Green Corn, Bola Pizza, holiday baking contests, and more

The local food presented at Sunday's Green Corn Project benefit was particularly wonderful. The crowd was wowed by Mulberry's Gorgonzola-stuffed dates wrapped in candied bacon, pear conserve and pumpkin butter from Confituras, Sticky Toffee Pudding Co.'s namesake, Tèo's salty caramel gelato, grilled salmon on arugula with chick peas and pomegranates from the Alamo Drafthouse, and Terry Conlan's spicy deep-fried black-eyed-pea fritters. I was pleased to get the chance to try the excellent wood-fired Bola Pizza (453-7223, created by caterers Christian and Jamie Bowers in their portable wood-burning oven. It's really marvelous – a crisp, toasted crust topped with homemade sauce, local herbs and vegetables, cheeses from Anton­el­li's Cheese Shop, and salumi and charcuterie from Salt & Time and Kocurek Family Artisanal Charcuterie. The Italian-made Forno Bravo oven is mounted on a trailer and decorated with ceramic tiles designed by a local artist. The Bowers are only available for catering private parties at the moment, but Sustainable Food Center's Farmers' Market Director Suzanne San­tos told me on Sunday that she'd love to see Bola Pizza being served at the Downtown Farmers' Market someday soon. It turns out City Council has an item on today's (Oct. 28) agenda that would allow for the permitting of hot food preparation at certified local farmers' markets on a regular basis. That could mean Bola Pizza in addition to Dai Due's stellar hot biscuits and sausage gravy! We'll keep you posted on how that vote turns out and when the new permits would be available... If processed food is your idea of a ghoulish nightmare, dress up as the most disgusting processed food imaginable and show up at your neighborhood Chipotle Mexican Grill ( for a $2 burrito on Oct. 31 between 6pm and closing. Chipotle will donate all proceeds from Boorito 2010 to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolu­tion... Downtown's newest watering hole is Trifecta on 3rd (360 Nueces #30, 320-9909,, specializing in a selection of 104 different bourbons plus an inviting bar food menu and a comfy patio... Red Mango, one of the two Korean companies that brought the natural tart frozen yogurt craze to the U.S., has finally opened an outlet here in Austin. For a taste of the product that started the yogurt tsunami, drop into the new Red Mango in West Campus (2222 Rio Grande Ste. C-120, 476-1496, Pizza lovers in the Airport/North Loop neighborhood now have an embarrassment of riches to choose from, since the opening of the second East Side Pies outlet (5312-G Air­port, 454-7437, just up the street from House Pizzeria (5111 Airport, 600-4999, There's no such thing as too much good pizza... Bakers: Now is the time to pull out that signature holiday dessert recipe and enter it in the fourth annual Holiday Baking Contest at Faraday's Kitchen Store (1501-A RR 620 N., 266-5666). The grand prize this year is a Viking stand mixer (I love mine!), and the People's Choice winner will get a set of Cuisinart cookware. The contest takes place at the store on Saturday, Nov. 13. Get details and entry forms at See you there.

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