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My Dinner With Tru

Those of us who witnessed Jaston Williams' stunning, tour-de-force performance in Tru on Sunday, Oct. 22, got more than a great afternoon of theatre for our money. Immediately after the matinee, the audience left Zachary Scott Theatre and regrouped in the main dining room at Green Pastures (811 W. Live Oak, 444-1888) for a champagne-and-appetizer reception with the star, benefiting the theatre. The turn-of-the-century mansion, childhood home to legendary Austin humorist and raconteur John Henry Faulk, was the perfect setting in which to celebrate a performance about a great Southern author and personality, Truman Capote, by another of Austin's most beloved favorite sons, acclaimed actor Jaston Williams. The champagne and repartee sparkled, and Williams spoke eloquently about how glad he was to be performing for Austin audiences again. Zach Scott's next food-and-wine benefit event will be a Gala Preview Party of the Chateau Montrechet designer show house on Thursday evening, Nov. 2, from 7-10pm. Rooms in the Davenport Village French chateau mansion have been decorated by Austin's top interior designers in themes inspired by Zach's 2000-01 season, and a champagne buffet will be presented by Hoffman & Company Caterers. Call the Zach Scott box office at 476-0541x1 for reservations.


Austin's booming economy means restaurant expansions. Chef/owner Johannes Muljadi of Java Noodles (2400 E. Oltorf, 443-5282) is expanding his operation to include Java Market (2400 E. Oltorf #6A, 444-8881) a few doors down from the Indonesian restaurant. The store will stock Indonesian spices, noodles, and native ingredients plus other Oriental import items. Muljadi expects to have his full inventory in place by the end of November... Fans of chef Adrian Creasey's Northwest Hills takeout spot Cafe Mia (3573 Far West Blvd., 342-9570) will be pleased to note his second location debuts in West Lake Hills early in November. Look for Cafe Mia II (3663 Bee Caves Rd.#4A, 327-1795) to open soon featuring the same tasty Mediterranean menu plus a full line of elegant desserts from Rather Sweet. Plans for a third location in the Capitol area are already on the drawing board. Sample the signature dishes of some of Austin's top caterers at the Celebrity Chefs Tasting Event & Charity Auction benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (338-1744) on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5:30-9pm, in the atrium of the Omni Hotel (Eighth & Brazos). Delicacies from caterers Epicurean Express, Prairie Rock, Fabulous Affairs, Joe Cook, Hoffman & Co., and Private Affairs, plus the Empanada Parlour, Kevin's Cookies, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Gilligan's, and Canyon Cafe will be served. Call 338-1744 for ticket information... Diana Kennedy is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the cuisines of Mexico. She will appear at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11, to discuss her newly published book The Essential Cuisines of Mexico (Clarkson Potter, $35), which is a compilation and updating of three of her seminal works on Mexican cuisine that are now out of print (The Cuisines of Mexico, The Tortilla Book, Recipes From the Regional Cooks of Mexico). On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 6pm, the author will be the featured guest at a reception hosted by Tom Gilliland at Fonda San Miguel (2330 W. North Loop, 459-3401) and prepared by executive chef Roberto Santibanez. Reservations are necessary.

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