The weather is finally starting to feel less like Mordor and more like the Shire these days, and Houston Street Charities, the nonprofit behind the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, is inviting you outdoors to nosh on fanciful picnic baskets on Sunday, October 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Houston Street Food's Urban Picnic features a long communal table that sits directly on Houston Street in front of the Majestic Theater, between Navarro and North St. Mary's Street.
Baskets ($50 each per person) are available from several downtown eateries, and admission costs include unlimited beer and wine. The proceeds will benefit the San Antonio Food Bank's Kid's Cafe, which provides hot dinners and after-school tutoring/mentoring provided by a local partner agency.
Here's a breakdown of the offerings for baskets:
Bohanan's: Broccoli rabe and chickpea salad; roasted root veggies; pork loin stuffed with butternut squash, cranberry and pistachios; and carrot cake with bourbon cream cheese icing.
Citrus: Texas watermelon salad with pickled ginger; Siam basil and crushed peanuts; Thai-style fried chicken with charred chili dipping sauce; jasmine rice-almond nectarine sponge cake.
Market on Houston: Citrus-scented whole grain salad with stone fruit, grilled broccolini aspirations and roasted fall squash; sliced farm apples, honey smoked ham, hickory roasted turkey breast, ligonberry spread, and mesculin greens wrapped in a spinach tortilla; kettle chips; and pumpkin tarts with cinnamon crumble.
The Friendly Spot: Roasted garlic hummus topped with marinated artichoke hearts and parsley, served with fresh carrot chips and pita; Friendly sushi (carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, cilantro in zucchini with black sesame seed and served with sweet chili sauce; fresh watermelon and mint salad; and house-made churros with chocolate fudge dipping sauce.
The Palm Restaurant: Chilled curried acorn squash soup; crispy buttermilk chicken sandwich topped with tomato, red onion and arugula salad with bleu cheese and bacon; rosemary potato salad with pancetta; and cheery hand pie.
Biga on the Banks: Chilled carrot soup with shrimp; grapefruit salad with crispy duck skin, grape focaccia with bleu cheese and rosemary; sliced roast beef and grilled vegetables, Branston pickle, mustard and feta; and almond Frangipane slice.