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Holiday Help for the Harried Home Cook

Jamie Geller was famously the “bride who knew nothing” about cooking, but when she married into a religious Jewish family, she dove head first into learning the craft Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 1:00PM Sun. Nov. 24, 2013, Amy Kritzer

17th Annual Empty Bowl Project This Weekend

The Empty Bowl Project is one of my favorite charity events every year because it brings together such diverse community talents in the fight against kid's hunger. My collection of mis-matched empty bowls reminds me there are hungry kids in Austin and is one of my true kitchen treasures. Read More | Comment »

Benefits 1:30PM Sat. Nov. 23, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Farmers' Market Report: Nov. 23-24, 2013

This is the last Farmers’ Market weekend before Thanksgiving, and even though the prediction is for cold weather, it's the time to buy winter squash, greens, turnips, potatoes, carrots, pecans, apples, broccoli, onions, and maybe even picking up your Heirloom turkey tomorrow or Sunday. Read More | Comment »

Farmers' Market Report 9:30AM Fri. Nov. 22, 2013, Kate Thornberry

The Texas Holiday Cookbook

This fall, former Dallas Morning News food editor Dotty Griffith has come out with a new edition of The Texas Holiday Cookbook, just in time to contribute to the holiday table. Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 3:15PM Thu. Nov. 21, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Wine of the Week

Chalk it up to increased competition and a stunning number of new winemakers. Whatever the reason, Texas wines are getting better and better. Here are a few examples ready-made for your Thanksgiving meals. Read More | Comment »

Wines 9:15AM Thu. Nov. 21, 2013, Wes Marshall

Faraday's Holiday Baking Contest Results

Though there were fewer entries than in past contests, Faraday's customers showed up Saturday morning with a dazzling array of delectable holiday goodies to impress the judging panel. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 3:45PM Wed. Nov. 20, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Benefit Party Auctions Off Top Austin Chefs

Some of the best cooking talent in Austin goes on the live auction block at the historic Allan House (1104 San Antonio) on Thursday, Nov. 21. There's a prize for every palate in this line-up. Read More | Comment »

Benefits 3:15PM Wed. Nov. 20, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Wanna Be Thankful for Not Cooking This Year?

It’s time to order sweets, breads, and meals for Thanksgiving. Area bakeries, restaurants, and market bakers are gearing up to create delicious sweets to grace the holiday table and plenty of grocery stores, meat markets, restaurants, and caterers will provide complete meals or components for folks who are just thankful not to be cooking. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 3:37PM Tue. Nov. 19, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

The 11th Annual Whisky Festival at Opal Divine's

The 11th Annual Merry Maltster Whisky Festival is back at Opal Divine's. This is the holy grail for fans of Single Malts and blended Scotch and Irish whiskys. Not only will you have the chance to taste over 65 whiskys, in many cases the brand ambassadors will be there to answer your questions. Read More | Comment »

Cocktails 1:00PM Tue. Nov. 19, 2013, Wes Marshall

Review: The Craft Beer Cookbook

Whether you’re searching for more socially acceptable ways to incorporate craft beer into daily routine, or testing new recipes for the impending holiday cook-a-thon, Jacquelyn Dodd’s debut cookbook offers solutions. Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 11:00AM Mon. Nov. 18, 2013, Jessi Cape

Antonelli's Cheese House Hosts Pop-Up Chocolate Shop

In keeping with their quest to showcase the finest in local artisan foods, cheesemongers John and Kendall Antonelli are hosting a pop-up chocolate shop from noon to 5pm on Sunday, Nov. 17, presenting the hand-made chocolates of Steven Lawrence of the Chocolate Maker's Studio. Read More | Comment »

Food Artisan Profiles 9:30AM Sat. Nov. 16, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

What's New in Downtown Austin for Formula One 2013?

Things have been buzzing in Downtown Austin since the last time the international crowd descended here for a big road race. Here are some new things to look for while you're in town. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 4:05PM Fri. Nov. 15, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Farmers' Market Report: November 16-17, 2013

Organic citrus has arrived at all of the Farmers’ Markets, mainly via Johnson’s Backyard Garden, which sells gigantic bags from G & S Groves out of McAllen, Texas. A few other farmers are starting to bring grapefruits, Meyer lemons, and oranges to sell from their own trees, as well. Read More | Comment »

Farmers' Market Report 9:15AM Fri. Nov. 15, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Formula Stun

Since the Formula One U.S.Grand Prix rolled into town, much chatter has been devoted to trying to prove that the weekend is not just for the one percent. Sure, the town's fine dining establishments will be packed with enough Mikimoto to confuse St. Peter, but the plebes can wear their Forever 21 at the Austin Fan Fest Silent Disco. Read More | Comment »

Food & Wine Events 1:20PM Wed. Nov. 13, 2013, Brandon Watson

Faraday's Holiday Baking Contest 2013

Yes, it's time for the Holiday Baking Contest at Faraday's Kitchen Store. We're betting there will be more entries and more folks tasting dessert samples in the new, bigger Shops in the Galleria location. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 3:50PM Tue. Nov. 12, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Putting a Little Pep in the Leap of Craft Beer

As I arrived at the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member rally my biggest concern was crowding. The usual Saturday tour and tasting at Jester King Brewery is crowded with about 450 attendees over the noon-6pm hours of operation. Read More | Comment »

Beer 1:00PM Tue. Nov. 12, 2013, Jason Watkins

Royers Pie Haven is Finally Here

Pie lovers, that day you've anxiously awaited has finally arrived. Royers Pie Haven has come to town. Team Royer is celebrating today with a grand opening party and everyone is invited! Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 11:55AM Sun. Nov. 10, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Chefs Go Nose to Tail at Wine & Swine

24 top chefs from Austin and San Antonio will present dishes based on locally-raised Berkshire hogs for the third annual Wine & Swine pig-out party hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance at Ceres Park Ranch from 1-4pm on Sunday, Nov. 10. Read More | Comment »

Food & Wine Events 12:05PM Sat. Nov. 9, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

'Hey, You Gonna Eat, or What?' Truck Wins $10K

Austin's first ever Truck by Truckwest food truck taste-off attracted 1,400 cash-paying badge holders to a six-day food truck crawl. For a $20 fee, badge holders were able to try bargain-priced dishes from 65 local food trucks and vote on their favorite. The winner got a check for $10,000 at a ceremony this morning. Read More | Comment »

Food Trucks 4:50PM Fri. Nov. 8, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Respected Chef/Restaurateur Charlie Trotter Dead at 54

When a social media discussion earlier this week mentioned the untimely death of Chicago chef/restaurateur Charlie Trotter, my first thought was that I should call young Austin chef Alex Kahn and offer my condolensces about the loss of an important mentor in his career. Read More | Comment »

Obituaries 11:35AM Fri. Nov. 8, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

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