Fans of Cajun cuisine, farm life and great chefs should pencil in the date for the third annual Boucherie, a tradition that turns a whole hog from snout to tail into several dishes. The day includes demonstrations, brunch and a family-style Sunday supper as you mingle with SA's best. Participating chefs include John Russ and Austin Bush (Lüke San Antonio), Luis Colon (Folc), Pieter Sypesteyn (The Cookhouse/Where Y'at Food Truck), Diego Galicia (Mixtli/Mezcalería Mixtli), Luis Morales (Humble House Foods), Heather Nañez (Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood) Stefan Bowers (Feast/Rebelle) and James Canter (Guerrilla Gourmet). Tickets for the Sunday, February 21 event at Vintage Heart Farm (1700 County Road 332, Stockdale) are $150 through boucherie2016.bpt.me.
Remember that resolution you made on December 31 about how you were going to work out? Well, in case you've already fallen off the wagon, the Culinaria 5K Wine & Beer Run should help motivate you off that couch (if only for the drinks and snacks you get to enjoy post-race). The fifth annual run is Saturday, March 19 from 8-10 a.m. at The Shops at La Cantera. Register a team, or run it solo, at culinariasa.org.
Valentine's Day will likely take over your calendar next weekend. Dinner reservations are strongly encouraged, especially if you're trying to enjoy this year's best events. AtticRep is hosting the second annual Love Letter Celebration and Carnival inside Brick at Blue Star on Saturday, February 13 from 7-10 p.m. The night includes boozy snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and gourmet hot dogs from The Esquire Tavern, along with "death-defying entertainment" via Aerial Horizon. Tickets ($175) can be purchased through tobincenter.org. Or get the evening started out right with a Kama Sutra Dinner on February 13 at 6:30 p.m. with five courses of Ayurvedic aphrodisiacs, aromatic and edible (wink) and warming cocktails by Blue Box. The evening includes live music by the Jazz Tutor and insights on Kama Sutra by UTSA professor of Indian History, Anne Hardgrove. Tickets ($120 for one or $210 for two) are available at pharmtable.com. Or get out of town, and celebrate Valentine's Day in Valentine, Texas, with Big Bend Brewing. The fourth annual celebration will take place on Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m. with music, beer and barbecue in the old Mercantile Building. Tickets ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) are available through bigbendbrewing.com.