Virginia B. Wood on this week's events and news in Austin's culinary life


In the off-with-my-head department, there are some necessary corrections to "Second Helpings" listings on Farm Stands [Oct. 12] and on Community Supported Agriculture farms [Oct. 19]. It seems that both weeks, I managed to put the wrong e-mail address in the listing for Tecolote Farm. When you e-mail the farm to get on the waiting list for their spring subscription shares, please do so at I also neglected to mention that Tecolote Farm is run by both Dave Pitre and Katie Kraemer. Their farmstand season runs from March through August. I regret the errors.

Eat Drink Buy Tickets

Now is your last chance to purchase advance tickets for the tastiest movie event of the year, the Chronicle's five-course film feast, Eat Drink Watch Movies at the Alamo Drafthouse North from Nov. 1-5. Check out the menus and then make your reservations to see Eat Drink Man Woman with multiple courses from Suzi's China Grill and Chinatown, Chocolat with an all-chocolate menu prepared by Dr. Chocolate and Dolce Vita, Soul Food with tasty down-home delights from Hoover's Cooking and Gene's Po'Boys & Deli, Big Night with Italian cuisine from La Traviata and ASTI, and the delightful Tortilla Soup with authentic Mexican food from Curra's Grill and Manuel's. The festival offers Austin foodies and film lovers a chance to enjoy a good movie, have a delicious meal prepared by top local restaurants, and make a very timely donation to the Capital Area Food Bank all at the same time. Purchase tickets online at; advance reservations required. The Soul Food event is $25 for a single ticket, $40 a pair; the other nights are $50/$85 a pair. Call 454-5765, ext.111 for more info. I'll be introducing the movies every night, so see you there!


The second annual San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival happens this weekend, Nov. 2-4, in the Alamo City. Local chefs David Garrido and Miguel Ravago and former Austinites Rebecca Rather and Susanna Trilling will join the likes of Stephan Pyles, Grady Spears, Bruce Auden, Zarela Martinez, and Carmen Ramirez in promoting the wines and foods of all the Americas during the two-day festivities. This year's event will focus on the foods of contemporary Texas and delve into the regional cuisines of Mexico. For more information, call 210/518-1155 or go to Changes are in store at Emilia's (600 E. Third, 469-9722): General manager Michael McGovern and wine director Matt Berendt have left the restaurant to do some consulting work and pursue their dream of restaurant ownership. Will Packwood takes over as executive chef/general manager, Seth Pollard is the new wine director, and Stephane Burress is the maitre d'... Fonda San Miguel (2330 W. North Loop, 459-4121) sous chef James Brockman left the restaurant this fall, returning to Manhattan to work in a restaurant called Good Enough to Eat. Winners of the 13th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-off held Oct. 14 in Round Rock are the following: 1st Place, Sue Gaughenbaugh of Savory Chef in Houston; 2nd Place, Alice Strong of the Vegetarian Society of Houston; 3rd Place, Gloria and Richard Weer of Converse. The People's Choice was a tie between Dan Gillotte and Rosie Weaver of Austin and Don Barnes of Voices for Animals. Congratulations to all.

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