Eating and drinking can be …
Practical = “All I have in my fridge is moldy mac n cheese, a few lemons and BBQ sauce. I think I’ll go out to eat.”
Functional = “I’m Meeting ‘The Girls! We are sipping on pink cocktails, nibbling on shrimp flat bread, soaking up some juicy gossip and relishing in “girl time.”
Random = Question: ” You hungry?” Answer: “Yes, Please”
Romantic = Hot Date + Yummy Food + Zesty Cocktails = Hot ( you fill in the blank)
Somehow it feels better spending some money towards a good meal, booze and socializing with strangers if there is a charity involved. San Antonio is full of organizations, galas and gatherings that raise money and awareness for something wholesome. We are also blessed to have talented Chef’s who donate their time, help organize said events, and show up for some local-hot-celebrity-chef-googlin’. Recently, I enjoyed the San Antonio Cocktail Conference. I’m not a “cocktail snob,” yet I pleaded for a media pass to learn more about the art of mixology (cocktails are as cool as bacon these days). In essence, I have made it easy for you, and offer three reasons to mark your calendars for next year…
1. HEART The proceeds of the entire conference benefits Heartgift of San Antonio. A seriously wonderful organization that enables children from AROUND THE GLOBE to have heart surgery they would not have opportunities or access to otherwise. Recently, a dear friend of mine had to face a heart surgery for her baby, I cannot imagine a family in that situation not being able to provide a nesecaasry life saving surgury for their child. The San Antonio Cocktail Conference provides proceeds towards this organization. This year the conference raised $75,000 dollars and helped save the heart and life of a young girl from China, Ziran.
(photo: Savor SA)
2. PASSION not only does the conference give a hellava lot of money towards a kick butt cause-they invite awe- inspiring people to teach at the conference, such as: Dale Degroff (known as The Godfather of Cocktails), Michael Madrusan, Julie Reiner, Robery Hess, Johnny Schuler and many more. I had the pleasure of sitting down for an interview with Johnny Schuler. Johnny is a master distiller from Peru. He lives and breaths passion for Pisco Liquer. Pisco is a brandy produced in Peru and Johnny himself has won countless awards for his own brand, Pisco Porton. He is the type of guy that you meet and you want to literally, “drink his koolaid” or in this case Pisco Sour. He seeps passion and inspiration for what he does and believes there is a difference between “drinking” and “tasting” when it comes to cocktails or life in general. “You drink to get drunk, you taste to experience,” Johnny stated during our interview. A sip much like a bite of food can take you to a new world, and create a new experience in and of itself.
3. EATS The opening of the conference and the pub crawl portion were my personal favorites, of course, both involved food. The historic and beautiful Majestic Theatre hosted the opening of the conference and the San Antonio Chef Coalition provided the food. I was working at the Jason Dady Restaurant Group table and our famous DUK Truck Tacos we served. People were drinking booze like it was water and I over heard a few comments about there not being “enough” food. However, we gave out hundreds of tacos and there were other vendors as well. It was a cocktail party, people, petite bites and mucho drinks was the-name-of-the-game. Perhaps, more food to sample from more hot local chefs next year might be some feedback, but still the party-and proceeds went to a great cause. The bar take over/pub crawl at Tre Trattoria Downtown, was also amazingly delicious~A Dallas bar, The Standard Pour took over the beautiful urban bar of Tre Trattoria Downtown. The pub crawl included other stops at Bohanians, The Brooklynite, and Bar 1919 as well. Tre Trattoria provided a plethora of snacks and the red double decker bus provided a safe ride for all attendees, all for only for 50 bucks.
Overall, the conference had so much to offer and in the meantime, if you get thirsty there are great places to eat, drink and be merry in San Antonio.
–The Brooklynite, great scene and award-winning cocktails made by James Beard Nominated Mixologist, Jeret Pena.
-Bar 1919, iconic meets chic
–Arcade Midtown Kitchen my favorite outdoor-indoor bar and you must order the shrimp-pineapple flatbread.
-Ocho in the Hotel Havana, where Miami’s flare meets San Antonio’s charm.
-Feast atmosphere is as modern as it gets, wonderfully sexy waitstaff, artisan cocktails, and delicious eats.
For more of the latest upcoming events around San Antonio, check SavorSA.com and as always–
If you are what you eat and drink BE Delicious
**(Note: I am the marketing PR manager for Jason Dady Restaurants, however all opinions are my own and if I dont like an event I dont write about it! see Delishcolosure for the fine print).