First Course: Israeli culinary tour, truly Texas Mexican dinner and Hill Country Food Truck Festival

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Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard (25195 Mathis) is giving diners a culinary trip to Israel with their Israeli Passport Event on Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Diners will stroll through a market setting sampling wine and olive oils with live music and a five course meal planned by Chef Chris Cook with Israeli wine pairings. The event is $65 per person. Call (210) 821-0044 for reservations. 

NAO and The Twig Book Shop will welcome chef and CIA graduate Adán Medrano, author of cookbook Truly Texas Mexican, for a book signing, reception and three course dinner on Thursday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m at NAO (312 Pearl). Guests can meet Medrano with wine and hors d' oeuvres before the truly Texas Mexican dinner at 6:45 p.m. With assistance from Chef Medrano, Chef Geronimo Lopez and the Nao team will prepare a meal with recipes from Truly Texas Mexican including nopalitos con camarón, frijoles refritos with queso fresco, chile relleno lampreado and watermelon ice with blueberries with hojarascas. The event is $80 per person. Call (210) 554-6484 for reservations. All dinner proceeds go to The Culinary Institute of America.

Luckenbach Texas is hosting the first annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival on Saturday, August 2 starting at 12 p.m. The festival will be a full day of wine, food and music benefitting the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. Many food trucks will be in attendance to serve a variety of fare and local wine is available to purchase by the glass or bottle. Tickets are $15 per person and free for kids under 12. 


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