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Monument Market (500 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown) is the new organic food store from Monument Cafe owner Rusty Winkstern. The market stocks fresh organic produce, cheeses, and dairy products; locally produced artisanal food items; locally milled organic, whole-wheat flour and cornmeal; and locally raised meats and poultry. Also look for fresh breads and desserts created by longtime Austin pastry chef Mark Chapman. Monument Market will celebrate a grand opening on Saturday, June 18, 1-6pm, and will be open daily, 8am-8pm.
Pie man Bud Royer has an innovative way for folks to support American troops fighting in the Middle East: by sending them an authentic slice of home – a Royers Round Top Cafe chocolate-chip pie. Just go to www.operationdesertpie.com to order the Texas Home Slice Pack (two pies for $76, including shipping and handling) or one pie ($41). If you don't already have a specific soldier with an APO/FPO address in mind, Royers will pick a deployed soldier for you. The ordering deadline for July Fourth is Sunday, June 12.
Congratulations to Tina Hellsten, whose 150-word review of Perla's won last week's FOX 7 contest. She and seven guests enjoyed a catered dinner prepared by local private chef Dzintra Dzenis of Plate by Dzintra to coincide with the season debut of MasterChef on FOX 7 last Monday night.
And last but not least, in the off-with-my-head department, I am truly mortified to have left Wheatsville Food Co-op off of a list of Austin grocery stores proudly stocking local artisanal food products. The venerable member-owned store has been an ardent supporter of local products for years, and I apologize for the omission in last week's feature, "Fertile Ground for Foodies."
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