Ranch Fiesta

A Benefit For The San Antonio Library Foundation

By John G. Bloodsworth
Photography By Mendy Escamilla of Scarlet Photo Studios

Texas’ ranching families have long held festive fandangos for family and friends on ranch lands in every part of the great state, but there is an undeniable allure that beckons guests to the Hill Country where rustic sophistication is generously seasoned with true Texas hospitality.

Guests arrived at the Parman family cabin just north of San Antonio for a benefit dinner that raised funds for the new Parman Library in Stone Oak. They were immersed in Hill Country style;  rustic and comfortable simplicity that exuded comfort and warmth in true ranch chic. Tables of six were skirted with indigo denim floor-length cloths overlaid with paprika cotton cloths flanked by natural wooden and galvanized metal chairs. Corn yellow cotton napkins held place settings of hand-wrought iron flatware. Galvanized metal chargers held moss green pottery plates. Each table was centered with an arrangement of summer succulents and native grasses in rustic galvanized metal containers.

A small building on the property with a covered porch served as the stage for country singer Matt Skinner who entertained party patrons as they sipped on sangria, margaritas and ice-cold beer during the cocktail hour. Chef Mariana Oliver of Marioli’s in Stone Oak prepared delicious Cochinita Pibil mini tacos and miniature tortilla cups of fresh ceviche for starters at the memorable meal.

The buffet table was covered in the same floor-length indigo denim cloths centered with a massive galvanized metal-tiered container of succulents, Texas native flowers and grasses to compliment the table settings. A young Trucador carved Carne Al Pastor from the spit as guests were served tasty pork tacos along with Chile Rellenos, ranchero beans, tri-colored rice and individual Tres Leches cupcakes for dessert.

As the Texas sunset gave way to a starry summer night, multicolored lights in the ancient oaks and cypress trees illuminated the languid outdoor affair that will be long remembered.