Wednesday, August 5
Pop'N Plates: Dinner at Rosella Coffee Co. means dining with some of the city's best and upcoming talent. Robbie Nowlin's turn at the kitchen ends Saturday, so you have three more days to enjoy the chef's charcuterie plate, pork belly/foie gras steamed buns, heirloom tomato salad, ahi tuna tartare and caramelized white chocolate custard. Nowlin will be followed by Josh Cross of Toro Taco Bar, Luis Colon of Folc and others. $7-$25, starting at 4 p.m. daily, 203 E. Jones Ave., Suite 101, (210) 277-8574, rosellacoffee.com.
Hatch 20th Anniversary Festival: You won't be able to avoid the smoky, peppery scent wafting throughout all of Central Market for the next 14 days. Learn ways to smoke, store and freeze these popular peppers straight from the chile capital of the world. The festival will feature cooking lessons from New Mexico's most celebrated chefs, including a "Hatch Chiles & Gruet Sparkling Wine" class with chef instructor Marc Quiñones of Inn & Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe. $65, August 10. Festival runs through August 18, 4821 Broadway St., (210) 368-8600, centralmarket.com.
Friday, August 7
Yappy Hour: Pups need plenty of socializing, too. Take your pooch to The Hangar Bar & Grill's dog park and donate to San Antonio Pets Alive!, which will earn you discounts on your bill. Patrons who donate up to $20 to the organization will receive 20 percent off their tab. Don't have a canine companion? SAPA will have your future best friend available for adoption on site. Free admission, 3-7pm, 8203 Broadway St., (210) 824-2700, facebook.com/thehangarsa.
Saturday, August 8
Open House: Branchline Brewing opens its doors but once a month for about three hours to showcase new small batch brews, summer seasonals and their operations. Don't forget to pack a lawn chair and your Branchline pint glass for free admission. $10 gets you a limited edition Shady Oak pint and three beer tickets, 4-7pm, 3633 Metro Pkwy., (210) 403-2097, facebook.com/branchlinebrewing.
Oktoberfest Release: Germany's Oktoberfest might not start until late September, but you can start imbibing Pedernales Brewing's take brewed in Fredericksburg. Prices vary, noon, Pedernales Brewing Company, 97 Hitchin' Post Trail, Fredericksburg, (830) 998-7486, facebook.com/pedernalesbrewingco.
Wednesday, August 12
Salud! Culinary Nights: The Witte Museum will welcome chefs Stephen Paprocki and Ernest Lopez. The chefs will join Dr. Harry Schafer, the museum's curator of archeology, as well as Meghan Curry, founder of Bug Vivant, in educating attendees on the nutritional benefits of eating insects. Food will be paired with beers from Karbach Brewery. $50 for nonmembers, $45 for members, 6:30-8:30pm, 3801 Broadway St., (210) 357-1900, wittemuseum.org.
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