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!

 

Life Lesson 247: Never Eat Pizza Before A Tejas Rodeo.

This one goes out to all you Top Chef addicts…

My good friend and fellow blogger, Sarah V. at Wandering Off dot com wrote a great post titled: Don’t Wear Sandals To The Rodeo And Other Observations. Go ahead and read it.

Piggy-backing off her post let me explain my adventure in cuisine de la rodeo grub…

Wait. First, there are two things I must admit.

One, I am a Yankee and sometimes proud of it. Two, this was my first Rodeo. {Insert-crooked smile}

I had only my simple-minded stereotypes to guide me through this event. I pictured John Wayne and Dolly Parton types doin’ the two-step, lots of Texas grit, bull-riding, and grease monkey food corn-dog-on-a-stick dripping with cholestrol. Whatever my initial thoughts contained I was way off…

Being that the Rodeo starts at 7:30p we wanted to eat dinner beforehand.  I had a hair-brained idea to get pizza. I had heard of 46th St. Pizza which has a location near the rodeo so I figured “perfect, we avoid clogging our arteries, get a slice of NY style pie, AND get to enjoy the Rodeo.”  Getting to the point, I was wrong… Oh… So wrong.

After inhaling this decent-at-best version of NY style pizza, My hubby, our two kids and I set out to our first rodeo. We enjoyed watching the brave bull-riders, dirt stompin’ on the dance floor, and guzzling some good ole Texas Shiner beer. We left wanting more.

The following weekend we drove up to the Tejas rodeo AGAIN, this time on a Friday night and Again we ate beforehand.  Whoops, we missed the rodeo, it’s only on Saturdays.

We are amateur Texans.

Friday nights they have live outdoor music and beer drinkin.  We had some extra time on our hands without the rodeo actually going on.  I explored the on-site restaurant (Tejas Rodeo Steakhouse) while my man and the kids went out to hang with the horses and watch the cowboys practice under the rodeo lights.

I was absolutely surprised.  The food is is excellent!  The servers knew every answer to all my nosey foodie questions and I totally missed the boat ( twice)!

I called the rest of the family over and we sampled the following:

Pan De Tejas Flat Bread, I would come back just for this even if we missed the rodeo again. This plate was a total mouth orgasm if I’ve ever had one. Homemade flatbread, goat cheese, mixed greens, and of course bacon.

Fried Green Tomatoes which were just as good as the movie and came with a homemade gravy that rocked my world. Yes, I licked that there little bowl.

Succulent Texas peach cobbler for dessert.  As Emeril might say next week on Top Chef, “Bam!”

I basically interviewed our waiter, by the way he was also excellent, and got the scoop. The Tejas Steakhouse chef prides herself on using only the freshest local ingredients.  They harvest their own garden for some of their veggies and herbs.  They are known for their smokehouse meats which are smoked for over 14 hours and served up only on rodeo days. Boy, I was kicking my own Yankee butt after this major misjudgment.

Now I can’t speak for all rodeo cuisine out there but I can say that the Tejas rodeo will definitely have my patronage many times in the future.  You may even get to see a real cowboy butterin’ up his biscuits.

Ps. To really rub in my lack of judgement, the steakhouse is going to be featured next week on Top Chef. Score one for the Tejas.

Life Lesson 247: Never eat pizza before a Tejas rodeo.

Stop back for more edible-adventures AND life lessons- As this saucy mama gets schooled in Texas style eatin’

Amen!

Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon is open Every Thursday thru Sunday night…and lunch Saturdays and Sundays

 


( Photo: My Pawwt-na and our Sparkly Princess)

* All opinions are my own I was not compensated for this post or the meal I ate at the Tejas Rodeo Steakhouse. I wish.