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Vive La France! Bastille Day Festivities

Austinites naturally gravitate towards any good reason to party and the beginning of the French Revolution will certainly suffice. While it’s entirely too hot for storming any buildings this weekend, the Alliance Francaise d'Austin and several area restaurants are offering delightful celebration options. Vive La France! Read More | Comment »

Food & Wine Events 2:27PM Fri. Jul. 12, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Farmers Market Report: July 13-14, 2013

The weather is going to be hot this weekend, so I recommend getting to the markets as early as possible. The forecast is 102˚ both Saturday and Sunday. Fortunately, it’s a lot cooler out in the country, so the farmers are still managing to grow things – there are plenty of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, melons, squash, cucumbers, and okra to be had. Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Fri. Jul. 12, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Food for Every Wine, Wine for Every Food

Wednesday night, we attended the first wine dinner at Central Market's week-long Food for Every Wine - Wine for Every Food celebration. Chehalem Wines and their winemaker, Wynne Peterson-Nedry, partnered with Central Market to host a knock-out six course tasting dinner at the Cooking School. Read More | Comment »

Wines 10:15AM Fri. Jul. 12, 2013, Margaret Shugart

Old World-Style Retailer Attracting Connoisseurs to Westlake Store

The German franchise operation Vom Fass is fast becoming a world-wide brand. The company operates on an old world concept where people can talk to knowledgeable owners and taste a variety of things. It’s close to a bespoke clothing kind of operation, because customers basically pick whatever they want and buy it in virtually any size. Read More | Comment »

Wines 6:33PM Wed. Jul. 10, 2013, Virginia B. Wood and Wes Marshall

The Notorious N.A.D.

Nadia G. (‘G’ for Giosa) is undoubtedly best known as the cleavage-baring host and creator of Bitchin’ Kitchen. The offbeat and occasionally off-color Cooking Channel series features a heavily made-up, stiletto-wearing, “bad girl” Giosa in themed episodes, such as “Hitched & Ditched” and “Depression Desserts!” Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 12:00PM Wed. Jul. 10, 2013, Anna Toon

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Operation: Absinthe

Oh, the drinking spectrum. Some of us start our alcohol odyssey in high school with Mad Dog 20/20 or keg beer. By adulthood, we've settled on more sophisticated drinking, like Dewar's scotch or SKYY Vodka and stoic club soda. Martinis are okay, too. Read More | Comment »

Spirits 3:05PM Tue. Jul. 9, 2013, Anne Harris

Ten of Austin's Top Sommeliers

As we wind down our Drink, Drank, Drunk issue and as Somm winds down its run at the Violet Crown Theater, we spoke to 10 trendsetters and tastemakers in the Austin wine scene. Read More | Comment »

Wines 10:00AM Tue. Jul. 9, 2013, Margaret Shugart

Good Gluten-Free Fried Chicken?

The world can be a barren place for those who have to live gluten-free. Roaming store aisles; obsessively checking labels; always asking their server, "Is it gluten-free?" Possibly one of the most daunting challenges for the wheat-less population is finding (good) gluten-free versions of what we all crave (and need) sometimes: comfort food. Read More | Comment »

Product Reviews 6:15PM Mon. Jul. 8, 2013, Carly Yansak

Sweet Heat Meat at the Historic Scoot Inn

Over 20 would-be food truck operators entered the ATX Brands Trailer Truck-off Challenge this spring, submitting business plans and potential menus. On May 4, three finalists prepared signature dishes for a panel of judges at the Scoot Inn and the winner was named: Tawny Villain won a 6-month contract for a food truck business called Sweet Heat Meat. Read More | Comment »

Food Artisan Profiles 12:00PM Sun. Jul. 7, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

It's Tempeh Time!

Whether your family is dedicated to abstaining from meat products, or simply looking for occasional meat substitutes for health, economic, or environmental reasons, the ancient art of tempeh is an excellent choice for menu planning. Read More | Comment »

Artisan Food Products 4:00PM Fri. Jul. 5, 2013, Jessi Cape

Farmers Market Report: July 6-7, 2013

First came the personal watermelons, now the big ones are here! The beauties pictured here are from 2 Happy Children Farm. 2 Happy Children also have enormous sweet cantaloupes, and both kinds of melon are quite inexpensive. Read More | Comment »

10:35AM Fri. Jul. 5, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Homesick Texans Can Now Chill with Shiner Beer

When it comes to battling the Texas heat, few things are more victorious than an ice-cold Shiner beer. But what happens when Texans move away from Texas? It may be a sin to leave the best state in the nation, but is it such a horrible sin that penance should be the loss of the comfort of a most beloved beer? Read More | Comment »

Beer 10:00AM Thu. Jul. 4, 2013, Jessica Lee

Austinite Tracy Claros Brings Home Gold From NYC Fancy Food Show

Successful local confectioner Tracy Claros spent a couple of years in research and development before adding new products to her line of delightful, award-winning Sticky Toffee Puddings. Her new Chocolate Tiffin bars debuted at last week's 2013 Fancy Food Show in NYC and Claros is golden again! Read More | Comment »

Artisan Food Products 3:15PM Wed. Jul. 3, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue:
Different Drugs, Different People, Different Effects

Yes, this is the same Hank Cathey featured in Robert Faires' current "Drama & Tonic" article about alcohol in the theatre scene. Read More | Comment »

Cocktails 10:15AM Wed. Jul. 3, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: 'The Drunken Botanist' Reviewed

“This book came out of a conversation with a fellow plant researcher, when he told me he didn’t care for gin,” Amy Stewart told me during her recent visit to Austin to promote her latest best seller, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks (Ten Speed Press, $19.95). Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 9:18AM Wed. Jul. 3, 2013, Claudia Alarcón

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: I Am the Designated Driver

I've done plenty of stupid shit in my 25 years on this planet, but there's one striking difference between myself and most of my peers: I can't blame a single bit of it on alcohol. Read More | Comment »

Spirits 9:35AM Tue. Jul. 2, 2013, Monica Riese

Barlata Tapas Bar Opens Today

Ever since word got out that Spanish chef and restaurateur Daniel Olivella and his wife, Vanessa Jerez, had moved their young family to Austin with the intention of opening a restaurant here, Spanish food lovers have been on the alert. Quality representations of Iberian cuisine have been noticeably absent from the Austin culinary scene. No more. Read More | Comment »

Food & Wine Events 1:55PM Mon. Jul. 1, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Farmers Market Report: June 29-30, 2013

By the time I got to the 2 Happy Children Farm table last week, the cantaloupes were all sold out; this week, there should be enough to last all day. They will also have seedless watermelons (Barton Creek Market and Cedar Park Market). Read More | Comment »

11:05AM Fri. Jun. 28, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Talking Wine With Jason Wise and Dustin Wilson of 'Somm'

Around 200 people have passed the Master Sommelier exam since its inception in 1969. Less than 135 North Americans have achieved the diploma and only 10% of those who try will ever succeed. To become a Master Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers examinations is touted to be one of the most difficult achievements on the planet. Read More | Comment »

Food & Wine Events 10:45AM Thu. Jun. 27, 2013, Margaret Shugart

Cookbook Review: 'Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese'

It is not often that a cookbook comes around and instantly engages me to the degree that I stop what I’m doing to read it. Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 9:00AM Thu. Jun. 27, 2013, Jessi Cape

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