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Think Pink
Pastry Queen and the Pink Pig proprietor Rebecca Rather keeps giving us reasons to drive to Fredericksburg
Food Story  May 17, 2013, by Wes Marshall
"...She was the co-owner of Rather Sweet Bakery and Cafe in Fredericksburg, a cornerstone of the area's culinary reputation among travelers and locals alike. She's the author of three best-selling and award-winning cookbooks – The Pastry Queen, The Pastry Queen Christmas, and Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style, all from Ten Speed Press..."

Rebecca Rather Closes the Pink Pig
Bakery and cafe was popular wine country dining destination
DAILY Food  August 20, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather has actively promoted her Pink Pig Bakery & Cafe (6266 Hwy 290 East) outside Fredericksburg via all forms of social media. Today a notice on the company Facebook page announced they had lost their lease and the business was closed as of August 18...."

Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style
The Pastry Queen is back
Food Story  October 30, 2009, by Kate Thornberry
"...Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Styleby Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman Random House, 272 pp., $32.50..."

Celebrity Judges
Food Story  August 27, 2010
"...Rebecca Rather: This native Texan is the pastry chef and co-owner of the nationally known Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe in the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg. She's the author of three award-winning cookbooks – The Pastry Queen, Pastry Queen Christmas, and Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style – and has recently been busy filming cooking segments for a PBS documentary on the Texas olive oil industry which should air in the late fall...."

Celebrity Judges
Food Story  August 28, 2009
"...Rebecca Rather: This native Texan is the pastry chef and owner of the nationally known Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe on Main Street in Fredericksburg. She is the author of two award-winning cookbooks, The Pastry Queen and The Pastry Queen Christmas..."

Food-o-File
Cookies, cupcakes, and ice creams – oh, my!
Food Column  May 2, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sounds delightful... If you happen to run into Fredericksburg Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather while she's in town serving desserts at two high-profile charity events in the coming week, be sure to congratulate her on winning an International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award for her second book, The Pastry Queen Christmas (Ten Speed Press)....."

A Baker's Dozen
Gifts for the Kneady
Food Story  December 13, 1996, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Though my training and skills are primarily in pastry making, the recent renaissance of artisan bread baking has inspired me to bake bread more often this year. Whether the baker on your Christmas list is a pastry queen or wields a mean baguette, here's a list of a baker's dozen gift ideas that are sure to please the chef and everyone who tastes their wares...."

Celebrity Judges
Food Story  August 26, 2011, by Robb Walsh
"...Rebecca Rather: Author of the bestselling cookbook The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe and two sequels, The Pastry Queen Christmas and Pastry Queen Parties, Rather is chef and owner of Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe in Fredericksburg...."

Food-o-File
The James Beard Foundation and Inter­national Association of Culinary Professionals honor local cookbook authors
Food Column  April 4, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Members of the James Beard Foundation have recognized Great Bar Food at Home (Wiley & Sons) by Wimberley resident Kate Heyhoe and Rosa's New Mexican Table (Artisan) by former Austin chef Roberto Santibañez with nominations for their cookbook awards due to be announced in early May. In addition to a duplicate nomination for chef Santibañez's book, the Inter­national Association of Culinary Profes­sionals has also nominated The Pastry Queen Christmas (Ten Speed Press) by former Austin pastry chef and current Fredericksburg restaurateur Rebecca Rather, Crescent City Cooking (Knopf) by New Orleans chef Susan Spicer and Austin cowgirl food writer Paula Disbrowe, and Sweet Myrtle & Bitter Honey (Rizzoli) by Houston and Dallas chef/restaurateur Efisio Farris..."

Food-o-File
This week it's all chocolates and pastries and wine
Food Column  April 16, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Two well-known former Austin pastry chefs are back in town this week for the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival. Fredericksburg Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather will present a signature chocolate dessert tonight (Thursday) at the Culinary Masters Dinner and a cooking demo at the Sunday Fair..."

Callie Speer Competes on Food TV
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  November 30, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Great Holiday Show debuts on ABC this evening, with six amateur bakers competing in weekly themed challenges to be judged by celebrity American pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini and the visiting “Royal Queen of English Baking,” otherwise known as Mary Berry. The ABC show is an adaptation of the Great British Bake-Off, a wildly popular BBC program which stars baker Paul Hollywood and Berry as judges..."

Food Events
Lagunita's and Breckenridge Brewery host beer pairings, and Austin Restaurant Week
Food Column  September 21, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Autumn Picnic With the Pastry Queen Learn how to make delectable sweet treats from the pastry queen herself, Rebecca Rather at this delicious class. Reserve online or by phone..."

The Hill Country Fall Fest & Wine Auction
Sept. 15-17
Food Story  August 4, 2006
"...Local legend John Arthur Martinez will provide the entertainment; $50 per person.Saturday, Sept. 1610:30am-12:30pm: Be at Fall Creek Vineyards (www.fcv.com) when Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather of Fredericksburg "Cooks up a Storm," demonstrating the preparation of some Hill Country favorites that will be served with Texas wines..."

Celebrity Judges
Food Story  August 24, 2007
"...She first made a name for herself as the pastry chef at Tony's in Houston and as executive pastry chef for the Schlotzsky's corporation in Austin. Her first cookbook, The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, is a bestseller, and her new book, Rather Sweet Christmas, is due out this fall...."

Cookbook Reviews
Gift guide
Food Story  December 10, 2004, by Alexis Carroll
"...The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe by Rebecca Rather with Alison Oresman..."

Hill Country Food and Wine Guide
Food Story  April 5, 2002
"...Former Houston and Austin pastry queen Rebecca Rather relocated her little bakery to Fredericksburg late last year, taking over the space vacated by Marie Claire Quittelier's Marie Cuisine. The attractive new bakery is being embraced by locals and tourists alike..."

Hill Country Food & Wine Guide
by Virginia B. Wood & the Cuisines staff
Food Story  April 13, 2001
"...Former Houston and Austin pastry queen Rebecca Rather relocated her little bakery to Fredericksburg late last year, taking over the space vacated by Marie Claire Quittelier's Marie Cuisine. The attractive new bakery is being embraced by locals and tourists alike..."

Food-o-File
Barbecue, competitive kolache eating, and more new babies
Food Column  September 21, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Entertainment District regulars with a taste for pizza will be pleased to note that Hoek's Pizza has relocated and is now open in Headhunters (720 Red River) from 8pm to 3am Wednesdays through Saturdays... More new baby news: Pastry chef and Sweet Tempered bakery co-owner Jennifer Crandell and husband Cory are the proud parents of prospective pastry queen Lily June Crandell (8 pounds, 10 ounces, 21 inches), who was born Aug..."

Food-o-File
Attention, chocoholics; plus, the Granite Cafe is eroding
Food Column  November 5, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Fredericksburg pastry chef/bakery owner Rebecca Rather will sign copies of her new book, The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe (Ten Speed Press) at Gardens (1818 W. 35th, 451-5490) from 4 to 7pm, Nov..."

Food-o-File
The holiday season has been like a runaway train for Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood; here's a list of the new restaurants in Austin she wants to try out in January.
Food Column  December 29, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Rather Sweet Bakery (249 E. Main, Fredericksburg, 830/990-0498): Pastry queen Rebecca Rather lost her 12th Street bakery late last spring but managed to keep her business name alive with some well-timed national publicity (mentions in both Bon Appetit and Ladies' Home Journal)..."

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