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How Do I Food & Wine Festival?
An Austin Food & Wine Fest newbie retraces her steps
DAILY Food  April 28, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...For the first two years of its existence, I watched the Austin Food & Wine Festival from afar, mildly jealous of those folks with pockets deep enough to swing a ticket or two. But this year I decided that enough was enough, and found my way through the gates with a media pass...."

Food Truck Tuesday: Masa
Louis Cantu brings fusion to W. Sixth
DAILY Food  March 7, 2017, by Thea Newell
"...The Masa food truck has only been open for about a month, but it may just add itself to the growing list of Austin food trucks that are as much of a destination as the bar they share a patio with...."

Restaurants scramble to open in time for SXSW
Food Column  February 28, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Austin Food & Wine Festival announced the program schedule this week and added the names of two more chefs to their list of visiting culinary celebrities. Molecular gastronomy whiz and Top Chef: All Stars winner Richard Blais will be joined by Mexican cuisine expert Rick Bayless at the festival, April 25-27..."

Good Mexico City Food Has a Home on the Eastside
There's still room for improvement, but so far we're enchanted with Licha's Cantina
Food Story  May 22, 2014, by Claudia Alarcón
"...The small menu is packed with inventive cuisine, a combination of street-food staples and popular cantina dishes, with a quality that shows from the first bite of chips and salsa. The enormous quesadillas ($10) come in blue corn tortillas – the closest to indigenous tortillas I've had in Austin – filled with asadero cheese accompanied by epazote, huitlacoche, or flor de Jamaica (sautéed hibiscus blossoms)..."

New Campus-Area Food Court Celebrates Grand Opening
Tasty trailer lineup, live music, giveaways, and food specials
DAILY Food  September 26, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Street food appealing to the hungry student masses is no stranger to the area around the University Co-op. However, this new food trailer court on the back parking lot of the student bookstore is the first of its kind there...."

Five Austin Bars With Great Food
Get cool drinks and tasty snacks in one place
Food Story  May 3, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...Fortunately for us all, the best live music often comes with dinner on the side. Whether it's a post-show stop at a food trailer park, a between-shows break at a gas station taco truck, or drinks and dinner at a bar where musicians use their drink tickets for paninis, you've got to fuel that audience somehow – how else are we going to gather the courage to dance? Because we're the live music capital of the world (suck it, Nashville), here are some of our favorite spots to chow down while we get down...."

Conferences for the cuisine-minded
Food Column  February 10, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...There's never a dull moment for Alamo Draft­house corporate chef John Bullington and beverage director Bill Norris. Last Saturday, the busy duo presented a preview of some of the custom cocktails and Interior Mexican street food items from the menu of 400 Rabbits, the tequila bar that will be part of the new Alamo Drafthouse set to open on Slaughter Lane on March 22..."

Rainey Street Bites
A world of flavor – all on one street
Food Story  May 25, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba demonstrate a genuine confidence in their food, and seem to have impeccable timing. The talented husband and wife team rode the wave of interest in the authentic cuisines of Mexico with an internationally famous restaurant in the city of Oaxaca from 1997 until 2006..."

Will Travel for Food
Austin cultural historian Claudia Alarcón, a native of Mexico City, on her annual quest for chiles en nogada.
Food Story  October 19, 2001, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Coming from the unforgiving Austin summer into the cool mountain air and afternoon rains of Mexico City is an incredibly welcome sensation, especially since the daily rain greatly improves the air quality down there. Third, and probably most importantly, because of the food..."

The new year has brought several big changes among Austin's restaurants; Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood provides the details.
Food Column  January 21, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...West Lake is also the home of Austin's first Chipotle Mexican Grill (3300 Bee Caves Road, 329-8600). Chipotle is a small Mexican fast-food chain founded in Denver by young Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Steve Ellis..."

Regional Mexican Cuisine at La Casita
Chronicle critic Mick Vann is always on the hunt for great ethnic food.
DAILY Food  September 5, 2012, by Mick Vann
"...I'd been hearing good things about the food at La Casita (1519 W. Anderson Ln): rumors about great totopos and handmade tortillas..."

