Alamo City Provisions dinner — Photo courtesy of David Rangel / Alamo City Provisions
Whether you consider yourself a foodie, culinarian, gourmand or something in between, you won't want to miss out on the hottest pop-up dinner events in San Antonio, Texas. The latest to make its debut on the culinary scene is a collective of some of San Antonio's most gifted and passionate chefs: Alamo City Provisions.
This traveling dinner series is the brainchild of Chef Elise Broz, Pastry Chef at Biga on the Banks, and her fiance John Russ, Executive Chef at Luke. It's about creating an opportunity for these chefs, who are all good friends, to work together and make unbelievable food and special events for their friends, families and best customers.
"The main reason why John and I created this was to create an entire experience, so we select the venues very carefully - venues that a lot of people haven't eaten in. We match the music and décor with the food and drinks," says Broz.
Examples of previous dinners include one held in the garden at the beautiful Landa Library. Each chef developed a dish inspired by their favorite book and included some classics.
Bourbon pecan pie bars by Chef Elise Broz of Biga on the Banks — Photo courtesy of David Rangel / Alamo City Provisions
Chef Michael Sohocki of Gwendolyn Restaurant and Kimura used "Middle Earth" as his source material, Pieter Sypesteyn of The Cookhouse referenced The Bible and Rico Torres of Mixtli referenced The Sun Also Rises.
Their next incredible culinary event will be centered around art, as it takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14, at San Antonio's High Wire Art Gallery, not far from downtown.
Chef Russ will be featuring a dish inspired by the beauty and simplicity of Georgia O'Keefe's artwork. Since this dinner starts with dessert first (finally!), Russ' dish, to be served last, will offer a sweeter tone showcasing ingredients like kabocha squash, hamachi and white soy.
The following event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Vintage Heart Farm and starts at 11:00 a.m., with a brunch that includes grits and grillades, biscuits, fruit, farm eggs from Vintage Heart Farm and a signature cocktail.
This is an all-day event and features a farm tour and food demos throughout the day, such as chorizo by Chef Diego Galicia of Mixtli Restaurant and a specialty cocktail by Jesse Torres, also of Mixtli Restaurant.
Sunday supper takes place at 3 p.m. and will include porchetta, dirty rice, red boudin, cornbread, chorizo, ponce, graton, mac-n-cheese and a variety of seasonal sides, based on the farmer's market availability.
Fried chicken by Chef John Russ of Luke — Photo courtesy of David Rangel / Alamo City Provisions
"What I'm really enjoying about these dinners is the guest experience," says Russ. "I'm meeting people that haven't come to the restaurant. In the back of the house, we're getting to watch all the different chefs and how they do these off-site functions, chefs like Luis Morales [of Humble House Foods at the Pearl Brewery Farmer's Market], who doesn't have a restaurant, but owns so much catering equipment."
Ticket prices may vary, but you can expect to spend at least $100 a ticket. Considering that ticket includes dinner, drinks and music, it's an absolute steal for the caliber of cuisine you'll enjoy.
To buy tickets or for more information, go to the Alamo City Provisions website.