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Rebecca Rather Closes the Pink Pig
Bakery and cafe was popular wine country dining destination
DAILY Food  August 20, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather has actively promoted her Pink Pig Bakery & Cafe (6266 Hwy 290 East) outside Fredericksburg via all forms of social media. Today a notice on the company Facebook page announced they had lost their lease and the business was closed as of August 18...."

New Installation at MexicArte In Search of... by Rebecca Levy
  May 26, 1995
"..."My understanding is that all art is political," he says, "because artists don't conform. They break the mental sets we have about each other." The artists insist that the installation is not meant to be "reverse racism" but rather to make the dominant culture more aware of its current value system as a prelude to change. "Los Anthropolocos," no less than Richard Lou and Robert Sanchez's earlier performance with mirrors along the border, attempts to [[pi]]help the audience to see its own reflection in the headlights..."

Think Pink
Pastry Queen and the Pink Pig proprietor Rebecca Rather keeps giving us reasons to drive to Fredericksburg
Food Story  May 17, 2013, by Wes Marshall
"...Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to fine dining in Central Texas over the last two decades should be familiar with Rebecca Rather. She was the co-owner of Rather Sweet Bakery and Cafe in Fredericksburg, a cornerstone of the area's culinary reputation among travelers and locals alike..."

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Profligate spending may be out of step with the times, but don't short-sell the comic charms of Isla Fisher.
Film Review  February 20, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Escapism has never been bound by the strictures of “good taste,” and a chastening comedy about the catastrophic results of unbridled spending could be just what the doctor(s of finance) ordered. No, the problem nipping at the designer heels of Confessions is not the state of the economy but, rather, the film’s predictability..."

“We're Christian Scientists,” 10-year-old Angela (Rhyne) explains to a new friend. “We use electricity to make people's souls clean.” Angela's definition of her and her 6-year-old sister Ellie's (Blythe) “religion”...
Film Review  February 23, 1996, by Alison Macor
"...Angela's obsession with sin and its consequences results in visitations by Lucifer (Facinelli), a compelling image in stark white who croons softly for Angela to join him. Miller's screenplay is elliptical and lyrical, a string of moody tableaus rather than a strong linear narrative..."

Please Give
The pleasure of Nicole Holofcener's film – which stars Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, and Amanda Peet – lies in the honesty of its conversations rather than its plot.
Film Review  June 11, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Other central characters include Kate and Alex’s daughter, Abby (Steele), whose acne-pocked face is a walking poster for body-image issues, and Rebecca’s unhappy sister Mary (Peet), who gives facials in a day spa. There’s a sexual infidelity and a few other incidents, but the pleasure of Please Give lies in its conversations rather than its plot..."

It's been a difficult year for the Austin food community
Food Column  December 26, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...She explained that after a few months of deficits with no relief in sight, she had met with her financial partners and asked them to find a buyer for the restaurant, which they did. I understand her sense of loss, but I applaud her pragmatism (and good luck) in finding a buyer while the business is still viable rather than taking a chance on an eventual bankruptcy..."

The Bling Ring
Sofia Coppola relates this true-life crime story about Hollywood teens who boosted things from celebrities' homes so they could walk a mile in their Louboutons.
Film Review  June 21, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Based on true events as told in a Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales, the film tells the story of a group of suburban Los Angeles teens who rob the homes of celebrities while they are out of town. They mostly steal totems of style and status to create pictures to post on their Facebook pages rather than pilfer items of great value to fence or trade..."

Cookbook Reviews
Gift guide
Food Story  December 10, 2004, by Alexis Carroll
"...The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe by Rebecca Rather with Alison Oresman..."

The Hill Country Fall Fest & Wine Auction
Sept. 15-17
Food Story  August 4, 2006
"...Local legend John Arthur Martinez will provide the entertainment; $50 per person.Saturday, Sept. 1610:30am-12:30pm: Be at Fall Creek Vineyards ( when Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather of Fredericksburg "Cooks up a Storm," demonstrating the preparation of some Hill Country favorites that will be served with Texas wines..."