Food on the Fly
Airport food isn't the same as airline food, especially at Austin-Bergstrom.
Food Story  January 24, 2003, by MM Pack
"...Airplane food has been a national joke for so long that it's beyond cliché. And yet, the diminishment of in-flight food service, resulting from airlines' economic woes, has proved a mixed blessing..."

Food-o-File: Monday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news: Cinco de Mayo edition
DAILY Food  May 4, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra...."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  March 20, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra...."

Mettle GM Daniel Brooks stakes a new claim at Papi Tino's old stomping ground
Food Column  January 17, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...They'll maintain the inviting Mexican cantina vibe with decor and a selection of quality tequilas, mezcals, and sotols as well as fruit infusions made with those Mexican liquors, plus beer and good cocktails. Brooks says the menu will feature his version of the street food of his native Mexico City with small plates of appetizers in the $6-8 range and heartier cazuelas (casseroles) for $10-15..."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  February 27, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra...."

A German street-food fave makes its way to Austin
Food Column  November 18, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Look for the new breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot called Another Broken Egg Cafe (3016 Guadalupe), a Southern-based chain known for delicious, affordable breakfasts. Also on Guadalupe: two outlets of the homegrown Verts (Dobie Mall; 2530 Guadalupe) featuring Turkish-inspired döner kebap – a beef, chicken, or lamb wrap that's a popular street food in Germany..."

10 Austin Food Trucks to Fuel Your SXSW Fun
Because you can't get all your calories from beer
DAILY Food  March 16, 2017, by Thea Newell
"...SXSW is not the time to sit down for a three-hour dinner that starts with an amuse bouche. When your favorite band has a set in 30 minutes, you need good food fast..."

The Art of Jewish Food
Food Column  May 15, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The recently relocated Texas Folklife Resources (1317 S. Congress, 441-9255) continues its fascinating and educational series on The Art of Food with a program titled "Jewish Holiday Cooking in Central Texas." The program, curated by respected folklore scholar Suzanne Seriff, Ph.D., is sponsored by Central Market (4001 N..."

Longhorn Food Trailer Court Closes May 13
Real estate prosperity equals change in the food truck game
DAILY Food  May 10, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Members of the local vegan and vegetarian communities (as well as one of the contributors to the Austin Chronicle food section) are dismayed at the news that this convenient vegetarian mecca is closing up shop. Where are they going to find the healthy wraps, stellar falafels, or addictive vegan baked goods they've come to love?..."

AFWA grant deadline looms; no more Artz at Abel's Rib House; and where La Condesa's new truck will be wheeling next
Food Column  September 27, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is now taking applications for their culinary innovation grant program, which is in its second year. The grant program is open to chefs; farmers and ranchers; wine, beer, and spirit makers; food artisans; and food-focused nonprofits for innovative culinary projects that benefit the community..."

Austin's Fareground Food Court Has Something for Every Palate
Downtown's first food hall includes local favorites Dai Due, Easy Tiger, Contigo, and more
Food Story  March 29, 2018, by Jessi Cape
"...Downtown's newest buzz space is Fareground, an upscale adult version of a teenage hang zone at the mall food court. No, Sbarro Pizza isn't one of the vendors, but these six concepts from some of Austin's brightest names in food will have you making plans with your friends all the same..."

Top 10 Under-the-Radar Food Trailers
Food Story  December 28, 2017, by Reanna Zuniga
"...4) French Tex Cuisine While Tex-Mex is a staple of many Austinite diets, chef Jagu is bringing French-Tex cuisine to the local food truck business. The native Frenchman is serving up "French Taco" galettes, similar to a crêpe, including brisket, queso, and avocado (aka the Texas holy trinity)...."

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  October 10, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra...."

Artz hangs on while Starlite shuts down, Woodland expands, and Izzoz Tacos makes a grand entrance
Food Column  February 6, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...They were all aware that Art has donated to or hosted many benefits in support of musicians and other good causes over the years, and they wanted to return the favor. The devoted staff kept the doors open and food on the tables while Blondin's friends Danny and René Britt helped round up musicians and generated media coverage for a successful fundraiser at Artz on Jan..."

