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Food-o-File
Virginia B. Wood fixes her French, has her eyes rolled back in her head by a delightful new dessert, and reports on the latest cooking classes in session in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  July 26, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Try it with fresh raspberries and you'll see what I mean. It's newly available at the Grapevine Market (7938 Great Northern, 323-5900) and by special order from Miles himself..."

Chain Reaction
Downtown construction projects raise fears that Austin will lose its charm.
News Story  December 24, 1999, by Amy Smith
"...This "new money" from the software industry is fueling a hot residential market downtown. In addition to the half-dozen or so projects already planned, builders with gobs of money are sniffing out every square foot of downtown like bloodhounds looking for supper..."

Readers: Food & Drink
Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...Travis County Farmers' Market (6)Best Open-Air Market, 1990-91, 1993-96..."

Food-o-File
Crescent City Beignets
Food Column  July 8, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...North Loop, 459-4121); Mocha Java Freeze ($3) at Russell's Bakery & Coffee Shop (3339 Hancock, 419-7877); Fresh Lemonade Pitcher ($1.99) at Hoover's Cooking (2002 Manor, 479-5006); Mocha Granita ($2.75) at Crescent City Beignets (1211 W. Sixth, 472-9622); Frozen Bellinis ($4.50 or $2 HH) at Mezzaluna (310 Colorado, 472-6770; Gateway Center, 372-8030);Agua de Horchata ($1) at Las Manitas (211 Congress, 472-9357); Watermelon Margaritas ($5.25 or $3.50 HH) at Manuel's (310 Congress, 472-7555; 10201 Jollyville Road, 345-1042); Lindeman's Lambic Beer, Peche or Framboise (12oz for $4.59, 25oz for $7.99) at Central Market (4000 N..."

Food-o-File
Hottest Concept
Food Column  June 10, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Home meal replacement appears to be the hottest food concept in River City this summer. We hear that 1,000 rotisserie chickens a week are flying out of Central Market Westgate (4521 Westgate, 899-4300), and customers are snatching up 50lbs of roasted garlic to accompany grilled sirloin tri-tip steaks and fresh tortillas or items from the seafood boiling pot..."

Substance and Whimsy
The Never-Too-Serious Epicureans of Austin
Food Story  April 4, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The media coverage that accompanies participation in events such as this can be an invaluable promotional tool for Texas chefs and restaurants. Former winners Jay McCarthy (Cascabel, Central Market), Alex Baratin (Boudro's in San Antonio), and David Garrido of Jeffrey's can all attest to that...."

Mann Made
Techno-Romance Artist Thomas Mann
Arts Story  September 29, 1995
"...I had to listen fast and hustle to take notes when I called Thomas Mann in New Orleans the other day. Mann is a jeweler, sculptor, and first-rate businessman whose Techno-Romantic exhibition 423D (combining art and technology) is currently featured at Clarksville Pottery near Central Market..."

Cut and Dried: A Primer
The Central Texas meat market roundup
Food Story  January 30, 2004
"...They needed a way to prevent spoilage of meat that didn't sell, and a way to use the trimmings, so smokers were built, and sausages were stuffed, as it had been done back in the old country. This practice also led to the development of the meat-market-attached barbecue joint, allowing sales of smoked meats, smoked sausages, and uncooked meats from the same venue..."

Mueller Makes Plea to TCAD Board
Affordable homes program threatened by spiking appraisals
DAILY News  November 3, 2015, by Michael King
"...That category currently represents 290 homes, with another 300 planned at full build-out of the development. On the affordable housing stock – which is physically integrated into market-rate neighborhoods – resale values are restricted to an annual appreciation of 2%..."

Stuffed Locally
Give thanks for the local harvest with these market-fresh recipes
Food Story  November 23, 2012, by Rachel Feit, Kate Thornberry, Mick Vann, Wes Marshall, Gracie Salem and Virginia B. Wood
"...There is a certain natural affinity between Thanksgiving, a festival of the harvest, and area farmers' markets, where our own local harvest is to be found. Unlike other regions, Central Texas never has a time when food isn't growing, and November is one of the most bountiful seasons for us..."

