Gulf Shrimp Étouffée
  • $3 Andouille Jambalaya
  • $4 Peeler Farms Fried Chicken Wings

Hurricane Recipe

  • 1 oz tangerine-infused rum
  • 1 oz bourbon barrel-aged dark rum
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz passion fruit juice
  • 3/4 oz pomegranate syrup

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

The 4th Annual Tamales! Holiday Festival returns to Pearl on this upcoming Saturday, December 7th, from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. Sponsored by Cadillac, Corona and White Wings La Paloma, guests will be invited to explore a Mexican streetscape full of the sounds, sights and tastes of the holiday season.

Website:  http://atpearl.com/projects/tamales_at_pearl

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

“We’re so excited to invite all of San Antonio to come celebrate the holidays at our fourth annual Tamales! Festival,” said Pearl’s Chief Marketing Officer Elizabeth Fauerso. “This event has become a real San Antonio tradition and it’s so great to see people from near and far get together to enjoy great food, music and to honor our San Antonio culinary traditions.”

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

Tamales! is a celebration of family, food and fun that so many San Antonians associate with the holidays. With more than 40 different tamale vendors, guests can explore the full range of tamales from traditional San Antonio classics to South American to sweet, vegetarian and many more. Regional amateurs, culinary students, popular restaurants and esteemed chefs will showcase a blend of innovation, experimentation and classic tamales.

Tickets: The event is free and open to the public, no ticket necessary.

COST: Food and beverage prices range from $1 to $5 per vendor and there will be ATMs available on site.

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

Christmas Gifts: The Pearl Farmers market will celebrate the holidays during their normal hours in a temporary location in the West Parking lot of the Full Goods building. Pearl shops along Pearl Parkway will offer special selections, trunk shows and holiday ready gifts, apparel, food and fashions for you and your home.

2013 Tamales Festival | Pearl Brewery

Pearl is located at 303 Pearl Parkway in San Antonio, Texas. For more information about events at Pearl please visit www.atpearl.com. Take advantage of easy parking in their parking garage!

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY details below!

The Nutcracker will run over two weekends from November 29-December 1 and December 6-December 8. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 PM, and Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the San Antonio Symphony Box Office, and the Majestic Theatre Box Office.

December 6-December 8

  • Fri & Sat, 7 p.m.
  • Sat & Sun, 2 p.m.

Website: http://balletsanantonio.org/performances/the-nutcracker

Buy tickets online check out this link.

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BalletSA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BalletSanAntonio

This season’s Nutcracker also features approximately 150 children from across San Antonio and surrounding areas, the largest number of children to participate in a Ballet San Antonio production.

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY: Family Four (4) Pack of Tickets

I am very excited to be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to see Ballet San Antonio perform timeless Christmas classic The Nutcracker with music by the San Antonio Symphony!

As always there are several ways to win!

Winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 and tickets will be available for will-call pick up on winner’s desired date

GIVEAWAY: 2013 San Antonio Nutcracker Tickets

GIVEAWAY: San Antonio Symphony Halloween Spooktacular

San Antonio Symphony Presents Halloween Spooktacular

Children encouraged to dress as their favorite composer to win a prize

When: Sunday, October 27, 2013 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Alamo Heights High School Auditorium, 6900 Broadway St.
Special feature: Pre-Concert Activities for Kids and Instrument Petting Zoo, 1:30 p.m.

Critical Praise for The Composer Is Dead

“You’d be hard pressed to find a sym-phunnier crime story than this. ”  — TIME MAGAZINE

Tickets: $8 children, $16 adults

We just enjoyed the wonderful, family oriented San Antonio Symphony, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, the conductor took us through each movement with pictures and explanations of the meanings and inspirations.  I am very excited to offer FOUR FREE TICKETS!

The Composer is Dead is a riotous collaboration between composer Nathaniel Stookey and children’s author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) that combines two elements of great story-telling: music and suspense. In a special Halloween-themed concert, San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto will lead the orchestra in a gripping murder mystery where every member of the orchestra is a suspect. Originally created as an orchestral work, The Composer Is Dead was released as a book in 2009.

Family concerts are designed for children ages 4-11, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages and are a lively and informative approach to concert-going, with a variety of hands-on activities during the hour before the concert begins:

  • Instrument Petting Zoo, an opportunity to experiment with and play orchestral instruments
  • Hands-on musical arts and crafts stations
  • Visit from Count Bassie, the Symphony’s beloved mascot
  • Halloween costume contest encouraging children to dress as their favorite composer for a prize

The Composer Is Dead san antonio symphony

Win a Family-Four Pack!

As always there are several ways to win!  Winner will be announced and tickets will be available for will-call pick up:

Or purchase online here.

Video and Musical Sample

Check out a video of a similar performance and musical reviews here

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