Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time for parents to learn a few things, too. This week’s food events rise to the head of the class by feeding both belly and mind. Learn about urban farming at a blowout feast, explore New Orleans culture during a spirited benefit, and grab the whole family for some gold star raspas.
Monday, September 10
The Traditional Ramos Gin Fizz Shake Party at The Modernist
Shake it up with Seersucker Southern Gin as The Modernist celebrates one of New Orleans' most famous libations. Starting at 5 pm, bartenders from across San Antonio will form a line of up to 10 bartenders to shake the labor-intensive cocktail for an uninterrupted five minutes, giving each drink its signature frothy texture. Each gin fizz is $20 with gin and tonics available for $8. All proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and U.S. Bartending Guild’s Public Charity.
Wednesday, September 12
Salud! Culinary Night at The Witte Museum
Beginning at 6:30 pm, Ocho executive chef Edward Villareal and pastry chef Ernest Lopez and Smoke Shack Meat Market executive chef/butcher Paul Morales will throw down for a three-course dinner sourced from San Antonio’s urban farms. Sip on seasonal Texas Hill Country wines while learning about the importance of sustainable local agriculture from two area producers. Score your $50 ticket here.
Corks + Forks at Toro Kitchen + Bar Downtown
Pop into Toro’s new downtown location for a seasonal four-course dinner featuring off-menu dishes from chef Juan Carlos’ kitchen. While dining, enjoy live music and get schooled on each paired wine’s origin, winery, and varietal from Toro’s in-house wine expert. The dinner begins at 7 pm and tickets are $87.
Saturday, September 15
Thai Cocktails at Thai Topaz
This popular class and tasting session returns to highlight the bright flavors of traditional Thai cooking in a whole new way. Gastronomy Live Events will teach attendees how to use Southeast Asian ingredients in cocktails while the popular Castle Hills restaurant serves a variety of small plates from 6:30-8:30 pm. Reserve your spot for $20.
Sunday, September 16
Mexican Independence Day at The Rustic
The Rustic joins Four Corners Brewing for this day-long fiesta featuring live music, great food, and lotería. Start off with a tasty Jam & Toast Brunch from 10 am-2 pm, followed by live music at 12:30 pm and Sunday Supper at 4 pm. Enjoy special beer cocktails throughout the day made with Four Corners’ Local Buzz and Deep Eddy lemon vodka. Psychedelic Austin band Money Chicha finishes off the day with a rousing set at 7 pm.
Raspa Fest at Comanche Park
Chill out with other snow cone loving San Antonians at this family friendly celebration from Big Daddy’s Eats and Treats, kicking off at 1 pm. The alcohol-free festivities include live entertainment, an artisan market, and tons of tasty snacks. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits God’s Dogs Rescues and Bexar Country Family Justice Center.