It’s All About the Medals and Cocktails During Fiesta at the Bar at Bohanan’s
If you judge the arrival of spring by the dangling of Fiesta medals instead of the blooming of bluebonnets, Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood is your destination to help welcome San Antonio’s most festive and unique time of year. Join Bohanan’s and the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission for an early taste of Fiesta fun at Bohanan’s annual “Got Medal” event 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th at The Bar at Bohanan’s, 219 East Houston Street, and enjoy specially crafted cocktails while kick-starting your 2019 medal collection.
Bohanan’s annual celebration of Fiesta and all of its glory, “Got Medal” serves up finely crafted cocktails against a backdrop of Fiesta medals that are a must for any medal maniac’s collection. The evening is a medal trading event open to everyone who loves Fiesta. And what would a celebration be without finely crafted Fiesta spirits? To toast Fiesta® San Antonio, the talented mixologists at Bohanan’s have created the “VIVA!”tini, a cocktail sure to put everyone in the Fiesta mood. Each “VIVA!”-tini is $12 and all proceeds from the cocktail will benefit the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission and its more than 100 local nonprofits.
Got Medal is also an opportunity to celebrate the San Antonio Parks Foundation by toasting Fiesta with the “Miss Lila”, a cocktail honoring the President Emeritus of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, former Mayor Lila Cockrell. Crafted by the talented mixologists at Bohanan’s, each “Miss Lila” is served alongside Bohanan’s 2019 Fiesta medal and benefits the San Antonio Parks Foundation. The “Miss Lila” is $12, with $6 benefitting the San Antonio Parks Foundation.
VIVA GOT MEDAL Get in the mood for all things Fiesta at Got Medal, Bohanan’s annual event kicking off Fiesta with cocktails, medals and more. Bohanan’s “Got Medal” Fiesta Celebration features medal trading and “VIVA!”-tini cocktails benefiting the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission (above), as well as the “Miss Lila”, a cocktail benefiting the San Antonio Parks Foundation (below) that’s served with a 2019 Bohanan’s Fiesta medal. Got Medal is open to everyone, Tuesday, April 9th, 5-8 p.m., and features free parking courtesy of Downtown Tuesdays.
Guests will also enjoy a Fiesta Pop-Up Store courtesy of the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission, where they can shop a selection of Fiesta 2019 gear, including the 2019 Fiesta Poster Medal and the Fiesta Commission 60th Anniversary Medal. The Fiesta® San Antonio Commission Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer, self-supporting organization that plans, promotes, coordinates, and preserves Fiesta® San Antonio through support of its Participating Member Organizations in presenting a safe, educational, annual celebration of the diverse heritage, culture and spirit of San Antonio for its residents and visitors.
A tradition like no other, Fiesta® San Antonio is a fusion of arts, heritage and culture that culminates every year in April—to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Taking place over 11 days, Fiesta literally has something for everyone with more than 110 events ranging in highlights from music, food, sports and pageantry to military and patriotic observances, exhibits, parades, Fiesta® Royalty and more. This year’s event is April 18th-28th.
Got Medal celebrates San Antonio’s dedication to all things Fiesta-medal related and gives everyone an opportunity to start trading, swapping and scoring medals for 2019. The unmistakable symbols of Fiesta fun—and support for various organizations and causes—traces its roots to 1946, when King Antonio first handed out commemorative coins at River Parades and other Fiesta events. Joske’s department store later started giving out commemorative cardboard holders for the coins, then school kids were began wearing those coins as badges. Then an industrious Texas Cavalier took such creativity into his own hands, adding a ribbon to the coin, giving birth to a shiny new tradition. From those humble beginnings, today’s medals include dangles, movable parts, lights, music, scratch and sniff, glow in the dark and spinning designs. And of course, true aficionados want them all.
Of course, many of those medals raise funds for important causes and organizations. Fiesta is also the “Party with a Purpose” because more than 100 local nonprofit organizations and military units create the more than 100 terrific events that take place. Those nonprofit organizations spend the rest of the year giving back to the community of San Antonio. Each year, Fiesta® San Antonio and the more than 200 local nonprofits directly benefited by the events held during Fiesta, generate an economic impact of more than $340 million. Best of all, the proceeds stay in San Antonio and fund important local causes that make San Antonio better year-round, including education and scholarships, medical research, historic preservation, senior and children’s services and so much more.
“VIVA FIESTA! We love how our vibrant, amazing city shines even brighter during Fiesta, a season that represents the very best of San Antonio. And giving back to the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission and the San Antonio Parks Foundation through the enjoyment of finely crafted cocktails like our “VIVA!”-tini and the “Miss Lila” is the perfect way to celebrate,” says Mark Bohanan. “Fiesta celebrates San Antonio’s past and its future and the San Antonio Parks Foundation works to keep our city green and vibrant year-round. Got Medal is a great way for everyone to get into the Fiesta spirit and continue the event’s goal of giving back while having a good time.”
Bohanan’s support of the San Antonio Parks Foundation and the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission is just one way the restaurants’ active interest in its guests flows beyond its doors to create a larger sense of community. Bohanan’s champions San Antonio through both business and philanthropic efforts, routinely working with organizations like the McNay Art Museum, the March of Dimes, Say Sí, Las Casas Foundation and more to support a wide array of initiatives and programs that help make San Antonio a city to celebrate every day.
About Bohanan’s: Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, established in 2002, offers Japanese Akaushi Steaks and Mesquite grilled prime cuts of midwestern corn-fed beef, as well as an array of freshly prepared seafood and flaming desserts. An awardwinning wine list and rich house-blended coffee round out an extraordinary dining experience. Executive chef-owner Mark Bohanan brings the storied Texas steak experience to the highest level of fine dining. Bohanan’s is located in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio at 219 East Houston Street, above The Bar at Bohanan’s, featuring award-winning hand-crafted cocktails. Valet service is available for lunch and dinner. For more, visit bohanans.com, or Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @bohanans
About the Fiesta San Antonio Commission: The Fiesta® San Antonio Commission Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer, self-supporting organization that plans, promotes, coordinates, and preserves Fiesta® San Antonio through support of its Participating Member Organizations in presenting a safe, educational, annual celebration of the diverse heritage, culture and spirit of San Antonio for its residents and visitors. Fiesta® San Antonio is a fusion of arts, heritage and culture and culminates every year in April— to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Taking place over 11 days each April, Fiesta literally has something for everyone with more than 110 events ranging in highlights from music, food, sports and pageantry to military and patriotic observances, exhibits, parades, Fiesta® Royalty and more.
About San Antonio Parks Foundation: Organized in 1981, the nonprofit, donor-supported San Antonio Parks Foundation is a philanthropic partner of the City of San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department, which stewards the City’s 247 parks and more than 150 miles of trails. All monies raised support and accelerate impactful and transformative parks projects from playgrounds to lighting, beautification, accessibility, shade, recycling, water conservation, resurfacing walking paths, signage, restoration and more. Funding for parks projects is further provided through foundation and corporate grants, individual gifts as well as proceeds from annual events including Jazz’SAlive, Fest of Tails, Chaparral Music Festival, San Antonio’s Official 4th of July Celebration and Celebrate San Antonio, the City’s Official New Year’s Eve Celebration.