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Outcome for Local Food Legislation

A few months ago Jim Hightower told members of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association to jump on the Texas Farm-to-Table Caucus like “gators on a poodle.” As it turns out, this was wise advice. Read More | Comment »

Politics 12:15PM Fri. May. 24, 2013, Anna Toon

Farmers Market Report: May 25-26, 2013

There are going to be Hill Country peaches at the markets this weekend! The peach crop is going to be small this year, even tiny -- but there are going to be some. The terribly dry conditions have concentrated the peach flavors; the ones I bought last weekend from Markley Family Farm had amazing, intense flavor and color. Read More | Comment »

10:15AM Fri. May. 24, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Two Austin Bars Make Coveted National List

Congratulations to two Austin bars that made the coveted list of 16 Must-Try Cocktail Destinations Around the U.S. in the internationally famous Zagat Guide. Both Bar Congress and Midnight Cowboy made the desirable list curated by Zagat's editors from a list of winners voted on by consumers, whose comments are then integrated into the review. Read More | Comment »

Cocktails 12:20PM Thu. May. 23, 2013, Wes Marshall

Central Market Westgate Ready to Unveil Massive Remodel

Central Market Westgate has always been a sales leader for the chain, yet it has received little attention in the way of upgrades since it opened in 1999. The last six months has seen the end of that era of corporate laissez faire – the entire store has been expanded and upgraded. It may now be the crowning glory of the entire HEB company. Read More | Comment »

9:45AM Thu. May. 23, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Glutard Girls Just Want to Have Fun

One hopeful side effect of giving up gluten is the reduction in carbs. Most restaurants don’t offer gluten free bread or pasta, and unless money is no object, you’re likely to cut down on starches at home. Every now and then, though, it is a true joy and relief to enjoy a dough-based treat, a little sweet to make up for all the other things you’re missing. Read More | Comment »

Food Retailers 10:45AM Tue. May. 21, 2013, Margaret Shugart

Hungry Todd Rungy: Eating for America at ColdTowne Theater

“USA! USA! *burrrrrrp* USA!”
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Beer & Food Events 10:30AM Tue. May. 21, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

Texas House to Vote on Beer Bills Today

After having been voted out of the Texas Senate and out of committee in the House, the five craft beer bills permitting Texas brewpubs to distribute and small-production breweries to offer on-site sales direct to consumers have been scheduled for a full House vote today, Friday, May 17. Read More | Comment »

Beer 11:30AM Fri. May. 17, 2013, Ivy Le

The Future of Urban Agriculture

The Urban Farms Process and Code Coordination Working Group of the Austin/Travis County Sustainable Food Policy Board held its last of three working group sessions Wednesday night. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 10:30AM Fri. May. 17, 2013, Anna Toon

Farmers Market Report: May 18-19, 2013

Blackberries and peaches are starting to come in! The quantities will be small, however. Caskey Orchards will be bringing a few early peaches to the Barton Creek Market this Saturday, and Caeda Farms will be bringing this year’s first blackberries. Lightsey Farms should have some peaches for sale at the Downtown SFC Market in Republic Square. Read More | Comment »

10:19AM Fri. May. 17, 2013, Kate Thornberry

How to Prepare a Possum: 19th Century Cuisine in Austin

In the view of Michael Miller, archivist at the Austin History Center, the beginning of our city was rooted in a meal. Read More | Comment »

Tours 10:45AM Thu. May. 16, 2013, MM Pack

The Lee Bros. Bring Their Charleston Kitchen to Austin

Lavishly praised by such food luminaries as Gabrielle Hamilton and Ruth Reichl, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, $35, 240ppg.) is a standout among this year’s cookbooks. Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 10:30AM Tue. May. 14, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Glutard Girl: Traveler Snacks

One of my favorite snacks is a vestige from my Girl Scout years and goes like this: Read More | Comment »

Recipes 12:30PM Mon. May. 13, 2013, Margaret Shugart

Taste Test

Consumers can now use all their senses when making purchases at local farmers markets. House Bill 1382 by Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, part of a series of bills by members of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus, has passed the Texas House. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 9:30AM Mon. May. 13, 2013, Anna Toon

Gatsby Cocktails: Classic Cocktails from The Jazz Age

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” —The Great Gatsby Read More | Comment »

Cocktails 12:30PM Sat. May. 11, 2013, Gracie Salem

Longhorn Food Trailer Court Closes May 13

Members of the local vegan and vegetarian communities (as well as one of the contributors to the Austin Chronicle food section) are dismayed at the news that this convenient vegetarian mecca is closing up shop. Where are they going to find the healthy wraps, stellar falafels, or addictive vegan baked goods they've come to love? Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 4:45PM Fri. May. 10, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Farmers Market Report: May 11-12, 2013

Lightsey Farms was planning to bring in the very first few peaches of this year’s harvest to the Downtown SFC Market this Saturday, but reports of area-wide hail in Fredericksburg during Thursday night’s storms have caused concern whether there will even be a peach crop this year. Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Fri. May. 10, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Legislative Update

Local foodies rejoice! The Texas House of Representatives has voted to pass House Bill 970. Widely known as the cottage foods bill and sponsored by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, the bill expands on last session's cottage foods law, Senate Bill 81. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 3:00PM Wed. May. 8, 2013, Anna Toon

El Chile Slated to Leave Manor Road

Restaurateur Carlos Rivero, owner of El Chile Cafe & Cantina, El Chilito, El Alma, and the Flat Top Burger Shop, announced he's moving his flagship restaurant from Manor Road's busy Restaurant Row to a stretch of South First Street once immortalized in song as the Tex-Mex Mile. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 1:30PM Wed. May. 8, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Texas Cookbook Authors Out of the Kitchen, Into the Bookstore

Texas cookbook authors have been especially prolific this year. BookPeople (603 N. Lamar) provides recognition for two books from authors with local ties by hosting former Austin Chronicle food editor Robb Walsh as well as cookbook collaborators representing the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 12:00PM Wed. May. 8, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

A Necessary Eastside Experience

Inside a trailer on the Eastside, Raymond Tatum leans against a compact counter as a mobile of figurine pigs’ dances in the corner. Since age 20, Tatum has been collecting knick-knacks of his favorite animal; some decorating the trailer, like good luck charms. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Reviews 1:55PM Tue. May. 7, 2013, Carly Yansak

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