Gaucho Gourmet — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
When you first walk into the almost cozy warehouse space of Gaucho Gourmet, located near the airport in San Antonio, it's hard to get your bearings. Along one wall are boxes of the finest chocolate, while another is lined with a superb variety of Yerba Mate tea. Evidently, they tout the largest selection of Yerba mate tea in the entire country.
Before long, it all starts to make sense though, as you fill up your basket with delicacies and specialty goods you've never seen before, but suddenly must have. Perhaps you need some unique gifts to take home or maybe you're just shopping for yourself. Either way, there's no doubt you'll find dozens of goods here that will have your mouth watering.
Their offerings include nuts, oils, olives, chocolates, cookies, pasta, rice, pate, seafood, cheese, chimichurri, chorizo sausage, coffee, jams, honey, antipasti, beans, lentils, condiments, spices, salts, cured meats, extracts, flours . . . the list goes on! They even sell items such as coffee makers and tableware. All of these specialty goods come from various places around the world, in particular, Italy, Spain and Argentina.
They even have such far out foods as lamb, which is fed herbs such as thyme its entire life and so tastes exceptionally yummy. They also bring in unusual, hard-to-find goods from other states, including bread from New York City. Evidently, there is something in the water that makes it better!
Foodies will think they've died and gone to heaven, if heaven is lined with every specialty food item imaginable. This unique market is largely a distributor to restaurants wishing to use these high-end ingredients, but they happily sell to anyone and everyone wishing to come in and explore this amazing cornucopia. It's a fun way to spend the morning or afternoon with your sweetie or family. The kids will dearly love sampling some of the treats.
If you have time, plan to stay for lunch. You can order from their in-house deli and sit down for a meal at one of the tables in the back or even take it to go for an impromptu picnic at one of San Antonio's beautiful parks, such as Brackenridge or the Japanese Tea Gardens.
Gaucho Gourmet often plays host to a variety of food-centric events, such as a paella-making demonstration where guests get to see how paella is made up-close-and-personal and sample it, as well. The largest organic farm in Texas also sells its premium veggies every Saturday.
Make sure to check out Gaucho Gourmet's website for information on upcoming events and specific product details.