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Celebrate Fiesta at Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk

Fiesta is San Antonio’s annual festival and signature event that honors the memories of those lost at the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Since 1819, Fiesta has celebrated the city’s rich and diverse culture. This year, join San Antonio from March 31st to April 10th, in honoring the city’s vibrant history with music, parades, art, and exhibitions.

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Celebrate the Super Bowl with Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk

This year, celebrate Football’s Favorite Sunday with Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk, a modern retreat soaring 20 stories above San Antonio’s celebrated River Walk. Opened in February 2021, this luxury hotel captures the contemporary spirit of the Texas city, and this year, will be going all out for the anticipated Super Bowl.

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Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk Announces Holiday Happenings

Thompson San Antonio – Riverwalk has announced a full line-up of holiday programming for its first-ever festive season. Newly opened in February 2021 and soaring 20 stories above the famed San Antonio River Walk, the hotel beckons holiday travelers and San Antonio neighbors with a full calendar of culinary offerings and celebratory even

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Landrace at the Thompson San Antonio

Landrace, a new destination restaurant helmed by James Beard Award finalist Chef Steve McHugh, opens today in San Antonio’s Arts District. Years in the making, McHugh’s follow-up to his award-winning restaurant Cured honors the pastoral beauty of foods that can be traced back to the land where they are naturally shepherded over time, with seasonal menus that celebrate regional Texas ingredients and heritage growers close to home.

“I became a better chef when I moved to Texas and gained a deep understanding of the unique products that are grown here,” said McHugh. “Landrace is a dream realized for me, and I have been refining the concept for some time. The menu showcases my commitment to local ingredients and the unique products grown in South Texas and the Hill Country. I’m excited to celebrate the natural flavors and nuances of the seasons in collaboration with Texas’ heritage farmers and growers.”

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The Chili Queens of San Antonio

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From the 1860s until the late 1930s, one of the primary amusements of both visitors and locals was the food and entertainment offered in the plazas of San Antonio by the Chili Queens.

These women served chili con carne and other Mexican American delicacies from dusk until dawn at various San Antonio plazas over the years — setting up tables and benches and bringing pots of food to cook or reheat over their flickering mesquite fires and to serve by the light of their oil lanterns. As morning came, their families helped them cart everything away. Wandering musicians and singers provided a festive air to the unique proceedings—unique, that is, outside Mexico. In Mexico, the open-air plaza restaurants were not celebrated for their charming food-servers. Only San Antonio had Chili Queens—and while they liked to joke, banter, and flirt with customers, they were well chaperoned by family members who guarded their virtue.

At first, only a few women — such as Sadie and Martha, sometimes pictured in old books about San Antonio — were called Chili Queens. Sadie was called “Anglo-Celtic;” Martha was Hispanic. Eventually, the royal title was applied to all the women—most of them young and virtually all of them Hispanic.   Continue reading

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Executive Chef Steve McHugh to Introduce New Restaurant and Bar Concepts at New Thompson on the Riverwalk

Thompson San Antonio today announced plans for a dynamic collection of restaurant and bar concepts scheduled to be introduced in early 2021. Four dining and nightlife concepts will be anchored by Landrace, a new restaurant on the River Walk, led by James Beard Award finalist Chef Steve McHugh. Floating high above will be The Moon’s Daughters, an enchanting indoor-outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar set to dazzle from its 20th-story perch over the city. Stylish lobby and pool bars will round out the dining and beverage venues that will bring bold new energy to the River City.  

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