Wednesday, March 5: The Alamo Bike Shop will host a First Wednesday patio party along with neighbor Taps y Tapas. The shop will feature free raffles and discounts on wheel sets, lights and locks, while the restaurant will have select craft beer on special for $2.50. Free admission, 6-9pm, 1016 N Flores, (210) 226-2453, facebook.com/AlamoBike.
Wednesday, March 5: The Hangar Tavern is celebrating St. Paddy’s Day a wee bit early with an Irish-themed beer tasting. Attendees will sample Irish ales via Santa Fe Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Brooklyn Brewing, Moylan’s Brewing and Founder’s Brewing. The spotlight will be on a special Ola Dubh Reserve from Harviestoun Brewery, a beer that’s barrel-aged in oak casks previously used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey. $5, 5-7pm, 14532 Brook Hollow, (210) 846-8810, facebook.com/TheHangarTavern.
Saturday, March 8: Back in February, brewer Holland Lawrence of Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling created an amber ale with peach notes based on a song by local band Colleens. Sample the brew during the brewery’s spring open house, which will feature whiskey and beer pours and food by two local trucks. $5-$8, 2-6pm, 4834 Whirlwind, (210) 775-2099, drinkrangercreek.com.
Saturday, March 8: The San Antonio Chefs Cooperative teams up with Dorcol Distilling Company for Cocktails for Cinema, a fundraiser for the San Antonio Film Festival. The event will bring together chefs Isaac Cantu of Cordillera Ranch, Alex Altamirano of Morrison Dining, Toby Soto of Ocho at Hotel Havana, Kathy Pullin of Pullin BBQ, James Whitson of Brindles Ice Cream and Zach Lutton of Zedric’s preparing heavy hors d’ouvres along with supporting chefs Stephen Paprocki of Top Chefa, Chris Cook of Farm2Fork Catering and Jeff White of Boiler House. Arcade’s Chris Ware, The Brooklynite’s Jeret Peña, Bar 1919’s Don Marsh, Blue Box’s Adrian Sarabia and TBA’s Johnny Umaul will join house bartender Nick Kenna in getting everyone nice and toasty. $79, 7-10pm, 1902 S Flores, safilm.ticketbud.com/cocktail-the-event.
Sunday, March 9: Ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could taste several dozen paellas in one day”… who hasn’t? The Paella Challenge, a rain-or-shine event at the Pearl, hosted by chef Johnny Hernandez, brings together chefs from SA and Mexico in this tasty competition. Sample traditional and contemporary paellas, sip some Corona and sangria and help decide who will be crowned People’s Choice winner. Proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of America-San Antonio. $25 minors, $50 adults, 11am-4pm, 200 E Grayson, paellachallenge.com.
Monday, March 10: This one’s for the DIY-ers. Sur La Table’s “Homemade Mozzarella & Ricotta Workshop” will guide you through making hand-pulled mozzarella and fresh ricotta, along with two recipes for using your freshly made cheeses at home. $69, 6:30-8:30pm, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, Ste 19120, (210) 978-5586, surlatable.com.