Who We Are

Who We Are

The Veranda is owned and managed by Spice of Life Catering, founded by Chef Mike Bomberg in 2004. A year-long trip around the world after college convinced Bomberg that he had to become a chef, graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of American at Hyde Park, New York. His menus continue to carry that international influence and inventive, unexpected flair.
After serving as chef for several of San Antonio’s best restaurants, including Polo’s at the Fairmount, La Mansion, and the Dominion Country Club, Bomberg knew he wanted to focus on the challenge and excitement of creating one-of-a-kind menus for groups large and small. Spice of Life Catering has been delivering just that for more than a decade.

As his catering company grew, Bomberg knew the next step was his own dedicated venue. But not just any space would do. After driving past the vacant Slimp estate daily for months, he became convinced he could take the rich history and natural beauty of the place and turn it into something extraordinary. The Veranda opened in May 2013.


Along with brother-in-law and finance manager Mauricio del Valle Prieto, Chef Bomberg heads a dedicated team including Jessica Silvaggio, director of sales and catering, Kimberly Escaro, senior sales associate, and Stacey Garcia, event coordinator. The multifaceted Veranda team is excited to meet with you and deliver their favorite phrase: “Of course we can do that!”