Hotel Emma was Smoking this Past Sunday

Friday 11th, March 2016 / 08:33 Written by
Hotel Emma was Smoking this Past Sunday

Fire & Smoke Event at Hotel Emma was Texas Classy

A Collaborative Dinner with Pitmaster Tim Rattray & Chef John Brand

Hotel Emma


Classy cars, Texas cocktails and beautiful flowers on the front patio of San Antonio’s newest gem, Hotel Emma, set the stage for an evening of fun, food and drinks of Texas proportions.

TMBBQ, Texas Monthly’s franchise devoted to all things barbecue, rolled into San Antonio Sunday, March 6th, as part of its Fire & Smoke series.

Fire & Smoke returned in its second year to celebrate the diversity of dining in Texas and the state’s great love of barbecue by bringing together one celebrated chef and one acclaimed pitmaster for an unforgettable evening of culinary matchmaking. The San Antonio affair which was held at Supper at Hotel Emma (136 E Grayson St) combined the talents of two of San Antonio’s finest: acclaimed chef John Brand, of Supper at Hotel Emma, and pitmaster Tim Rattray of The Granary ‘Cue & Brew, one of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQ joints in the state, as anointed in the May 2013 issue of Texas Monthly.

A Texas sized reception which was embellished with the latest model Porsche vehicles, opened the evening with hand-crafted El Mayor Tequila cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Cocktails for the evening were the El Pura & the Guards Porsche Red.


Guards Porsche Red cocktail


El Pura cocktail


Guests were treated to a multicourse gourmet dinner—conceptualized and executed by Brand and Rattray, with the former bringing the “fire” and the latter the “smoke.” The culinary creations featured locally-raised beef from 44 Farms, fusing together the diverse food cultures of Texas. Guests mingled with Texas Monthly’s BBQ editor, Daniel Vaughn and enjoyed friendly conversation amongst themselves while enjoying the evening seated at long tables filled with the evenings culinary delights.

A sampling of the evenings culinary delights!

Befitting the Pearl Brewery we first had a pour of the original Pearl Beer!


Firsts for the Evening:

Asparagus Miso Mustard Salad


44 Farms Grilled Flank Steak with Yam Neua


Texas Toast with Barbeque Butter


Grilled Leeks with Smoked Clam Emulsion and Smoked Sea Salt



44 Farms Beef Cheek with Charred Eggplant and Corn Pudding


44 Farms Smoke Grilled NY Strip with barbeque Bearnaise


Salt and Vinegar Brussel Sprouts


Crispy Smoked Quail



A buffet of Grilled Lemon Poundcake * Blueberry Violet Sorbet * Butterscotch Pudding * Coconut Tapioca * Pickled BlackBerry * Whoopie Pies * Dulce De Leche * Cheddar Apple Rosemary Galette * Chocolate Cream Pie * Sweet Corn Panna Cotta * Huckleberry Compote * Corn Streusel


Supper at Hotel Emma
Address: 136 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
The Granary ‘Cue & Brew
Address: Avenue A, San Antonio, TX 78215

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