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Food Network Debuts 'Buy This Restaurant' with Austin Entrepreneurs
Skinny Limits owners find brick-and-mortar spot with shows help
DAILY Food  February 5, 2014, by Mac McCann
"...Buy This Restaurant, a new Food Network series, kicks off its first season tonight with host (and commercial real estate expert) Keith Simpson helping Austin-based entrepreneurs Joanie and Cary Friedan find a brick-and-mortar location for their juicing company...."

Food Network Crew in Austin Today
Production crew from the Food Network is shooting an Austin business story
DAILY Food  September 17, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Marc Summers, host of the Food Network's Unwrapped, is in town today with a production crew filming a story about one of Austin's favorite homegrown beverages, Sweet Leaf Tea. No word yet on when the segment will air, but we'll keep you posted..."

Callie Speer Competes on Food TV
Daily Austin food news
DAILY Food  November 30, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Geraldine's pastry chef Callie Speer and her cohorts, the Mistletoes of Mayhem, are back for another week on the Food Network's holiday-themed competition show, Cake Wars. Speer tells us that Food Network chose the contestants for each team and she only met her teammates, sugar artist Steve Weiss and sculptor John Neill, when they showed up for filming in Los Angeles last spring, but they quickly became good working partners and she had great appreciation for their respective skills..."

Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  July 18, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The hard-working ladies got some impressive national television exposure on July 13. The Food Network program Top 5 Restaurants named their heavenly Migas Breakfast Taco as one of the top five best tacos in the country..."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  June 12, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Peripatetic British celebrity chef Robert Irvine brings his traveling stage show to the Long Center this week. According to the press materials, in Robert Irvine Live! the chef works with no recipes, no script, and no holds barred – sort of a live action version of his former Food Network series, Dinner: Impossible..."

First Look: Garage's Food Program
Philip Speer innovates bar food with six easy dishes
Food Story  June 9, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...The bubble isn't exactly breaking, at least not yet, but this is a watershed year in our relatively short history as a boomtown. For the last decade (give or take), Austin has been garnering an almost obscene amount of adulation – magazine profiles turned into Food Network appearances turned into long lines..."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  February 6, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• The annual Citywide 86'd Competition will showcase the talents of local cooks on a neutral battleground, the campus of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Austin's own version of the popular Food Network cooking challenge program Chopped will include challengers from 16 prominent Austin area restaurants..."

Beat the heat with foodie TV this summer
Food Column  July 1, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...I don't have a Texan to root for in this summer's Food Network Star, but there have been plenty of Texans participating in the Food Network's 24 Hour Restaurant Battle lately. On that show, high-profile NYC chef/restaurateur Scott Conant gives two pairs of would-be restaurateurs some cash and 24 hours to create their dream eatery..."

Austin's all over the TV, and Austin chefs are all over the place
Food Column  May 14, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...It's no secret the TV Food Network has discovered Austin. Area foods and restaurants have shown up in segments of $40 a Day, Food Finds, The Best Of, Food 911, and All American Festivals within the past year alone..."

Despite our Natural Grocers fumble, readers keep tipping us off to great new eateries around town
Food Column  July 3, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Popcorn fanciers can now purchase their favorite snack from the Cornucopia Popcorn trailer in the 1600 block of South Congress Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 9pm... While you're watching the on-camera ramblings and elimination challenge snafus in the Food Network's culinary reality competition series The Next Food Network Star this summer, do you find yourself thinking "I bet I could do a better job than that"? If so, here is your chance..."

The Lone Star State keeps shining on food TV, are you next?
Food Column  September 9, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...No Texas food trucks are competing in this season's Great Food Truck Race, but public voting has started for season three; go to to vote for local hopefuls Colibri Cuisine, Chi'Lantro, Hey Cupcake! and the Vegan Yacht or throw some support to Chef Tai's Mobile Gourmet Food Truck ( And if you think you've got the chops to be the next Guy Fieri or Paula Deen, the Food Network is holding an open audition for the eighth season of The Next Food Network Star in Austin at the Hyatt Reg­ency (208 Barton Springs Rd.) on Satur­day, Sept..."

Winners and losers on Food TV and more
Food Column  May 5, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The third time was definitely the charm for former Austin pastry artist Bronwen Weber, who brought home a gold medal and a check for $10,000 as the winner of the Food Network's Gingerbread Mansions Challenge. The Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, N.C., hosts a gingerbread-house competition every December, and in 2005 the Food Network issued challenge invitations to five nationally known pastry artists to compete in a special mansions category..."

Thoughts on the feeding tube; plus, Nu Age, El Chilito, and everything you need to know, event-wise, for the upcoming week on the Austin food scene
Food Column  July 22, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...TV Cooks There's so little original programming on TV in the summer, I didn't think I'd have any problem following the various competitive food reality shows: Cooking Under Fire (PBS), Hell's Kitchen (Fox), and The Next Food Network Star (TVFN). As it turned out, I've only been able to follow one through to completion..."

Television's appetite for Austin eateries is unslakable, plus a Hickory Street revival in this week's food news
Food Column  January 27, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Food truck chef Luke Bibby says he felt like he'd won some kind of culinary lottery when he got a call from the producers of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives recently. The producers had already done their homework about Bibby's busy trailer enterprise before host Guy Fieri and his custom convertible showed up at Luke's Inside Out (1109 S..."

Chef stuff and tube news
Food Column  July 28, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Lamar, 916-4808) e-mailed to let us know that he has added two accomplished local chefs to his large, diverse cooking staff. The sophisticated dessert creations of Phillip Speer will now complement meals at Uchi, and Deegan McClung is the new chef de cuisine at the nationally recognized eatery.More Food TV Just like many other cable channels, the Food Network is rolling out new programming for our summer entertainment, and Central Texans are getting their fair share of exposure..."

Barbecue, wine, sushi, and crepes, that sort of thing
Food Column  June 8, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...How cool was it to see venerable Taylor pit-master Bobby Mueller cracking jokes with Food Network host Guy Fieri on a barbecue episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives the other night? I'll have to say the spiky-haired Fieri is not my favorite Food Network personality, but at least he did demonstrate the proper appreciation for the stellar barbecue at Louie Mueller's (206 W. Second in Taylor, 512/352-6206)..."

Food Events
This week's collection of culinary events
Food Column  May 11, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...› Representatives of the Food Network and Time Warner Cable will join State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) and some Austin kids at the planting of a Good Food Garden at the River City Youth Foundation (5200 S..."

The once and future pit master returns?
Food Column  September 23, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Austin food scene continues to attract national media attention. How cool was it to see homegrown Beanitos chips on The Today Show last week, as well as the Salt Lick prominently featured on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Bar-B-Que, and what about that segment on 24 Diner's distinctive fried chicken and waffles on the new Food Network show Crave? Add to those the mention of Salt & Time in the October issue of Bon Appétit, and Austin food is everywhere!..."

Is it hot enough for you yet? Heat things up with Hatch chile, Home Slice, and the Food Network.
Food Column  August 20, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Drop by between 5 and 6pm daily for half-price small plates and carafes of wine... The Food Network's new The Great Food Truck Race kicked off this past Sunday night with seven mobile food trucks from California and Austin competing to win $50,000 in prize money..."

Virginia B. Wood invites you to a BookPeople celebration of Chronicle Food writers, asks for your help on a story, and tells you to look for Austin on the TV Food Network in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  July 4, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The TV Food Network just loves Austin! Last week, I caught a segment of Rachel Ray's $40 a Day program that was filmed here this winter. The charming young hostess bought a handful of Austin CDs at Waterloo Records (Sixth & Lamar, 474-2500), which luckily didn't seem to come out of her food budget..."

Virginia B. Wood comes bearing nothing but glad tidings and good food news in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  September 20, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The production crew from the TV Food Network's Best Of series spent an entire week in and around Austin with host Mark Silverstein investigating the historical hauntings at the Driskill, sampling the down-home blue plate specials at Hoover's Cooking, checking out the student fare at O's Campus Cafe, and tasting definitive Austin cookies at Penny's Pastries. Then they chowed down on Texas truck-stop menu mainstays at Dorsett's 221 on I-35 South, and visited the venerable 50-year-old Storm's Drive Inn in Lampasas, where Elvis ate when he was stationed at Ft..."

The latest activities of the vegetarian activist owner of the Tarrytown Center and other Austin food news in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  May 18, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...TFB left the center in mid-January. Before long, the corner of Windsor and Exposition will have no neighborhood flavor at all…The Television Food Network (TVFN) has really discovered Austin..."

Food news for your four-legged friends and more
Food Column  March 11, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Chez Zee (5406 Balcones) announced last week that Ben Nathan, formerly of the Belmont, is the new executive chef at the popular North­west Austin bistro. Brad Sorenson, chef contestant on the last season of The Next Food Network Star, recently took some time off from his job at Asti (408-C E..."

Austin food lovers rejoice!
Food Column  October 22, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Plenty of good food out there that night! Curious foodies packed sessions in the Texas Book Festival Cooking Tent both Saturday and Sunday, and the increased participation of nearby local food vendors certainly gets our vote. We're told that 300 eager fans showed up to hear Food Network star Alton Brown speak and sign books Saturday night at the Central Market event in his honor, while another 200 folks gathered at Rain Lily Farm that same night to meet cookbook author and New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser and dine on dishes from Hesser's The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century, generously prepared by a stellar lineup of local chefs..."

Famous foodies at SXSW, juicy farmers' market news, and more
Food Column  March 21, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Not to be outdone, local sushi master and Uchi (801 S. Lamar, 916-4808, co-owner chef Tyson Cole appears in his own battle against Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto this Sunday evening at 9pm on the Food Network..."

Remembering Russell Altenhof; plus, the Food Network finds us so irresistible that they'd like to put us on a plate and sop us up with a biscuit
Food Column  March 9, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Food Network was all over Central Texas again last week. Austin was the featured destination on the new series Giada's Weekend Getaways..."

Austin is a TV town, after all; plus, Andrea Timmer is a no-show (again), and the Filling Station is out of gas
Food Column  November 12, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In recent weeks, I've been pleased to note that every time I turn on the Food Network, there's another Austin-area business featured in some way. We have certainly been discovered! In anticipation of the election, there was an hourlong program on the Bush White House kitchen that included an entire segment on the Bushes' favorite Austin dining spots, complete with an interview with chef Miguel Ravago of Fonda San Miguel (2330 W..."

New products, new smokers, new catering operations, and a new cake studio? Is it our birthday again already?
Food Column  October 15, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Third, 499-3993; 360 Nueces, 476-5700; proprietor George Scariano e-mailed to announce that his stores are the exclusive local vendor for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, I'd never heard of the product. But no sooner had I responded to his e-mail than I happened to catch a Food Network show with a segment on the artisanal ice cream company in Columbus, Ohio ("

Food Column  June 6, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The intrepid couple sold their restaurant and enrolled in classes at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to broaden their knowledge of classical cooking techniques. Collin and Donna also consulted with a national network of friends in the restaurant business about where they should relocate with a new venture..."

Keep the state from taking a bite from cottage pies and cakes
Food Column  February 24, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Barley Swine (2024 S. Lamar) was named one of the ten best new restaurants in the country by GQ; La Con­desa pastry chef Laura Sawicki was chosen as one of the five best new pastry chefs in the country by the editors of Food & Wine; Congress (200 Congress) tops Pat Sharpe's list of Texas' Top 10 places to eat in Texas Monthly, and Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor) celebrates Central Texas barbecue heritage at Food Network's South Beach Food & Wine Festival in Florida this week..."

The Beat Divas Teach Cooking With Songs of Food, Love, and Mayhem
Music on the Menu at Central Market
Food Story  June 17, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The appreciative crowd listened to the songs with rapt attention, and several attendees later stopped by the Beat Divas' booth at the conference's culinary expo to chat – Martin Yan grabbed several copies of the album for gifts, Ellie Krieger showed some interest, and one of the tunes just might end up as the new theme song for a cooking show. There's really no way to predict what good might come from the high-profile IACP exposure, but the Divas are ready in case producers from the Food Network or Every Day With Rachael Ray should come calling..."

Scholarships, WineCasts, noteworthy locals, and more
Food Column  May 7, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Seventh, Georgetown, 512/868-0996). We're also aware that a film crew from Vancouver will be in town in May shooting stories about our fast-growing trailer cuisine scene for the Food Network....."

The 'Saveur' Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival revs up, Uchi chef Tyson Cole racks up the awards, and more
Food Column  April 8, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Wine and Food Festival Awards The Saveur Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival kicks off tonight with a gala reception at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion hosted by Food Network personality Tyler Florence. In addition to a skeet-shooting competition, delicious grilled fare prepared by guest celebrity chefs, and tastings of wine and spirits, the evening's activities will include an awards ceremony recognizing important contributions to the Texas wine and food industries..."

You can tell it's October in Austin by the number of food and wine-related events packed into the coming week. Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood informs readers of all of them.
Food Column  October 13, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...14: World Food Day celebration at the Alamo Recreation Center (2100 Alamo) from 10am-4pm. The Austin Food Network in collaboration with Alamo Recreation Center and Wheatsville Co-op presents a cornucopia of free events in observation of World Food Day, designated to increase awareness and action surrounding the issue of food security..."

Central Texas food and wine get national attention
Food Column  June 27, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The national food media spotlight is on Central Texas again this spring and summer. Maria Corbalan thoroughly charmed Food Network host Guy Fieri during a Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives segment on fresh fast food at Taco Xpress (2529 S..."

Rachael Ray is on her way; plus, a tasty local tag team
Food Column  July 1, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Spelling Corrections In the off-with-my-head department: In last week's piece about the newest Amy's Ice Creams parlor on South Congress, the names of developer Daryl Kunik and decorator Michael Hsu were spelled incorrectly. So sorry about that.Rachael's in Town Rachael Ray is a bona fide TVFN phenomenon, the network's first female breakout celebrity..."

The Meat of the Matter
Food Column  October 23, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The fiber-optic cable upgrade finally arrived in near south Austin, which means unlimited access to the Television Food Network (TVFN). Concerns about TVFN addiction proved unfounded when Emeril Legasse's wild-eyed, high-octane exuberance prompted a channel switch after only one segment of Emeril Live! Another evening, I opted for the much more sedate Molto Mario only to be horrified by an anecdote that chef Mario recounted from his most recent trip to Italy..."

Food Events
October 4-11
Food Column  October 5, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Mix & Mingle with Chef Aida Mol­len­kamp Food Network and Cooking Channel star hosts a party to launch her new book, Keys to the Kitchen. RSVP online..."

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
With Medium Raw, the wit is dry, the humor is laugh-out-oud, the attacks sharp and well-honed
Food Story  July 23, 2010, by Mick Vann
"...He praises the focus of independent bloggers while vivisecting critics who accept freebies from those they write about. He attacks the Food Network for firing all of the chefs and replacing them with talking-head wonks with no professional background..."

Making sure 'Food-o-File' better serves you
Food Column  May 14, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Back in the pre-Internet, pre-Food Network days when I first started this job, no one in our much smaller local food community concerned themselves with press releases or hiring publicists for promotion. Fast-forward to today, and my e-mail box is clogged with more than 100 story pitches a week..."

The Best of Food in 2007
Top 10 Quotes From 'Ratatouille'
Food Story  January 4, 2008, by Claudia Alarcón
"...I know what you mean. The Food Network celebrities have ruined it for me..."

What we'd like to see happen in 2007
Food Column  December 29, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...6) More exposure in the national media for Austin chefs, restaurants, and artisan food products. This could be more local folks featured on the Food Network, an Iron Chef rematch for David Bull and his guys, and Austin being listed in Gourmet magazine's annual restaurant issue, for starters..."

Virginia B. Wood gives The Restaurant a room-temperature review, and plates up the latest local news in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  August 8, 2003, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Meyer operates both Union Square Cafe and a New York barbecue joint called Blue Smoke and is passionate about Central Texas barbecue. Avid watchers of the Food Network will recognize Flay from his various cooking shows..."

Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood on the year that was in Austin's culinary life.
Food Column  January 5, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Stories in The New York Times touted Austin restaurants and our burgeoning wine scene. Television Food Network shows such as "Ready, Set, Cook" and "Bobby Flay's Cooking Across America" filmed segments in Austin..."

Do You Smell What I Smell?
Food Column  September 11, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Culinary Jeopardy I swore that I wasn't going to write about the Television Food Network (TVFN) until it was actually showing in my house, but this item is just too good to pass up. TVFN is seeking contestants for its new half-hour food trivia game show, Pressure Cooker..."

Peached Tortilla Does Austin Proud on Network TV
Viewers and local fans have an opportunity to vote
DAILY Food  June 14, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood

Food Events
Dec. 7-13
Food Column  December 7, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Tyler Florence Author and Food Network star signs copies of his newest cookbook, Tyler Florence Fresh, available in the store. Mon., Dec..."

Texas is still big on the small screen, plus a bounty of barbecue and burger joints and a Hill Country building boom
Food Column  December 30, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Our dynamic food scene is such a hot attraction these days that I'm expecting to see even more national media attention here in 2012. How cool was it to see SoCo businesses in the American Express "Shop Local" television ad campaign around Thanksgiving, or the Google Chrome ads in the fall featuring Frank's Jenn and Daniel Northcutt as examples of mom-and-pop restaurant owners? I'm predicting we'll see more of that with more visits from the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and the Travel Channel..."

No need to sugarcoat any of this news; it's already pretty sweet!
Food Column  February 25, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The two-day, all-ages event will include judged competitions from beginner through master levels, classes, demonstrations, vendors, and kids' activities. Celebrity judges and instructors will include former winners from Food Network's Challenge program, and a team of contestants from TLC's Next Great Baker will be on hand to create a superhero cake during the show on Satur­day..."

No Reservations, Mindy Kucan's Hot Summer Night, and more
Food Column  August 3, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The folks at Warner Bros. are certainly going all out to promote the summer's second big foodie movie, No Reservations, to Food Network viewers..."

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