Food-o-File

Details about a new nonprofit whose goal is to build home food gardens as well as upcoming food events in Austin.


The Corn Is Green

The Green Corn Project (833-7446) is a new nonprofit organization with the primary goal of building home food gardens for individuals and families in need. They supply all materials and initial labor to install a vegetable garden and then help with the first year of maintenance. The hope is that their garden installations and community outreach will help family members learn new skills, earn self-esteem, and develop a connection with the earth while growing their own fresh, nutritious food. In order to better fund these endeavors, the Project presents its first annual fundraiser this Sunday, October 10 from 11am-5pm at Boggy Creek Farm (3414 Lyons Road, 926-4650). The featured attraction is a series of cooking demonstrations by local chefs, including Roger Mollett of the Central Market Cooking School, Foo Swasdee, chef/owner of Satay, the Asian Cookery, Jean Luc Salles, chef/owner of Jean Luc's French Bistro, and Barbara Nadalini, formerly of Madam Nadalini's. In addition, several local restaurants will have samples of dishes prepared from organic foods and there will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. Advance tickets ($20) are available at Satay (3202 W. Anderson Lane, 467-6731) and Boggy Creek Farm. Tickets at the gate will be $24. For more information, contact greencornproject@att.net.


Larry Speaks Organic

Speaking of organic foods, and Boggy Creek farmer Larry Butler almost always is, Whole Foods Markets (Sixth & Lamar, 476-1206; Hwy. 183 & Capitol of Texas Hwy., 345-5003) will sponsor a discussion of state and national organic standards for produce, animal products, and processed foods led by Butler; he will be at the downtown store on Tuesday, October 12 from 6:30-8pm and Gateway on Wednesday, October 13 from 6:30-8pm.


Whole Life Cuisine

Don't go to the Whole Life Expo at Palmer Auditorium this weekend expecting the usual consumer show fare of sodas, hot dogs, and nachos, oh no! The natural foods dining court at the event will feature vegetarian foods from some of Austin's most imaginative chefs. Sample the Vermicelli With Pickled Cucumbers & Thai Peanut Sauce and the Eggplant/Mushroom Wrap from David Garrido's Fresh Planet Cafe, the Foccacia Pizzas and Organic Baked Potatoes from the Flame Bistro, Veggie Tamales and stir frys from Integrity Catering, samosas and alutama from Kala's Kuisine, plus hibiscus tea and vegan scones from Nile Valley Herbs. The event is Friday, October 8-Sunday, October 10. For more information, contact 800/551-3976 or http://www.wholelife.com.


The Days of Wine & Roses

The loveliest party invitation of the year is an elegant poster announcing the Austin Museum of Art's food and wine tasting event, La Dolce Vita, Thursday, October 14 from 6:30-9pm on the grounds of Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th, 495-9224) Guests will enjoy live music and a silent art auction while sampling hors d'oeuvre from Austin's finest restaurants and a selection of fine wines and champagnes from Twin Liquors. Tickets are $50 and it's always a sellout.

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