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
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
Jason Dady’s Duk Truck
Say She Ate
Friday, May 15th: Becker Vineyards Luncheon
Becker Vineyards Lavender Haus Reception Hall, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX 78671
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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!
(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.
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.
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).