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A Satisfied Crowd Feasted on the Bounty of the Fall Harvest for a Good Cause
The Green Corn Project Benefit 2008 at Boggy Creek Farm was a rousing success.
DAILY Food  October 31, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...This year, the fall weather was marvelous and the new arrangement of vendor booths and dining tables really improved the overall traffic flow around the farm house. The higher number of food vendors and stellar quality of the seasonally-focused food made for a very satisfying afternoon for the crowd..."

Powerful Appetite
A Passionate Venue for Thai Food
Food Story  March 28, 1997, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"...When it comes to Thai fare, food lovers have lots to be passionate about. One of the richest cuisines in the world, Thai cooking employs dozens of tantalizing herbs and spices, layering dishes with a mosaic of complementary flavors and perfumes. Although much of Thailand's culinary tradition is linked historically to China, Thai chefs have developed an entirely independent and equally complex cuisine that relies to a great extent on a number of the country's natural resources. Thai chefs display a devotion to fish that their Chinese counterparts lack. (The country boasts miles of coastline.) And rice and rice-based noodles are more prominent as well, as Thailand is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of rice, with up to four harvests occurring each year..."

Seven Places to Get a Healthy SXSW Lunch
You've almost made it to the finish line
DAILY Food  March 17, 2017, by Sierra Diaz
"...We’ve almost made it to the end of SXSW and – let’s be real – the amount of tacos, queso, and alcohol consumed has us feeling like a dumpster fire. With a full weekend of music and parties ahead of us, we need some healthy food to keep us from looking like a Walking Dead extra...."

First Look: The Badlands
Homey dive has a local vibe
DAILY Food  December 9, 2014, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...Shane Howard's lifelong dream of opening a hot dog stand was realized after relocating to Austin, the land of food-truck opportunity...."

Chef Erica Beneke Competes on 'Chopped'
Max's Wine Dive hosts viewing party this weekend
DAILY Food  May 30, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...She won the local round of Chefs Under Fire 2010 and was a fan favorite in the statewide finals. But did that experience and her years of turning out "gourmet comfort food" at Max's Wine Dive prepare her to win $10,000 on Chopped? Find out Sunday...."

All You Can Read
The Chronicle Food staff samples a buffet of books for the culinarily curious.
Food Story  June 6, 2003
"...Don't be fooled: This isn't one of those comfort-food cookbooks that pretends to capture some imaginary "essential" Gulf Coast through antiquated, stale recipes. Snow happily places fusion fare alongside the old standards..."

21 Super Bowl LIII Watch Parties in Austin
Pluckers Wing Bar is taking reservations, y’all
DAILY Food  January 30, 2019, by Emily Beyda
"...Whether or not you identify as a sporty spice, local bars and restaurants across this great burg of ours are rising to the Super Bowl occasion. Enjoy drink specials, super indulgent takes on classic comfort food, and huge TVs..."

Future Pasta
Local company makes it easier to eat your veggies
DAILY Food  July 21, 2015, by Serena Yeh
"...A huge bowl of pasta may be great comfort food, but it isn’t exactly health food. New local supplier Veggie Noodle Co., however, is trying to change that with packaged spiralized vegetables that may be the best of both worlds...."

Where, Oh Where, Did The Great Y’all Go?
Friends turned food truck co-owners turned…
DAILY Food  December 11, 2018, by Alisha McDarris
"...Out with the old, in with the blue. When a shiny blue food trailer showed up at Possum Park in the very spot the vibrant yellow The Great Y’all truck had occupied mere weeks before, it caught a few people by surprise...."

Review: The Elegant but Irreverent Southern Fare of Colleen's Kitchen
Mueller's food scene gets elevated
Food Story  April 12, 2018, by Melanie Haupt
"...Colleen was obviously a lively woman with eclectic-yet-classy taste. This sassy Southern ethos is reflected on the menu as well, which speaks both to genteel ladies who lunch and folks who love a spirited dinner at a groaning table laden with modern comfort food...."

Erica Waksmunski's Got a Brand New Bag
Red Star Southern chef returns to pastries
DAILY Food  October 27, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Earlier this year, Erica Waksmunski walked away from a high profile pastry chef position in order to start the Red Star Southern food trailer, serving Southern comfort food in the parking lot of the Grackle. She's keeping the trailer, but now she's having her cake and making it too...."

Good Gluten-Free Fried Chicken?
MAX's Wine Dive founder says, 'Why the hell not?'
DAILY Food  July 8, 2013, by Carly Yansak
"...The world can be a barren place for those who have to live gluten-free. Roaming store aisles; obsessively checking labels; always asking their server, "Is it gluten-free?" Possibly one of the most daunting challenges for the wheat-less population is finding (good) gluten-free versions of what we all crave (and need) sometimes: comfort food...."

