The Foundry's bean barons orchestrate a menu that brims with organic-certified free-trade coffee and specialty drinks and a buoyant selection of light café fare. A local roaster delivers The Foundry's weekly bounty of coffee beans, which the crew grinds moments before brewing them and pouring the coffee into refillable cups that are as bottomless as a trap door in the Oval Office. Diners can pair the Elvis frappuccino––a blend of peanut butter, banana, and mocha ($4–$4.50)––with a solid savory, such as the spicy chipotle-chicken panini with a melted fusion of chipotle-cheese salsa, mozzarella, pico de gallo, and guacamole ($6.50). Cool off a piping hot palate with a selection of sweet fruit smoothies ($3.25–$3.75).
Operated by the volunteer-based nonprofit Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, The Book Cellar houses an extensive collection of used fiction, nonfiction, reference books, magazines, and media for purchase at extremely low prices, usually $0.50 to $1. The wares themselves have been donated by the library, and proceeds from the sales support library programs and activities such as the Summer Reading program, satisfying patrons' philanthropic side while indulging their tendencies toward bibliomania.
Stocking its shelves with a wide variety of kitchen appliances, cutlery, dishware, and more, Melissa Guerra Tienda de Cocina provides guests with Latin American culinary goods in a colorful, highly perusable mercado-style venue. Customers can grace their munch mesas with a Chilean smiling-frog toothpick holder from Pomaireware ($10.95, toothpicks included), whose air-dried clay surface is polished with an agate before firing in order to silence ribbits of protest. A hand-blown etched martini/dessert glass ($24.95) enhances its contents with hand-etched details and vibrant turquoise, dark blue, and green hues (clear also available). A molcajete (Mesoamerican mortar and pestle) lends sauces a hearty flavor that steers dinner conversations toward infamous guac gourmands from the golden age of culinary exploration, such as the fabled Ponce de León. For aspiring chefs, Melissa Guerra carries various edible items, such as tamale ingredients, chilies, and sweets, and an assortment of artisan folk pieces is available for home and bodily adornment.
Preparing colorful cuisine from around the world during breakfast, lunch, and catered events, the chefs at Druthers Cafe and Catering have made it their mission to be multifaceted in the kitchen. In a classic deli environment, staff behind the walk-up counter take orders for half-pound burgers made with hand-formed patties as well as waffle sandwiches, gourmet salads, or omelets. Patrons may also sip on iced coffee drinks, lattes, and cappuccinos served from the coffee bar.
The chefs at Rio de Gelato embrace the taste of tradition by passing down beloved family recipes and crafting time-honored pizzas and gelatos from scratch. Practiced crust whisperers cloak hand-tossed pizza dough in savory, handmade sauces infused with organic tomatoes, and they assemble four-cheese blends from mozzarella, asiago, and two other cheeses whose identities are protected by the FBI. Carbonated sodas clear guests' throat chutes, granting safe passage for melting bites of homespun gelato ($5.75 for a small) capable of sweet talking their way into watering mouths or an icy snowman's good graces.
Serving central Texas for more than 25 years, Bridal Extravaganza simplifies shopping for brides and grooms by collecting more than 250 vendors under one roof. The booths of experienced wedding professionals lure in couples to sample their wares, from planners showing off their color-coded to-do lists to caterers doling out tastes of cakes, dinner dishes, and champagne. Fashion shows give onlookers a taste of the latest dress fashions for brides and bridesmaids and the latest developments in the world of cummerbunds for grooms. By the day's end, lucky ticket holders win prizes for a free wedding gown, bridal pictures, and cash. Each bride who attends the Bridal Extravaganza will receive $500 in free Bridal Bucks to spend on select exhibitors or a fairy godmother.