Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe

A little extra Austin food news

Olivia O'Neal of Sugar Mama's (photo by John Anderson)

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.

Olivia O'Neal of Sugar Mama's Bakeshop (1905. S. First) celebrates seven sweet years in business at the original location with an anniversary party to benefit SafePlace. There will be free cupcakes and fun door prizes. Saturday, Sept. 12, 10am.

• In response to customer demand, Argus Cidery (12345 Paul's Valley Rd.) has opened a tasting room in their new facility. Guests can enjoy ciders by the glass or bottle on Saturday afternoons, starting this week. Saturday, Sept. 12, 1-6pm.

• The 15 wineries that make up the Texas Wine Road 290 are joining forces with the Kiolbassa Provision Company of San Antonio and top Hill Country-area restaurants to present the annual Kiolbassa & Kab event. Each winery will serve a different sausage dish paired with fine Texas Cabernets. The event is free, but they will only have servings for 300 people at each location. Saturday, Sept. 13, 10am-6pm.

Rebecca Masson, the self-styled sugar fairy from Houston's popular Fluff Bake Bar, will present a pop-up pastry sale during brunch at Weather Up (1808 E. Cesar Chavez). Enjoy sweet treats and music from DJ Gatsby. Sunday, Sept. 13, 11:30am-3:30pm.

Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar (photo courtesy of Rebecca Masson)

Kerbey Lane Cafe executive chef Carl Leefe is one of 135 chefs across the country competing in the Hometown Breakfast Battle sponsored by Thomas brand English Muffins and bagels. Leefe's dish is the mouthwatering Godfather Benedict, and KLC fans will have two weeks to vote online so that Leefe and his dish make it to the final round of 16. Go here to vote starting Monday, Sept. 14.

Gourmet by Numbers (7318 McNeil) opens the first brick-and-mortar outlet of the relatively young local meal service. The store sells ready-to-cook meal kits of the fresh ingredients needed to create chef-inspired meals in 30 minutes or less. The menu features options for all diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc) and new dishes are added every month. Customers can still purchase subscriptions or shop directly from stock available in the store. For more detail, go here. Hours are Monday- Saturday, 10am-7pm and the store opens Monday, Sept. 14.

• Restaurants all over town will be donating a portion of their proceeds to benefit AIDS Services of Austin as part of Dining (Out) For Life, so go dine out and do some good! Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 14-15.

• San Antonio chef/restaurateur Jason Dady hosts the first Texas Chefs Week featuring guest chefs from Houston, Dallas, and Austin. Nightly dinners will take place at Tre Enoteca (555 W. Bitters Rd in San Antonio) and each evening will spotlight the cuisine of a different region of Italy as interpreted by the guest chef. Austin will be represented by chefs Nicholas Yanes of Juniper and Jorge Hernandez of Qui. Dinners will include two appetizers and three courses for $65. Wine pairings can be added for an additional fee. Seatings are at 7pm and the number of guests will be limited to 40 each night. Make reservations at 210/496-0555 or via email at [email protected]. Monday, Sept. 14 – Saturday, Sept. 19.

• Chefs Carlos Manzano and Santos Garcia of Blue Corn Harvest (700 E. Whitestone Blvd, #124 in Cedar Park) will prepare a multi-course Southwestern dinner paired with craft brews from Karbach Brewery. Diner is $60; make necessary reservations by phone at 512/528-0889. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7pm.

• Celebrate Mexican Independence Day, (Diez y Seis de Septiembre) at the original El Chilito (2219 Manor Rd.) where chef Anselmo Sanchez will roast a whole pig in a caja china and serve up crispy pork tacos as long as supplies last. Enjoy free food, beer, aguas frescas, and chilled watermelon while DJ Boyfriends spins tunes. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6-8pm.

Argus Cidery (photo courtesy of Argus Cidery)

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