Visions of Sugarplums
Local bakers create distinctive pastries this holiday season
Food Story  December 17, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...I discovered the Cake & Spoon baking com­pany booth at the Downtown Farmers' Market one Saturday morning in 2009. I came away with scones, shortbread, a cinnamon bun, a small quiche, and a luscious lemon-curd tart, plus the nagging feeling that I recognized the tall, thin woman working the booth from somewhere..."

Now Singing Her Praises
The Chronicle's Virginia B. Wood receives the Saveur Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival's award for Unsung Hero, and other award-winners.
Food Story  April 11, 2003, by MM Pack


Shopping
Best of Austin Story  September 15, 2000
"...Best Welcome to the NeighborhoodCentral Market Westgate..."

Food-O-File
History Pop Quiz
Food Column  April 1, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...6. The Omelettry West (later to become the Magnolia Cafe) opened at 2304 Lake Austin Blvd. Spring Market Openings..."

Postmarks
Environs Observer
Columns  July 25, 1997
"...Sullivan, Randalls Division Manager, the proposed Randalls at the Triangle is a very large store, 10,000 sq. ft. larger than Central Market with significantly more parking (300 spaces), and only one-third smaller than the super mega HEB at Red River..."

Community Cornerstones
Gourmet takeout markets and groceries are establishing themselves less as luxury than necessity
Food Story  September 30, 2005, by Barbara Chisholm
"...VALUES, AESTHETICS, AND TASTE BUDSFarm to Market Grocery..."

12 Things to Do for Single Austinites This Valentine's Day
Doggos, food, drink, and more for your single and ready-to-mingle self
DAILY Food  February 6, 2019, by Emily Beyda
"...Central Market is keeping the chocolate-related magic going until Feb. 14, with their “Love Bites” Chocolate Festival, featuring both savory and sweet applications of the chocolatey arts in flavors like Matcha Green Tea, PB&J, Cold Brew, Coffee and Cardamom, and Coconut Black Lava, as well as adventurous treats like dark chocolate hummus, chocolate-covered chickpeas, mole poblano-seasoned proteins and cocoa-rubbed steaks..."

Playback – Austin Record Convention: The Greatest Record Store on Earth
ARC of the covenant, good Reputations, and Blind Sight
Music Column  May 4, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...This weekend at the Palmer Events Center, 300 vendors offer over 1 million LPs, 45s, 78s, cassettes, and CDs in what remains the nation's largest recorded music sale. The combination record store/flea market/music nerd orgy represents commerce at every regional level, with foreign buyers filling suitcases with newly acquired stock, national dealers slinging wax from specific genres of expertise, and local record shop operators buying and selling the kind of scores that come but once a year..."

Food-o-File
Where there's smoke, there's barbecue
Food Column  March 19, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sharing this authentic Texas regional cuisine with the world is something we all do with pride. Louie Mueller Barbecue from Taylor, Southside Market from Elgin, Black's Barbecue of Lockhart, the Schmidt Family Barbecue from Bee Cave, and Opie's Barbecue from Spicewood served exemplary smoked meats and side dishes, while Cutie Pies' Jaynie Buckingham shared award-winning pie bites and I explained to the visitors that banana pudding and cobbler topped with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream are the traditional endings to a Texas barbecue feast..."

Brooklyn Brewery takes over Austin
A guide to the Brooklyn Brewery Austin Mash 2014
DAILY Chron Events  November 14, 2014, by Tamar Price
"...Craft Beer Revolution Tuesday, Nov 18th, 8PM Austin Beerworks 3009 Industrial Terrace Tickets: $6 Join Steve Hindy - co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery and author of Craft Beer Revolution - and experts from Black Star Co-op and Bitch Beer for conversation on how home breweries and local start-ups altered the beer market...."

