Get to munchin' on some crunchy bugs at the Witte Museum (3801 Broadway St., 210-357-1900) during its Salud! Culinary Nights dinner series as they welcome chefs Stephen Paprocki and Ernest Lopez (pastry chef at Eilan) on August 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The chefs will join Dr. Harry Schafer, the museum's curator of archeology, as well as Meghan Curry, founder of Bug Vivant, to educate attendees on the nutritional benefits of eating insects. Dinner will consist of a spinach salad with goat's milk ricotta cheese, roasted beets and "caviar" containing mixed hymenopteran larvae and Pizza Pissaledière made with meal worms and Texas goat cheese. Food will be paired with beers from Houston's Karbach Brewery. Tickets run $50 for nonmembers and $45 for members. Attendance limited to 60.
Rosella Coffee Co. is beefing up its offerings with Pop'n Plates, a dinner residency series by local chefs. Jessica Vargas of the now-closed Locavore food truck kicked off the dinners a few weeks ago and she'll be followed by chef Robbie Nowlin of Hot Wells Harvest Feast and Wicked Nights At Wickes fame. Nowlin is serving up a charcuterie plate, pork belly/foie gras tacos, heirloom tomato salad, ahi tuna tartare and caramelized white chocolate custard starting at 4 p.m. nightly through August 8.
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation is inviting folks out for brunch on Sunday, August 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Red Oak Ballroom in Norris Conference Center, 618 NW Loop 410, Suite 207. The event will feature a brunch buffet, mimosa and bloody mary bar and live music, along with a silent auction that features items such as Carnegie Hall tickets; a one-week stay in Fresno, California; San Antonio Symphony tickets; 4 day-tickets to Disneyland; and a three-course Sunday dinner for four at Perry's Steakhouse & Grille. Tickets cost $50 and are available at bidandbrunch.org.
In beer news, Finding Friday, a local cover band, will team up with Busted Sandal Brewing for a Finding Friday Mexican Lager that will be released during the brewery's second anniversary party, on August 15. Tickets for the event go for $20 and can be purchased through eventbrite.com.
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