San Antonio’s Top Indie Chefs Celebrate Global Cuisine

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San Antonio’s Top Indie Chefs Kick Off the SA Food & Wine Alliance Sunset Series at The Cherrity Bar



Some of San Antonio’s most talented chefs will heat up Cherrity Bar for the launch of the Sunset Series on Sunday, May 22, 4-7 p.m. Tickets for the sure-to-sell-out event are up for grabs at $45 today at All funds raised will support San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance’s (SAFWA) unique grant program for culinary innovation and community giveback.

Inspired by the night markets popular throughout Asia, the Sunset Series is a regular program of evening bazaars showcasing the inclusivity of San Antonio’s food scene. The intimate backyard setting of Cherrity Bar (302 Montana St.) will allow guests to mingle with some of Alamo City’s hottest chefs and hear the personal stories behind the fare.

Each edition will have a new global theme highlighting emerging and independent chefs. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Sunset Series will kick off with a tribute to the diverse flavors of Asian cuisine.

More than just an occasion to share some of the region’s most exhilarating food, the new Sunset Series aligns with the Alliance’s mission of fostering awareness and innovation in Texas culinary communities. Granting the next generation of culinary talent a platform is near and dear to Ernie Bradley, chef and partner of Cherrity Bar.

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“Our mission is to support our community in every way possible,” says Bradley. “Giving up-and-coming and independent chefs a chance to challenge themselves and showcase their skills is a natural extension of what Cherrity Bar already does for charity organizations, artists, and musicians. Without these people, our community does not grow.”

Bradley’s team will throw down with John Constantino and Chris Christal of Howdy, Kuya!, James Canter of Guerilla Gourmet, Nari Hodges of Ooyoo Pan, culinary expert Hugh Daschbach, sought-after personal chef Katrina Cailao, and Heather Larican-Rejino of Your Sassy Chef. Larican-Rejino received an honorable mention at the 2021 San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance’s grant awards.

The chefs will spotlight Asia’s staggering contribution to global cuisine with traditional and unconventional takes on the theme.

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The menu includes:

Chefs John Constantino & Chris Christal of Howdy, Kuya!

 Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Filipino Fried Rice

Chef James Canter of Guerilla Gourmet

Jap Chae: Potato Starch Noodles with Mesquite-Smoked Tofu, Korean Cowboy Q Sauce, Vegetables, & Sesame

Chef Heather Larican-Rejino of Your Sassy Chef

Pancit Noodles with Chicken Adobo & Pinay Pico

Chef Hugh Daschbach

Shrimp with Okra, Crispy Spam, Miso Shrimp Stock, Jasmine Rice, Scallion, & Burnt Coconut & Macadamia Salsa Matcha

Chef Katrina Cailao

Sans Rival: Traditional Filipino Cake with Cashew Meringue & French Buttercream

Chef Nari Hodges

Assorted Japanese Macarons

“We are delighted to salute the diverse cuisines of Asia at our inaugural Sunset Series,” says Erika White, executive director of the Alliance. “The chefs have truly wowed us with their creative dishes and support of the local food community.”

Sunset Series attendees will be greeted by a welcome cocktail to keep the event spirited. Guests will also be able to sample fine spirits and beer. Additional drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the signature tasting event will help SAFWA give back to the local culinary community through a vibrant grant program for chefs, farmers, artisan producers, and nonprofits by funding projects focused on culinary innovation and community giveback. The organization debuted its grant program in 2021 by funding $17,000 in local culinary projects.

The Alliance continues to win tremendous community support with H-E-B as presenting sponsor and other key supporters, including Lifeworks Restaurant Group, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, ABC Bank, Acqua Panna, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Butlerwood Inc., Fever-Tree, Giant Noise, Pabst, S. Pellegrino, Tequila Patrón, Twin Liquors, American Lamb Board, Barton Springs Mills, Dunagan Jack LLP, Made In, Mill Scale, The Number Foundry, Polsinelli Law Firm, Republic National Distributing Company, Siete Foods, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, Sysco, Texas Beef Council, Unifresh, US Foods, & Vital Farms.

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About the San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance

Under the Texas Food & Wine Alliance umbrella, the San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness, support, and innovation in the South Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming, and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary- and community-minded professionals, the Alliance’s commitment is to support, inspire, and showcase Texas and beyond through the power of our diverse culinary communities.

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