All You Can Eat 

News and notes from the San Antonio food scene

Idyllic milk, a new deli, and donuts

Thomas More meets H-E-B: To appeal to milk drinkers who are averse to carbohydrates and lactose, the San Antonio-based grocery chain is introducing Mootopia, a low-carb, lactose-free milk.

Compared to traditional whole milk, Mootopia has 60 percent less sugar, 35 percent more calcium, 75 percent more protein, and 4 grams of carbs. There are also skim and 2 percent versions. It is available in 11-, 32-, and 64-ounce bottles.

Perhaps Mootopia the milk comes from Mootopia the country, which exists in a nation simulation game. The website,, states, "Mootopia is a land of milk and honey, consisting of verdant pastures and fields, where Sacred Cows roam freely and fabulousness is the law of the land."

Recently opened: Sandwich fiends can pile into Murphy's Deli at the corner of Houston and Soledad. Deli fare includes hot and cold subs, gyros, super salads, and muffalettas with smoked ham, salami, provolone, and olive dressing on hot New Orleans-style muffaletta bread. Those looking for breakfast can chow on tacos, croissants, muffins, and bagels.

Opening soon: Krispy Kreme has been beset by sexual harassment lawsuits, Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, and decreasing earnings, but that's not stopping the United States' largest publicly traded doughnut chain from opening a fourth new San Antonio location in November at 6810 NW Loop 410. The city's other Krispy Kremes are located at 12328 IH-10 W., 1117 Loop 1604 E., and 1434 Austin Highway.

Compiled by: Marlene Jasso and Lisa Sorg

Stars, shrimp, and frijoles — upcoming food festivals

Hey, shrimp

There haven't been native shrimp in Helotes since the Paleozoic Era 500 million years ago, when a sea covered western, northern, and parts of central Texas. Yet, shrimp imported from the Gulf of Mexico make their pilgrimage to Helotes at the Texas Shrimp Fest, Friday and Saturday, October 1-2. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and at noon on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Oak Hills Rotary Club, the event includes music by David Lee Garza, Two Tons of Steel, and Los Deperadoz, among other groups. Part of the proceeds goes to local charities, schools, and vocational scholarships. The event is held at the Helotes Festival Grounds on Leslie Road. Tickets are $8 adults; children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are $7 and available by calling 258-5999.

A moonlight bite

Food, music, and star-gazing are highlights of Gardens by Moonlight on Saturday, October 2. The event is sponsored by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston. Admission is $15, $12 in advance. Tickets are available at all Starbucks locations and the Garden Gate Gift Shop. Info: 226-5967.

Take your best shot

No, Joe Don Baker won't be there, but "Walkin' Tall Texan" is the theme of the Taste of the Hills food, beer, and wine festival near Bulverde. The event will be held at the Clyde Johnson Ranch, 3795 FM 1863 on Saturday, October 2 from 7-11pm. Cost is $50 per person. Info: Visit or call (830) 438-4285.

Arty enchiladas

On Saturday, October 2, the Central Market Cooking School features the "Art of the Enchilada" with Will Thornton. The course runs from 11am-1:30pm. Cost is $40. Info: 368-8617.

Frijoles and classic cars

Who makes the best frijoles in San Antonio? Find out at El Gran Frijol Cook-Off, to be held during the Low & Slow Classic Car Show at Mateo Camargo Park on Sunday, October 3. Judges will evaluate the best frijol recipes including a la charra, a la mexicana, and borrachos. Contact Malena Gonzalez-Cid at 432-1896 or email

A Taste of SA is better than none at all

The Taste of San Antonio returns to La Villita Wednesday, October 6 to showcase local chefs, food, and restaurants. The event features the first American Culinary Federation Certified Culinary Competition with the following finalists: Heat 1 features Christina Perrington of Ace Mart Restaurant Supply, Jerry Olivarri of Absolutely Everything Catering, and Buddy Jung of Radisson Hotel Market Square. In Heat 2, Johnny Hernandez of True Flavors Culinary Planners, Ric Rosser of Canyon Cafe, and Christopher Stonsifer of Blair House Inn will square off.

Sponsored by the San Antonio Restaurant Association, the event runs from 5:30-10pm. Advance tickets are $30 and available at all local H-E-Bs. Tickets at the door are $35. A portion of the proceeds benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. Info: or 734-7663.

Compiled by: Lisa Sorg



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