Best of Austin Story  September 24, 1999
"...This expression may be the Mexican equivalent of "Oh my goodness!" but who amongst us doesn't first think of that weird little Tex-Mex talking taco dog? Eat your corazón out, Taco Bell, for this new Austin restaurant is barking up the right tree. Featuring specialties from the Mexican interior including 3 different moles, chile rellenos, fresh sangria, and a house table salsa that won a second place award at the most recent Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, the owners are proud of their food, and locals are proving them right...."

Mexican Food 101
Whether your cheese is white or yellow, Austin's embarrassment of Mexican food riches is only matched by its love of barbecue
Food Story  March 6, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...For the last half of the 20th century, Austin was known around the country as a prime destination for Tex-Mex food and barbecue. Area politicians and businessmen used the local cuisines in campaigns and promotions, inadvertently helping to build their fame..."

Claudia Alarcón's Top 10 Food and Drinks Keeping Austin (Real) Mexican
The best places to get a taste of Mexico deep in the heart of Central Texas
Food Story  January 6, 2012, by Claudia Alarcón
"...Oaxacan Cuisine at El Naranjo Heavenly moles, pipianes, and other seasonal Oaxacan specialties, including real tamales, have been attracting connoisseurs to this trailer, temporarily relocated to the Soular Food Garden on East 12th. I can't wait until the full-service restaurant opens on Rainey Street – at last – in February...."

Downtown's Micheladas has much to offer – including no wait
Food Column  July 5, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In keeping with my curiosity about several new Mexican food spots opening up in the Downtown area, some friends joined me for happy hour at Micheladas Cafe y Cantina (333 E. Second) last week, and we made a surprising discovery: an attractive restaurant with good food and pleasant service ....."

Food and a Movie
Strategic local restaurant suggestions to enhance your SXSW Film Festival schedule
Food Story  March 11, 2011, by Kate Thornberry and Virginia B. Wood
"...• The HighBall (1142 S. Lamar), right next door to the Alamo, is a genuine pleasure palace, featuring bowling and karaoke to the left, and fabulous, award-winning food and drink to the right..."

Food Top Tens 1996: A Year of Good Tastes
Top Ten Bites of 1996
Food Story  January 10, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...2. 50-year old Balsamic vinegar I attended a Professional Food Writer's Symposium at the Greenbrier Resort back in March..."

The Take-Out: Responsibility in Food Writing
How to talk more respectfully about global cuisine
Food Column  September 29, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...It may seem a little overwrought to say this, but writing about food does carry significant responsibility – not only to the men and women who make their livelihood off of the business of eating, but to the traditions and history behind a meal. Telling the story involves so much more than taste and smell, but that doesn't always go over smoothly when a writer dives into a culture that is not his or her own...."

Buy local eggs, the Best Wurst lives on, locals get some small-screen time, and more delicious foodie news
Food Column  August 27, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...For health, safety, and freshness, buy local eggs at our farmers' markets, at stores that buy from local producers (Ask questions!), and at restaurants that buy local eggs or raise their own, such as Eastside Cafe (2113 Manor Rd., 476-5858, Last week, the city of Austin Right of Way department renewed the mobile vending permit that allows the Best Wurst ( to continue operating on East Sixth Street (see "Food-o-File," July 16)..."

Family Food Fun
The mystical Manchaca Rancho Winslow Supper Club
Food Story  February 21, 2014, by Mick Vann
"...It's not even really a supper club in the strictest sense. It is a clubbish group that partakes of supper, but it's more a gathering of close friends and family centered around a food event of one sort or another, calendar-related or otherwise...."

Awards, accolades, and openings give Austin something to celebrate
Food Column  April 28, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...At the recent annual convention of the International Association of Culinary Professionals in Seattle, the executive cookbook committee bestowed the prestigious Design Award to Shearer Publishing of Fredericksburg for Fonda San Miguel – 30 Years of Food and Art. The Design Award recognizes exceptional accomplishment in the areas of cookbook design, photography, and styling and is not necessarily given every year..."

Food and a Movie
Strategic local restaurant suggestions to enhance your SXSW Film Festival schedule
Food Story  March 11, 2011, by Claudia Alarcón and Kate Thornberry
"...There are lots of dining options near the Congress Avenue venues that offer food for all tastes and price ranges...."

