Food-o-File: Wednesday Lagniappe

A little extra Austin food news, a little early

Round Rock firefighters with the Jack Allen's Kitchen team. (Courtesy of Strange Fruit PR)

Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra.

Delysia Chocolatier brought home two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals from the fall 2014 International Chocolate Salon Awards in San Francisco on Nov. 22nd. The competition recognizes the finest artisan chocolates and confections in the country. Delysia garnered top honors in the “Most Unique” category for both their carrot cake and white peach balsamic truffles. The silver medals were awarded to the Mexican mole and white peach balsamic varieties in the “Best Taste and Flavor” category. The white peach balsamic truffles also went on the take a bronze medal in each of the “Best Ingredient Combinations” and “Best in Salon Truffle” divisions. The awards should make appropriate decorations for the new Delysia Chocolate Culinarly Center (2000 Windy Terrace).

• Austin bartender Brett Esler of Whisler's is the only Texan, indeed the only bartender from outside the five burroughs of New York City, to be named one of the seven finalists in the third annual “Show Me the Proof” high proof cognac cocktail competition held by Louis Royer Cognac. Craft bartenders from around the country submitted cocktail recipes featuring Royer Force 53 VSOP Cognac through an online bartender community,, and the finalists are invited to compete at Bacchanal restaurant in New York City on December 1st. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris and Jarnac, France, the 150-year-old home of the Louis Royer brand. There will be cash prizes for second and third place.

• Chef Jack Gilmore has already had a busy holiday season and it's only Thanksgiving. In addition to a full schedule of book signings this month, the chef provided all the turkeys for the annual Mobile Loaves & Fishes Thanksgiving dinner for Austin's homeless on Monday. Then Tuesday, Gilmore and his team delivered turkey dinners for the firefighters and their families at fire houses in Oak Hill, Westlake, and Round Rock.

• The shady yard at Métier Cook's Supply (1805 S. First) is turning into a prime space for small special events and classes. For example, on Friday, Nov. 28 from 1-2:30pm, they'll host an advanced coffee-brewing class with expert barista and coffee authority, Zach Sanger of Casa Brasil, using a one-of-a kind Chemex glass coffeemaker. Class members will also be treated to an authentic Italian beverage – an affogato – made by pouring coffee over gelato, in this case from Métier's neighbor, Dolce Neve Gelato. Also on Wednesdays in December, the store will host a cookie & cocktail happy hour from 3-7pm with complimentary sparkling beverages and a cookie recipe from Lenoir with every purchase.

Flat Creek Estates (24912 Singleton Bend E. near Marble Falls) hosts a holiday shopping spree on their outdoor pavilion with paintings, jewelry, wood turnings, handcrafted soaps, candies, and more great gift ideas. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 28 & 29, 11am-5pm

• Chef Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club (2410 Manor Rd) is pleased to finally offer a Gulf Coast duck and goose hunting and cooking school in conjunction with Coastal Wings Guide Service. The fully guided hunts will be Jan. 18-10, 2015 on a large lease near Bay City. Hunts include comfortable lodgings and cooking classes that will feature accessible recipes for home cooks. Cost for two days of hunting, lodging, meals, and cooking class booklets is $1,995. Email Dick Williams at [email protected] or call him at 409/771-1451 to book a spot for the school.

• Promoter Brian Erickson has officially changed the name of his fall food truck tasting event from Truck by Truckwest to Trucklandia Fest and compressed the schedule down to a power-eating three-day weekend for October 2015. He's offering a Cyber Monday 50% off special for advance ticket purchases. Go here and use promo code: SXSW.

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