Rumors have been swirling about Central Texas chefs from award-winning restaurants with national reputations who have recently found themselves unemployed. The best news is that San Antonio chef Jay McCarthy, formerly of Cascabel restaurant in the Sheraton Fiesta Hotel, will become an executive at our own Central Market... Speaking of Central Market, their cooking school has a great line up for the rest of the month: New York chef/cooking instructor/author/foodstylist Shirley King will appear this week, teaching cooking classes on Friday, June 21 and Monday, June 24, also presenting a demonstration and booksigning in the seafood department on Saturday afternoon, June 22. The energetic Ms. King is busy promoting two new cookbooks, Fish -- The Basics: An Illustrated Guide to Selecting and Cooking Fresh Seafood (Chapters Publishing, $19.95, paper) and Pampile's Table: Recipes and Writings from the French Countryside (Faber & Faber, $22.95, hard). The Friday cooking class will feature recipes from King's definitive fish cookbook and the Monday class will present a French dinner menu from Pampile's Table, her faithful translation of an early 20th-century French classic cookbook, Les Bon Plats de France by Marthe (Pampile) Daudet. Local Francophile Ann Clark reports that she read Pampile's Table in galleys and was very impressed. After Shirley King's visit, the flavors change from French to Italian with Rino Lanzalotti, chef/owner of Bottega della Pasta. Rino has recently returned from a visit to his Italian hometown outside Milan. He will be sharing new recipes and cooking trends picked up in his homeland in a class on Tuesday, June 25. The next night, Jeffrey's executive chef David Garrido will teach a class pairing original dishes with wines from Fall Creek Vineyards. To make reservations, call 458-3068... Appetite of Austin chef/caterer Greg Petrosewicz has some interesting summer classes coming up at Williams-Sonoma. On Monday, June 24, he'll present a Dinner from the Grill that will allow you to fix a great meal and leave the heat outside. The next evening, Petrosewicz will feature a simply prepared, classic French dinner menu designed for two people. Call 338-4080 to register. The word from Breed & Co Westlake is that they will resume a regular schedule of Tuesday night cooking classes in late August... Interested in sampling some top-rated Chardonnays with a delightful summer meal? Sfuzzi presents a Chardonnay wine dinner on Tuesday, June 25 featuring a four-course meal and Chardonnays from Bernardus Winery, Cambria, Robert Mondavi and Kendall Jackson. For reservations, call 476-8100... Recent correspondence from the Gillespie County Fruit Growers at Burg's Corners confirms the bad news about the Texas peach crop. However, the retail room at the popular roadside stop on Hwy 290W outside Stonewall will be open all summer, selling peaches imported from California and Arizona, and other homegrown produce... The International Association of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (IAWCR) will sponsor a panel discussion entitled "How Women Can Succeed in Restaurants" on Tuesday, June 25, 10:15-11:15am, during the Southwest Foodservice Expo ,Room 302 at the Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. The panel will present female restaurateurs from around the country including Sharon Watkins of Austin's Chez Zee. That afternoon, Boulevard Bis-tro owner Monica Pope will host a reception at her restaurant from 4-6pm. To make reservations for the reception or receive info about the IAWCR, call 415/362-7336

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