Austin Bakes for Austin

atxbakesforaustinbanner1Are you baking up a storm for Thanksgiving? Looking for a volunteer project to give thanks back? Or maybe want to buy some goodies to feed to family in town for the holiday? I have got good news for you!!  The wonderful folks who have raised well into the six figures for causes like the typhoons in Japan and the recent explosion tragedy in West, Texas are holding another great bake sale in Austin over the Thanksgiving weekend. They are looking for bakers to donate goods, volunteers to man locations, and, of course, eaters to purchase all of the yummy donations. All proceeds go to the families recently hit by the devastating floods in Austin. Below are the details if you would like to participate. Here is the link to the sign up page. And here is the link to the Facebook page.


There will be five bake sales around town on Saturday, November 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please sign up for the bake sale of your choice by clicking your preferred location below:

We aim to have 4-6 volunteers at each bake sale location who will help set up the baked goods, talk with customers, collect money, and clean up once the sale is finished. You don’t need to be available for the whole sale to volunteer; just sign up on the spreadsheet for whenever you’d like to help. If you’re not yet sure what you’re baking, it’s totally fine to put your name and other information in the spreadsheet as a placeholder, and come back later to fill in the baked good information.
What to Bake
  • Savory and sweet baked goods, preserves, and homemade candies are welcome! 
  • In order to comply with Austin health codes, items at the bake sale need to be wrapped or boxed for sale when you drop them off. Individually wrapped treats, packaged dozens and half-dozens, as well as whole cakes/pies/tarts/loaves etc. are welcome. 
  • It may be warm or rainy that day, so please make items that will be safe and appetizing to eat after some time outside. That means no custard, ice cream cakes, whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, whipped egg white frostings or dairy items that spoil quickly. 
  • Please label your treats with the item name. Include your @Twitter handle and blog URL if you’re online. Gluten-free/dairy-free/vegan/nut-free items are welcome and should be clearly labeled as such.
  • Please plan to deliver your goods in containers you will not need returned.
  • We sell everything by donation, so the more delicious/special the items, and the nicer the packaging/presentation, the more money we can get! 
Supplies to Bring. We’re looking for the following supplies at each location. Can you help? Sign up on the spreadsheet, or reply via email to let me know.
  • Several large handmade or printed signs announcing the bake sale (This is a BIG need!)
  • 2-4 rectangular folding tables at all locations except Whole Foods locations
  • 2-4 Red plastic or paper table cloths
  • 2-4 Large, clean coffee cans or pickle jars to hold donations
  • A few folding chairs for volunteers to sit on
  • Pop-up party tents for shade at all locations except Whole Foods Locations
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tape, scissors, pens, markers, poster boards for signs
  • Dessert displays like cake stands, baskets, tiered dessert displays
If you bring supplies like folding tables, chairs, dessert displays, or other items that you’ll want to take home, please label them with your name and phone number. Those items will be available for pick-up at 2:00 PM. Leftover baked goods from all locations will be packed up and delivered to local fire houses and nonprofit organizations after the sale. We will need volunteers to help with those efforts starting at 2:00 PM.
Tell your friends! We cannot have too many volunteer bakers, and we certainly cannot have too many patrons!!!

Chef Auction

EdibleSignatureEventsFor those with deeper pockets, here is your chance for a personal meal with Austin’s top chef’s.

Edible Austin Presents the 3rd Annual Chef Auction
A benefit for Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots
AUSTIN, TX – November 11, 2013 – On Thursday, November 21, Edible Austin will auction off nine amazing chefs in its 3rd annual Chef Auction, raising money for Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots, hosted at the historic Allan House (1104 San Antonio St). Attendees will bid on custom packages consisting of unique dining experiences with each chef. Last year’s event raised over $30,000 for the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.
The evening begins with a pre-auction cocktail hour at 6:00 pm with tastings from local chefs and artisans provided by Spoon & Co, confituras, Celtic Seafare, Pâté Letelier, Dos Lunas Artisan Cheeses and Princess & Mooses’s Sister Bakery. Handcrafted beverages will be provided by Paula’s Texas Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the Treaty Oak Bar, featuring tantalizing spirit punches served up by guest bartender Bill Norris of Midnight Cowboy. Guests can mix and mingle with friends and colleagues while conspiring on whom they’ll bid as they enjoy live jazz from the Paul Klemperer Trio. Rumors of appearances by numerous chefs on the auction block are spreading and are most likely true.
At 7:45 pm, celebrity auctioneer Walt Roberts will take the stage to work his magic with getting those paddles up to bid on one-of-a-kind dinner packages curated by nine of Austin’s finest chefs: Paul Qui of qui, Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, David Bull of Congress, Josh Watkins of The Carillon, Tink Pinkard of Roast, Brian Malarkey of Searsucker, Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Mat Clouser & Callie Speer of Swift’s Attic and Tatsu Aikawa & Tako Matsumoto of Ramen Tatsu-Ya. You may read about package details and watch videos of the chefs here.
Tickets are available for purchase here. A limited number of early bird tickets are available for $45 and once sold out, general admission tickets will be $55.
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About the Chef Auction beneficiary nonprofits and event presenter, Edible Austin:
Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin. They participate in the Sustainable Food Center farmers’ markets, offer subscriptions to a CSA, and donate 40% of their harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries.
Sustainable Food Center (SFC) cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food—envisioning a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy local food. In addition to producing four farmers’ markets in Austin, SFC’s services include training in community and school gardening, farm-to-work, farm-to-cafeteria and farm-to-school through Sprouting Healthy Kids, and cooking and nutrition education classes.
Edible Austin is a bimonthly publication celebrating local food and food culture in Central Texas, season by season. Edible Austin is a member of Edible Communities, winner of the James Beard Foundation 2011 Publication of the Year Award.
Edible Austin Chef Auction details:

Cadillac Cafe at Austin Fan Fest

fanfestDid you know there was a cafe as part of the big Circuit of the Americas big Fan Fest next weekend? Here are more details along with the chef schedule:





AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 11, 2013)—One of the most popular spots at Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell will be the Cadillac Café, where some of the city’s top culinary chefs will be preparing their specialties and sharing their cooking expertise with race fans.

The free fan fest located in downtown Austin encompasses most of downtown Austin’s renowned Warehouse and 2nd Street entertainment districts and will open Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17.  The fan fest will feature fun activities, exhibits, food and music for all ages in celebration of the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX at Circuit of The Americas race weekend.

Austin Fan Fest fueled by Shell will showcase 12 activity zones over 12 square blocks bounded by San Antonio Street (west), 5th Street (north), Congress Avenue (east) and 2nd Street (south).  The fan fest hours will be: Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from Noon to midnight and Sunday from Noon to 8 p.m.

The Cadillac Café will be hosting executive chefs from Austin’s most popular restaurants—Sway, The Bonneville, El Alma Restaurante Bar and Garrido’s Restaurant & Bar.  The Cadillac café will be located in the 2nd Street District, on 2nd street between Guadalupe and Lavaca, and will feature multiple culinary demonstrations throughout each day of the festival.


In addition to showcasing unique Austin culinary talent, Cadillac will feature the world’s fastest family of production cars at the Cadillac Café. Beneath the hood of the Cadillac V-Series rests a 6.2L V8 engine with 556 HP and 551 lb.-ft of torque, capable of propelling you from 0-60 in as fast as 3.9 seconds.  From the revolutionary Magnetic Ride Control to its race-inspired low center of gravity, the Cadillac V-Series was schooled on The Nurburgring, the proving ground for the finest production cars in the world.  Experience the adrenaline rush in person.


Festival fans that visit the Cadillac Café will also get to relax in the Sony 4K Lounge, a lounge-style environment featuring Sony ‘s new 4K Ultra HD TVs. Fans will get to experience the rich color and stunning contrast of the  4K HD TVs while listening to live music that will be emanating from the Mobil1 stage.


The executive chefs will be cooking up their specialties from Thursday through Sunday on the following schedule:

Thursday, November 14

Friday, November 15

Saturday, November 16 Sunday, November 17

Garridos- 12:30

N/A The Bonneville-3:00 G.H. Mumm-2:00 The Bonneville-3:00
N/A G.H. Mumm-4:00

The Bonneville-4:00

El Alma-6:30 Sway-6:30 Sway-6:30


Award winning Sway, featuring modern Thai food, was named one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appetite Magazine.  Executive chef Alexis Chong will feature outstanding tastes in a menu developed by executive chef Rene Ortiz and Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Pastry Chef, Laura Sawicki.  Sway is located at 1417 South 1st Street.

Upscale New American cuisine is featured at The Bonneville, where they serve classic cuisine with a contemporary twist in a modern but comfortable environment.

Located at 202 W. Cesar Chavez, the Bonneville features chefs Jennifer Costello or Chris Hurley.

Garridos is a modern Mexican restaurant with a patio overlooking shoal creek in downtown Austin.  The menu is 95% gluten free, all natural and fresh ingredients.  The executive chef is David Garrido and the restaurant is located in downtown Austin at 360 Nueces St.

El Alma is the culmination of two great friends—a restauranteur and chef—bringing to life a fresh and flavorful approach to Mexican flavors in a cozy neighborhood restaurant. Chef Alma Alcocer came to Austin in 1989 from Mexico City and her restaurant is one of the locals regular stops located at 1025 Barton Springs Road.


G.H. Mumm will be doing a champagne tasting.  G. H. Mumm, situated in Reims in northern France, is one of the largest Champagne producers worldwide.

