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Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe

By Virginia B. Wood, January 24, 2015, 8:00am, On the Range

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.

• There have been some delays at the long-anticipated Nightcap (1401 W. Sixth), and it's going to be a few more months before we can enjoy their savory bites, plated desserts, and cocktails. Co-owner Christin Rowan-Adams reports that the glacial pace of the city permit process has slowed their progress and delayed the beginning of construction, so now she and chef and co-owner Josh Matlock are hoping for a late spring or early summer opening for the dessert lounge. The duo recently hosted a pop-up dinner and our Eric Panter was lucky enough to snag a seat. Matlock and his Mulberry colleague, chef Ruston Richardson, impressed the crowd with a multi-course meal they created and served in the limited kitchen of an apartment complex club room. We can't wait to see what Matlock can do when he's got his own restaurant kitchen.

Jasmine Jones inaugural pop-up bake sale at Métier Cook's Supply (1805 S. First) sold out so quickly she's been invited to make it a weekly feature going forward. This morning, she'll be bringing more I Knead That treats and will be set up to take credit cards. Look for Flat Track cold brew coffee to be available, as well. Saturday, Jan. 24, 10am until sold out.

• The folks from Boomerang's Aussie Pies are throwing their annual Australia Day party to benefit Meals on Wheels and More, mates, and you're invited to join them at the Austin Rugby Club (6013 Loyola Ln.). The party will include crafts and a bouncy castle for kids, plus a silent auction and a speed-eating contest with a prize of free Aussie pies for a year. Sunday, Jan. 25, 12pm-5pm.

• The Josephine House Guest Chef Series (1601 Waterston) continues with two chefs from Chicago – Hunter Moore of Parsons Chicken and Fish and Chad Hague of Longman & Eagle. Dinner is $55 or $80 with cocktail pairings. Contact Sunday, Jan. 25, 6pm.

Fiore Tedesco's L'Oca D'oro Supper Club has several events scheduled over the next few weeks. They'll be serving dinner at Weather Up (1808 E. Cesar Chavez) on Valentine's Day and hosting a Good Taste Boombox food event at the Contemporary Austin (823 Congress) on Feb. 18. On Monday, Jan. 26, they'll be serving a five-course $75 prix fixe dinner at Lenoir (1807 S. First) with seatings at 7, 7:30, and 8pm. Contact

Jack Allen's Kitchen (7720 Hwy 71 West) is hosting a Gulf Coast seafood cookout to benefit the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation. Enjoy local beers and cocktails made with local spirits while devouring a feast of crabs, shrimp, oysters, frogs legs, and fried fish presented by Quality Seafood owner Carol Huntsberger. Tickets are $150 here. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6-9pm.

Slow Food Austin kicks off 2015 with a happy hour at the Hightower (1209 E. Seventh) where a $15 donation goes to support Slow Food's educational programs. Cocktails and snacks will be for sale. Thursday, Jan. 29, 6-8pm.

• Pieman Bud Royer of Royer's Round Top Cafe is a big man with a big personality and an even bigger heart. He's known for big philanthropic efforts such as delivering truckloads of pies to tornado victims and hurricane survivors and shipping pies to our soldiers overseas. Now Bud is the one who could use some help. In the fall of 2014, he survived a heart attack, but as a self-employed person with no insurance, he's left with a mountain of medical bills. This weekend, there's a chance to help by attending the "Pieman's Celebration of Life" to enjoy barbecue, the cafe's fried chicken, and live music from the Black Cat Trio, plus bidding on both live and silent auction items. The fried chicken is pretty spectacular, but the list of auction items is worth a trip to Round Top by itself. Bid on such things as a pie a month for life; shopping sprees at Magnolia Pearl and Uncommon Objects; and a week-long getaway at a private home in Santa Fe; plus gift cards to Houston and Austin restaurants. Folks who can't make the party but would like to donate can send checks to Bud Royer Medical Fund; P.O. Box 207: Round Top, Texas 78954. Tickets to the party are $20 at Henkel Hall (201 N. Live Oak in Round Top) Sunday, Jan. 25, 2-5pm

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