Another lightning round of local food news

This is another one of those weeks with a lightning round of unrelated news items, so just hang on! If you would rather not cook but prefer a fabulous Thanksgiving meal that appears homemade, there are restaurants and caterers galore ready to do the work for you. For those of you planning to eat out, we've compiled a big list of eateries that are serving Thanksgiving Day, so be sure to check out Restaurant Roulette, p.58, and make those reservations now... Twin Liquors Marketplace (1000 E. 41st, 451-7400, opens in Hancock Center this weekend. The new 15,000-square-foot store is stocked with a huge selection of wines, spirits, beers, and cigars. Facilities also include several dining and tasting areas and a classroom for wine seminars that can double as a dining room for wine dinners or community functions. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10am-9pm... Austin restaurants are commemorating anniversaries this month with special promotions for their customers. Mangia (multiple locations, celebrates 20 years of dishin' up Chicago-style stuffed pizza in Austin by offering $20 Mangia gift certificates with every catering package purchased for 12 or more people through Wednesday, Nov. 26. Call 374-0800 for more info or to book a catering delivery. And at the Z'Tejas Avery Ranch location (10525 W. Parmer, 388-7772,, its first anniversary special – an oak-fired rib-eye steak with two side dishes ($19.99) – is available during dinner hours through the end of the month... Concerned readers alerted us to the closure of some Dela­ware Sub Shop ( outlets, so we checked with the head office of the homegrown sandwich chain that turns 30 next year to see what's up. The office manager confirmed that founder Pete Ademski had closed five stores owned by franchisees in the past year. The Ademski family continues to run the original store (8105-C Mesa, 345-3816) and a northwest suburban outlet (10401 Anderson Mill Rd., 331-7344), and they're negotiating leases for new locations in both Central and South Austin to open in the coming year... And speaking of sandwich shops, the second outlet of the Fire-house Subs chain (201 University Oaks Blvd., 512/244-9494, has opened in Round Rock. Check out their hot and cold sandwiches, chili, salads, and desserts daily from 10:30am to 9pm... The owners of Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina (3600 Capital of TX Hwy. N. Ste. A-110, 327-9033, have come up with a tasty way to give something back to their community by creating the new Westlake Platter (crab cakes, taquitos, shrimp diab­lo, tamales, and quesadillas) and donating 10% of the proceeds from platter sales to the Westlake High School Chaps Athleti­c Club, from now through the end of May 2009. They've designated 10% of the proceeds from gift-card sales through the end of the year to the group, as well. Be sure to consider orders of the delicious Berryhill tamales (beef, chicken, pork, spinach/corn, and holiday turkey) for all your upcoming holiday celebrations... And last but certainly not least, hearty congratulations to pastry chef Mark Chapman and recent "Best of Austin" award winner Dawn Orsak on the birth of their son, Rome Wilder Chapman. The 7-pound, 14-ounce, 21-inch apple of their eyes arrived on Thursday, Nov. 13.

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