OUR STORY

Here at Culinaria, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2000, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together!

Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit organization, registered 501 c (3) tax-exempt organization, committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier food and wine destination, while fostering community growth and enrichment within the city we call home. For the past 19 years, Culinaria has been promoting locally sourced food and wine experiences in the San Antonio region through community events and culinary education opportunities, including Restaurant Weeks, a 5K run, a festival, and many others. Proceeds from events directly support culinary and education programs, enabling Culinaria to be a largely self-sustaining organization.

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ABOUT

A Bit of Background

Inaugurated in July of 2000, Culinaria held an objective of promoting San Antonio as a culinary destination while promoting economic growth by assisting in filling hotel and lodging needs during the city’s slower time of the year. Formed by a core group of volunteers, Culinaria’s objective expanded to include education and cross-promotion through culinary talents globally. In October of 2000 Culinaria’s first festival was held, with a large expansion in 2010 following the festival’s move from November to May.

In August of 2010 San Antonio Restaurant Week was launched, sparking great interest from local restaurants as well as the community. The following year the first 5k Wine & Beer Run saw great success as part of the May festival at The Shops at La Cantera. The popularity of the 5k Wine & Beer Run proved to be another opportunity for a stand-alone event; in 2012 the race was moved to March and continues to serve as a signature event for Culinaria.

 In January 2015, San Antonio Restaurant Week added a winter edition and currently, August and January offer two weeks of delicious dining. Additionally, restaurants credit San Antonio Restaurant Weeks with keeping their establishments busy during what would traditionally be a slow time for business. Working with Visit San Antonio and a talented group of communications leaders, Culinaria continues to promote San Antonio as a culinary destination.

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FAQ

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ANSWERS YOU MIGHT NEED

WHAT IS CULINARIA?
 
Culinaria is San Antonio’s premiere food + drink go-to for events, openings and in-the-know kind of conversations. Culinaria has a mission of telling the tales of Restaurants, Wineries and the Beverage Scene.
 
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
 
To the Mission above. IT also goes to local High Schools for Culinary Programs and Education, an Endowment Fund for Hospitality Students at the University of Houston, the Culinary Institute and our local community through a program called Chefs for Chefs.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE 21 TO ATTEND?
 
No. We have water as well. In the case that one of our events is 21 and only, we will indicate that on the event details.

CAN I GET A REFUND?

No. Why would you need one? We understand that things happen, but there are no refunds here. Give them to your favorite people and make them happy!

CAN I INTERN OR WORK THERE?

Maybe, if you’re cool enough and you don’t have typos on your resume. Although be forewarned, it’s not all drinking and schmoozing. There’s a lot of hard work to help our wine and food community shine like the diamond that it is.

HOW DO I GET TICKETS?

Buy them, on Eventbrite. There’s a link under each event. We also have Ticket Packages and Day Passes.

I’M A CHEF, CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Absolutely, call us or slide in to those DMs.

CAN I BE A SPONSOR?

A resounding Yes. Call us or just send a check, we like both. But remember, we like to understand your goals and how we can best achieve them. So let’s chat!