5 Delicious things to do in August 2015

August already? Here is a short list of some Delicious things to keep you busy this month.

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8/8 Rambling Rosé Click Here to View Event

You know how  much we LOVE Culinaria events, and what a better way to celebrate saturday than Rosé all day?  This event held at Becker Vineyards gives attendees the chance to sample some wonderful Rosé wines. Relax and make a day of it in the beautiful Texas Hill country.

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8/4 Celebrate Texas Tiki week in SA Click Here to View Event

Celebrate Texas Tiki week with an unofficial Texas Tiki Week Event from the crew of Mexcaleria Mixtli with drinks inspired by the Aztec Gods.

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8/12 Eat Bugs Click Here to View Event

When was the last time you had bugs for dinner? The Salud! Culinary Nights at the Witte has a special menu this month featuring bugs! Yes, it sounds weird to us too but who knows, this could be the next big food trend. Garlic crickets anyone?

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8/15-29 Restaurant week benefiting Culinaria  Click Here to View Event

This year San Antonio Restaurant week has expanded to two whole weeks, way to go Culinaria. Probably still not enough time to venture out to try ALL the restaurants but it is enough time to get in lunch or dinner at a few of your favorites or to try that new restaurant that’s been on your radar. Tell us what restaurants you’re excited about in the comments.

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Tuesdays-Saturdays Check Out the Pop-Up at SAMA Click Here to View Event

The cafe at the San Antonio Muesum of Art is getting a pop-up of French proportions. Try some croissants (I prefer chocolate) or a Quiche Lorraine on the grounds of SAMA. Only open till September be sure to catch them before it’s too late.

More events to come! Keep checking the Defining Delicious Calendar to stay up to date with Delicious events in San Antonio

 

Thank you for reading and if you are what you eat, make it Delicious.

The Defining Delicious Events Team

Hot Wells “Harvest Chic” Feast(ing)

As many of your know today is the day that we celebrate the annual eating and drinking festivities at Hot Wells Conservancy at The Hot Wells Harvest Feast. Over 35 chefs, bartenders, coffee baristas, and even some great local live musicians will be gathering to raise money and a glass to support a good cause. Chef Robbie Nowlin of CITRUS at The Hotel Valencia Riverwalk co-founded the “Feast” three years ago with local artist, Justin Parr and wine and food representative, Josh Kirk. The three along with the conservancy board created Hot Wells Harvest Feast as an honor to the ruins and a way to integrate the Texas food and beverage community for a unique event. This year’s line-up includes:

 

Food and Beverages:

Chef Robbie Nowlin-Citrus

· Bar Chef Jorel Pena-The Last Word

· Bar Chef Jaret Pena-The Brooklynite

· Chef Jason Dady-Jason Dady Restaurant Group

· Chef Stefan Bowers-Feast

· Chef Josh Cross-Toro Taco Bar

· Chef Brooke Smith-Esquire Tavern

· Chef Chris Jara-St Anthony Hotel

· Chef John Fahle-Outlaw BBQ

· Chef Brandon Mckelvey-Say.She.Ate

· Chef Harris Esparza-Compass Group

· Chef Rebecca Masson-Fluff Bake Bar-Houston

· Chef Zach Garza-Primero Cantina

· Charles Gonzales-Rosella Coffee

· Chef Jeff White-The Boiler House

· Chef Beto Gutierrez-Houston

· Chef Jeff Wiley

· Chef Quealy Watson-Hot Joy

· Chef Andrew Wiseheart-Gardner-Austin

· Chef PJ Edwards-Gardner-Austin

· Chef Geronimo Lopez-CIA/NAO

· Chef Mark Weaver

· Chef Luis Colon-FOLC

· Chef Halston Conella-Citrus

· Chef Tim Mcdiarmid- Tim-The Girl

 

With all of the top-chefs in town attending, we have been getting texts, calls and emails on what to wear- what is “Harvest Chic”? We know a ton about food but when it comes to dressing up, we thought we would ask on of our favorite Fashion meets Style Blogger, Aquila Mendez-Valdez of Haute in Texas, (check out her incredible blog).

To Aquila harvest chic means “… A long flowing maxi dress with a statement necklace and gold sandals. Something that will be comfortable, light, but still somewhat dressy. For the guys, a light-colored linen shirt with slacks…”

Something like these options:

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Thanks, Aquila! In the meantime, a little black sundress and some boots work well too, but leave your heels at home. You don’t want to get them stuck in the dirt and have your pork belly on your lap, or spill any wine.

What Harvest Chic ISN’T:

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We hope this helps.

Tickets are still available at the door or online, details are as follows:

Web ticket purchase here: https://hwc.wildapricot.org/event-1914651

Address: Hot Wells is at 5503 S. Presa St. Tickets are $75 a person or $125 a couple

Time: 6pm-9pm

Parking:

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About Hot Wells Conservancy: Hot Wells Conservancy was created to preserve the vestiges of the historic Hot Wells Hotel and provide educational, cultural and environmental programming.

Thank you and we will see you there. And as always, if you are what you eat, drink and wear make it, Delicious.

The Defining Delicious Team

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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