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The Austin food community is gearing up for the opening of what promises to be a really good foodie movie, Julie & Julia

The Austin food community certainly is geared up for the opening of what promises to be a really good foodie movie, Julie & Julia. Former Austinite Julie Powell cooked all 524 of the recipes from Julia Child's masterpiece, Mastering the Art of French Cook­ing, and wrote a blog about it that changed her life and set her on a new career path. The film weaves anecdotes from Child's early married life in Paris and subsequent culinary career into Powell's hilarious tale of cooking haute cuisine in her tiny New York apartment kitchen. Austin chefs and food bloggers have been taking inspiration from the film, which opens Aug. 7. For instance, a capacity crowd (including Powell's mother-in-law, Austinite Jo Ann Powell) packed the house at Cissi's Market & Wine Bar (1400 S. Congress, 225-0521, www.cissismarket.com) recently to sip sake cocktails and nosh on petit fours created by Executive Chef Faith Chan while food blogger Laetitia Bertrand presented a French cooking demonstration. See photos at www.smugmug.com/gallery/9010778_iwPpf#P-1-15. Then on Saturday morning, Dishola.com food writer Laura Kelso and chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas of Fonda San Miguel (2330 W. North Loop, 459-4121, www.fondasanmiguel.com) prepared dishes with local, seasonal produce at the Austin Farmers' Market (Fourth & Guadalupe). While she was preparing a fresh chile cascabel salsa with poblano rajas, Alcocer-Thomas told the crowd about a recent inspirational trip to Michoacán, Mex­ico, where she spent a week cooking authentic Mexican regional dishes in the kitchen of renowned cookbook author Diana Kennedy. Kelso whipped up a refreshing batch of Child's classic vichyssoise while inviting onlookers to post reviews of their favorite restaurant plates at Dishola.com. Hungry market shoppers answered trivia questions about the book and movie in order to win free tickets to an upcoming screening. Once Julie & Julia opens locally, chefs at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Ritz, and Village will be offering boeuf bourguignon and chicken breasts stuffed with mushroom duxelles as menu specials during the run of the film. Alamo Ritz chef Trish Eichel­ber­ger also has a delicious Julie & Julia movie feast scheduled for Aug. 11. For the full menu and to make reservations, go to www.originalalamo.com... After our visit to the market, a friend joined me to check out some new places Downtown. At Delish (209 W. Third, 473-4118, www.delish-cupcakes.com), we nibbled on a yummy strawberry cupcake while waiting for the fragrant lemon variety to emerge from the oven... Moving on to Frank (407 Colorado, 494-6916, www.hotdogscoldbeer.com), we just missed the beignets and coffee it serves for breakfast Monday through Saturday until 11am, but we snagged a menu to read all about the hot dogs, artisan sausages, designer cocktails, and inviting selections of craft sodas and beers offered here. Frank is a new venture from folks involved in both the former Starlite and the Woodlands, and a quick return visit there is definitely on the agenda.

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