Blooming in the Heart of Texas

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (March 23, 2017) — As wildflowers start to signal the beginning of San Antonio's spring, many new developments in the city’s rich culture and growing culinary scene are coming up for the season.

One of the most significant developments to happen in San Antonio’s lively cultural scene over the past few years is The New Witte, the enhanced Witte Museum. If it happened on Texas land, water, or sky, you can experience it at the New Witte. This once-in-a-lifetime $100 million transformation project of the museum wraps two and a half years of construction at the 90-year-old historic campus, resulting in more than 174,000 square feet of renovation and expansion. The Witte Museum is located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park and is renowned for its programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.  

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is on the cusp of a transformational expansion this summer that will significantly broaden family connections with nature and providing opportunities for nature play, health and wellness, and environmental education. Some features include an Exploration Station that showcases what's in bloom, and the San Antonio region's water story with environmental stewardship techniques. A Culinary Garden and Outdoor Teaching Kitchen provide opportunities to highlight good nutrition and healthy living through hands-on gardening and cooking programs, events, and classes. One of the most compelling components of the expansion is the Family Adventure Garden, a 2.5 acre nature play and learning place for families.

Another delicious series of culinary and wine-centric events are being planned this spring for Culinaria Festival Week, San Antonio’s signature food and wine festival. From May 18-21, Culinaria will feature internationally renowned vintners, top Texas wine producers and the hottest San Antonio chefs. From Texas wine luncheons at vineyards in the nearby Hill Country region, to pairing dinners at some of the most beloved local restaurants, to Burgers, BBQ & Beer, a salute to some of the most beloved Texas foods and brews—there’s much to savor. Culinaria’s various events make it perfect for date nights with high-end tastings or family-fun days.

Additions to the city's rising culinary scene include its first food hall. In April, six local operators will occupy a new food hall at Pearl – a historic mixed-use development – and noted as one of the city's hottest food neighborhoods. The food hall's variety of offerings will be experimental and less formal, adding a new dimension to the property, which already has 15 noteworthy restaurants.

Just south of downtown, the neighborhood of Southtown Arts District has a noteworthy addition to its string of eclectic restaurants on South Alamo Street. In early March, Battalion opened in a 1920s-era firehouse that has been modernized into a sleek space, with a nod to the history of this exceptional building. Noted for his unexpected takes on classics, Chef Stefan Bowers, of Feast and Rebelle restaurants, has created an extensive menu on Italian classics and a large selection of pastas.

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