The day of a big celebration is always pretty hectic. Houses need to be cleaned, party clothes need to be ironed, and lots of food needs to be cooked and artfully displayed. But it's in situations like this that the bakers at Cupcake Catering shine by taking care of a party's central dish: the dessert. They take orders in the days preceding parties, then bring the beautifully frosted treats straight to your door when you need them. They make cupcakes in a range of flavors to cater to a range of cravings and desired level of decadence.
Le Petit Cheesecakes' bakers blend fresh cream cheeses, flavored extracts, and cream into 2- to 4-ounce cheesecakes. They then sprinkle the miniature treats with sweets including their own candied nuts, sometimes paired with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream or stripe of chocolate ganache. Catering to dessert-lovers on the go, the cook’s cheesecake bonbons pack sweet flavor on an easy-to-carry and even-easier-to-swordfight-with stick. The confectioners make every effort to comply with requests for substitutions, and can also whip up a full-sized 10-inch cheesecake upon request. No matter what the sugary need, all works of edible art are available for hand delivery within the San Antonio metro area.
Since 1980, chef Francois Maeder has crafted artful European entrees in Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery's scenic, forest-surrounded dining haven, prompting accolades from Esquire, TripAdvisor, and OpenTable. A creek bustles beneath the bridge leading to the dining room's entrance, flanked by oak trees and a spacious patio for alfresco dining. Inside, exposed brick and tall, floor-to-ceiling windows inculcate elegance, and a painstakingly built menu of pasta, meat, and fresh seafood dishes highlights options that are heart-healthy, like running from a bear or running after a cardiologist. By request, cooks can poach or charbroil certain entrees with a nonfat Santa Elena sauce of vegetables in a cabernet reduction. Crumpets' lineup of delectable baked goods charms sweet teeth by feeding them croissants, cakes, flans, and pastries, and rotating wines from around the world arrive monthly, like new moons and new presidents.
Tunes played on the harp or keyboard during musical performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays fill the air with pleasantly sonorous vibrations to match the ambrosial cuisine scents wafting overhead. For more primal culinary outings, diners may be tempted to accompany Chef Maeder on gourmet rafting trips, which carry attendees through canyons and campsites with the promise of palatable rations and lessons in catfish calls.
Though Suzanne, a native of the New York City suburbs, enjoyed living throughout the country with her husband John, she always missed New York–style bagels, which led the pair to open their first Bagel Factory in Augusta, Georgia and then another in San Antonio. Bakers craft New York–style bagels in 21 flavors, such as asiago cheese, cinnamon crunch, and everything. Each one can be paired with 10 flavors of cream cheese, including raspberry chipotle and serrano pepper. In addition to bagels, the menu offers sandwiches and salads along with breakfast eats and includes Bagelaches composed of bagel dough wrapped around locally made Kiolbassa-brand sausage and can be stuffed with various items, including cheese, sauerkraut, or bacon. Freshly baked bread or bagels hug deli lunch sandwiches made with Boar's Head ingredients, such as the Carpenter with turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce. Additionally, sips of regular coffee and espresso drinks from Community Coffee prepare visitors for long nights of dumping grass clippings down neighbors' chimneys.
The kitchen crew at Quicksands Cafe embellishes plates with heaping helpings of house-made eats, including vegan and vegetarian feasts, for every meal of the day. Crispy pizzas emerge from the oven blanketed in smoked provolone, fresh tomatoes, and basil, and a slice of turkey meatloaf rests atop sautéed apples, sour cream, and malleable mashed potatoes that can be easily molded into the shape of a favorite president’s bust. For lunch, dining duos can tear into roast-beef sandwiched between two slices of fresh-baked bread or graze vegan-style with a black-bean-and-alfalfa-sprout sandwich. On Saturday and Sunday morning, breakfasts such as the Guatemalan’s duo of made-to-order eggs flanked by sautéed plantains and black beans entertain mouths better than a game of bobbing for scrap metal.
Savor the sweet sensation of shrunken cupcakedom with 12 of Kate's mini cupcakes (valued at $1.25 each), available in a number of flavors for fluffy feasting. The bakery's daily flavors include vanilla vanilla, vanilla chocolate, chocolate chocolate, and chocolate vanilla, with carrot cake and red velvet permanently on tap and strawberry and lemon popping in throughout the week like wacky neighbors from a network sitcom or Dostoevsky novel. Kate's bold bakers can also tackle special orders, with additional fees applying. Munch on memories from your days as a star high-school quarterback's lab partner with The Jock, featuring banana cake topped with peanut-butter frosting and bacon crumbles, or ascend to nourishment nirvana with the Cloud 9, a white-chocolate cake that's packed with raspberry filling and bedecked in white-chocolate cream-cheese frosting and white-chocolate curls. Call ahead for special orders or simply settle for the standard creamy-crowned fare with a dozen decadent mini cupcakes from Kate's Frosting.