Dining Beyond the Chains
Good food moves to the 'burbs
Food Story  July 17, 2014, by Wes Marshall
"...I have to admit a little personal antipathy to comfort food restaurants, but somehow JAK's consistently outperforms my expectations. Take the delicious Carl Miller's Layered Chunky Queso ($8.99): A spoonful of tasty pork plus a scoop of fresh guacamole lift this queso from boring to yummy..."

Dining Beyond the Chains
Good food moves to the 'burbs
Food Story  July 17, 2014, by Mick Vann
"...Roger Joughin and business partner, Ron Yaudes, took over the restaurant in 2006, and both have histories with corporate restaurants, but use recipes from moms and grandmas. Folks come here for good, hard-to-find comfort food, like a stellar hand-breaded chicken-fried steak, ham with root beer glaze, great Cobb salads, and amazing fried pickles..."

Best Bites
The Food writers gobble through 2001
Food Story  January 4, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...6. Shrimp and Grits: The final Sunday brunch of the Southern Foodways Alliance field trip to the Carolina Piedmont featured this signature dish from Crooks Corners restaurant in N.C..."

The 2002 Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll
Index
Food Story  May 24, 2002
"...Chipotle Mexican Grill, 4400 N. Lamar, 419-9898; 3300 Bee Caves Rd., 329-8600; 2230 Guadalupe, 320-0238, www.chipotle.comCritics Fast Food (TIE)..."

On Hot Dr Pepper
It’s not as gross as it sounds
DAILY Food  May 4, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...That timeline sounds about right: Jones Family comfort foods tend to fall into a genre I affectionately think of as “suburban housewife,” some of them adapted from recipes my grandmother swapped in the Fifties and Sixties with other wives at San Antonio’s Randolph Air Force Base. Many of these women, my gramma included, traveled the world, and their Americanized spins on the world cuisines they encountered, alongside their own native comfort foods, called for ingredients in any other context I’d probably snobbishly sniff at – Bisquick and Velveeta, La Choy crispy noodles and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.  [inset-1-right]..."

The Take-Out
Finding the comfort in comfort food
Food Column  November 19, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...On Saturday, I made a pumpkin pie, my first attempt at baking in more than a year. After my somewhat rocky year, the kitchen seemed like the natural place to be, and pie the natural food..."

Growing Up in the Restaurant Business
When comfort food is a place instead of a dish
DAILY Food  May 8, 2017, by Sierra Diaz
"...It was my decision to either hate it or love it, and I chose the latter. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to explore the many flavors of foods at a young age..."

East 12th Kafe
Soul and a smile at 12th and Springdale
Food Review  April 5, 2013, by Mick Vann
"...For Austinites of a certain age, the mouthwatering, cholesterol-clogging platter of meat-and-two comfort food, also known as "soul food," is close to being just a fond memory. I still remember exact details about meals at the Southern Dinette on East 11th, or at Virginia's on South First..."

2001 Restaurant Poll Index
Food Story  May 25, 2001
"...Chelo Kabob, 2525 W. Anderson (Northcross Mall Food Court), 459-4595CRITICS OTHER ETHNIC (TIE)..."

2000 Restaurant Poll Index
Food Story  May 12, 2000
"...Chipotle Mexican Grill, various locationsCRITICS FAST-FOOD..."

Review: Eldorado Cafe
Finding the gold in an Allandale strip mall
Food Story  October 19, 2017, by Jessi Cape
"...Thought­ful details like Kiss My Face lotion in the women's restroom and a waiting nook lifted directly from a family home demonstrate that inspiring dining camaraderie is the Frieds' mission. That, and serving Mexican-inspired comfort food with casual confidence..."

You Want Fries With That?
The Hyde Park Bar & Grill has a few pleasant surprises
Food Story  December 20, 2013, by Rachel Feit
"...In fact, Hyde Park Bar & Grill has managed to withstand the test of time with surprising grace and flexibility. Known for its cozy, suburban take on Southern comfort food, Hyde Park Bar & Grill has modernized their menu over the years but the comfort food stalwarts still hold center stage..."

Joe's Bakery
Food Story  February 25, 1999
"...For many people in Austin, Mexican food is a source of comfort. It is as familiar and as necessary as mother's milk..."

Uptown, Not Upscale
Xena and Z-Tejas, New at the Arboretum
Food Story  October 25, 1996
"...The entry hall opens into a small, cozy bar area on one side and a wide-open dining room on the other. The dining room faces a completely open, gleaming stainless steel kitchen where busy cooks in spotless whites prepare food in full view of the clientele..."

