New French Menus and Wine Lists Unveiled at Famed River Walk Restaurant

SAN ANTONIO,  Omni Hotels & Resorts’ popular international culinary series, Flavors of the World, has debuted this season at San Antonio’s leading River Walk hotel property, Omni La Mansión del Rio. This year’s program, entitled “Simmer Sauté Santé – The Flavors of France,” spotlights a country that offers unparalleled cuisine evolving from centuries of revered culinary tradition.  The brand-wide program runs now through December 31, 2011 at Las Canarias where a special French menu and a unique French culinary package will supplement Executive Chef John Brand’s New American cuisine.

Las Canarias’ “Flavors of France” dedicated menu, available daily for lunch and dinner, weaves together traditional French cuisine with updated, innovative flavors. classic tradition of French cuisine and updated, innovative flavors. Menu items include Seared Sea Bass with Fingerling, Morel and Fallot Black Currant Vinaigrette; Trilogie de Gourgères filled with Zucchini and Mint, Gruyère and Comté, Brie and Sun Dried Tomato accompanied by Sweet Bell Pepper Coulis; Wild Mushroom Ragout with Chervil Butter Sauce; Filet of Beef with Housemade Short Rib Ravioli; a Platter of Cured Meats and French Cheese and Small Pots of Mocha and Valrhona Chocolate Cream.

Executive Chef John Brand traveled to France with Omni’s culinary team to experience the local flavors and cooking techniques in order to bring the authentic experience back to his guests. Executive chefs and culinary leaders embarked on a tour visiting renowned vineyards, food producers, restaurants and other significant sites throughout France – immersing themselves in the traditions of French cooking, wine and culture.

Guests will be able to enjoy a unique French culinary escape with Omni La Mansión del Rio’s “Simmer Sauté Santé French Culinary Immersion” package. The dedicated package includes luxurious accommodations; a welcome amenity including Nicolas Feulatte Champagne and four white Toque Macaroons; Saturday afternoon culinary class with Chef Brand; a wine pairing presentation; Sunday morning breakfast for two; and a thank you gift with aprons, French wine, recipes and a micro-planner. The package is available for one-night only, December 3, with rates starting at $369.

For more information or to book the “Simmer Sauté Santé French Culinary Immersion” package at the Omni La Mansión del Rio, call 800-The-Omni or visit  

About the Omni La Mansión del Rio

Situated on the tranquil River Walk in downtown San Antonio, the historic Omni La
Mansión del Rio marries Spanish Colonial architecture and old-world charm with modern comforts.  Hallmarks of this authentic experience include 338 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Las Canarias restaurant and its Texas Hill Country-infused menu, flexible meeting and event space and unparalleled service standards. In September 2010, the hotel’s celebrated companion property, the Watermark Hotel & Spa, was re-named Mokara Hotel & Spa.  This signature brand from Omni Hotels & Resorts is where the exceptional is always included.  For more information about the Omni La Mansión del Rio, please visit or call (800) The-Omni.

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