San Antonio nonprofit Culinaria releases January Restaurant Weeks dates

click image Instagram / culinariasaFood industry-focused nonprofit Culinaria is expanding its January Restaurant Weeks, offering a month-long version of the promotional event.Typically, the winter iteration of Restaurant Weeks is a two-week event that encourages San Antonians to explore their city's dining options via specially priced meals.However, Culinaria officials opted to extend the promotion this year to aid local businesses during the pandemic. Participating restaurants will offer discounted meals from January 2-31.“Restaurants are continuously adapting, so keep in mind that hours are subject to change along with availability of some menu items,” Culinaria CEO Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge said in a release. “Restaurant teams are working hard to provide the best experience and service while working under unusual circumstances.”Each participating restaurant will offer special three-course meals for lunch or dinner, along with takeout options. Lunches are priced at $20, while dinners are available at both $35 and $45 price points.Foodies who wish to dine onsite must make reservations, and due to current capacity limitations, Culinaria is encouraging guests use takeout and curbside pick-up when they can.Restaurants participating in January’s month-long event include Maverick Texas Brasserie, Sangria on the Burg, Bistr09 and Evo Contemporary Mexican Cuisine, among others. Those interested in viewing a complete list of participants can visit the Culinaria website

San Antonio nonprofit Culinaria offering pandemic-safe alternatives to annual Hallowine Fun Run

click image Instagram / culinariasaPre-COVID Hallowine Fun Run shenanigansCulinaria’s annual Hallowine Fun Run fundraiser has long been dependable for sips, bites and costumes galore.Now, to adjust to the runaway dumpster fire of 2020, the restaurant-focused nonprofit will serve up this year’s Fun Run as both a virtual platform and a scaled-down in-person event.While the 5K usually ends with a gathering of costumed runners and supporters, this year’s will nix the post-run imbibing for safety's sake. The in-person run will take place October 31 at the Shrine Auditorium from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Also unlike past events, this one won't have a set start time, so runners can do their best to socially distance while completing the trek.Those who want to support Culinaria, but prefer to do it from the safety of their own route can do so by participating virtually via the Active Experience app, which features race-timing applications, participant tracking and social sharing. Those who take part virtually can run their own route on either October 31 or November 7.Both versions of the 5K will raise funds for the organization's culinary and education programs. Culinaria also operates a relief fund to support the local hospitality industry.The individual registration fee of $35 includes a packet with a race bib, T-shirt and finisher medal. Interested runners can sign up via the Culinaria website Shrine Auditorium is located at 901 N. Loop 1604 W.

Culinaria Steps Up to Help Local Hospitality Workers Affected by the Pandemic

click to enlarge Instagram / alamobbqcompanyAlamo BBQ is helping feed laid off hospitality workers as part of Culinaria's HospitALLity House. Turns out, Culinaria is about more than just Restaurant Week.After pivoting its March marquee event into the ongoing Restaurant Week To Go , the organization has also launched three tiers of aid for local hospitality workers who lost jobs during the pandemic.This is definitely an unprecedented time for us all, and our hope is to support furloughed industry workers that have helped put this city on the map as a culinary destination, Culinaria President and CEO Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge said in a statement.Culinaria took advantage of its network of restaurants and chefs to provide direct aid to affected individuals in the form of food.As part of the HospitALLity House initiative, Alamo BBQ is serving hot meals to service industry workers from 4-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Between donations from businesses and individuals and the addition of other restaurants to the initiative, the operation has already fed more than 12,000 in the two weeks since its launch.Culinary also recognizes that a single hot meal sometimes isn't enough, so it's also distributing family meal kits to furloughed workers via its network of chefs.Finally, as a longer-term measure, Culinaria launched an Emergency Relief Fund to give financial assistance to affected hospitality workers. Although applications for funding are closed due to overwhelming demand, they will reopen once the organization can raise more money.Anyone wishing to contribute can make a tax deductible donation via PayPal or Venmo via Culinaria's website