The New World Wine & Food Festival invites you to an orgy of excess this weekend to round out its annual celebration of Pan-American gastronomy. Although the nearly fortnight event began November 1, there’s still time to overindulge in tequila (3 p.m. Friday at Pesca), olive oil (10:30 a.m. Saturday at La Mansion), Go Texan wines and foods (1 p.m. Sunday), and todo el mundo at the New World Grand Tasting (7 p.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center, sponsored in part by the Current). The cherry on top, the Grand Tasting, features food by Acenar, Los Barrios, Luciano at the Strand, Ranch 616, Silo, Francesca’s, and 32 more Texas restaurants, plus more than 250 wines, Latin ensemble Geno, and a live wine auction. For a complete schedule and tickets, visit Nwwff.org.
If this beautiful weather puts you in the mood for a little road-trippin’, you can get your viniculture on the go on The Way Out Wineries of Texas tour November 10-12, which rewards a great deal of driving with food and wine pairs in six bucolic towns. Work your way up to Granbury through the beautiful Hill Country, starting with Pillar Bluff and Texas Legato wineries in Lampasas. Tickets are $25 per couple, or $20 apiece, and include a collectible glass from each winery. Tickets can be purchased from Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, (325) 356-9100. Find a place to rest your weary stems at Granbury-texas-b-and-b.com/.
The Big Kahuna is doing time; long live Big Kahuna’s — this time as a mostly Asian noodle place where you can suck on Boba Milk Tea chock full of pleasantly chewy tapioca beads while enjoying the café’s pleasant view of San Pedro Park. Big Kahuna’s founder Jason Weaver served a scattershot array of wraps and sandwiches before heading up the river for pot cultivation `see “Thank you for not snitching,” August 16-22`. In its current, weed-free, student-friendly state (buy three eggrolls, get a fourth free), Big Kahuna’s is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. 741 W. Ashby, 736-0954.
Kick off the holiday giving season early at the San Antonio Potters Guild 7th Annual Empy Bowls fundraiser Sunday at the Southwest School of Art & Craft, 300 Augusta. For $15, guests receive a locally handcrafted bowl and a serving of bread and hot soup donated by local chefs. Proceeds benefit SAMMinistries. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 545-0492 or Samm.org for more info.
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