4 things to know in San Antonio food: Anticipated restaurant opens by reservation only
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Frida, the upscale Mexican restaurant and bar concept from renowned pianist Fernando Davil, began its regular Tuesday through Sunday operations on June 2, following a soft opening last weekend. Located at 18740 Stone Oak Pkwy., it occupies the space that previously housed Mexican/American bar and grill CoCo Bongo. Frida’s extensive drink selection features mezcal-forward cocktails and a global wine list, while chef Luigi Ong’s meat-heavy menu includes such options as suckling pig-stuffed chile relleno, beef ribs, and seared tuna with aguachile negro. Frida will be open for reserved seating only, Tuesday through Thursday from 5-10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 6-11 pm, and Sunday from 10 am-2 pm. Reservations can be made on the restaurant’s website.
Starting June 6, the Pearl Farmers Market will resume in-person operations on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm, in the parking lot by Green Vegetarian Cuisine. Shortly thereafter, on June 9, Pearl’s food hall, The Bottling Department, will reopen at 50 percent capacity. The Bottling Department restaurants and bar will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 am-8 pm. The market has also announced that it will continue to offer its curbside pickup service, launched amid COVID-19, indefinitely. Guests can continue to order online for pickup at the new Farmers Market headquarters, 300 E. Grayson St., Ste. 100, starting Friday, June 12. The last pickup from the Pearl Stable will be on Friday, June 5.
Other news and notes
Three Alamo City culinary stars will take to the virtual stage on Thursday, June 4, as part of PechaKucha San Antonio’s first-ever online event. Among the evening’s six presenters are Compost Queens co-founder Kate Jaceldo, La Fonda on Main managing partner Gabriel Ibarra, and Dorcol Distilling’s chief engagement officer Jess Elizarraras. Their presentations will be livestreamed on PechaKucha San Antonio’s Youtube and Facebook pages starting at 7 pm. They'll also be archived for future viewing.
Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos announced last week that it will gift 20 recent graduates with free tacos for a year (in the form of $500 gift cards). High school and college graduates can enter to win by posting a photo in their cap and gown or holding their diploma, along with a brief writeup detailing their “Taco Dreams for the future” and the hashtag #TorchysClassof2020. Torchy’s will contact winners directly after the promotion wraps on Friday, June 5, and entrants can increase their chances by filling out the online entry form here.