Cocktails with “Heart” and Soul

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.

 

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(photo: Savor SA)

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

Other Noteworthy Charitable Events in San Antonio that involve copius amounts of food and drinks… Paella Challenge, Culinaria (beer and wine run is coming up), and Fiesta’s Taste of The Northside.

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).

Spring 2012 Edible Adventures

I love food planning. No, not menu planning. That is reserved for people who are far more organized than me. I’m talking about food events that I get to look forward to eat, and eat, and eat at. San Antonio was one of the featured cities of this season’s Top Chef, so we’ve hit the ground running in the culinary scene. That’s right folks, San Antonio is becoming less known for the best taco ever and more of a hub for the best meal you’ve ever had. So, if you’re a local food enthusiast and you want to jump on the food-lovin’ bandwagon or if you’re just hungry, join us and jump into some spring events to tickle your taste buds.

March 11 The beautiful and historic Pearl Brewery, will be featuring talented chef’s from all over the WORLD (I told y’all we’re gettin’ fancy up in here) for an Iron Chef style paella competition. Tickets are 50$ ( includes more Paella than your Spanish grandma ever made, in her lifetime) or 60$ at the door. There is also a 12 and under ticket available so bring the kiddos. Tickets include: adult drinks and a chance to get some ‘liquid courage’ and talk with celebrity chefs. Maybe a cheesy autograph to show your grand kids? Read more about the event and get your tickets HERE (This event is Family-Welcome).

March 24 The Special Projects Social (TSPS) will be having a rockin’ after party. TSPS is San Antonio’s featured pop-up style restaurant. Some of my Foodie Mama friends (SAfoodNazi and Mama2aidan) attended the last event and raved about the food, art and colorful company. Tim Mcdiarmid known as Tim the girl, is a New York City native turned San Antonio transplant. Tim brings her fresh city palette and unique culinary skills with her and is making local food lova’s go coo coo for her tasty pop-up. Unfortunately, dinner tickets sold out but you can still come bust-a-move with us at the after party. Tickets are 40$ and can be bought HERE if you cant make this one check the TSPS site for the next event or join Tim and friends for an amazing trip they have planned for Italy this summer.  I know, she’s super- food- woman, like most of Tim’s events, tickets go quickly so seize the day and jump into an Italian foodie dream week. (None of the above events are Family-Welcome).

March 26 What do you get when you mix good eats and good peeps? That’s right, The SA Chef Coalition Dinner. Well known local Chef Andrew Weissman (owner of Il Sogno and Sandbar) is leading the SA Coalition pack alongside other talented San Antonio Chefs. This culinary powerhouse team is combining forces to make San Antonio hit the mark with incredible edibles on a National Scale. On March 26, there will be a family style dinner open to the public. Join these amazing trail blazers and enjoy good food and fabulous conversations. I put my request in for a seat (wink) and you can too. Tickets are 95$ and to reserve a spot emailSAchefcoalition@gmail.com  SAchefcoalition@gmail.com  for more information on the SA Chef Coalition click HERE (This event is not Family-Welcome).

March 31 One of our beloved Foodie Mama’s Tara ( Mama2aidan) is sadly leaving us for Arizona. Despite our tears we are Foodie Mama’s after all and will be having a farewell dinner at Restaurant Gwendolyn. If you are a Foodie Mama and on twitter click HERE to reserve your seats and if you’re not on twitter and would like to join the Foodie Mama’s as we eat, drink and make food porn, please email me. (Emily@definingdelicious.com). (This event is just for Foodie Mama’s. Sorry fellas)

Check Back soon as I have some Delicious April Adventures in the works!