The Capital Area Food Bank's 10th Annual Hometown Harvest community-wide food drive will take place Nov. 12-19. The donated food will see the Food Bank through the holiday season, when they distribute food to 185 charitable organizations in Central Texas. Red collection barrels will be placed in all HEB, Randalls, Simon David, Albertson's, Whole Foods, Fiesta, Foodland, and Wheatsville. Pitch in all the canned goods you can spare.
Before long, you should be able to buy a bagel on every corner in Austin. To that end, Joe and Isabella Loiacano have opened locations number four and five of The Bagelry. Now you can nosh at 3663 W. Bee Caves Road in Westlake Court and at 5501-B Balcones Drive in Plaza Balcones... The Whole Foods Farmer's Market continues this month in front of the Sixth and Lamar store every Wednesday afternoon 2:30-5:30 pm with locally grown produce from 10 to 14 Central Texas farms. Chefs lined up to prepare sample dishes in November are Mustang Diner's Mark Oster (11-1), Tim Kartiganer from Mars (11-8), Rocky Packard of Coyote Cafe (11-15), Ancho's John Lucas (11-22) and Milieu's Lee Hankins (11-29). Use these guys as a resource of ideas for dishes to prepare with the great local produce... Bertram's General Manager Tom Hoopingarner announced last week that they have hired chef Peter O'Brien to replace Craig Sullivan at the historic downtown restaurant. Locals may remember CIA-grad O'Brien from his flamboyant stints at Granite Cafe, Bitter End, and Caffe Azzuro before he returned to Dallas' Riviera Hotel... Coming Events: The fall wine dinner calendar is looking good. On Monday, November 13, Sfuzzi continues their fall series with a tempting fall menu from chef Louis Halfant paired with Jordan wines. Call the restaurant at 476-8100 to make a reservation for the $55 per plate event. Shoreline Grill will present National Fine Wine Authority Mick Unti at an Artisan's and Estate Vintner's Dinner on Tuesday, November 14. Chef Dan Haverty will create a special menu to compliment the wines from Kendall-Jackson, Cambria, La Crema, and Stonestreet, including the debut of Kendall-Jackson's new sparkling wine, Krystone. Call 477-3300 to reserve a seat for $65.