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History on Horseback

“Charrería is…equestrian skills as an art form.”   

— Alberto Duran, President, Asociación de Charros de San Antonio

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Culinary Karma

“No, there are no ghosts in this old building, but we have high spirits. And there is a sort of other-worldly confluence of coincidence about Cured.”   

— Steve McHugh, chef/owner, Cured

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By the Books

“This library is personal and particular and very human.”   

— Sherry Kafka Wagner, author, playwright, urban planner, historian

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Generous Helping

“What we do is who we are. Cooking, serving… it’s our oxygen and our religion. I want to say, ‘I made this. I did this.’ I’ll never not cook.” 

— John Brand, Culinary Director, Hotel Emma; Executive Chef, Supper

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Heavy Metal

“Blacksmithing in July in South Texas: you just drink lots of water and suffer. Maybe it’s good for the soul.”   

— Robert Diaz de Leon

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Protector of the Historic Fabric

“My role at the hotel was to make sure that new construction was compatible with the soul and bones of the building.”   

— Jeffrey Fetzer, FAIA

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