By Morgan Montalvo
San Antonio's summer-long, Tricentennial-related celebration of all things Spanish starts tonight at The Pearl with a culinary event in recognition of "World Tapas Day," WOAI News reports.
Tapas are small Spanish fare that, in varied forms, serve as anything from an appetizer to a meal and in recent years have increased in popularity.
World Tapas Day, says The Pearl's Elizabeth Fauerso,
"is a really big event in Spain. They've only taken it to Rome and to Paris, so this will be the first time this event happens across the Atlantic."
The ticketed event begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Pearl Stable.
Fauerso says through mid-September The Pearl's Olé, San Antonio series will showcase more than 50 Spanish musicians, dancers, artists and chefs in events and activities that range from flamenco performances to food and wine tastings and culinary workshops.
"We decided to focus on the three pillars of gastronomy, music and dance, and art and architecture," Fauerso says, "because that really feels kind of where our city is pinned historically with Spain."