A Grand Gelato Opening For A La Mode!

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(Photo: Collette Ortiz, Defining Delicious)

I scream you, you scream. We all scream for… GELATO! A farmer’s market favorite, A La Mode Gelato has finally opened their brick-and-mortar shop at the Blue Star Arts Complex.

A La Mode has 16 different flavors, including Ricotta & Blackberry or Salted Caramel, and even vegan-friendly, dairy-free sorbettos such as Belgian Dark Chocolate and Pineapple & Basil.

Ice cream’s richer, denser cousin, gelato, is an Italian delight, that owner Josh Biffle has learned to create in Italy, with some of the country’s top gelato masters. Him and his wife, Diletta Gallorini, a native of Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, have created a following at local farmer’s markets in their mobile gelateria, and will personally manage their new spot at 1420 S. Alamo St., suite 102.

Using locally sourced ingredients and using authentic techniques, A La Mode is sure to cure any sweet tooth, at any time of the year. Many of the classic ingredients will be imported.

“In this way, as in Italy, we’ve provide an experience, not just a treat,” Biffle said

A grand opening party will be held on Thursday, May 21st, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The full menu will be available, along with samples from Alamo Beer Co. and music by DJ Steven Lee Moya.

The Ricotta & Blackberry gelato is a far cry from the cheese put in your mother’s lasagna recipe. It’s filled flavor, and you’ll be hard pressed not to go back for seconds.

Besides serving up several sizes of gelato, they will serve espresso drinks, pastries from Bakery Lorraine, salumi boards, and panini.

With reclaimed, antique wood with splotches of paint, and modern tables, chairs, and even a couch, the owners have created an inviting space. There’s natural light pouring through large windows, and a feeling that you’re almost in Italy.

A La Mode is the perfect place to kick back with a coffee, grab dessert with a date after dinner, or even come in for lunch and enjoy imported Italian meats and cheeses.

The shop will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. http://www.alamodegelato.com/ instagram @alamogelato

Until the grand opening, ciao bella!

The Defining Delicious Team

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San Antonio, Get Ready…Culinaria’s Food and Wine Festival Week Is Here.

It’s that time of year again, where Texas’ finest and most creative chefs gather to present delicious eats and perfect drink pairings at Culinaria’s Festival Week. Can you feel the excitement heating up, or is that just the ovens, stovetops, or dare we say blow torches?

Throughout the rest of this week and weekend there will be lunches, tastings, a day filled with panels, seminars, and demos, and a food truck event. Every event will have some of the best wine and spirit pairings.

H-E-B will hold the Food Truck Extravaganza tonight, a family friendly event at North Star Mall,  with some of San Antonio’s most popular food trucks all gathering in one place to cook up local gourmet favorites to pair with a selection of beer, and wine from the H-E-B Wine Garden.

There’s also a new event, The Culinary Grotto, which is a whole day dedicated to learning more about how food and drinks are made, from the farm to your kitchen. It will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and feature a Culinary Cinema, urban farming, wine seminars, a dessert district, and more. There will be numerous panels, including technology and food integration, cocktail, and media.

The best part of the Culinary Grotto event will be the exclusive Grand Tasting in the evening. Only the most decadent and fabulous food, wine, and spirits will be available, along with a carefully selected group of local chefs to mingle with. Food lovers who purchase VIP tickets will get to rub elbows with the chefs, and maybe even learn about special techniques or secret ingredients to their best dishes. Basically anything can happen.

But wait, it gets better! There’s another Grand Tasting package that includes the Bubble Room. Who doesn’t love bubbly? For just a little extra, the Bubble Room opens early to all Grand Tasting guests to enjoy all the high-end champagne you could sip, plus small bites before the mingling begins.

Remember, it’s more than just eating and drinking, but giving, too! Culinaria’s Festival Week will run from May 13th through 17th. Follow Culinara at @culinariasa on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at facebook.com/CulinariaSanAntonio

Thursday, May 14th: Food Truck Extravaganza

NEW VENUE: North Star Mall

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
$10 21+, $5 21 under, 5 under free
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-truck-event-presented-by-h-e-b-tickets-15354942045

Food, family, fun! Casual attire and family friendly. The ticket price included entry into the event and beverages. Food from the trucks is sold separately.