Captain Fantastic
Viggo Mortensen and family go off the grid
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Film Review  July 22, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...In Captain Fantastic, Mortensen plays the dogmatic paterfamilias of a brood of six civilized savages living off the grid somewhere in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The child-rearing practices of this hippie-survivalist are unorthodox, to say the least: He nurtures their minds by versing them in Marxist theory, quantum physics, and Vladimir Nabokov, and trains their bodies to kill wildlife for food, to scale sheer cliffs for disciplined strength, and to defend themselves (to the death) against some unspoken possibility in the future..."

Italic
New comfort for a changing Austin
Food Story  July 2, 2015, by Brandon Watson
"...Italian food in Austin is having a moment, hot on the heels of last year's Southern garde. As cuisines, they are bedfellows, rightly or wrongly filed under the vague header of "comfort." While fat and salt are not unique to either tradition, we still ascribe mystical powers to tumbling piles of meatballs..."

Thai-Brids
Blurring the lines of Thai cuisine
Food Story  February 5, 2015, by Melanie Haupt
"...These are staples used in a cuisine that dates back to the 14th century. And yet some folks are finding ways to use them that, surprisingly, help to broaden the scope of Thai food...."

After a Fashion
The outlook sure looks rosier when the dress sizes start to drop
Columns  July 20, 2007, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...YES, VIRGINIA… Well, if our Austin Chronicle Food editor cohort Virginia Wood can spill her guts – no pun intended – about having had weight-loss surgery, then Your Style Avatar guesses he can, too. As if it weren't already obvious to anyone who has seen us in the past few months, we've undergone quite the transformation recently, dropping 10 inches off of our still-well-padded frame..."

Who Cooked It?
Comfort, Southern, Cajun, and Soul on the Eastside
Food Story  June 17, 2005
"...Tony's is quickly becoming an Eastside institution. This ain't diet food, but it sure is good..."

Review: L'Estelle House & the Drafting Room
Charming space still has a few kinks
Food Story  April 28, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Although L'Estelle and the Drafting Room are owned and operated by the Nassos, they are operated completely separately, down to the receipts on Square. Food is ordered at the front house, drinks (beer and wine) are ordered at the back house, and never the twain shall meet..."

Second Act
Lean In meets The Secret of My Success in workplace rom-com
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Film Review  January 4, 2019, by Marc Savlov
"...Inoffensive and unremarkable, Second Act is culled from the remainder bin of late-Nineties, early-Aughts hidden identity/wish fulfillment rom-coms along the lines of Lopez’s Maid in Manhattan. For a certain segment of the moviegoing audience this might well feel like cinematic comfort food, but for others it will bring to mind older but far better films that have withstood the test of time, albeit with freakishly dated hairstyles..."

Pfoodies
Pflugerville dining has come a long way
Food Story  August 6, 2015, by Corina Kellam
"...You won't find fancy schmancy salmon tacos or fried-chicken tacos here, but sometimes I want food that reminds me of Mexico. Also, sometimes I want to buy WD-40 and a guayaba..."

Review: Bonhomie
Philip Speer brings friendly French to Austin
Food Story  June 1, 2017, by Brandon Watson
"...Dining trends reflect how we live, documenting our aspirations and – more acutely – our anxieties. It doesn't take any particular investment in politics to know why comfort food is having a moment...."

Fixe
Flashes of brilliance
Food Story  March 19, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Take a flashlight, just in case. One of the slender, pinpoint types or a flat one shaped like a credit card should do the trick, because depending on where you're seated at Fixe, you could very well need the extra light to read the menu and appreciate the refined presentation lavished on the food..."

The Ruta Java
Where to Go for a Cup of Joe
Food Story  March 14, 1997, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"...Today, a guidebook covering Austin might also claim that our city's pulse can be found inside its cafes. On any given day or night, folks crowd into coffee and espresso spots, some for music, others for food and conversation, still others for time alone with a good book, and almost everyone for an honest cup of joe...."

A Whole New Scene Grain Gourmet
Food Story  June 2, 1995, by Virginia B. Wood
"...If you answered "10,000," "grains," "grains," "barley," and "grains," then you are very knowledgeable about the Newest In Thing. Haven't you noticed the change in restaurant side dishes in the past couple of years? What was almost always potatoes or the occasional ho-hum rice pilaf has become risotto, polenta and grits, couscous, bulgur, quinoa, barley, and amaranth. Grains are not just boring, high-fiber dishes in vegetarian restaurants or fillers in the bulk bins at health food stores..."

SXSW: Austin Dining From Yawn Till Dawn
Some late-night lifesavers to keep you well-fed in the wee hours of SXSW
Food Story  March 11, 2011, by Mick Vann
"...600 N. Lamar A diner with chef-inspired comfort food and quasi-typical diner fare, all made from great ingredients. Star Seeds Cafe..."

