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Heritage Meets Culinary Innovation with Tex-Next Tastes

San Antonio, TX’s The RK Group was tasked with delighting the palates of some of the most discerning catering and event executives in the U.S. and abroad.

San Antonio, TX’s The RK Group was tasked with delighting the palates of some of the most discerning catering and event executives in the U.S. and abroad. The occasion? A “Commissary Night” showcasing the many culinary facets that make up this Texas town’s distinctive character, the legacy of 75 years in business, as well as The RK Group’s incredible 140,000 square foot headquarters which houses much of its culinary, administrative, décor, floral, and support operations. What a stunner of a facility!

A grand Paella Valencia pan was filled with seafood, chicken, pork, and veggies cooked with a flavorful sofrito and saffron-scented rice. Guests scooped up their favorites to build their own plates out of this 42-inch-diameter dome of deliciousness. This grand paella represents the Spanish influence on San Antonio. The city still celebrates with an annual Paella Challenge where top chefs and high school culinary teams compete for the best paella. Photo courtesy Kathleen Stoehr

Guests took a progressive and guided tour through the complex, with passed appetizers, dinner stations, and libations all along the way. Fun surprises and incredible hospitality, coupled with an amazing ice carving contest to end the evening (see page 50 for more) left all in attendance with a most memorable experience.

“In 2017,” says Art Menchaca, Director of Business Development for The RK Group, and instigator of this beautiful evening, “San Antonio was designated a Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO, signifying the city’s status as an international culinary destination. Our culinary legacy is a confluence of cultures, but it isn’t just about Tex-Mex, it is also Tex-Next, where heritage meets culinary innovation.”

Head on over to Special Events to check out their photo gallery so that you can take these delicious fete foods straight from the source for your next Tex-Mex themed gathering. No matter where your event is located,  your menu will be on trend!

All photos courtesy of The RKD Studio unless otherwise specified.

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Kathleen Stoehr

Kathleen Stoehr is the Director of Community & Content Strategy for Informa Connect | Catersource and Special Events magazines, including all digital content for both websites and e-newsletter products. She also vets, hires, guides and coordinates all live education at Catersource Conference & Tradeshow, Art of Catering Food, Leading Caterers of America Executive Summit, and bridge content at The Special Event.