"...The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts recently broke ground on a new Agricultural Learning Center, an important component of the new Farm to Table curriculum module available to students there. Escoffier Foundation President Michel Escoffier join Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and State Representative Eddie Rodriguez at the ceremonies...."
"...Thursday last at Boggy Creek Farm the Texas Farm-to-Table Food Caucus held its very first fundraiser and launch party...."
"...11, local Austin food distributors, urban farmers, and sustainable food advocates met with state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, at a "farm-to-table" town hall meeting at the East Side Show Room to discuss how the Legislature can help support the emerging local food economy in the upcoming 2011 session..."
"...What’s better than eating a smorgasbord of local delectables that have been thoughtfully prepared by over 30 of Austin’s top chefs? Doing it in the company of Sustainable Food Center’s supporters at the 11th Annual Farm to Plate dinner tonight at Barr Mansion, of course. Lucky for you, tickets are still available...."
"...Over the last two decades, chefs began haunting the farmers' markets in their pursuit of the freshest and most delicious ingredients. Eventually they started going directly to the farms, arranging for delectable organics and pastured meats to be delivered to their kitchens..."
"...Panels and workshops will cover topics ranging from the farm bill and food safety to organics and urban farming. Other notable topics include raw milk, water policies, and a highly anticipated chefs’ panel featuring, among others, James Beard award nominee Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due and Sonya Cote of Hillside Farmacy and the Homegrown Revival..."
"...Perfectly in step with the current trends of sustainability and farm-to-table dining, Travaasa Austin Spa & Resort has added a farm to their list of attractions. The property includes a garden to supply the restaurant and spa, a flock of chickens for eggs, a stable for the horses, and a creek-side pasture perfect for outdoor entertaining..."
"...Aside from being a great opportunity to learn about a frequently overlooked, yet extremely important global issue, this conference may also be a chance to show some solidarity with a community that has been targeted and persecuted of late. This conference also seems to be particularly relevant in a city with such a thriving and diverse food culture, where so much emphasis is placed on food sourcing (Can you remember the last Austin restaurant you ate at that didn’t advertise itself as farm-to-table?), and yet where 25% of residents are food-insecure...."
"...Heated public testimony saw neighbors speak out for and against the proposed changes. Opponents of the changes cited noise from events, lack of parking, and a strong emphasis on the consumption of alcohol at weddings and fundraisers, and at Eden East, the farm-to-table mobile food trailer located on the property..."
"...7-14) offers a weeklong extravaganza in honor of the city's sustainable, cultural, and culinary wonders. Austin has quickly ascended as one of the nation's hot spots for locally sourced ingredients, farm-to-table restaurants, agricultural sustainability, and organics; Austin's evolving profile has inspired the Edible Austin team to implement a few changes this year in hopes of encouraging even higher levels of support for the Central Texas farms and dining scene..."
"...Texas Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), co-founder of the nation's first Farm to Table Caucus in the Texas legislature..."
"...She's orchestrated several farm tours, taking Austin chefs to visit Austin-area farms to talk with the farmers, see where and how they work, and get up close and personal with produce in its growing environment. Boyar's goal is "to give chefs a chance to develop a deeper connection with where the food they use comes from." Additionally, the exercise enables growers to showcase their bounty to sophisticated culinary consumers, find out what chefs want for their restaurants, and perhaps broaden some perspectives about the joys and benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables..."
"...Foodies frequently turn their noses up at the term "farm-to-table," brushing it off as cliche. On one hand, that's valid because every hip "New American" restaurant uses that as a tagline..."
"...• Have a concept: Offering one menu online, another on a blackboard in the restaurant, and a third on paper at the table is beyond confusing. Tacos, fries, quesadillas, duck rillettes, Hawaiian poke, risotto, carne asada, mussels Sauvignon, beet salad, burgers, and panini don't belong on the same menu..."
"...HB 1306, the bill to give fair tax treatment to small-scale and sustainable producers, will be heard by the Agriculture and Livestock Committee in Room E1.010. The bill clarifies provisions in the current state law that have been misinterpreted by county tax assessors to exclude vegetable growers, urban farmers, community gardens, and diversified farms from obtaining agricultural valuation on their property..."
