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By Virginia B. Wood, April 20, 2007, Food

How humiliating is it to make a different mistake on a chef's name two columns in a row? Even "offing my head" isn't penance enough. My sincerest apologies to chef Kent Rathbun for identifying him incorrectly and then misspelling his last name. I am just mortified. Now on to better news… Local dessert-maker Miles Compton is thrilled about finally moving into his new 2,500-square-foot commercial kitchen facility in East Austin where he's preparing Miles of Chocolate and pear bread under the Miles of Gourmet Foods label. Having his own local facility will make it possible for Compton to develop new products, which he's busy doing now… The new Bull & Boar restaurant (17097 Pearce Ln. in Del Valle, 385-2855; is a family affair from the folks that raise Berkshire pork at Peach Creek Farm. Andrew Page handles the general manager duties while brother, chef John Page, is on the range. They'll be serving natural beef and pork raised by their parents and also plan to incorporate as much local, seasonal organic produce into their menus as possible. The new eatery is currently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays… We hear that Southwest Austinites were so eager for the opening of Cannoli Joe's (4715 Hwy. 290 W., 892-4444) that they've been showing up there by the hundreds every day since the new restaurant debuted last week. The Italian eatery is a totally new dining concept from the successful County Line team, and we can't wait to check it out… Another new place on our "must-try" list is Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe (5001 E. Ben White, 444-2020), the hip new sibling from Esther's Follies founders Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton. The menu at the new spot features an eclectic array of Texas comfort-food dishes, sandwiches named for local celebrities, and a full bar. The striking decor is courtesy of several talented local artists, and live-music offerings have just begun. Patsy's is open daily from 11am-10pm.

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