Foodie Update for July 30-31
Cookies for Cody benefit
By Virginia B. Wood, 9:55PM, Sun. Jul. 29, 2012
The next couple of days offer some great opportunities for Austin foodies. You can bid on baked goods and cookbooks in an online bake sale, pick up a free gluten-free pizza at your favorite local Mr. Gatti’s outlet, or cruise down to the Long Center’s City Terrace for the first Trailer Food Tuesday, and we’ve got the scoop.
Family and friends are rallying around four-year-old Cody Brasich of Marble Falls since his devastating diagnosis of neuroblastoma. Treatment options have all be exhausted and the family is left with a mountain of medical bills. His aunt, Stephanie Weaver, otherwise known in the blogosphere as Recipe Renovator, came up with the idea of an online bake sale benefit and recruited other food bloggers to help out. As of July 27, Cookies for Cody boasts a tempting array of baked goods, gift baskets, and signed cookbooks for sale. Check out photos of the donated items at www.Facebook.com/reciperenovator and make a bid. Bidding closes at 5pm Pacific Daylight time on Sunday, August 5, 2012 and winning bidders will donate directly to the family via PayPal at www.codybrasich.com. Items will be sent to winning bidders once the donations are made.
Mr. Gattti’s is announcing the arrival of gluten-free pizzas on their menu by giving away one free 12-inch medium 3-topping pizza per customer order at all participating Austin locations on Tuesday, July 31st. The crusts are made in Austin by Smart Flour Foods in a 100% gluten-free commercial facility and the restaurants have developed specific systems and procedures to make sure that each gluten-free pizza remains that way from the time it is ordered until it is boxed and cut for delivery to the customer. (For more information about the procedures, go to www.GattisPizzaAustin.com and click on the gluten free tab.) To get your gluten-free pizza on July 31st, call 459-2222 and ask for a gluten-free agent.
Austin joins the ranks of cities across the country that offer regular food truck gatherings with the launch of Trailer Food Tuesdays on the City Terrace at the Long Center (701 Riverside Drive) on Tuesday, July 31st. The event is the brainchild of Eric Silverstein of the Peached Tortilla and Yume Burger, Kristen Stacy of Royal Fig Catering’s Seedling Truck, and local trailer food maven Tiffany Harelik. Trailer Food Tuesdays will take place on the last Tuesday of the month from July through November and will feature family-friendly entertainment and live music in addition to food from at least 12 trailers at each event. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for info on the trailer line-up.