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News and notes from the San Antonio food scene

Pass the bubbly

Chef Phil McGauley will demonstrate cooking techniques with Korbel Champagne at Whole Foods Market, 255 E. Basse, on Wednesday, November 9. McGauley, executive chef for Korbel, will prepare seared halibut with champagne marmalade and cilantro-pesto penne and smoked chicken-and-corn chowder accompanied by a Korbel Chardonnay. For dessert, Korbel Blanc de Noirs with a hint of triple sec, blended with raspberry-champagne granite in a sugar cup. Class times are 1-2:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $25 per class. For more information or to register, call 826-4676.

H-E-B is H-U-G-E

What do you get when you cross Target with a grocery store and a food court? H-E-B Plus. On Friday, October 28, the local grocery chain launched its long-awaited pilot store at 6818 S. Zarzamora.

H-E-B Plus is a veritable warehouse where shoppers can buy steaks - and the grills to barbecue them on - bedframes, DVDs, Shop Vacs, and glue guns in one trip. Mondo-B is so vast one needs a map and a set of dice to navigate it. It only takes two rolls to get over the Wall of Value, and the Dollar Stop (a section of 99-cent items) is a pleasant place to lose a turn.

In the spirit of Central Market, the store also offers prepared food for carry-out. At Spoonz, a cafeteria-style café, diners can choose from pizza - try the prosciutto and potato on whole-wheat crust - pasta, panini, Chinese, and interior Mexican foods. H-E-B consulted with Beto Mijangos of Betos Latin Grill on the latter, and it shows in a traditional Yucatan dish, Pollo Pibil, tender chicken marinated in achiote spices and orange, and steamed with savory tomato sauce in a banana leaf, and served with spicy vegetarian whole black beans.

Good juju for the whole family

On Sunday, November 6, celebrate Market Day and Festival at La Villita Historic Arts Village from noon to 9 p.m. Market Day features the work of New Orleans artisans, including music, art, crafts, and cuisine - and amber and Turbo Dog beer from Louisiana's Abita Brewing Company. There will be a kids' activity area. Admission is free. For more information, call 212-9373.

Beef, itself, and one

In January, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar comes to the Alamo Quarry Market, replacing Zuppa across from Piatti restaurant. In addition to beef, the steakhouse is known for it's Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, which includes 100 wines offered by the bottle, glass, and in tasting-flight trios, and an 80-wine Reserve List.

– Compiled by Devon Wilson and Susan Pagani

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