Drink Your Veggies
A cancer survivor preaches the gospel of Daily Greens
Food Story  September 27, 2013, by Claudia Alarcón
"...3, 2012), I've been an avid fresh-pressed veggie juice drinker, making my own blends every week. On a recent trip to Central Market, I discovered a pretty good on-the-go alternative in Daily Greens (www.drinkdailygreens.com)..."

The Q&A Hole
Austin chefs field questions about the weirdest thing they ever ate and the trends they want 86'ed
Food Story  June 14, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Laura Thoms, freelance caterer: While I could give you a list of the most exquisitely, carefully prepared true works of art – of meals prepared by genius chefs at Uchiko, or Jaleo – or the time Franklin Barbecue catered a party in my backyard in their early days – meals where we just ate tiny bites of perfection for hours on end – the single best "meal" I have ever had was in 2002, when I still worked as a chef instructor at the Central Market cooking school, and my roommate in an East Austin bungalow was Tim Graham, a Central Market wine expert and one of the best chefs I've known. For Easter we had a Last Supper party – people had to bring whatever they would want to eat for their last meal, no more than two courses, and bring enough to share with four people..."

The Lee Bros. Bring Their Charleston Kitchen to Austin
Television personalities to teach a class at Central Market
DAILY Food  May 14, 2013, by Kate Thornberry
"...Matt and Ted Lee will be in Austin on Thursday, May 16th to teach a class at the Central Market Cooking School...."

Dessert First! Tour of Austin
Madame Cocoa reveals Austin's sweetest secrets
DAILY Food  January 30, 2013, by Margaret Shugart
"...And here is why your choice guide is important: not only did Adrienne open the door for us to personally meet several local proprietors, we had the opportunity for a private chocolate lesson from Austin’s chocolate maven herself. Madame Cocoa walked us over to Central Market and gave us a lesson on chocolate making and the qualities of high-grade bars..."

Coyote Creek: Small Farm, Large Impact
Austin's growing web of local, organic, delicious
DAILY Food  April 25, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...In an email interview with Cameron Molberg, general manager of Coyote Creek Farm & Mill, I asked him to give a brief nonprofessional’s explanation of some of the terms thrown around in scholarly chats and grocery store adventures. He explains that a combination of marketing and federal regulations of the industry complicate the already intricate nature of food labels..."

Food-o-File
Barr's back, cookies are coming, and more
Food Column  June 17, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Cookie Monster alert! The bakeries at both Central Market stores will debut a new line of 19 specialty gourmet cookies this week, with Cookie Happy Hours from 3 to 6pm on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 and 23. During this promotion, customers can buy six cookies for $3 and pair them with a free 14-ounce container of Promised Land milk..."

Food-o-File
News for foodies to chew on
Food Column  November 26, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...After winning a gold medal at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's summer Fancy Food Show and having her products recognized among the Top 5 Specialty Food Trends of 2010, Claros was invited to show her signature puddings at a preholiday presentation for the national food media earlier this month. All the national recognition has allowed Claros to increase the distribution of her delectable sweet treats to more regional outlets of both Whole Foods Market and Costco stores..."

Mike Rila Cooks With Fire
Savory experiments in robotics
Food Story  August 6, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When I saw Argentine chef Francis Mall­mann present a live fire cooking demonstration and dinner class at Central Market in the late spring, I realized Mallmann and my pal Mike were kindred spirits. I gave Mike a copy of Mallmann's award-winning cookbook, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way (Artisan, 278 pp., $35), for inspiration and told him I wanted to write a story about him and his homemade cooking contraption..."

Wine of the Week
This region's wines are pure, delicate, and elegant
Food Column  April 10, 2009, by Wes Marshall
"...The Venica Pinot Grigio is available at Grape Vine Market and the Austin Wine Merchant. Felluga's wines are usually available at Central Market North..."

Event Menu
Local food events for Oct. 30-Nov. 6
Food Column  October 31, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Count on Central Market for holiday festivities at both stores. At Westgate (4477 S..."

