- The San Antonio Coffee Festival
Quarrygate is officially donezo. The market formerly known as the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is relocating to its new home at The Yard on McCullough. After several weeks of trying to find a new location (the market's lease was terminated by American Assets Trust, the company behind Alamo Quarry), market founders F. David Lent and Heather Hunter made the announcement during the market's last Sunday at the Quarry on December 7. Although the space might be a bit tighter, guests will be able to park in the complex, along neighborhood streets in Olmos Park and adjacent lots. Reactions, though mixed, were largely favorable. The Yard Farmers & Ranchers Market will in essence ditch corporate America for a fun, neighborhood spot that houses locally grown eateries and businesses—talk about sticking it to the man. The market returns this Sunday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There's a burger brawl brewing this Saturday. The Point Park & Eats (24188 Boerne Stage, (210) 251-3380) will host its second annual Food Truck Burger Brawl on December 13 from noon to 9 p.m. with burger entries from Melting Point, Crazy Carl's, Big Guido's, Scratch Bistro, Dixieland BBQ and Rick's HungerBuster. Gather up some pals and go judge for yourself. Yours truly will join other burger fans in the judging, including John Griffin of SavorSA; Mike Farringer, president at San Antonio Cerveceros; and Adrian Cavazos, owner and operator of Chillin N Grillin, whose burger took home first place in 2012. Burger prices vary.
Seems all I write about these days is coffee...to that effect, the San Antonio Coffee Festival returns to La Villita for its third year of rare beans, cuppings and more on December 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be more than 30 coffees, all locally roasted and brewed to perfection, and you'll be able to sample them in flights of four for $5. Vendors include RedBud Roasters, Aspen's Brew, Independence Coffee, KIVA Coffee Roasters, Bantai Civet Coffee, Grampa's Tea, Big Bend Coffee Roasters, Fara Coffee, The Espresso Gallery, Summermoon Woodfired Coffee and Fisticuffs Coffee. You can walk off the jitters on the River Walk.
There's a new fast-casual eatery opening at The Rim. Zoës Kitchen, known for its Mediterranean-meets-Southern-comfort food will open its 133rd location on Thursday, December 18 at 17603 La Cantera Pkwy, Building 100, with giveaways, scratch-made entrees and vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free offerings. Visit them at facebook.com/zoeskitchen for details.
It's that time of year again when all the holiday party invites hit your inbox. If you're a restaurant/bar owner, please send over all pertinent information on holiday shindigs (date/time/place/cover/attire/theme) by Tuesday, December 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Help me, help you.