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March 2015
Letter from the Chairman


Spring has sprung! It's officially March and it is time to start preparing for Spring Break, one of the busiest times of the year for the tourism and hospitality industry. If you haven't heard, this year Spring Break is split into two weeks. The week of March 8 San Antonio and Dallas schools will have break and the week of March 15 Houston, Austin and Harlingen will have their break. Get ready friends, the visitors are coming and Summer is not far behind!

Thanks to Kimberly Straughan and her team at Barriba Cantina for hosting the February luncheon. We had a wonderful time networking with partners and friends. A big "thank you" to Stephanie Farias for speaking to everyone on how to make the most of our AAHA memberships. Networking, sponsorships and joining AAHA committees are just a few of the ways to make the most out of your membership dollars. Great job to both of our AAHA rock stars! 

If you have any exciting new changes going on at your restaurant, attraction or hotel, please send us the information. We love sharing all of your news! 


Karen Bippert, CTA
2015 Chairman
Alamo Area Hospitality Association

Live Music 7 Nights a Week
Barriba Cantina 


Barriba Cantina is in the heart of downtown San Antonio overlooking the historic River Walk. Located in the Southbank, above their sister company, the County Line Barbeque, you will enjoy Mexican street food and handmade margaritas, seasonal cocktails along with Texas beers. Enjoy FREE Live Music 7 nights a week. For a list of bands playing at Barriba Cantina please visit: http://barribacantina.com/music.html



Kimberly Straughan 
Community & Events Manager
Barriba Cantina
The County Line, Inc.
111 W. Crockett St. #214  | San Antonio, TX  78205
Ph: 210-228-9876 | Fx: 210.228.9879| kimberlys@countyline.com  


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! 
Dave & Buster's  

When: Saturday, March 28th 

Time: 9-11 AM.

What: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 


Make your reservations now!  Contact Heather Campos or Roy Garcia for more details 210-515-1515. 

AAHA Gives Back
Easter Deliveries to Seniors


The AAHA Community Outreach Committee is collecting Easter goodies to deliver to a local senior center. Here's a list of what we need:

  • Sugar-free cookies & candy
  • Easter candies
  • Easter baskets & fillers
  • Easter bunny toys & trinkets
  • Cash donations
If you would like to donate any of these items, or would like to make a cash contribution, please contact Rudy Saenz or drop off at the March AAHA luncheon or at Ace Mart Ingram location at 6450 NW Loop 410.  #aahagivesback
Boot Scootin! 
Cowboys Dance Hall  

Look what is happening at Cowboys Dance Hall -  


March 6 (Friday) Grainger Smith

March 6 & 7 (Friday/Saturday) Lone Star BBQ Classic Cook off Benefiting For The Love Of Kids And Harleys

March 7 (Saturday) PBR

March 8 (Sunday) Teen Night

March 12 (Thursday) Swon Brothers

March 14 (Saturday) Premier Combat Group MMA

March 15 (Sunday) Teen Night

March 16 (Monday) St. Jude Jam

March 21 (Saturday) Cowboys Extreme Bullriding

March 22 (Sunday) Teen Night

March 29 (Sunday) Teen Night


Six Flags Fiesta Texas!
Spring Break here before you know it! 

Spring Break is a great time to catch up with friends and family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas! With fourteen chances over three weekends you can experience the thrills with plenty of options to visit. Our fantastic family rides will be cool ways to enjoy the weather, splash down on Bugs' White Water Rapids or the Gully Washer. We also have some lessons in physics for you, if you feel up to the challenge, ride the Superman: Krypton Coaster and experience speeds up to 70 miles per hour and go upside down on one of the tallest vertical loops in the world! Iron Rattler sits next to the quarry walls, coiled and ready to twist and take riders on a wild ride to experience the awesome combination of wood and steel.


New 'Soaring Eagle Zipline' to Debut this Spring

Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced a new attraction perfect for couples to enjoy and available this spring, Soaring Eagle Zipline, located near Rockville High. For a nominal fee, guests may soar like an eagle from atop the quarry wall   for a breathtaking bird's eye view directly over Superman Krypton Coaster and portions of Rockville (including the new Batman: The Ride 4D Coaster), as they sail along effortlessly in special side-by-side seating. Soaring Eagle Zipline adds to the already impressive list of daring adventures for guests to Fiesta Texas.


On most zipline attractions you ride alone, but with Soaring Eagle Zipline you may now have a companion along for this unparalleled flying experience. Once guests are seated and secured on the ride, they briskly travel forward-and-backward over 1500 feet, and climb nearly 155 feet in the air, well above the park's distinctive quarry walls. Once at the top, the descent begins as you race back to earth with the wind in your hair flying over Superman Krypton Coaster's track a total of six times along your park-wide aerial journey. Picking up speed as you approach the loading station, you are safely decelerated and brought back once again to the ride station. Be sure to check out the new adrenaline rush! 