Sinclair Black: Transforming Visions
Sinclair Black – Austin's original New Urbanist
News Story  March 28, 2008
"...But TxDOT shows no inclination to implement the plan. (Black said the agency promises to address it when SH 130 is completed.) Central Park Master Plan/Central Market..."

Food-o-file
A new Torchy's Taco complete with seating and Little Nookies, Quack's political cookies, and more gooey food news
Food Column  February 29, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Be sure to drop by and vote... In recent weeks both Boggy Creek Farm (3414 Lyons Rd., 926-4650) and Whole Foods Markets (all locations) have discontinued the use of plastic grocery bags..."

Food-o-File
Reports from Deep Eddy, Zilker Park, and ... Chicago
Food Column  April 27, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Chronicle contributor and avid culinary historian MM Pack was very impressed by a seminar she attended on the history of foods served on Pullman dining cars; she also reports having a delectable meal at Chicago's numero uno Mexican restaurant, Salpicón (www.salpicon.com). (Word is chef/owner Priscila Satkoff is being considered for an invitation to next spring's Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival.) Also in attendance was Central Market Cooking School director Kelly Ann Hargrove who says her most memorable Chicago meal was at the ultrahot Moto (www.motorestaurant.com), where a team of Charlie Trotter alumni is wowing crowds with tasting menus of a cuisine that can best be described as "molecular gastronomy meets global fusion." Moto Executive Chef Homaro Cantu holds several patents for innovative culinary inventions..."

Wine of the Week
Big bargains at the big box
Food Column  December 22, 2006, by Wes Marshall
"...Their selection is small: about 125 wines. Places like Grape Vine Market carry more than 4,000 wines..."

Who's Paying for LCRA Growth?
The LCRA’s wholesale customers are asking tough questions about the agency’s expensive expansion
News Story  October 6, 2006, by Amy Smith
"...The WPA emerged about the time the utility began calling on its wholesale electric customers to extend their contracts through 2041. The existing contracts don't expire until 2016, but by lining up long-term commitments now, the LCRA would be better positioned to plan, budget, and finance its growth, with the presumed blessing of the bond market...."

Full Circle
The road to a PBS documentary
Food Story  June 9, 2006, by Wes Marshall
"...That has changed for me. Right at the end of 2002, I was teaching a class on Texas wines at Grape Vine Market..."

Nuts to You
The Food writers reveal their favorite pecan recipes
Food Story  November 25, 2005
"...I taught this recipe at a Central Market cooking class a few years ago, and it was a huge hit. It is a recipe from Mexico City, but one that's perfect for Central Texas, where pecans are abundant just in time for tamale-making season..."

Wedding Vows
No one believes more firmly than Jack Ingram that Jack Ingram 'is' the future face of country music
Music Story  November 4, 2005, by Andy Langer
"..."With any luck, there's a lot of applause right there," notes Ingram, running through the rap for a tape recorder over coffee at Central Market...."

Prime
With genuine sparks between its two lovestruck leads and a delightfully flinchy performance from Meryl Streep, this comedy is just what its title implies: prime.
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Film Review  October 28, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...The film’s central question then branches out into one of doctor-patient ethics in addition to the propriety of the character’s ages, and from there to a ribald, no-holds-barred examination of everything from a mother’s love and its implied boundaries (and as any Jewish kid’ll tell you, there are precious few boundaries in a Jewish family) to why men tend to stray for younger women ("There’s something to it!" exclaims a carnally blissed-out Rafi). Younger’s film has a wise way about it; he rarely takes the easy way out, whether he’s touching on inter-religious relationships (Rafi is a gentile), the vague borderline between being a young man and being a man, or the sanctity of one’s own space, however tiny, in the Manhattan real estate market..."

Texas Barbecue Festival Info
Sunday, Oct. 9 at Austin's Historic Farmers' Market
Food Story  October 7, 2005
"...Sausage Alley1) Southside Market & Barbecue..."