Sweet Heat Meat at the Historic Scoot Inn
New food truck entrepreneur brings trifecta of flavors to every dish
DAILY Food  July 7, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Over 20 would-be food truck operators entered the ATX Brands Trailer Truck-off Challenge this spring, submitting business plans and potential menus. On May 4, three finalists prepared signature dishes for a panel of judges at the Scoot Inn and the winner was named: Tawny Villain won a 6-month contract for a food truck business called Sweet Heat Meat...."

Puerto Rican Inspiration
Simply made delicious food
DAILY Food  September 17, 2012, by Meghan Ruth Speakerman
"...From the moment we arrived in San Juan my camera-happy self was clicking away, trying to look as touristy as possible, I suppose. The main thing my camera pointed at was the food – the fabulous, fabulous food..."

Hank's Garage
Frites to meet you
Food Review  September 23, 2011, by Rachel Feit
"...The same feel applies to the food: While generally quite good, it, too, lacks thematic unity. The menu claims a Belgian influence, which to my mind is generally code for french fries..."

Valentine's Pairs
The Chronicle finds out what Austin pastry chef couples are creating for each other
Food Story  February 13, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When local pastry chef couple Philip Speer and Callie Whigham married several months ago, I posed this question: In a situation like this, who makes the wedding cake? It turned out that another pastry chef friend of the couple provided that service, but the question got me thinking about what kind of delectable treats professional cooks might create for one another for some other romantic occasion? In a relationship that includes a shared professional passion for food, what manner of love offering might chefs create for each other for Valentine's Day? With that question in mind, we interviewed three talented young chef couples about their backgrounds, inspirations, and personal tastes. While their jobs will require these chefs to use their considerable skills to delight the public rather than each other on the upcoming romantic weekend, each of these gifted culinary artists still had plenty of inspiration when it came to the idea of pleasing their beloved. Amy OsbornChef instructor of baking and pastry, Texas Culinary Academy Egil ValentinExecutive chef, Kenobi Restaurant and Sushi Bar..."

Dining Up and Down West Lynn
Venerable spaces and new faces
Food Story  February 16, 2007, by MM Pack
"...There's no question that Jeffrey's is the flagship restaurant of the West Lynn neighborhood (in some people's opinion, of the city). Since 1975, when fine-dining was thin on the ground in Austin, it's been the restaurant's goal to set the standard for excellence, and much ink has been spent over the years waxing eloquent about the food, the ambience, and the service..."

NBT: Never Been Thawed
Mockumentary about the members of a Frozen Food Enthusiasts Club is funny when it stays on topic but becomes scattered when it strays.
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Film Review  November 11, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Sean Anders, Shelly Frasier, Allen Zwolle, Mike Gordon, John Morris and Charles Arnold. To the collectors in the Frozen Food Enthusiasts Club, NBT (never been thawed) is a term like "mint" to a baseball-card collector..."

Island Getaway
Calabash Cafe Whisks You to the Caribbean
Food Story  January 16, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...What would you do if you found yourself resettled in a foreign country without ready access to your native cuisine? Suffer in silence, try to dine regularly in the homes of similarly displaced countrymen, or open a restaurant featuring the authentic cuisine of your homeland hoping the public would develop a taste for it as well? The five founders of Calabash Cafe soon tired of options one and two, and decided to create a spot where we can all enjoy the foods of the eastern Caribbean along with them. Though Mike Caton of Trinidad, Margaret Reid of Jamaica, Dr..."

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
Dim Sum Under the Rainbow
Arts Story  October 6, 1995
"...Rainbow Seafood Restaurant 4544 S. Lamar, Suite 700, 892-2742..."

Review: Dee Dee
Northern-Thai trailer expands Austin's global palate
Food Story  August 4, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...The most rewarding foods manage to be wholly singular while somehow universal. My mother may not have cooked anything with the herbal complexity of Dee Dee's om gai, but you can tell it's a dish that gets passed down generations, a dish that kids ask for on birthdays..."

A Bunch for Brunch
Not Quite Breakfast, Not Quite Lunch
Food Story  March 7, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...We opt to sit upstairs near the buffet -- the band sounds just fine from there too. The fare here is strictly Southern comfort food such as biscuits and gravy, grits, hash browns, scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage, pancakes and syrup, fruit and cereal..."

The Bad Batch
Ana Lily Amirpour's psychedelic Western
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Film Review  June 23, 2017, by Josh Kupecki
"...Set in the (increasingly believable) near future, the film opens with Arlen (Waterhouse) being processed and marked (via numeric neck tattoo) before being shoved out into the Texas (postapocalyptic?) wastelands, the high, barbed wire fence shut behind her, a jug of water and a bag of fast-food in her hands. Arlen’s crime goes unstated, but she has become one of the Bad Batch, an exile in a lawless land..."

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