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San Antonio’s on-again, off-again relationship with Pollos Asados los Norteños is back on again. The restaurant, which was temporarily shuttered in October 2017 to install smoke scrubbers and make other improvements before closing again on June 28 for unknown reasons, said via a July 19 Facebook post that it is back open with a little help from Texas state rep Roland Gutierrez.
Some of the nation’s top culinary minds are congregating at the Hotel Emma for the San Antonio stop of the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour dinner on October 28. Host chef John Brand will welcome all stars including Charleen Badman (FnB in Scottsdale, Arizona); Rick Lopez (La Condesa in Austin); Micheal Scelfo (Way Point and Alden & Harlow in Cambridge, Massachusetts); Steven Redsikowski (Oak in Boulder, Colorado; and Acorn in Denver, Colorado); and Daven Wardynski (Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Amelia Island, Florida). Joining the crew will be hometown favorites Tim “The Girl” McDiarmid and Steve McHugh from Cured.
Speaking of Hotel Emma, the local showpiece will continue its Olé, San Antonio culinary series with a class devoted to an unexpected ingredient. Food expert Alberto Palomar will lead a class on the history and science of marine plankton July 25, giving guests the chance to taste a flavor seldom found in the United States. If you can’t make the session, you can still get in on the experience by visiting Supper this week for an a la carte dinner and lunch specials using the tiny organisms.
The fourth annual Cured for a Cure dinner, benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, has announced a stellar chef lineup for the September 9 event. Joining McHugh in the kitchen are four chefs who have all been recognized with James Beard nominations or wins including Justin Wu of Houston’s Theodore Rex, Kelly Fields of New Orleans’ Willa Jean, Bruce Auden of local favorite Biga on the Banks, and Aaron Franklin of Austin’s famous Franklin Barbecue.
The Bottling Department at the Pearl is turning one with a bang. To celebrate the milestone, the food hall is giving diners a gift with $5 frosé and beach mimosas at the bar and tapas specials from all vendors on July 24. Guests can also score a free tote bag with proof of purchase at the hall and complementary birthday cake.
The worlds of fashion and food collide August 1 at The Catwalk Comida, Cocktails, and Confetti Fashion Show. See the latest fashions from designers Cesar Galindo, Adrienne Younger, Dos Carolinas, Nativa, Michael Quintanilla, and Image Avenue Clothiers while enjoying bites from Johnny Hernandez and True Flavors Catering, Jeff Balfour, Pieter Sypesteyn, Jason Dady Catering, and Bakery Lorraine. Proceeds from the event will go to local students through the Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation.