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Virginia B. Wood remembers Robert Paprota, who owned Chez Nous before his untimely recent death and updates readers on changes in the local restaurant scene.
Food Column  June 9, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Paprota Educational Trust Fund, Bank of America, c/o Lisa Killough, PO Box 908, Suite 1100; Austin, 78701. The Chronicle staff extends our sincere condolences to Paprota's family, partners, friends, and staff...."

A grill big enough for Texas, some morsels for Mother's Day, and other food news
Food Column  May 6, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...There's no shortage of thoughtful things to do for Mom this weekend. For example, Capital One Bank is sponsoring a buy-one-cupcake-get-four-free deal at select Hey Cupcake! locations: 221 E..."

V.B.W. keeps an eye on the comings, goings, and goings-on
Food Column  May 28, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...After a judges' meeting last week, Lee submitted the top names to an attorney who specializes in trademark issues to make sure he can go forward with a clean slate. When the new name is chosen, it should take a couple of weeks to get changes made on everything from logos, signs, uniforms, and business cards, to ice cream containers, bank accounts, and business permits..."

The holidays are over, and the Austin food scene is back to getting busy.
Food Column  January 9, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Pastry chef Phillip Speer continues to get great local press even though he has been gone from Jean Luc's Bistro for months now, but he called recently from Houston to let us know that he's making desserts and pastries at the brand-new ultrachic boutique Hotel Icon on Main Street in the heart of downtown Houston. The restaurant there, called the Bank, is a Jean-Georges affair, under the direction of Vongerichten's longtime lieutenant, Brian Caswell..."

V.B.W. dishes out the scoops
Food Column  February 20, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...While they don't have a full-service meat counter, if you call ahead, they will fix you up! In a recent mention of Sgt. Pepper's new line of Chocolate Pestos, we also wanted to tell you about his complete new line of designer ketchups, everything from Smoked Tomato to Roasted Garlic to Habanero Lime, which are now available at the Westlake Farmers Market (4100 Westbank Dr., 280-1976) and Tears of Joy Hot Sauce Shop (618 E..."

Adler Not Waving the Rebel Flag
Mayor will not march in Vet parade with Confederate banners
DAILY News  November 10, 2017, by Michael King
"...Mayor Steve Adler announced this week he will forgo tomorrow’s annual Veterans Day parade, and will instead spend Saturday working a volunteer shift at the Central Texas Food Bank. “I will not be marching in the Congress Avenue parade,” he said, “because that parade will include groups carrying the Confederate flag.”..."

The Empty Bowl Project Is This Sunday
Select a hand-painted bowl, fill it with soup, and help friends in need
DAILY Food  November 16, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Take home the bowl to use all year as a reminder that others have empty bowls. Your $25 (or 2 for $40) donation goes to Kids Cafe, run by the Central Texas Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, which is run by Meals on Wheels Central Texas, helping both organizations provide much needed food assistance for your fellow Texans...."

How to Help After Harvey
Donate, send goods, foster a dog, do your part
DAILY News  August 30, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin: MMBA provides donor human milk for ill or premature infants, and has coordinated emergency deliveries to eight hospitals in Houston and the surrounding area, including four deliveries on Wednesday made by helicopter where the roads are still inaccessible. MMBA is seeking donations from healthy lactating mothers who have a surplus of milk, volunteers who are able to work in the milk processing lab, and financial donations to support the organization...."

Staying Healthy to Stay in School
National nonprofit Communities in Schools looks at the role of food in education
Food Story  September 21, 2017, by Melanie Haupt
"..."If their basic needs aren't being met, that's a roadblock. In our intake we always ask, 'Do you guys have enough food at home? Do you have food on the weekend?' We refer families to nearby food pantries, and have sometimes gone to the food bank and delivered food to the family if transportation is an issue." The Central Texas Food Bank provides monthly snack packs to augment students' diets at home..."

Charitable Battle of the Flavors at Tèo
Local gelateria gives a new definition to culinary goodness
DAILY Food  April 16, 2018, by Mae Hamilton
"...Together with Tèo founder Matthew Lee, the contestants cooked up unique, off-the-shelf gelato flavors. Saenz went for a Strawberry Nutella Toast flavor and will be donating to Austin Pets Alive!, Holtan concocted Matcha Fantastico and donating to, while Ko decided on a Birthday Cake flavor with donations going to the Central Texas Food Bank..."

