Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Farm Dinner, Wine Events and Culinaria Picks Up Speed

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM

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Fasten up, foodies. This Flavor File’s action-packed with all the booze and wine.

For starters, California’s table-to-farm roving restaurant without walls concept, Outstanding in the Field, is headed to Floresville’s Peeler Farms this Friday, October 17. This marks the first time the dinner will be held in the San Antonio area and who better to lead the charge than Cured’s Steve McHugh? The menu includes a charcuterie reception with Peeler Farms chicken liver mousse, lamb merguez, beer bresaola, Peaceful Pork rillettes, jalapeño sausage and mortadella along with Cured pickles and assorted accouterment. McHugh and co. will follow things up with a grilled avocado, citrus and beer salad, goat in a jar with aerated hominy and Peeler Farms lamb chops. Take in the cute-as-can-be farm, pet a goat or two, learn about GMO-free chicken raising practices and have an amazing meal for $215 through outstandinginthefield.com.

Friday also marks the beginning of the 54th annual Greek Funstival at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church (2504 N St. Mary’s). The event continues through Sunday and includes Greek wine and beer, meat-lover and vegetarian favorites, flaky and sticky baklava and more available for purchase. Tickets are $3 per person and kids under 12 get in free, so really, you have no excuse not to go.

If beer is more your jam, drop a cool $40 and join the Current at the San Antonio Beer Festival on October 18 at Maverick Park for a hoppy lineup of 200 brews, foods and other beer enthusiasts. Get your tickets at sanantoniobeerfestival.com.

Then there’s brunch (which David Shaftel unjustly declared is “for jerks” in a recent op-ed in The New York Times). Culinaria will host a casual, mimosa-filled Jazz brunch with Barefoot Wines and breakfast faves via chef Robert Fleming of Magnolia Pancake Haus at La Cantera, because brunch and shopping go hand-in-hand. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Don’t forget the organization will also unleash classy tequila mayhem and education October 23-25 with a tequila dinner, tastings and agave seminars. Get more deets at culinariasa.org.

You can wrap up a fun weekend with an Ostra (212 W Crockett) reception and wine dinner event on Monday, October 20. Stop in from 5-7 p.m. for a reception with Italian wines via Beni di Batasiolo paired with heavy hors d’oeuvres for $25, or stay for a four-course dinner with wine pairings from 7-9 p.m. and meet executive chef Benjamin Knack for $75.

Finally, the folks at The Grill at Leon Springs (24116 I-10 W) will host a wine and food mixer on Tuesday, October 21 from 6-8 p.m. for $25. Try five super-premium wines from Argentina, California, Chile, Israel and Oregon, as paired with bites via master chef Thierry Burkle. Reserve your spot at thegrillatls@sbcglobal.net or call (210) 698-8797.

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