Featured dish: bruschetta at Ciao 2

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel Plaza, featured dish, food and wine with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Featured dish: bruschetta

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Ciao 2
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7031‎

Classic Italian bruschetta at Ciao 2. Fresh summer tomatoes, diced and macerated in extra-virgin olive oil, served over gently grilled bread with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. It doesn’t get better than this!

Suggested wine pairing: Primitivo (Zinfandel) by Cantele (Puglia, Italy).

Please don’t forget to sign the Save the Fork Petition. Click here to learn more.

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See and be seen: Essay Magazine Party/Mixer, Tuesday, June 16, Ciel Plaza

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, events with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Do Bianchi

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Don’t miss this summer’s hottest mixer and networking event, Essay Magazine’s June Mixer at Ciel Plaza….

Damien Watel, Plaza Ciel, and Essay Magazine present:

Essay Magazine Mixer

Date:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Time:
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location:
Plaza Ciel
Street:
20626 Stone Oak Parkway
San Antonio, TX

To RSVP please call: (210) 481-7001
or email plazaciel@sorintl.com

The Best Rosé in the World and Coq au Vin at Ciel

Posted in Ciel, Ciel Plaza, featured dish, food and wine with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Need we say more? Run don’t walk…

Ciel
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7001‎

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Above: Chef Clint Connaway’s classic Coq au Vin, braised for 24 hours.

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Above: Bandol Rosé by Tempier, considered by many “the best rosé in the world” and very hard to find.

San Antonio food and wine writer John Griffin launches new foodie site

Posted in food and wine, media with tags , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Do Bianchi

San Antonio writer John Griffin has just launched a new foodie site:

Savor San Antonio

Check it out!

Wedding season is upon us: wedding planner Tracy French on Ciel and Ciao 2

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, events, weddings with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Tracy FrenchSan Antonio socialite wedding planner Tracy French on Ciel and Ciao 2:

We had a great site visit and lunch today at Ciel/Ciao 2. Ciel offers classic French dining and Ciao 2 offers contemporary Italian cuisine. They have a banquet room well as a beautiful patio that would be great for a rehearsal dinner or an initiate wedding reception.

Both restaurants are right next to each other and you can order from either menu at both locations.

Thank you Tracy!

Please sign the petition at Ciel Plaza to save Duran’s Fork!

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Do Bianchi

fourchette1We have launched a petition to save the Gilbert Duran Fork sculpture and put an end to censorship at Ciel Plaza: please visit us at 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 481-7001‎, and ask for managers Sunny or Jordan to sign the petition. We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support. Even if you don’t read French, have a look at the Wiki page for French artist Arman and his 1992 fork sculpture in Roanne, France, “Les Gourmandes: Des fourchettes empilées.”

Tanji Patton speaks out on Duran Fork censorship

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Do Bianchi

tanji_pattonSan Antonio authority on everything food and wine, Tanji Patton, spoke her mind to the San Antonio News-Express on recent censorship of the Duran Fork sculpture at Ciel Plaza… Thank you Tanji!

Could the ongoing saga of the fork, the ugly wall and the angry homeowners association get any more bizarre!
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Apparently….YES. Well known San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran tells me he’s filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union alleging his right to freedom of expression and the rights of the homeowners are being trampled by the Stone Oak Homeowners Association. This gets really interesting – colorful civil rights attorney Gerry Goldstein has been contacted by the restaurant owner/chef to enter the fracas.

You’ve heard the story–culinary artist/chef Damien Watel commissions well known San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran to create a sculpture in front of his new restaurants Ciel and Ciao 2 on Stone Oak Parkway. The Stone Oak Home Owners Association cries foul, and now a 14 foot tall eyesore-of-a-wall covers the artist’s creation.

Wow…what a mess! I don’t live in Stone Oak, so I can’t say how I’d feel as a neighbor, but let’s look at the big picture. Damiel Watel is an incredibly well respected chef and restaurant operator who most landlords and neighborhoods would welcome with open arms.

A successful business creates energy and often opens the door for more successful businesses where it locates. Then, there’s the revenue generated with property taxes, sales taxes…etc. A good business is good for business!

To please the HOA, Watel doled out about $8,000 to erect the wall to cover the sculpture. Yet, nobody appears to be happy here.

My sympathies, so far, lie with Damien…unless someone can convince me otherwise. In fact, I think I’ll have dinner there this weekend.