River Re-Development Roundup Part 3: Eeny meeny River-tini

Quick! Set your DVR for “Conversations” on KLRN2 (channel 92 on digital cable) at 7 pm and/or 12:30 pm tonight.


I'll wait.


On that episode of “Conversations,” (which also aired this past Wednesday night), San Antonio River Foundation Executive Director Kim Abernethy gives an excellent and interview about the Museum Reach portion of the river development, which opens on May 30.

Here's my article from last December, which gives some info about the participating artists, and here's a blog post I did about it, also.

But the “Conversations” program has tons more info, and video of the works in progress and on-site, rendering me EVEN MORE PSYCHED about this fantastic San Anto public-art-and-space development than I already was.


You know what else thrills me? Judging cocktail competitions that raise money for more public space and art along our river. I didn't know this about myself until Saturday, when I was the decidedly least-famous of four “celebrity” judges at the (hopefully first annual) San Antonio River Foundation “River-Tini” Martini Pour Off.

That's Richard Perez, President of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Ernie Zuniga, co-host of FOX News First on KABB , me, and David Martin Davies, News Director for Texas Public Radio.

These are the rivertinis we sampled, each of which involved vodka. I think two different ones had lemongrass. One, the red one there, involved rhubarb. The bright green one was festive-looking, and #6 had limoncello in it, I believe. The judges weren't actually allowed to know what restaurant they were from of what was in them. You can find a list of the restaurants involved here.

The judges took our duties pretty seriously. We had to judge the beverages based on taste, presentation and creativity. Ernie did the tabulating.

Here's Richard Perez, holding the winning â??tini, both by official judgment. It's Blanca Aldaco of Aldaco's www.aldacos-stoneoak.com superb “Cucumber Martini,” and here's the recipe, which is hopefully legible:

And here's Blanca, giving a really charming acceptance speech (one of two), proclaiming her gratitude, her happiness, and her love for the Riverwalk and her city:

The party loosened up quite a bit post-libations, as you can imagine.

Cassie Hager and Janet Holiday, both with CE Group, event planning specialists. Janet enjoyed the rhubarb â??tini best, and advised that if I were to be the “Paula Abdul” judge of next year's Rivertini Pour Off, I'd “better start poppin' pills now.”

Dave Davies, post-judging, in possession of a t-shirt. Richard Perez to the left.

River Foundation Board President Edward “Sonny” Collins, giving the event a thumbs-up!

Stay tuned for more river-related stories. I'm getting into countdown mode.


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