Austin is a TV town, after all; plus, Andrea Timmer is a no-show (again), and the Filling Station is out of gas
News Around Town
In recent weeks, I've been pleased to note that every time I turn on the Food Network, there's another Austin-area business featured in some way. We have certainly been discovered! In anticipation of the election, there was an hourlong program on the Bush White House kitchen that included an entire segment on the Bushes' favorite Austin dining spots, complete with an interview with chef Miguel Ravago of Fonda San Miguel (2330 W. North Loop, 459-4121). According to the program, Fonda is one of the Bushes' favorite dining spots and the location at which W. proposed years ago. If you haven't been into Fonda San Miguel lately, try out a new Palomo cocktail at the bar and sample some new dishes on the Sunday buffet while you check out the renovations in progress in anticipation of next year's 30th anniversary: There's a new floor treatment in the patio bar, new furniture in the bar and the dining rooms, and new interior color schemes and free-hand stenciling by Jesus "Chucho" Moreno of Mexico City throughout... A few days later, I caught a show about American pies with a great segment filmed at Royer's Round Top Cafe (877/866-PIES, www.royersroundtopcafe.com). Owner Bud Royer was taking some of his incredibly delicious pies out of the oven and holding forth as only he can about his little cafe in the bucolic Fayette County hamlet of Round Top. The Royers themselves have moved to Austin and brought their mail-order pie business with them. This holiday season, look for whole Royer's pies at Cooper's Meat Market & Catering (1601 W. 38th, 497-6700) and at the Junior League Christmas Affair at Palmer Auditorium, Nov. 17-21. You can also get an espresso and a slice of Royer's chocolate chip pie along with a scoop of Mexican vanilla gelato at Teo's (1206 W. 38th, 451-9555)... And just in time for their anniversary, Al Roker visited with Amy's Ice Creams owner Amy Simmons, her family, and her employees about their delightfully wacky 20th anniversary celebration, complete with ice cream tossing... While we're on the subject of Food TV, when are local event planners going to get over wine celebrity Andrea Immer? We've heard from several folks who were annoyed at having spent $75 specifically to meet Immer at the Book Festival's Bon Appetit, Y'all party only to be stood up when she pulled a no-show with no explanation. This has also happened at some Wine & Food Festival events in the past couple of years. Attracting a crowd with big names who can't be bothered to show leaves a bad taste in the customers' mouths.
THE BIG TIME
While local companies still consider placing their products on the shelves of Central Market and Whole Foods to be playing in the retail World Series, two Austin dessert purveyors have hit a different kind of home run for the approaching holiday season. Look for locally made Marta's Flan in the ever-popular Vanilla and Pumpkin flavors, as well as Sticky Toffee Pudding on the shelves at your local Costco.
Owners of the Main Street Grill (118 E. Main, 244-7525) in Round Rock invite you to celebrate their fifth anniversary at a benefit dinner for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Jim and Monica McKinney have developed a multicourse menu with wine pairings. Call for reservations. The dinner is at 6pm, Sunday, Nov. 14.
Event Menu: November 12-18
There is such a thing as a free lunch! If you like gourmet burgers and tacos, salads, appetizers, and award-winning smoky salsa, then stop by Tin Star (1000 E. 41st, 377-4888), the new quick casual restaurant in Hancock Center, for a free lunch between 11am-3pm on Tuesday, Nov. 16.