As part of Olé, San Antonio, a summer-long program in Pearl celebrating San Antonio's Spanish heritage in commemoration of the city's 300th anniversary, Hotel Emma has prepared a series of six culinary monographs honoring some essential flavors of Spain: olive oil, jamón (Spanish ham), tinned fish, salt and spices, wine and sherry, and cheese.
The culinary monographs will take place every two weeks, beginning on Wednesday or Thursday from June through September 2018, each offering a dive into the history, craftsmanship, diversity of flavor and utility of each product.
Each monograph will include a ticketed Monograph Session facilitated by experts and makers of the highlighted product. Guests can enjoy (depending on theme) a deep dive into the culture, economy, and trends of the product and a guided tasting opportunity. An open-to-the-public Casual Tasting at Larder, where the grocery store at Hotel Emma will support each monograph with a multi-day tasting of the highlighted product. Tapas tastings will be held at Sternewirth, the main bar at Hotel Emma, which will create a special tapas dish highlighting the product at play.
Additionally, there will be a Dinner at Supper series, where Chef John Brand will create a special tasting menu highlighting the various uses, applications, and flavors of the spotlighted product. Monograph Sessions and Dinner at Supper will be ticketed events, while Tapas will be a menu option for Sternewirth guests, and tastings at Larder will be free and open to the public.
The Monograph schedule is:
- June 27 – Olive Oil
- July 11 – Spain's Great Match
- July 25 – Salt & Spices
- August 8 – Tinned Fish
- August 22 – Jamón
- September 6 – Cheese
Additionally, in honor of San Antonio’s Tricentennial and all the events and programming planned throughout the city and at Pearl, Hotel Emma is offering a special rate now through September 16, 2018. The special, “300 years, 300 dollars,” offers rates starting at $300, plus complimentary valet parking.
Olé San Antonio will be held from June 15 through September 16 and will have events and activities related to four main pillars: gastronomy, music & dance, arts, and architecture. Events will acknowledge the shared past of Spain and San Antonio and look toward the future of the two places. Pearl will have restaurants offering Spanish menus and chef collaboration dinners, retailers with specially curated Spanish items, activations in Pearl Park, and more.