For further information on Austin Fan Fest Fueled by Shell and the Cadillac Café, visit

Beer and Cheese December 5th for Edible Austin


And another favorite holiday event. I have been the last 3 years and it never fails to be a raucous good time.

Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting!
Date:  Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location:  512 Brewing Company, 407 Radam Ln., Ste F200, Austin, Texas 78745
Tickets:  $45 for Slow Food Members; $50 for Non-members.  Purchase tickets here!

 5 cheeses, 5 Beers, Snacks and a Great Time!

This has become a mainstay in our annual scheduling. A Beer and Cheese Pairing…an homage to the bi-annual event held in Bra, Italy by Slow Food International, CHEESE.

Proceeds benefit Slow Food Austin Programming

Facebook event page.

Wine and Swine

event_WineSwine_2013_topAnd another great event coming up…. Wine and Swine!! Get your tickets fast before they sell out.




Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo


Tatsu Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Chili Cheese Ramen

Josh Watkins, The Carillon

Whole Pig Roaster

Eric Lucas, Whole Foods Market®


Rene Ortiz & Laura Sawicki

Cubana Frita, Mojo Cubano, Chimbe Sauce

Jack Gilmore, Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Pigs On a Blanket

John Bates, Noble Sandwich

All Things Piggy

Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie Café & Grocery

Korean Dog: Kimchi and Siracha Aioli.
German Dog: Kraut and Mustard.
Chili Dog: Venison Chili and Cheese

Kristine Kittrell, Mulberry

Pork & Vermouth, Charred Onion, Fennel, Grapefruit

Jesse Perez, Arcade Midtown Kitchen

Sal and Limon’ Pork Chile Verde with Pork Sausage Dirty Rice and Blistered Serrano Mayo

Mat Clouser, Swift’s Attic

Inside Out Pork Tacos with Roasted Jalapeño Salsa

Jason Dady, Jason Dady Restaurants

“Pork and Beans” Belly Belly, and Shoulder with Fermented Black Beans, Rice Cake and Thai Inspirations

Larry Kocurek, Trace

Fire Roasted Pork Loin with Morcilla

Erica Beneke, Max’s Wine Dive

Grilled Cubano

Alma Alcocer-Thomas, El Alma Cafe Y Cantina

Conchinita Pibil

Michael Fojtasek & Grae Nonas, Olamaie

Deviled Ham Sandwich

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue

South Carolina Style Whole Hog Sammies with Vinegar & Red Chile Flake Mop and Slaw

Erica Waksmunski, Congress

Brioche Beignet with Banana Pastry Cream and Assorted Candies

Janina O’Leary

“Hot Chocolate” Spiced Pot De Creme

Michelle Arcilla, Jeffreys

Deconstructed S’More

Anthony Sobotik & Chad Palmatier, Lick Ice Cream

Sweet Potato & Breakfast Bacon Ice Creams

Musical performance by:

Ghosts Along
the Brazos


La Dolce Vita 2013

LDV_WebOne of my favorite foodie events of the year is coming up this week. They always sell out, so get your tickets fast if you want to meet me there. I will be volunteering as usual.

October 24, 2013

Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th Street

Event Time: 6-9pm

$150 General admission

$200 General admission + access to exclusive Cocktail Lounge (limited tickets available)


(Available Between 5:30-9:30 PM)

There will be no onsite parking for La Dolce Vita 2013.

Please park at the TXDot remote lot and use shuttle service.

La Dolce Vita Parking:
TxDot Lot: Camp Hubbard Campus
3500 Jackson Ave
Austin TX, 78731

All Inquiries:
La Dolce Vita

Spend an evening on the shores of Lake Austin benefiting The Contemporary Austin’s education programs at the Jones Center, Laguna Gloria and The Art School.  Sip and savor the best Texas has to offer at the 24th La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival.  Enjoy food and libations from more than 50 of Austin’s top restaurants and Texas wineries.

$200 ticket holders will enjoy access to an exclusive cocktail lounge curated by The Tipsy Texan, featuring an all-star cast of Austin mixologists.

Stay up to date with La Dolce Vita happenings and updates on Facebook (La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival) and Twitter (@LaDolceVitaATX), and join the conversation using the hashtag #ladolcevita2013.


Photography Camp

Photo by Melissa Skorpil

I cannot wait for next weekend! First of all, it is my bday! But even more exciting is this all day photography camp that the AFBA is putting on. It is open to non-members as well and for all skill levels, so get your tickets now before they sell out!!!


Are you tired of being rejected by FoodGawker? Do your Instagram pics leave commenters asking just what is that? Are all your family photos dark and blurry? You’re not alone. Join us for Photography Camp!

Two years ago AFBA offered its first photo class. This year, we’re upping the ante with an all-day event!

