Virginia B. Wood recounts the Chronicle's Eat Drink Watch Movies event for those who couldn't attend and divulges the latest culinary news in Austin.

Eat Drink Watch Movies

The first edition of the food film festival is history. Sitting in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse North every night, the responses I heard were overwhelmingly positive. If you came out in support of the Capital Area Food Bank, we genuinely appreciate your attendance. If you weren't there, here's a sample of what you missed. Guests who saw Eat Drink Man Woman described how they quickly learned to read subtitles, handle chopsticks, and enjoy the food from Suzi's China Grill and Chinatown all at the same time. Blissed-out chocoholics emerged from watching Chocolat having stuffed themselves with elegant desserts from Dolce Vita clutching tiny gold boxes filled with chocolate sea shells and Nipples of Venus custom-made by Dr. Chocolate. I tried in vain to explain the concept of "small portions" to the generous proprietors of Hoover's Cooking and Gene's Po'Boys and watched the pleasantly gorged guests who viewed Soul Food waddle out of that theatre. Capacity crowds jammed the screenings of Big Night, sipping Proseco and eating slices of Timpano from Asti as it appeared on the screen and refreshing themselves with lemon granita from La Traviata before returning to reality. During the screening of Tortilla Soup, guests feasted on the guajillo chile-laced tortilla soup from Manuel's and Curra's capirotada with coffee cajeta ice cream before submitting lists of food films they'd like to see at future festivals. What fun we had! Sincerest thanks to the dish wizards at Austin RentAll Party for making the necessary supplies appear each day. There aren't enough positive adjectives in the dictionary to describe Tim and Karrie League, owners of the Alamo Drafthouse, and their staff of friendly, hard-working, positive, supportive, well-mannered, helpful, smart, and pleasant young people, but I at least had to give it a try. Thank you all very much.


Kudos to 25-year-old former Austinite Allison Heaton, who will enter the Culinary Institute of America's Culinary Bachelor program in April of 2002 on a $25,000 scholarship. Heaton entered the CIA's All American Apple Pie Scholarship contest this year by creating an original apple pie recipe, writing a 500-word essay, photographing her entry, and submitting it along with application forms and recommendations. Heaton and other finalists then attended a five-day bake-off at the culinary school's original campus in Hyde Park, New York, where she was named the winner. That must have been some apple pie!... After a few years' hiatus, Threadgill's (6416 N. Lamar, 451-5440; 301 W. Riverside, 472-9304) is back in the business of take-home holiday feasts. Ask your server or bartender for an order form or call 451-5440 to place a prepaid order that can be picked up, ready to re-heat and eat, on Nov. 19-21 at either location the $99.95 feast will feed eight to 10 people turkey, all the trimmings, rolls, gravy, cranberry sauce and pie ... Order now because supplies are limited. Another great idea for no-cooking holiday meals is the new Hoover's Cooking & Catering (6701 Burnet Rd., 453-3002) from the owners of the popular Manor Road down-home cooking restaurant. Check out their holiday menu at, and call in your order at the new location. Ethnic food lovers will be pleased to note the opening of Doña Emilia's (1411 E. 11th, 478-2520) where Patricia Cuero and her mother Emilia are cooking up the culinary specialties of their Colombian homeland. Before finding their own spot across the street from the Texas State Cemetery, the ladies were providing regular Colombian meals at the campus-area World Beat Cafe. According to Patricia Cuero, they plan to add dishes from other South American countries to their menu as time goes on. Can't wait to check this out.

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