Tony Tamales


Tony Tamales

Let me just say this before starting: the singular form of tamales is tamal, not tamale. I realize that this is a hopeless cause and promise never (or at least infrequently) to mention it again.

So, multiple tamales are the subject of the third-annual event known as the Tamalada Throw-Down! (The actual title uses the also-correct upside-down exclamation point at the beginning of the phrase but I don't know how to do that on mu keyboard.) This year, eight chefs will be competing for prizes (to be awarded by a panel of, ahem, “distinguished judges”) in traditional, contemporary and sweet categories. Lisa Wong, one of last year's winners, will be returning to defend her title, and there are some new faces as wellâ??Chefs Flor Marie Pozo of Picante Grill, Mike Behrend of Green Vegetarian Cuisine (we assume no lard in his entries), and Michael Romano of Mike's in the Village (Bulverde) among them. The event takes place from 5:30-8:30 on Friday, April 16 at The Spire at Sunset Station, 230 Center Street. The cost is $25, which gets you samples of the entries plus live music and access to a cash bar. If last year's event is any indicationâ??and there's no reason it shouldn't beâ??this may change your ideas about San Antonio tamal culture. Even the Number 2 Dinner, for that matter.

But that's not all: dedicated tamal shuckers will have yet another opportunity to consume a favorite food at Saturday's TamaleFest SA (no comment) to be held at the Lone Star Pavilion at Sunset Station from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. This $5 general admission event will feature tamal-eating contests, live music, activities for kids and other food and drink concessions. Sponsors are Delicious Tamales, Bolner's Fiesta Products and the San Antonio Restaurant Association, and a portion of proceeds goes to culinary and college scholarships. For information on both events, go to

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