News and notes from the San Antonio food scene
Come one, come all to the Whole Foods Market County Fair. Leave your show hog at home, that’s not what this County Fair is all about; no sir, there’s not a single bale of hay. This is a blue-ribbon snack-a-thon in support of local farmers. Sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture, the event takes place during prime grazing hours, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 3.
Not only will vendors offer in-store samples of locally produced pomegranate-chipotle sauce, Lone Star goat cheese, and Miles of Chocolate brownies, among other delights, but TXDA will be handing out free goodies to take home, including hats, hankies, pencils, and reusable plastic bags. “Besides that, the take-home is whatever they put in their tummies,” says Suzy Holleron, spokesperson for WFM.
While you are there, you can pick up tickets for the Current’s Very Vodka tasting event, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. At the event, Whole Foods Market will serve vodka-infused hors d’oeuvre, each one paired with a Grey Goose cocktail. Tickets are $25 presale, and proceeds benefit the Botanical Society. Representatives from the Current will be selling tickets for the event from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 3 and 10 at WFM. For info: 227-0044.
June 6 is National Hunger Awareness Day, and Papouli’s Greek Grill is collecting food and donations for the San Antonio Food Bank. Customers who bring a $5 donation or five non-perishable food items to Papouli’s, 8250 Agora Parkway or 11224 Huebner, 11 a.m-9 p.m., will receive a petite gyro sandwich with Greektown fries.
The donations will help keep Food Bank shelves stocked for the summer months, when the need for its services are the highest because children are on summer break and so do not receive free and reduced-rate meals at school. Info: 304-7515.
The Houston Street Downtown Farmer’s Market opened on May 20, and will be held rain or shine every Saturday from 7:30 a.m-1 p.m, or until all the veggies and fruits sell out, in the Frost Bank parking lot (corner of Houston and Flores).
Reportedly, the market is still pretty small, but we hope it will grow as the season progresses. In the meantime, expect to find locally grown green beans, squash, blackberries, onions, melons, figs, potatoes, the season’s first tomatoes, and free-range organic eggs. And, according to the Hill Country fruit council, we should also have peaches starting this week in spite of the recent hail storm, which apparently damaged a lot of the fruit.
Now open: Thai Topaz, 9386 Huebner, opened in April in the new Huebner Square strip mall. Co-owner and chef Jirapon Namarasa says the restaurant specializes in seafood. On the board today? A whole steamed catfish in lime sauce. Info: 690-6000.
- Susan Pagani