­¡Ven a Comer! A Culinary Cookbook Celebration

It’s going to be un buen día as San Antonio chefs celebrate the rich heritage of Mexican cooking at Ven a Comer this Cinco de Mayo weekend! The three day festival will culminate in a delicioso multi-course dinner featuring modern takes on food and spirits from UTSA’s massive Mexican Cookbook collection that features ancient recipes dating back to the 1700’s!

Six chefs will collaborate on the menu, including Jaime Gonzalez and Jennifer Riesman from Hotel Emma, and Rico Torres and Diego Galicia of Restaurant Mixli. Joining the San Antonio chefs will be Chef Fabian Delgado of Guadalajara’s Pal Real restaurant and mezcal expert Pedro Jiménez Gurría — perfecto!

Here’s what you need to know to get a taste of this once-in-a-blue-agave event.


Festival Events:


VIVA MEZCAL Documentary Film Screening & Mezcal Tasting

Friday, May 5
7 to 9 p.m.

Mexican Cultural Institute, Hemisfair Park

Join director and mezcalero Pedro Jiménez Gurría for a viewing of this documentary on this agave-based spirit from Mexico and the future of the mezcal industry. Several varietals of mezcal will be available for tasting. Free and open to the public.


Mexican Street Food from the Culinary Institute of America

Saturday, May 6
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Pearl Farmer’s Market

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the CIA will serve Mexican street food at the Latin Outdoor Kitchen in the Pearl plaza.


Ven a Comer – An evening of Fine Food and Spirits

Sunday, May 7
5:30 p.m.

Hotel Emma

A unique evening featuring a multi-course dinner with dishes inspired by UTSA’s Mexican Cookbook Collection. Proceeds from the event will support the preservation and development of the collection. Purchase tickets and see the schedule of events for Ven a Comer here 🙂


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