Many Mouths to Feed

Overwhelmed by the thought of holiday over-indulgence? Terrified by the thought of consuming too many calories, spending too many dollars on the wrong gifts, being a pawn in the crass, commercial Xmas machine? The perfect antidote to these chronic holiday complaints: volunteer and donate. Need suggestions? Contact the Volunteer Center (472-3848) for a look at the food-related options in their 1995 Giving Guide (some listed below). They will gladly provide you with all the information you need to make sure Austin families have enough to eat this holiday season. Obsessing over the 10 lbs. you'll most likely gain during the holidays? Donate 10 lbs. of groceries to the food pantry at AIDS Services of Austin (458-2437) or the Capital Area Food Bank (448-2111). Facing another dysfunctional family holiday meal? Volunteer to serve at the Salvation Army or HOBO, or contact The Christmas Bureau to adopt a needy family for Christmas. Make a donation to Meals on Wheels (476-MEAL) in memory of a loved one or in the name of someone who already has everything. Empty-nest syndrome got you down? Drop by the Austin Children's Museum to help kids make gingerbread houses or donate bags of candy for decorations. Contact Blue or Brown Santa with baby food donations. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas, in the true spirit of the season, nourish yourself and your family by feeding someone else.


Up and at `em

Ararat restaurant owner Hasan Punc has recovered from that unfortunate automobile accident and the restaurant is now back in operation after a two-month hiatus. Check out the new live entertainment offerings at Ararat: Thursday evenings they have live music and belly dancers and on Sunday evenings there will be classical Middle Eastern music. Jean-Luc's French Bistro is now open for lunch and dinner at 705 Colorado. Stop in and check out the French Country decor and enjoy one of the more than 30 wines that are available by the glass during their Wine Happy Hour from 5-6pm. Hot Sauce impresario J.P. Hayes is expanding his wholesale and mail-order hot sauce empire to include a retail outlet. The Sgt. Pepper's Hot Sauce Microbrewery is newly open for business at 601 E. 53rd. Their holiday hours are 10am-6pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Hayes is selling his own salsas and pestos as well as the products of local companies such as Don Alfonso, Stubbs BBQ Sauce, and Two Women Cooking.


Bilingual Booksigning

Texas French Bread on 29th Street was the location of a recent reception for Betty Kempe, former owner of Villa Santa Monica, a small hotel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The gracious hotel was very popular and famous for its wonderful cuisine. When Kempe sold the place she set out to compile all the eclectic recipes she had served there over the years, and the result is a self-published cookbook, Artists in the Kitchen. The spiral-bound book is completely bilingual and the "artists" in the title refer to the many good cooks in Kempe's kitchen, including employees, hotel guests, and cooking teachers. Most of the guests at the reception were former patrons of Villa Santa Monica who remember it quite fondly, and they all bought books. Artists in the Kitchen is only available by mail order from Betty Kempe, #15 South Sligo Plantation Road, Natchez, Mississippi 39120.

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