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Stiles Switch expands, Confituras celebrates, and more in your morning food news.

"Barbecue wife" Catherine Stiles confirms that Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is indeed expanding, taking over the space long occupied by a popular neighborhood barbershop in the Fifties-era Violet Crown shopping center. The 4-year-old barbecue emporium has developed into the anchor tenant at the center, already utilizing a second space for special events and storage. The space will be converted into an expanded dining room to accommodate avid fans of the Taylor, Texas-style smoked meats pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick produces from four Dave Klose smokers.The other new addition to the business is Bill Dumas, who until recently ran the Smokey Denmark food truck. Drop by Stiles Switch for a Bloody Mary made with Barbecue Wife-brand mix and welcome Dumas to the team.

The Barton Creek Farmers Market will host a pie contest fundraiser to benefit former longtime vendor Full Quiver Farms this weekend. Not long after Full Quiver patriarch Mike Sams announced that the artisan cheesemakers would no longer participate in area markets, their barn was destroyed by fire. The Sams family lost the building and all the stored contents, including four uninsured farm vehicles and two tractors. Pies entered in the contest will be auctioned off to benefit the Sams' rebuilding efforts. You can also help directly through their GoFundMe. Saturday, Oct. 31, 10am.

Métier Cook's Supply will host another pop-up bake sale by Jasmine Jones' I Knead That bakery this weekend. Look for croissants, pastries, scones, mini fall pies, and Halloween shortbread cookies. To pre-order their exemplary English muffins, email jasmine@ikneadthat.com by Friday morning. The sale is Saturday, Oct. 31, 10am-3pm.

photo source: Confituras/ FB

Confituras owner Stephanie McClenny is gratified by the success of the just-completed Kickstarter campaign that raised $29,478 from 280 investors in 31 days. The money will be used to help create a production facility and hot biscuit shop that will also feature a community kitchen and small food business incubator. McClenny reports she is currently looking at a few different properties in South Austin but has yet to find the right spot. She would like to have the new facility open by the fall of 2016.

There are still four tickets left for Hip Girl's Guide guru Kate Payne's DIY bitters and liqueurs class tonight at Patricia's Table. Learn the history and science behind the the infusions and take home two personalized bitters jars for your home bar. Tonight, 7-9pm.

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