We visit the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio where aspiring chefs are crafting five-star meals. At Savor, the students gain hands-on experience in a professional kitchen while diners enjoy affordable three- and four-course meals. The food is impressive – think perfectly roasted chicken with foie gras-truffle-honey butter, mushrooms and white beans.
Next, is it a bar, a restaurant or a wine shop? It’s all three! We’ll head to banks of the Guadalupe River in Kerrville to a little cafe called Grape Juice. This spot pours and sells premium bottles of wine as the kitchen whips up inventive dishes like the “Crack-eroni” and Cheese – a cheesy macaroni concoction with jalapeño coleslaw, sriracha-glazed quail, queso fresco and “Sri-ranchy”, an addictive sauce of sriracha-spiked housemade ranch.
Then, we’ll head to Baytown for El Toro Mexican Restaurant, a cantina with a large, lush tropical patio. You’ll find all your Tex-Mex favorites here, like tacos, enchiladas and fajitas. Then, to wash it all down, order a Watermelon Margarita. It drinks like a spiked Agua Fresca – sweet watermelon puree mixed with tequila, tart lime juice and topped with tangy tajin.
Don’t miss out on all of the action (and incredible H-E-B wines).