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Feasting after the Festival, local food heroes, and new eateries

By Virginia B. Wood, Fri., March 16, 2012

Just a few more days of music, movies, panels, and parties, and things will get back to abnormal around here. Be sure to use our newly refurbished online restaurant guide for dining suggestions in addition to the restaurant listings in the special edition dailies this week, and keep an eye on our On the Range Food blog for updates about food-related topics of interest. And if you're looking for cookbook mementos of your South by Southwest 2012 visit to Austin, may we suggest the Trailer Food Diaries Cook­book: Austin Edition by Tiffany Harelik ($19.95) with recipes for signature dishes from some of our local food trucks or Ruby's Juke Joint Americana Cookbook (Bando Press, 166 pp., $21.95) by local musician Rudy Dee Philippa, who shares recipes for popular American regional standards accompanied by a CD of original Americana compositions. Both books are at BookPeople; Ruby's Cookbook is also available at Antone's Records and Waterloo Records, as well as her Friday night gig.

Edible Austin has announced the recipients of its Local Hero Awards for 2012: Paula and Glenn Foore of Springdale Farm; Sonia Coté of the East Side Show Room and Hillside Farmacy; Antonelli's Cheese Shop; Dai Due; and the Sustainable Food Center. Kudos to them all for their important contributions to our local food community.

Local food news certainly doesn't slow down just because of our version of March Madness. Chefs Matt Clouser and Zack Northcutt are busy with special events this week, but look for the talented duo's new Swift's Attic opening later this month at 315 Congress, with eclectic small plates and a full bar... The restaurant group behind Cover 3 (2700 W. Anderson) says it is redefining sports bars with the new Cover 2 (13701 Research Blvd.), offering 25 beers on tap, some of the most popular menu items from Cover 3, and 80-inch flat-screen TVs... Elaine's Pork & Pie (2113 Manor Rd.) is now open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:15am-3pm, with pulled-pork sandwiches, daily soups, small pies, and other sweets to eat in or take out... Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar (506 West Ave.) is celebrating a year in business with a monthlong fish taco promotion benefiting the Center for Child Protection... Check out the daily half-price happy hour at Cipollina (1213 West Lynn): small plates, aperitifs, and sparkling wines by the glass... Buckley Wineholt's Urban Wine + Liquor (200 Congress) is now open in the ground floor of the Austonian, offering wine, spirits, beers, barware, and local artisanal foods; it'll showcase local and regionally-produced items throughout March... Look for the second outlet of Con'Olio Oils & Vinegars to open at 215 Lavaca in a few weeks... The spring and summer seasons of the community-sup­port­ed agriculture program at Tecolote Farm are now open to new subscribers with no waiting list. Email tecolotefarm@gmail.com or call 276-7008 to sign up for shares... Congratu­la­tions to Carillon chef Josh Watkins and his wife, Sarah, on the birth of their son, Cash Robert Watkins (6 lbs., 7 oz.; 18.5 inches long) on Feb. 23.

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