Participating Food Trucks:
B Daddy’s BBQ
Cheesy Janes
Church Chicken
Crepe Nation
Jason Dady’s Duk Truck
Lick
Sabor Colombiano
Say She Ate
Sir-Dacha
Slider Provider
Tailgate Bistro
Where Y’at

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Friday, May 15th: Becker Vineyards Luncheon
Becker Vineyards Lavender Haus Reception Hall, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX 78671
11:30 a.m.
This event is SOLD OUT.

Four local chefs and guest winemakers make a tasty lunch to kick off the weekend.

Friday, May 15th: Tequila Happy Hour
The Residents of La Cantera Rooftop, 6215 Via La Cantera
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
$35
http://culinariasa.org/san-antonio/?portfolio=taste-test-education

Prepare for the Best of the Mexico event with a little sip or shot of the country’s famous spirit, tequila.

Friday, May 15th, Best of Mexico
The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy
7 to 10 p.m.
$50
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/best-of-mexico-tickets-15354325200

It’s a culinary tour of Mexico, with a splash of chef creativity, and with a whole lot of flavor. Put your somber on for this event, but keep it classy with cocktail attire. Some of our favorite local chefs and restaurants like El Mirador, El Machito,  Fruteria, Paloma Blanca

 

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(Photo Credit: Kody Melton)

Saturday,May 16th: Tasting Rooms at The Grotto

Ballroom 007 at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St.
1 to 4 p.m.
$50
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tasting-rooms-at-the-grotto-tickets-15938175512

Panels demonstrations, deconstructions, and more. With one ticket as your passport, your afternoon will lead you in and out of different districts to learn the tricks for the trades from different chefs, cocktail creators. Choose from several districts, culinary, cocktail, wine, and cinema. Visit with top chefs, such as Michael Sohoki and bartenders, such as Jeret Pena and James Moore, as they create hands-on demonstrations

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(Photo Credit: Veronica Luna)

May 16th: The Grand Tasting Bubble Room
Lonesome Dove at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St.
6 to 10 p.m.
$150
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bubble-room-at-the-grand-tasting-tickets-15355129606

All exclusive access to the Grand Tasting with an early entrance to all the champagne one could ask for, plus small bites and spirits.

Saturday, May 16th: Grand Tasting
The Grotto at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St., on the Riverwalk level
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
$100
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-tasting-tickets-15355061402

An evening of elegance with only the finest food, wine, and spirits, and the opportunity to personally engage with some of the top local chefs such as Chef Robbie Nowlin (Citrus), Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group), Luis Colon (FOLC), Miles Donnelly (La Frite), Brian West (Smoke) Thai Topaz and much more!

Saturday, May 16th: Grand Tasting VIP After-Party
NEW venue: Tre Trattoria
10 p.m.
All-Access VIP Pass for Two, The Weekender VIP Pass for Two, or your Bubble Room ticket gets you entrance into this event.

Chef Jason Dady host this private after party open to all chefs, media and VIP ticket holders for plenty of sipping, savoring, and mingling.
Sunday, May 17th: Burgers & Beer
The Pearl, 200 Pearl Pkwy
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$45 adults, $25 students, $10 under 21, free under 5
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/burgers-beer-tickets-15354085483

Burgers, beer, or cocktails and wine, along with great music and good times! This event is family and kiddo friendly. Be sure to stop by and see our friends from The Esquire Tavern (Chef Brooke Smith), FOLC (pictured below), CITRUS (Chef Robbie Nowlin), La Frite, and much more!

 

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(Photo credit: FOLC burger)

Sunday, May 17th: Burgers & Beer After Party
Arcade Midtown Kitchen, 303 Pearl Pkwy
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All-Access VIP Pass for Two or The Weekender VIP Pass for Two gets you entrance into this event.

VIP only offer with small bites prepared by Arcade’s Jesse Perez and delicious beverage offerings.

Sunday, May 17th: Tequila Dinner
The Fruteria, 1401 S. Flores St.
6 to 9 p.m.
$125
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-tequila-dinner-tickets-15837543519

With agave galore, get ready for a trip to Mexico with eats by Chef Johnny Hernandez and libations from Jeret Pena of the Boulevardier Group.

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Thank you and if you are what you eat and drink make it Delicious,

The Defining Delicious Team

 

(Full-Disclosure Defining Delicious works with Culinaria and some of the participating restaurants included in this post).