Culinary Calendar: Seven ways to get your grub and/or drink on 

click to enlarge No, really, this is Max’s Wine Dive
  • No, really, this is Max’s Wine Dive

Wednesday, Aug. 28: Yes, you can cook vegan Tex-Mex. Green Vegetarian Cuisine’s chef Mike Behrend will show you easy ways to de-meat-ify your abuela’s cooking, while also ditching lard and grease. $25, 6:30-8pm, Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio Cooking Class Kitchen, 312 Pearl Pkwy,

Thursday, Aug. 29: This food truck challenge goes the extra step and asks participating mobile kitchens to create the best locally sourced dish using Go Texan ingredients. Watch as Bite Street Bistro, SpiceSea Gourmet and Crazy Carl’s compete, learn more about Slow Food South Texas or donate to the San Antonio Food Bank during this on-site food drive. Free, 7:30-9pm, H-E-B Plus!, 20935 US 281 N (281 and N Loop 1604),

Thursday, Aug. 29: The Witte opens its doors for a tour of the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center during Cocktails and Culture: The Witte Uncorked. The event will feature tall tales of legendary vaqueros of South Texas over complimentary hors d’oeuvres, music and a cash bar. $20, 6:30-8:30pm, 3801 Broadway, (210) 357-1910,

Friday, Aug. 30: Get tips from the staff at the Central Market Cooking School during this wine and food pairing demonstration, Staff Favorites. They’ll whip up their favorite dishes including chicken and waffles with jalapeño-honey butter, arugula salad with roasted shallot vinaigrette and slow-roasted grapes, and Dijon-crusted pork tenderloin. Plus, they’ll show you what wines to pair each with to make the dishes complete. $50, 6:30-9pm, 4821 Broadway, (210) 368-8617,

Saturday, Aug. 31: Channel your inner Lucy Ricardo and get to stompin’ at Chisholm Trail Winery’s annual Labor Day Grape Stomp. Stomping is free; souvenir bandanas are available for purchase. Tasting fees apply; 2-6pm, 2367 Usener, Fredericksburg, (830) 990-2675,

Sunday, Sept. 1: Don’t let those summertime veggies go to waste and give canning a shot. Sur la Table’s course will feature recipes for peach-Amaretto jam, sweet pickle spears with celery seed, bell pepper and onion relish, and plum marmalade. $69, 3:30-5:30pm, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 978-5586,

Tuesday, Sept. 3: A wine tasting like no other, Wine Wars pits 12 bottles against each other and against your taste buds at Max’s Wine Dive. Featured wines are offered at a discount price throughout the tasting. $25, 6-7:30pm, 340 E Basse, Ste. 101, (210) 444-9547.



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