Family Fiesta 101
Viola's Ventanas   


Always Fighting Hunger
San Antonio Food Bank  


The San Antonio Food Bank kicks off its
5th year for the Main Plaza Farmers' Market.  Hosted each Tuesday from 10a - 1p, the Market is home to locally grown produce and other treats, including delicious vegetables from the Food Bank's 23 acre farm.  A tasty and affordable lunch is available from Catalyst Catering, the social enterprise of the Food Bank.  Get out and enjoy the weather and the historical beauty of the Main Plaza Farmers' Market!  Also save the date for the San Antonio Food Bank's new Farmers' Market in our Pavilion on March 28th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM located at 5200 W. Old US Highway 90.
RiverTini Pour-Off !

Be the first to hear the amazing restaurants and bars selected to compete in the Seventh Annual RiverTini Pour-Off, as well as some of the terrific sponsors adding twists to this year's event. 


Enjoy samples of Cinco Vodka, the official vodka of RiverTini. Thursday, March 26th is the date reserved for the seventh annual RiverTini Pour-Off. The event raises funds for the San Antonio River Foundation and celebrates the ongoing efforts to bring recreation, public art and educational opportunities along the San Antonio River expansions, the Mission Reach and the Museum Reach.  The RiverTini Pour-Off is an annual competition featuring some of the city's top bars and restaurants mixing specialty martinis that reflect the fresh and lively spirit of the San Antonio River. Competitors will be revealed during the social and in addition to bragging rights, this year's RiverTini winner will also claim a trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans in July, a dream prize for any bartender who enjoys shaking up flavor and fun.  RiverTini tickets are on sale now through the event's website, www.rivertini.com as well as the River Foundation's website www.sariverfoundation.org. 

Texas Treasure in San Antonio
The Crockett Hotel

Congratulations to Bill Brendel and The Crockett Hotel for receiving the Texas Treasure Business Award. 


The Texas Treasure Business Award Program recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state's economy for at least 50 years. 


Created in 2005 by Senate Bill 920, authored by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio and sponsored by Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson of Waco, the program pays tribute to the state's well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state's economic growth and prosperity.


Extra Extra-Read All About It! 
Let's hear from you!

The AAHA newsletter is a great resource for reaching the AAHA membership.  If you have a special event coming up, a new menu, or any exciting news to share. Send your newsworthy articles to Patti Martin, patti@sarodeo.com


To be featured in the newsletter, content must be received by the third week of the month to be included the following month's issue (ex. February 20 for the March issue). If you have any questions, please contact Patti Martin for more information, 210-225-5851 ext. 601.

Who Did It? Don't Trust Anyone!
Murder & Mystery at Maggiano's

Join us for a night of mystery and murder.

A comedy whodunit... paired with a

Chef created 3 course meals from Maggiano's Little Italy!


The details of the evening include:

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets will be $65.00 per person all inclusive


Be a detective, a suspect and try to solve the mystery before your desserts are cleared!! 18 years or older please. If you would like to sit at the table with a specific group of people, please let us know. Please click the link below to sign up.



If you have questions please call us - 210-451-6010.

Spring Break is for everyone!  
Great offers from great partners!
Hot Jobs!
Job Opportunities Await

Here are job opportunities available in San Antonio:




  • Adventures in San Antonio DMCSales / Meeting & Event Coordinator. Adventures in San Antonio DMC creates, coordinates and manages exciting, creative, entertaining, educational and, most of all, AMAZING, meetings and events in San Antonio, TX and across the globe. Purpose of Job: Develop new and build upon current relationships with meeting/event vendors, create sales opportunities and provide general support services for our client's meetings, events, projects and programs. For additional information, please contact: DuWayne Greene - duwayne@adventuresinsa.comhttp://adventuresinsa.com/


For more information click on the job links. If you have a hot job and want to post it in the newsletter, please email Patti Martin the details. 
Mi Tierra Café has new neighbors!
Located At Market Square


Mi Tierra Café has new neighbors who have opened up shop on the Produce Row side of the Market Square.


  • Fiesta Winery from Fredericksburg is now open!  Come visit the Tasting Room.   http://www.fiestawinery.com/#!san-antonio/c42s

  • Fruteria Cano San Antonio from Fort Worth TX is also open!  Visit for Ice cream, frozen yogurt and fruit treats

  • Viriana Jewelry & Crafts has opened and Plaza Taxco Jewelry has moved and renovated their shop!  www.plazataxco.com

Muchas Gracias!
Fishbowl Donors from the February Luncheon

Thanks to all the AWESOME partners that donated items for the Fishbowl drawing at the February Luncheon at Barriba Cantina. We couldn't do it without you. Thanks!! 


February Luncheon Pics
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March 2015 Luncheon
What's going on at the CVB?

Join us at the March meeting and luncheon as we visit with Casandra Matej and learn all about the CTA Program and upcoming CVB events.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Hilton Hill Country
9800 Westover Hills Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78251

Member Fee $30.00

Member to be Fee $40.00

Pre-registration is encouraged. Those not pre-registered by Monday, March 16 will be charged an additional $10 for on-site registration.

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