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Food & Drink All you can eat 

News and notes from the San Antonio food scene

Homework and a wholesome meal

On August 16, the San Antonio Food Bank will celebrate a new ConAgra Foods Kids Café at the Wesley Community Center, 1406 Fitch, with a grand opening from 3:30-5 p.m. During the work week, the Kids Café will provide up to 50 low-income kids on the Southwest Side with after-school activities, tutoring, and dinner. Since 1999, ConAgra has opened more than 50 Kids Cafés nationally. In San Antonio, ConAgra has partnered with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club to open 12 Kids Cafés in places where kids naturally congregate after school. For more information, visit feedingchildren.org.

Some like it hot ... but mild is available if you prefer!

August is Hatch Chile season. In celebration, Central Market and Whole Foods will roast the mild, green New Mexico peppers every weekend throughout the month. The Mesilla Valley of Hatch, New Mexico, is widely known as the chile capital for its farmers' dedication to developing new breeds and flavors, which attract a steady throng of converts. Hatch chiles can be incorporated into all manner of fall recipes, such green-chili chicken enchiladas and green-chili stew - a blend of chopped chiles, beef, and potatoes - as well as a mildly spicy topping for hamburgers, burritos, or tortillas. To preserve a year's worth of New Mexico flavor, bag and store the roasted peppers in your freezer. For more information, call Central Market, 368-8600, and Whole Foods, 826-4676.

Home-canning how-to

If you've always wanted to "put up" your own canned goods, a class is just the thing to ensure the endeavor is as safe as it is delicious. Chef Amy Love will host Canning 101 from 6:30-9 p.m. on Monday, August 22, at Central Market, 4821 Broadway. With the abundance of late summer fruits and vegetables available `see "Family tree" in this issue of the Current`, Love will take you step by step through the entire canning process. The class is hands-on, and participants will learn how to can pickles, jams, chutneys, and marmalades. You'll also take home at least four jars of canned items. $45. For more information, call Central Market at 368-8600..

- Nicole Chavez


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