It may be chilly this week, but don’t let a little bad weather keep you from experiencing some of the most unique dining experiences of the year. From a smoking pop-up featuring two of the best chefs in Texas to a buzzy menu made with some very unexpected ingredients, this week’s food events are an adventure. Dig out those jackets and zip up for a wild culinary ride.
Tuesday, October 16
The Prisoner Wine Company Tasting at Paesanos Lincoln Heights
Indulge in an evening of inspiring Californian wines from The Prisoner Wine Company paired with light bites from the Paesanos kitchen. For $20, enjoy three-ounce pours of Napa Valley’s best, including a Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a red blend. The tasting begins at 7 pm and seating is limited so RSVP here.
Wednesday, October 17
Magnum Champagne Dinner at Clementine
Pop into Clementine at 6:30 pm for this effervescent dining experience. Chefs John and Elise Russ are going big with a five-course farm-to-table menu crafted to pair with large-format magnum bottles, considered by many oenophiles to be the ideal size for aging. Taste something you like? The giant bottles will be available for pre-order. Tickets are $125.
Thursday, October 18
Davila’s BBQ Pop-Up Dinner at Botika
Botika chef Geronimo Lopez and Davila’s pitmaster Adrian Davila combine super powers for an à la carte menu featuring deliciously original takes on Latin-inspired barbecue. Choose from pork belly steamed buns, beef tataki nigiri, pulled pork empanadas, sausage fried rice, brisket lomo saltado, or a puro San Antonio Big Red cake. Davila will also be on hand to sign copies of his essential cookbook Cowboy Barbecue. Call 210-670-7684 to reserve your spot.
Saturday, October 20
Four-course Insect Tasting at San Antonio Botanical Garden
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is bringing creepy crawlers to the table with this extraordinary class and tasting event. Local chefs will demonstrate four tasty recipes as guest speaker/insect eating evangelist Robert Nathan Allen enlightens guests on the benefits of insect consumption for food and feed. Tickets for the 10:30 am and noon sessions are $25 for adults, and $10 per child.
San Antonio Beer Festival at Dignowity Park
One of the biggest beer tastings returns with over 400-plus beers from more than 125 breweries. Arrive promptly at 1:30 pm to make sure you get to try all your favorite stouts, pilsners, and lagers. The festival will also feature live music, interactive games, a wine garden, local vendors, food booths, and a lot more. A portion of the $45 ticket price benefits San Antonio Food Bank.