Calling All Queso Enthusiasts: Quesoff and Hot Luck Fest
Celebrate melted cheese and compete to win Best Queso in Austin
DAILY Food  April 10, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...It’s also free to attend this melted cheese extravaganza with the donation of two canned food items (or a $2 donation) benefitting the Central Texas Food Bank. [image-3]..."

AC Hot Sauce Festival Announces Judges, Cooking Demo Talent
Celebrating 26 years of heat
DAILY Food  August 15, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Hot diggity dog! The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival may be entering its 26th year, but we aren’t slowing down. Our annual shindig benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank is attracting more talent than ever – both in our cooking demo tent and behind the scenes as judges...."

Hot Sauce Festival Winners 2018
The judges – and the people – have crowned their local hot sauce royalty
DAILY Food  August 27, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...26, could keep thousands of attendees from tasting hundreds of hot sauces at the 28th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. Thanks to everyone who braved the heat and helped us benefit the Central Texas Food Bank!..."

Point Austin: Eat the Heat
Capital Area Food Bank extends its reach and relevance
News Column  August 12, 2011, by Michael King
"...28), and while I can't exactly say I'll miss it – just thinking about it during this blazing summer is giving me mental heatstroke – I'm proud to be part of an organization that throws such a great party and, in the bargain, raises money and donations for those in need. According to Chronicle Hot Sauce Maven Erin Collier, "Last year's Hot Sauce Festival raised almost $17,000 and more than 23,500 pounds of food for Central Texans in need," distributed by the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas..."

Point Austin: Earthquake All Around
Central Texas hunger remains a slow-motion, invisible disaster
News Column  February 5, 2010, by Michael King
"...What happens between disasters? That's not so reassuring, as evidenced by "Hunger in America 2010," the report released Wednesday morning by the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. The national report was sponsored by Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), the largest national network of emergency food aid..."

2016 Contest & Festival Facts
Food Story  August 18, 2016
"...The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival requests that you pay an admission fee in the form of three nonperishable food items to be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank or a $5 cash donation. A collection site will be set up at the entrance to Fiesta Gardens...."

Public Citizen Tom “Smitty” Smith Looks Back on a Life Well Lived
The man in the white hat's relentless hard work and willed optimism
News Story  December 15, 2016, by Michael King
"...A court case stalled on appeal, so he contacted Valley Congressman Kika de la Garza, and helped turn out 500 farmworkers to a field hearing – before long, the law was changed nationally. He would later use similar tactics at the Legislature, in support of a law to enable food banks to accept surplus food donated by supermarkets. [inset-2-left]..."

Public Notice: Clowns to the Left of Us, Jokers to the Right
The overwhelming hubris and audacity of Uber continues
News Column  June 9, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is starting a Summer Meals Program at select recreation centers and parks across town, in partnership with the Central Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Service Pro­gram, to help replace the free and reduced meals kids get during the school year. The rec centers are Cantu, Dittmar, Jordan, Givens, Gus Garcia, Metz, Zaragoza, Rose­wood, South Austin, Brown, Dove Springs, Montopolis, and Turner Roberts, plus Bartho­lo­mew, Chestnut, Davis-White, Dick Nichols, Franklin, Garri­son, Quail Creek, and Walnut Creek parks..."

The 2006 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival
Contest & Festival Facts
Food Story  August 25, 2006
"...Sunday, August 27, 2006 at Waterloo Park (12th & Trinity), 11am-5pm Proceeds from the daylong raffle to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas...."

This Holiday Season, Give Political Gifts That Resist
Anti-MAGA merch, feminist nudie mags, Chron swag, and more
News Story  December 6, 2018, by the News Staff
"...Also useful as a Baedeker is Luke Harding's 2017 book, which benefits from the initial reporting on the "dossier" that helped trigger federal investigations – much of which has been steadily confirmed. Harding (The Guardian) is also good on Trump's relationship with recently raided Deutsche Bank, and he has since reported on apparent meetings between former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Julian Assange of Wikileaks..."

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