Flavor File: Foodie Options For Readers, A New Farmers Market And Dinner With Luca 

click to enlarge Uber-hip Kate Payne will partake in the hands-on culinary panel at SA Book Festival. - JO ANN SANTANGELO
  • Jo Ann Santangelo
  • Uber-hip Kate Payne will partake in the hands-on culinary panel at SA Book Festival.

The San Antonio Book Festival is upon us Saturday, April 11 (read all about it, pages 29-33), and Central Market's Cooking Tent is back with four authors, demos and plenty of snacks. Kate Payne, the Austin-based author Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, will share recipes from her latest book. Released in 2014, Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen shares tips on being a confident cook by stocking up your pantry with must-haves, and cooking nutritious, affordable dishes. Payne will take the stage 10-11 a.m. Terry Thompson-Anderson, a 2015 James Beard Finalist will demo recipes at 11:30 a.m. from her latest, a beautiful coffee table-turned-kitchen essential, Texas o n the Table, which features recipes from across the state and San Antonio, including Clean Plate's spring rolls with bison and peanut sauce. Beef-aficionados can pick up grilling techniques from North Carolina's Christopher Prieto, who will demo recipes from Southern Living's Ultimate Guide to BBQ at 1 p.m. To end the day, Jim Peyton, author of several Mexican-American cookbooks, will whip up recipes via Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking, which includes dishes for dieters and diabetics, at 2 p.m. All authors will sign copies of their books after their respective demos.

Mercado O'liva is spreading its roots into the Mission Marquee Plaza with a bimonthly farmers market starting Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organized by Chuck Hernandez of Arugula Catering, who also helms Mercado O'liva (105 Plaza De Armas) next to the Spanish Governor's Palace, the new Mission Marquee Market (3100 Roosevelt Ave.) will host organic produce and chef-created products, along with hand-crafted artisan goods, boutique food items and live entertainment. During their launch, the Mission Marquee Market will partner with SA Parks & Rec to give away fruit trees.

Chef Luca Della Casa, a finalist on The Next Food Network Star, will host a four-course dinner with Emiliano Monchiero, brand ambassador for Korbrand Wine & Spirits, on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Silo Alamo Heights (1133 Austin Hwy.) For reservations: (210) 824-8686.

Jason Dady and Stefan Bowers will act as San Anto ambassadors on Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m., as they join Texas Monthly's Fire & Smoke dinner series, which pairs a badass pitmaster and an equally great chef together in creating a multi-course soiree. Editors Patricia Sharpe and TMBBQ's Daniel Vaughn will be on-hand to mingle with diners. The dinner will be held at Feast (1024 S. Alamo) and tickets ($150) are available at tmbqq.com.



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