Slow Food Harvest Gala: Silent Auction Items Needed!

Next Saturday, November 3, Slow Food South Texas will hold its 2nd annual Harvest Gala and accompanying silent auction.  This year, like last, the funds raised at the Harvest Gala will go to support educational programs, farm dinners, and cooking classes to expose people to the joy of growing, preparing and eating healthy food.

As a local dining blogger, I am a strong advocate of local restaurants, food producers and accessibility to local, healthy food – for everyone.  My favorite Slow Food effort is the cultivation of gardens currently growing at two local schools.  Every two weeks, Slow Food volunteers visit these schools and teach students how to tend a garden and what to do with the garden’s harvest. Teaching children the value of home- or locally-grown healthy food is important to our community’s health, the environment and our local economy.

This year we’re committed to making the Harvest Gala an even bigger success and we are hoping you (or someone you know!) will help by making a donation to our silent auction. In the past, local businesses and individual contributors have generously donated a variety of items for the auction, such as:

  • Tickets to local sporting events or shows
  • Private in-home cooking lessons
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants and shops
  • Locally made crafts and works of art
  • Passes to local events, amusement parks, or other attractions
  • Signed cookbooks

These are just a few examples of suitable silent auction items – we certainly encourage creativity in your support!  Last year’s event sold out and with a strong lineup of local celebrity chefs featured at this year’s gala, the event is sure to be a success.

Confirmed chefs include:

  • Michael Sohocki of Restaurant Gwendolyn
  • Steve McHugh, formerly of Lüke, currently planning the opening of his own restaurant!
  • John Russ of Lüke
  • Chad Carey of The Monterey
  • Chefs from The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio
  • Tim the Girl, Chef and Caterer Extraodinaire
  • Joe Dominguez of the SA Food Bank
  • Chefs from the Culinary program at The Art Institute
  • Plus, more to come!

Visit the Slow Food website to learn more about the organization.  You can find more information on the Harvest gala on the website as well.  If you have additional questions, please reach me via email at sa.palate at

Old School Cooking with Chef Michael

Exciting news!  Check out The Rivard Report for a write-up of our experience in Chef Michael Sohocki’s (of Gwendolyn) cooking series sponsored by Slow Food South Texas.  There are four classes left in the series – join us!


Upcoming Event at My Favorite Park

What a great concept!  Visit the 2nd annual Farm to Fork event at Phil Hardberger Park on Saturday, September 29.  The event’s webpage says, “This family and pet friendly event will celebrate and highlight the dairy farmland roots of Phil Hardberger Park. Local chefs will prepare tapas-style small entrees with produce grown within 100 miles of the park. Come meet owners and operators of local farms, vineyards and microbreweries who are eager to share their knowledge of sustainable food and farming practices and samples of their tasty products!”

Not only is the event pet friendly and at a beautiful park, it’s all about bringing local food to San Antonio.  Yay for that!  Tickets are $40 and wine and beer wristbands an additional $5. Check out the website — and let me know if you are going to be there!

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

Between September 16 and 22, eating out can fill your tummy — and a hungry child’s.  A great idea… but only one high-end restaurant in San Antonio participating!  Yay Bella on the River!  Also on the list are all of the Denny’s, Fuddruckers, Which Wich, Joe’s Crab Shack and Le Madelaine chain locations. The No Kid Hungry campaign uses funds raised to:

  1. Build state- and city-based No Kid Hungry partnerships of public and private decision-makers who develop a measurable action plan to end child hunger in their city or state.
  2. Expand effective assistance, education and advocacy programs operated by local organizations across the country.
  3. Raise awareness about the issue of childhood hunger and the No Kid Hungry strategy to end it.
  4. Educate families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to prepare affordable, healthy meals.

A worthy cause in my books.  Come on, San Antonio restaurants, let’s pitch in!  Learn more.

Anthony Bourdain in San Antonio

show time!

Whether you love him or hate him, you definitely know him. Anthony Bourdain is coming to San Antonio this November on his Guts & Glory tour.  While not much information has been released on the content of the show, a member of his PR team did share that he will be offering “candid, often hysterical insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience.” I am sure this will be in his usual vulgar style!

Ticket prices range from $32 to $147.  A limited number of VIP tickets are available ($147), which include premier seating, a limited edition tour poster and VIP laminate, and exclusive access to a post-show meet and greet reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and photo and signing opportunities.

Tickets went on sale yesterday.  Visit TicketMaster to purchase tickets!  We’ll see you there…

Cocktails with a Cause: The San Antonio Cocktail Conference

A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine told me he was volunteering at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference.  I was intrigued.. this sounded like a great volunteer opportunity – especially if appreciation was paid in cocktails!  I checked out the website and learned that the four-day event was modeled on the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail event.  Yay – a little bit of the big city right here in San Antonio!   And the best part is that the event benefits HeartGift, a group of surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, medical personnnel, volunteers, and host families dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery to disadvantaged children living in developing countries. Continue reading

What’s Cookin’ in Auden’s Kitchen


We have been wanting to try out Auden’s Kitchen for a while now because we really love Bruce Auden’s other restaurant, Biga on the Banks.  J’s brother was in town and we were looking for a place that had a nice variety of dishes — and Auden’s Kitchen fit the bill.  As soon as we walked in, I knew we would like it. Continue reading