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News and notes from the San Antonio food scene

Summer Food Service Program

Last month we reported that while school is out, free lunch would continue at a few elementary schools. In fact, the program is much broader than originally reported. From June 6 - July 29, the USDA's Summer Food Service Program and the San Antonio Food Bank will provide free meals to children 18 and under at 169 sites throughout Bexar County. Registration is not required; children need only show up at the appropriate time to be served. Meals and serving times vary from site to site. To find the site closest to you, visit summerfood.org or call 2-1-1 and enter your Zip code.

Sharpest tools in the shed

Join Gardening Volunteers of South Texas 9 a.m.-noon, June 25, for a free "Gardening in the Neighborhood" event at the Deer Hollow Recreation Center, 1920 Fallow Run. Activities include a workshop on SAWS' Seasonal Irrigation Program, a plant sale, and children's gardening activities. Volunteers will sharpen pruning tools for a $2 donation to GVST. For more information, call 522-9220.

Late night snacks and hookah

No, it's not a Zoolander sequel, it's a new all-night eats venue. Cool Café, 12651 Vance Jackson, Suite 108, is open 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun-Wed, 9 a.m.- 4 a.m. Thursday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and "late night snacks." However, if you are looking for a greasy fry to soak up that apple martini, you might want to hit Jim's. At Cool Café, brothers Shahram Yekta and Kian Moshadi, co-owners and chefs, have created a menu with Italian, Mediterranean, and Middle-Eastern leanings that features healthy dishes such as crepes, pastas, vegetarian sandwiches, and soups and salads. The brothers host belly dancing on Thursdays, wine tasting on Wednesdays, and Hookahs every night.

We've only just begun ...

For the last two weeks a sandwich board outside the San Antonio Musuem of Art advertised that the museum's café, after a two-year hiatus, had re-opened. We are sad to report, however, that the café is already closed again due to lack of business. Come on, people, give it a chance! The neighborhood could use a café and lunch spot.

- Compiled by Melissa Santos


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