San Antonio Cocktail Conference Paired Dinners are Private Evenings at Some of San Antonio’s Top Restaurants Featuring Celebrated Spirits From Around the World
Before the parities, seminars and big events begin, paired dinners offer a more intimate opportunity to enjoy the cuisine from some of San Antonio’s top restaurants paired with the cocktails of some of the finest spirits.
The 2020 Cocktail Conference takes place Jan 15-19, and will redoubtably be the best one to date. One of a kind in Texas, and now in its ninth year, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference has been named “one of the best” by publications like Fodor’s Travel and called “the future of cocktails” by Paste Magazine. Each year this cocktail festival brings together top bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts for educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties. Houston Street Charities presents the San Antonio Cocktail Conference to celebrate the craft cocktail and the experience that surrounds it, while engaging the community in supporting children’s charities. Once again the conference will donate 100 percent of its profits to benefit children. Past years’ beneficiaries include Children’s Shelter, ChildSafe, Clarity Child Guidance Center, Food Bank of San Antonio, HeartGift San Antonio, TEAMability and Transplants for Children.
For those who like to learn about stellar spirits while eating some of the best cuisine in (and around) San Antonio, the paired dinners are for you.
Read through the list of dinners below and when one intrigues you, order your tickets right away so you won’t be disappointed!
Starting off the festivities is a paired brunch at Peggy’s on the Green in the scenic hill country town of Boerne. Housed in a charming historic Inn, this Chef Bohanan restaurant offers upscale Southern cuisine. A multi- course dinner will be paired with award winning Herradura Tequila.
Biga on the Banks, a favorite eatery on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk is known for its new American cuisine. Chef Bruce Auden is well known for his innovative dishes which will be paired with Redemption Rye, a classic American Rye. (SOLD OUT)
Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood paired with Rossville Union Rye Whiskey. (SOLD OUT)
Botika is a Lounge/Restaurant at the Historic Pearl led by Chef Geronimo Lopez that explores the culinary crossroads between Asia and South America. It seems only natural to pair this dinner with Santa Teresa 1796 rum from Venezuela, Chef Lopez’s native country. This dry, smooth and balanced rum will show itself beautifully at the chef’s table.
Dorrego’s, run by Chef David Rapozo, is the only Argentinean inspired restaurant in San Antonio. Sitting inside the beautiful Hotel Valencia which sits on the banks of the San Antonio River Walk, this stylish eatery is known for its paella and its grilled meat, fish and vegetables. Their menu will be paired with different Flor de Caña rums enriched by the San Cristóbal Volcano in Nicaragua. (SOLD OUT)
Hot Joy is where spicy, funky, and wild food is the name of the game and vegetarian & vegan are always an option. Chef John Philpot serves Asian/ Polynesian cuisine that pairs with Polynesian tropical cocktails. Nick Ivarra along with his team of rum soldiers run the finest Tiki Bar in San Antonio with over 8,000 rums to choose from. This dinner will pair Tiki Lover’s Caribbean Rums, a higher proof rum, that will improve the intensity, flavor and taste of any plate and tropical drink. (SOLD OUT)
Las Canarias is a true tropical oasis on the San Antonio River Walk. This romantic AAA Four Diamond eatery creates American cuisine using ingredients from local farmers and artisans along with culinary craftsmanship. Pairing a dinner of such distinction should only be done with a whisky of equal distinction, Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky. (SOLD OUT)
Ostra, an upscale seafood restaurant tucked inside the Mokara Hotel on the banks of the River Walk, is inspired by the endless bounty of water. Here the menu consists of a delicious selection of international seafood which is served with flair. Their menu will be paired with the triple distilled, certified organic small batch tequila, Casa Noble. This award winning luxury tequila has pure agave flavors and a smooth finish that won’t overpower delicate seafood.
Primero Cantina, located inside the La Cantera Resort situated outside the city, affords sweeping Hill Country views. Their incredible Tex-Mex made-to-order cuisine and handmade cocktails can be enjoyed inside or outside on the terrace by the fireplace. The Primero Cantina dinner will be paired with a traditional Jamaican rum, Worthy Park Estate Rums. These rums have been aged between 6-10 years. They are 100% single estate product; batch distilled, aged, blended and bottled on site.
Rebelle & Grey Goose – The Evolution of the Martini – (SOLD OUT)
Sweet Fire Kitchen is an open-air stylish restaurant located inside the La Cantera Resort in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. This eatery features farm-to-table fare along with signature dishes from their brick oven all to be enjoyed al fresco overlooking Plaza San Saba. This unique dinner pairing will combine casual outdoor dining paired with Hendrick’s Gin, an unusual gin created from eleven fine botanicals. Experience the curious infusions of rose & cucumber which imbue this spirit with its uniquely balanced flavor resulting in an unimpeachably smooth and distinct gin. (SOLD OUT)
Toro Kitchen + Bar is where you’ll find a Spanish culinary dining experience with tapas, paella and baguettes filled with Spanish meats and cheeses. Every dish brings serious Spanish flavors to the palate. This dinner will show you how even a Spanish plate will pair nicely with tequila. Roca Patron is the world’s highest-quality ultra-premium tequila, crafted from 100% Weber Blue Agave, grown in Jalisco Mexico.
If you are interested in any of these paired dinners, you need to make reservations now. Two are already sold out and several others are almost full! To see the entire schedule for all the San Antonio Cocktail Conference paired dinners and all their other events, go here! You will find links to more information for each event and where to get your tickets.