"...Qui inherited that world, and his sudden rocket to fame is the point where culinary Generation X gave way to the millennials. They didn't need to be taught farm-to-table, or umami, or sous vide, but they did demand that eating out was experiential..."
"...MS: We had to constantly clean them. It was partly the smoke, and partly the grease from your hands, because the families were so hospitable they want to feed you..."
"...Halcyon Table-side s'mores are one of the things that make this hoppin' corner joint so very special. It is quite proud of its espresso cocktails and delights across the board with Nutella crepes, paninis, and, as with any fabulous coffee bar, a fine selection of cigars and cigarettes..."
"...11) Emmer & Rye This charming place has dim sum service and seasonal farm-to-table shareable plates featuring heirloom grains. 51 Rainey #110, www.emmerandrye.com..."
"...Although Katz has been traveling the world to speak at educational events just like this, this will be the first one of its kind in Austin, which is a bit surprising, considering our city's love of farm-to-table menus and DIY food culture. Katz sees food fermentation as a natural progression from the revival of farmers' markets and a renewed interest in locally made products...."
"...Here's your guide to this year's talent. Springdale Farm Argus Cidery Contigo/Chicon Eden East Friends and Allies Brewery Justine's Brasserie L'oca d'oro Lost Pines Yaupon Tea Olamaie The Hightower Wahaka Mezcal [image-1] Hausbar Farm and Guesthaus The Brewer's Table Counter 3. Five..."
"...The rabbits are probably the most labor-intensive inhabitants of the farm. They reside in hutches in a climate-controlled barn, where Bonneu can keep them cool, comfortable, and well-ventilated..."
"...Coté was matched with District 5 and the Cherry Creek Community Garden, a tract of land where 25 homes once stood on an active floodplain, that was later redeveloped with a FEMA grant. Coté’s contribution in collaboration with her nonprofit The Homegrown Revival, was a table designed by Alan Gonzales (he also made the tables at Eden East) made from wood reclaimed from the Bastrop fires..."
"...A toast, please, to the 170-plus artists and creative projects recognized in the nominations for the 2013 Austin Critics Table Awards. Earlier this month, a batch of the ink-stained wretches who cover the city's cultural scene devoted our monthly meeting of the minds (i.e., happy hour) to reviewing the work we'd seen between May 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013 (give or take a few days), and came up with what we considered the most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, visual arts, and theatre...."
"...But a new medicine was in the process of providing interim relief, so the family stayed put and hoped that one day deeply conservative Texas would see the light. Thankfully for Elliot and the estimated 150,000 Texans with intractable epilepsy, the Texas Legislature in 2015 passed the Compassionate Use Act, a law that legalizes the use of a strain of low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and high cannabidiol (CBD) medicinal cannabis for patients with epilepsy uncontrolled by pharmaceuticals who receive a recommendation from their physician..."
"..."Of course, there were no farmers' markets then," Sayle explains. "So we set up a card table in front of Wiggy's liquor store on West Sixth, and that was our first farm stand..."
"...Now is the time to order pastured turkeys, geese, or ducks for upcoming holiday meals. Pastured birds bring exceptional flavor to the table because they are fattened by grazing in nature and are hormone- and antibiotic-free...."
"...They plan on doing a lot of baking and candy-making at the Frenzel house this Christmas. "When Dad was living, he'd sit and crack pecans on the porch, using one of those old table-mounted crackers with the spinning thing on it." She herself has never enjoyed an afternoon on the porch cracking nuts..."
"...Terry's Burger Stand Burgers fashioned from hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef, all-natural chicken, fresh-cut fries, and milkshakes. Sit at a picnic table on the patio..."
"...But the international reputation of British food, assisted by the ubiquity on American TV of celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, is improving. Bad imitations of hearty staples of the British dinner table are being replaced by high-quality re-creations that appeal to the American palate while still tasting authentic to expat Brits..."
"...Tackling the intersectional issues of gentrification, urban change, agricultural history, and cultural perception demands a diverse round table. It's about "getting a full picture of the food landscape," says Thomas..."