Top 10 Breads
Food Story  January 5, 1996
"...9. Rebecca Rather: Formerly the proprietor of her own company Rather Sweets and executive pastry chef for Tony Vallone's restaurants in Houston, Rather's exquisite pastries and fine artisan breads at the Schlotzsky's/Bread Alone Bakery were already generating lots of interest before the end of the year at the new Deli U..."

Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Style
The Pastry Queen is back
Food Story  October 30, 2009, by Kate Thornberry
"...Pastry Queen Parties: Entertaining Friends and Family, Texas Styleby Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman Random House, 272 pp., $32.50..."

The holiday season has been like a runaway train for Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood; here's a list of the new restaurants in Austin she wants to try out in January.
Food Column  December 29, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...World Beat Cafe (600-A MLK Blvd., 236-0197): Word on the street, courtesy of cab drivers, is that this place serves some wonderful North African dishes and might just be the long-awaited replacement for the late and much-lamented Aster's Ethiopian. Rather Sweet Bakery (249 E..."

Coffee Talk
Food Column  June 17, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"..."If some synergistic business came along and wanted to rent out our kitchen space, that might encourage me to stay here," Silver allowed. "But otherwise, we'll just try to consolidate our staff and customers at the Hyde Park location." Rather Sweet Deal..."

Just Desserts
Austin's Pastry Chefs
Food Story  February 16, 1996, by Virginia B. Wood
"...In her work, Perna strives for bold flavors and bright splashes of color. She misses the ethnic neighborhood grocery stores in big Eastern cities and is always on the lookout for ingredients she remembers, calling wholesalers and scouring the shelves and bulk bins at Central Market and Whole Foods. Rebecca Rather, Schlotsky's Bread Alone Bakery When Rebecca Rather was working for successful Houston caterers Affair Extraordinaire and Acute Catering or running her own Rather Sweets, the Beaumont native's goal was to be the pastry chef for famed Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone..."

Celebrity Judges
Food Story  August 24, 2007
"...Rebecca Rather: Rather is the executive chef and co-owner of the nationally recognized Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe and the new Rebecca's Table restaurant in Fredericksburg. She first made a name for herself as the pastry chef at Tony's in Houston and as executive pastry chef for the Schlotzsky's corporation in Austin..."

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
"...I know things have been changing dramatically out in the Hill Country in the past couple of years because I have a huge folder full of press releases about new whiskey tasting rooms, new brewpubs, new wineries, restaurants, and even resorts! It sounds as if Highway 290 West between Johnson City and Fredericksburg is becoming the Hill Country version of California's Highway 29, the fabled thoroughfare to all the wine and culinary tourist attractions in the Napa Valley... Pastry Queen Rebecca Rather closed Rather Sweet Bakery in Fredericks­burg earlier this fall but plans to reopen in the same space with both a new business partner and business model next year..."

The Contest
Food Story  August 26, 2005
"...Her new book is titled The Peppers Cookbook: 200 Recipes From the Pepper Lady's Kitchen. Rebecca Rather Author of The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, Rebecca Rather is the chef and owner of Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe in Fredericksburg, former dessert chef for Tony's restaurant in Houston, and head baker of Bread Alone bakery in Austin.David Garrido David Garrido is the executive chef at Jeffrey's and executive chef and co-owner of O's Campus Cafe..."

Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood on the year that was in Austin's culinary life.
Food Column  January 5, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Zoot, Jeffrey's, Vespaio, and Cisco's were named as some of the top restaurants in Texas in the annual Gourmet magazine restaurant poll. Though attention from Bon Appetit and a featured recipe in Ladies' Home Journal happened after Rather Sweet Bakery closed locally, the media attention made it possible for baker Rebecca Rather to keep her business name alive and successfully relocate it to Fredericksburg..."

Virginia B. Wood urges interested readers to get involved in the local chapter of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, gives details about the Wine & Wildflower Trail, and updates readers on local restaurant news.
Food Column  April 14, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Women interested in planning and participating in such an event should attend the next scheduled WCR meeting at Ella's Restaurant (#1 Jefferson Sq., 458-2148) on Monday, May 1. Contact Sharon Gerhardt at Ella's, Rebecca Rather at Rather Sweet Bakery (814 W..."

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