Friday, October 18: We can’t guarantee there isn’t going to be any plate smashing during the 53rd annual Greek Funstival hosted by St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church. Don’t miss out on authentic Greek delicacies, live music, folk dancing and a slew of vendors. The three-day fest includes complimentary shuttle service from the YMCA TriPoint parking lot. $3, free to children under 12, 6-11pm Friday, noon-11pm Saturday, noon-7pm Sunday, 2504 N St Mary’s, (210) 735-5051, stsophiagoc.org.
Saturday, October 19: San Antonio’s own Cutthroat Culinary, an organization of classically trained chefs, will host a six-course Hollywood Horror Dinner. The event will feature high-end culinary takes on cult classics such as Silence of the Lambs and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. $40, 6pm, 10000 IH-10 West, Suite 200, find the group on Facebook under “Cutthroat Culinary San Antonio” to reserve a spot.
Saturday, October 19: Beer aficionados can get their drink on during the Current’s San Antonio Beer Festival sponsored by Bud Light. Attendees will have a chance to sample from 200 beers including big names and craft favorites. Not into beer? The fest will also include a wine tasting, food available for purchase and live music from DJ Ras G, The Hares, Dub Gideon and Villela. $30 advance, $40 at the door, 1-6pm, Hemisfair Park, 434 S Alamo, sanantoniobeerfestival.com.
Saturday, October 19: Merge your love of shopping with your passion for good food with these Culinaria events hosted by The Shops at La Cantera. The first, Sip, Savor & Shop, includes a chef demonstration, tasty bites, this year’s art festival and live entertainment. Sunday’s Garden Party Brunch features food from La Cantera restaurants, a Bloody Mary Bar and mimosas. $20-$30 advance, prices increase at the door, noon-3pm Saturday, 11am-2pm Sunday, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy on Main Street and Arbor Street, (210) 822-9555, culinariasa.org.
Sunday, October 20: Take a crack at the King of Cheeses as Mary Martini, Central Market cooking school manager host this demonstration on the history, production and uses for Parmigiano-Reggiano. The menu includes a Parmigiano-Reggiano with balsamic vinegar appetizer, parma-style asparagus, homemade pasta carbonara, beef tenderloin stuffed with prosciutto and parm and poached pears with Parmesan cheese and honey. $50, 3-5:30pm, 4821 Broadway, (210) 368-8617, centralmarket.com.
Sunday, October 20: Ruth’s Chris Steak House hosts an Italian wine dinner. Sample five award-wining wines with regionally inspired Italian cuisine including a caprese salad, orcecchiette piedmont with roasted fennel and Italian sausage and a filet mignon with sweet cherry peppers. $95, 6:30pm, 7720 Jones Maltsberger, (210) 821-5051, ruthschris.com.
Tuesday, October 22: Learn about perfect pairings with tips form sommelier Rajat Parr of Sandhi Winery. Parr will pair several pinot noirs and chardonnay with five courses created by executive chef at Francesca’s at Sunset, Dirk Troop. $99, 6:30pm, 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 558-2253, or reserve a spot by emailing 01170francescas (at) westin.com.