Chef winners, restaurant openings, and more
Food Column  November 5, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...11, with vendors selling from 3 to 7pm. Farmers, artisan foodmakers, mobile food vendors, and craft artisans interested in booth rentals at the market are encouraged to e-mail Jean Kruse at"

Second Helpings: Mexican Breakfast
Food Story  March 19, 2004
"...Joe's Bakery and Mexican Food2305 E. Seventh, 472-0017 Tuesday-Sunday, 7am-3pm An Eastside landmark since 1963, Joe's is a great place to belly up to the counter and devour a steaming plate of huevos rancheros, migas, or award-winning menudo..."

Hill Country Food & Wine Guide
by Virginia B. Wood & the Cuisines staff
Food Story  April 13, 2001
"...Real Foods Market Cafe (53)..."

Top Ten Food Stories of 1997
Best Bites of 1997
Food Story  January 9, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...2. Robert Mondavi Becomes an Honorary Texan The legendary patriarch of the California wine industry was the guest of honor at last April's Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival and was named an honorary Texan by George W..."

Honduran Food Comes to Austin
You don't have to be a Sandinista or a Contra to enjoy Honduran food in Austin
Food Story  June 4, 2010, by Mick Vann
"...Tajadas are fried slices of green banana or plantain and usually line the bottom of an entrée plate. Chismol is a mild pico de gallo, meant to accompany rich foods, and curtido is a beet-tinted cabbage slaw with vinegar..."

Lake Travis gets more Interior Mexican; plus, the Bitter End bounces back, and Jo's and Threadgill's expand
Food Column  September 2, 2005, by Virginia B. Wood
"...4, from 6-8pm. Drop by for good food and mariachi music....."

In this week's edition of Food-o-file, Austin Chronicle Food editor Virginia B. Wood tracks local chefs going abroad and gives returning University of Texas students an update on recent restaurant closings and openings.
Food Column  September 3, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Will Travel for Food..."

Food Column  August 1, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Chef/entrepreneur David Garrido has chosen Jackie Nothway as chef for his new Fresh Planet Cafe. They are currently hard at work developing fresh, light menu options for the cafe inside the Whole Foods flagship store at Sixth & Lamar, as well as discussing the creation of a separate outside entrance for customers not buying groceries..."

We've got progress reports on remodels and new openings around town
Food Column  July 12, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Our dinner table conversation the other evening turned to Paula Deen's colossal fall from grace, but if you're curious about my take on the situation, you'll need to check out our On the Range blog this week at"

Green Corn, Bola Pizza, holiday baking contests, and more
Food Column  October 29, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

The month of May is mighty busy
Food Column  May 21, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Chef/pastry chef couple Ned and Jodi Elliott have converted a former skate shop in the North Loop area into Foreign & Domestic (306 E. 53rd, 459-1010,; the cozy dinner house with a clever and eclectic menu opened May 20....."

Will Travel for Food and Wine
Well-made wine, exquisite food, and great art – Spain should be on anyone's short list of travel destinations
Food Story  June 26, 2009, by Wes Marshall
"...Looking for a trip with spectacular wine, food equal to any in the world, myriad museums, sophisticated cities, and a dazzling countryside? Let me recommend the northwestern part of Spain as a perfect 10-day to two-week trip. I was over there for a week of touring the wineries and vineyards of Rioja, followed by a driving tour of Spain that covered about 1,500 miles (2,500 kilometers)..."

Hill Country Food and Wine Guide
Food Story  April 5, 2002
"...The best kept secret at the Bierschwale Estate is the hired couple who run the house and maintain the grounds. During our visit, they prepared some of the best homestyle Mexican food we've ever eaten anywhere, but you have to be a guest at the Estate to get a taste...."

Truck Farm Farmers' Market, the Taco Taxi, and a South by Southwest food Fest round-up
Food Column  March 26, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...This weekend it was a polite fireman ringing my doorbell at 7am to tell me they were putting out a fire in my backyard, where a smoldering compost pile next door had ignited the wooden fence between the two houses. Since I was already wide awake, I embarked on an early farmers' market tour to try and evaluate changes at the two new markets – Sustainable Food Center Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley and the Barton Creek Farmers Market..."

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