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Dining for Life

The sixth annual Dining for Life fundraiser takes place all day Monday, October 5. It's the most painless charitable donation you'll ever make. Just grab a group of friends and go to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the participating restaurants (see the ad on page 45 in this issue for a list), and the restaurant will donate a percentage of their profits to AIDS Services of Austin. Local eateries have raised more than $90,000 in the first five years. Go forth and dine, please.


Feed the Builders That House the Homeless

In partnership with Montopolis area churches, businesses, community volunteers, and the families who will ultimately live in the houses, Habitat for Humanity (310 Comal, 472-8788) plans to build 12 houses in 12 days, October 12-24. To help accomplish this, the nonprofit needs donations of food and a team of volunteers to prepare meals daily for the group of nearly 500 volunteer builders. Word of Mouth Catering (919 W. 12th, 472-9500) has already prepared menus and recipe plans, and First United Methodist Church (12th & Lavaca, 478-5684) has donated its kitchen for the duration. What HFH still needs are experienced chefs, cooks, and kitchen managers to prepare, transport, and serve lunch and dinner every day during the building period. It is currently recruiting kitchen support personnel to staff the food teams. The kitchen manager will oversee production and logistics, and should be available October 10-24. Each chef should be able to make at least a one-day commitment from 8am to 8pm. Kitchen staff will work two six-hour shifts: 8am-2pm and 2- 8pm. The on-site crafts service and serving teams will work four shifts: 7-11am, 10:30am-2:30pm, 2-6pm, and 5:30-9pm. While a far cry from the usual request to serve fancy food at charity events, this seems like a problem that Austin's vastly talented food community can surely solve. To find out more about volunteering or for a detailed list of the specific food items that Habitat needs donated, contact Food Coordinator Robin Camp (eatup@aol.com) or Project Coordinator Kandace Tornquist (472-8788) at the Habitat office.


Schools Are Popping Up All Over

According to figures recently released by the Texas Restaurant Association (1400 Lavaca, 472-3666), the restaurant industry is the largest employer in the Austin metro area, providing jobs for more than 40,000 people. Where are all those restaurant workers going to get the necessary training, we might wonder? New culinary training programs are popping up all around. We recently reported the opening of the Professional Culinary Arts School at Creative Cuisine & Catering (2823 Hancock, 451-5743), which offers Austin's first pastry arts program...

Austin Community College (5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., 223-7596) has just established a Culinary Arts program to start at their new Eastview campus in the spring of 1999. The program will offer ACC students the opportunity to pursue one-year certification or a two-year degree. Two state-of-the-art kitchens are under construction at Eastview and program coordinator Brian Hay expects 20-30 students in the first class. The Austin Restaurant Association has set up two $350 scholarships per semester, and Hay hopes to see even more scholarships as the food program develops...

The newest culinary program in Houston is Culinary Institute Alain & Marie LeNotre(7070 Allensby; Houston, 77022; 888/536-6873; http://www.lenotre-alain-marie.com; lenotre@wt.net). The name LeNotre is synonymous with fine pastries and quality culinary instruction worldwide. Though the new school is not affiliated with the famed Ecole LeNotre in Paris, the promotional material assures that the teaching principles are the same and course offerings are in English at a fraction of the cost of studying in France.

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