Learn Your EATs
An epicurean orientation for students new and returning, but also for ACL visitors and recently arrived residents
Food Story  September 23, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Whole Foods Market company was born here more than 20 years ago, and their grand new flagship store (525 N. Lamar, 476-1206) is pretty remarkable: several in-store dining kiosks, a full bakery with an excellent coffee bar, a fish market with live entertainment, impressive selections of fresh and prepared meats, produce, beers, and wines, plus a large assortment of health food and organic products..."

For the Love of Chocolate
The taste, the look, the feel of an obsession
Food Story  February 11, 2005, by MM Pack
"...With two helpers, Compton spends half of each week getting up at 4am to make his chocolate. The rest of his time is spent marketing, shipping out of state, delivering orders, and doing demos in the various Texas stores that carry Miles of Chocolate..."

Tasting the Stars
Champagne: an appreciation and primer
Food Story  December 31, 2004, by Wes Marshall


Food-o-File
Roger Mollett relearns cuisine; plus, cupcakes make a comeback
Food Column  August 6, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The designer cupcake trend is all the rage these days, with beautifully decorated individual cakes showing up at such grownup events as weddings, baby showers, and fancy dinners, as well as kids' birthday parties. If you'd rather purchase cupcakes than make your own, check out these offerings: The pastry case at Russell's Bakery & Coffee Shop (3339 Hancock Dr., 419-7877) always has some elaborately decorated cupcakes from which to choose, and they're happy to prepare custom orders, as well; the bakeries at both Central Market stores (4001 N..."

Food-o-File
For the first time in 50 years, Austin is without a Holiday House restaurant. Plus: Event-o-Rama.
Food Column  April 30, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The third option is a benefit dinner class at Central Market Cooking School (458-3068) at 6:30pm on May 12, taught by chef Sam Dickey of Granite Cafe and Seven. For more information about the events or to make necessary reservations, call 328-3935 or go to www.tasteofthenation.org...."

Food-o-File
Since you've been good boys and girls this year, Virginia B. Wood fills your stockings with lumps of foodie news instead of coal.
Food Column  December 19, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The master confectioners at Dr. Chocolate (454-0555) are leaving the Central Market shopping center at the end of this month and will be relocated somewhere else in the central city by the end of January..."

The Best-Case Scenario
After years of work, Envision Central Texas goes majorly public.
News Story  October 24, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...The survey itself asks respondents to do more than just choose between A, B, C, and D -- although it does do that, and that result will doubtless be closely watched and widely reported. Early handicapping says A and D have no chance, even though several local real estate and business leaders, both on and off the ECT board, have argued that A is the only scenario that reflects the market forces they feel produced the status quo and can't be changed, and thus is the only option worth considering..."

Food-o-File
Virginia B. Wood has so much news in this week's "Food-o-File" that reading it too fast might give you indigestion. In a good way.
Food Column  August 9, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...From other sources, we've learned that talented Indonesian chef Johannes Muljadi former chef/owner of Java Noodles (2400 E. Oltorf, 443-5282) and the now-defunct Java Grill, has been sighted working in the rotisserie department at Central Market South (4521 Westgate Blvd., 899-4300)....."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  August 2, 2002
"...While the market for downtown housing may have been in place for longer than most developers realized, the developers of the Nokonah should be given appropriate recognition for taking risks to fill this important need...."

Food-o-File
One of the only real drawbacks about working for a weekly newspaper is that it's virtually impossible to cover breaking news in anything like a timely fashion, Food Editor Virginia B. Wood writes. Here's the latest news, though, on restaurant closings and changes in Austin.
Food Column  March 15, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Third, 469-9722) after a discussion with owner Denis Tracey and that Packwood was headed to Italy. I thought for sure the story had to be a whopper because it came on the same day I'd received brochures from both the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival and Central Market promoting events where chef Packwood was scheduled to represent Emilia's..."

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