Alamo Beer Company is located at 202 Lamar Street.
Alamo Beer Co., 202 Lamar St. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

The second annual Alamo Showdown Cook-Off, a fundraising effort for student scholarships at the University of Houston-Hilton College San Antonio campus, will take place at Alamo Beer Co. on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1-4 p.m.

The cook-off is a partnership between the school, Alamo Beer Co., and local chefs to raise money for the city’s first and only provider of Bachelor of Science degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

The 11 participating chef teams will be challenged to cook something using only one pot, Alamo beer, and any ingredients they want to use in their single pot. The event is expected to attract hundreds of spectators, whose tickets will be good for two Alamo beers and free tasting portions of all the dishes the chefs create.

Nathan Jarvis, clinical assistant professor at the college, told the Rivard Report that the event is a unique partnership in the San Antonio culinary community.

Credit: Courtesy / University of Houston-Hilton College

“The San Antonio Restaurant Association, Culinaria, and chefs like Johnny Hernandez came to support us and come up with ideas to raise money last year when we got started,” Jarvis said. “The sky’s the limit on the challenge. The teams arrive at about 10 a.m. that morning and start cooking, and at 1 p.m. guests can arrive and start tasting. Around 3 p.m. our judges will finish judging what the chefs created. Our goal is that everyone has a great time.”

The event also presents an opportunity for students at the college to gain first-hand experience in organizing an event of this magnitude, Jarvis said. A graduate of the school himself, he touted the program’s experiential learning component.

“This gives our students real world experience. Two of our rock star students, and members of our ambassador program, coordinate the event,” he said. “So it’s 80-85% student run. Our goal is to give our students experiential learning. This event is one of the ways we do that.”

Tickets for the event are $15 for students, teachers, and military personnel. General public tickets are $20 online and $30 at the door. Admission includes unlimited taste testing of each cook-off entry, a souvenir glass, and two 16-ounce Alamo beers. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, click here.

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James McCandless

Former intern James McCandless is a recent St. Mary's University graduate. He has worked with the San Antonio Current and Texas Public Radio.