"...Ruby's Red Tequila Shrimp ($12.95) features marinated grilled shrimp with ruby red grapefruit sections in a subtly tart, creamy tequila-lime sauce arranged around a serving of pecan wild rice. All entrées include salad, vegetables and warm rolls..."
"...The regulations on the milk itself make it difficult for Avellan to produce his cheese without sacrificing quality or integrity. "I wanted to create a cheese for the American table, for families in Austin, Texas," Avellan said...."
"...Now, with their launch at the beginning of this year, Gamecock finds the tables turned. Pitches from game developers looking for financial and moral support come fast and furious..."
"...Although manufacturers would like you to believe that your pet's nutritional needs are so difficult to balance that a regular person could never hope to figure it out, making dog food really isn't magical alchemy. Until the advent of commercial pet food around 1900, all dogs on Earth primarily ate table scraps, with the occasional hunted bird or rodent thrown in..."
"...So, rather than sit and watch Robinson Ranch fill up with low-density sprawl over the coming decades, the city, other regional leaders, and the family have gotten proactive. Along with annexation, the City Council is also scheduled to approve preliminary zoning for Robinson Ranch as a planned-unit development; the PUD calls for mixed-use, New Urbanist, transit-oriented development that equals and in some cases exceeds the densities called for in the Mueller master plan, the University Neighborhood Overlay for West Campus, and other infill efforts currently on the table..."
"...It's as if they can sense that Walsh is an ally, a kindred spirit. She waves hello, shrugs, and turns back to the small table..."
"...And you got all you want to eat. You know how they used to bring those long, long tables, they had rows and rows of long, long tables and then they had waitresses..."
"...According to Austin's Office of Sustainability, 17% of Austin's population is considered food-insecure. "We depend on a lot of donations, particularly fruit and vegetables," says Jennifer Long, Casa Marianella's director for the past 19 years..."
"...This is particularly frustrating for restaurants; estimates hold that 79% of what ends up in a food-service Dumpster is actually recyclable. The sheer volume of wine and beer bottles alone generated in a single evening at a restaurant or bar is astounding; multiply that by the hundreds of bars and restaurants we are blessed with here in Austin, and it paints a dispiriting picture of regrettable and pointless waste..."
"...This summer’s Community Lunch series hosted by Urban Roots kicked off in early June amongst shade-dappled, tablecloth-draped picnic tables full of enthusiastic diners. In its third year, the series of seasonal Friday lunches features meals prepared and served at the Urban Roots Farm by youth farm interns under the tutelage of area chefs...."
"...Tour the fields of each farm to appreciate the different crops they're got under cultivation. Check out one of Austin's oldest surviving homesteads at Boggy Creek, visit the delightful animal menagerie at HausBar Farm, inquire about East Austin's ultimate farm-to-table restaurant at Springdale, and observe the flowering olive trees that will produce Rain Lily Farm's first olive crop this year. [image-1]..."
"...Austin's modern local food movement began in the early Nineties with a small, dedicated group of organic farmers who sold produce from the back of pick-up trucks and off folding tables at small neighborhood markets. When Whole Foods Market built a flagship store at Sixth and Lamar in 1996, the same farmers offered a weekly market in the parking lot there for some time..."
"...According to Judith McGeary, executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance: “The local food movement is growing by leaps and bounds. Just a few years ago, legislators had no idea that there even was such a thing as ‘a local foods movement.’ In a session notable for the number of bills that died without being voted on, the fact that three separate local foods bills passed reflects the legislators’ awareness of the many benefits this movement provides, for both rural and urban communities.”..."
"...Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) and co-authored by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), chair of the bipartisan Farm-to-Table Food Caucus, HB 910 would limit the health permit fees for farmers and farmers’ market vendors at $50 per year per county or city..."
"...Tecolote Farm (Manor), a 20-year-old organic farm owned by David and Katie Pitre, has the longest-running CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)program in Texas. The Pitres will use the $5,000 grant for two projects - a pilot program to humanely raise endangered heritage breed hogs on pasture and supply its pastured pork to the Austin community; and to subsidize and deliver weekly CSA baskets filled with local and organic vegetables and heritage pork to low-income, underserved families in Austin, uniquely providing access to fresh foods. [image-3]..."