Our group of experts, chosen from the Austin food community, will share their knowledge on choosing the right gear, figuring out lighting, styling food, deciding on the best phone app, and more. Whether you’re using a DSLR or a camera phone, you’ll come away with plenty of tips and tricks to make your photos truly drool-worthy.


Saturday, September 28

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


AOMA campus in South Austin, behind Westgate Shopping Center (map)


Tickets are on sale now! Purchase on Eventbrite.

Your ticket gets you hands-on training and photography best practices, a yummy box lunch provided by Pamela Jane’s New England Lobster Rolls (vegetarian and gluten-free options available), morning sips and snacks by Zhi Tea and  Better Bites Bakery, iced coffee by Chameleon Cold Brew, and happy hour snacks sponsored by Dinner Lab.


Food Photography 101 – Melissa Skorpil takes you through everything from how to plan a shoot to setting up lighting and using props.

Photo EditingMary Helen Leonard takes you through editing basics.

Don’t Fear the Manual Setting – Chris Perez will help you step outside your autofocus safety zone.

Rig ItRyan Schierling teaches you how to get the most out of your camera.

Phoning It InJane Ko will show that gorgeous photos can come from your phone, too.

All About the Gear – Peter Tsai discusses the best gear for your camera.

plus Breakout Shooting Sessions



Chameleon Cold Brew

Cupcakes and Cocktails 2013

CupcakesCocktails2013.DRAFT It is once again time for Cupcakes and Cocktails, the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance largest fund-raising project of the year. I have had the pleasure of working on all three of our big fundraisers. The first year was a pie social at the Alamo Drafthouse with a screening of the movie Waitress which went to benefit SafePlace Austin. Last year was the first Cupcakes and Cocktails at the AT&T Executive Center to benefit BakeAWish Austin.


This year on July 19, 2013 we have several fantastic bakeries whipping up cocktail themed cupcakes to serve at the event, tasty cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling and T1 Tequila plus beer from Hops and Grain, and also passed appetizers furnished by our hosts at the Le Cordon Bleu Austin. Further sponsorship comes from Central Market and Google Local Austin. There will also be a silent auction featuring many local businesses like the Tipsy Texan’s new book , Casa Brasil’s fabulous Up and Down tour with South Austin Brewery, Tiff’s Treats, East Side Cafe, Tecolote Farms, and many more.

sugaplumpbluenotebakeryt1tequila hopsandgrain treatyoak centralmarket googlelocalaustinlecordonbleu


All of this hard work and generosity is going to benefit a charity that is very near and dear to my heart, the Arc of the Capital Area , a non-profit organization that provides services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They provide all kinds of services that you would not necessarily think of when it comes to dealing with clients with special needs like gang prevention counseling to those that are more susceptible to peer pressure or helping under-resourced families with the huge expense of obtaining guardianship of a client as they reach the age of 18.


The Arc was a huge part of my childhood with the assistance they gave my family with my older brother Charles. Being the sibling of someone with disabilities can be both a blessing and a curse. There is no doubt which child gets the most attention because they need it the most. That can be hard to understand as a child. But the rewards of having someone in your life that only knows how to love unconditionally teaches you so much more. The emotional and practical support the Arc offered my parents lightened the burden of the constant demands of a child with special needs.

Charles passed away last year on Thanksgiving day surrounded by family. He was the light of our lives. Despite recommendations of doctors at the time he was born, my parents were committed to raising him at home and not institutionalizing him. Because of the excellent care he received from my parents as well as the caregivers from programs like the Arc Charles lived to be 48 years old, decades past his life expectancy. It is in his name I ask my friends in the foodie community to come together on July 19 to raise funds to help other families.

Hope to see you there!

Eventbrite link

Bites and Bloggers and More Life Changes

logoI am so excitednervoussadhappystressed. As usual, I have a million things going on (don’t we all?) Thank God for good friends and fellow bloggers who are getting me through. First up on my plate, I have been asked to speak on a philanthropy panel at BlogHer ’13 Food here in Austin next weekend. I am so flattered. It should be an interesting panel. We have had several conference calls to get acquainted and all the panelists are coming from different perspectives. It is titled Your Brand+Your Cause and it is during the 10:15  breakouts on Saturday. If you happen to be attending and have a chance, come see if I can actually put a coherent thought together in front of an audience.

More importantly, if you are a blogger in Austin or visiting for the conference, the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance is throwing a heck of a kickoff party along with the Austin Food and Wine Alliance and Whole Foods on Thursday called Bites and Bloggers including a long list of Austin’s top female chefs. It’s FREE! Here are the deets:


Thursday, June 6
5:30-8:00 pm


Whole Foods Market Lamar
525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas 78703

The Bloggers

All food bloggers are welcome to attend! Membership to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance is not necessary. Male and female food bloggers are welcome. Admission is free, but RSVP as soon as you can–this event will fill up fast!

The Chefs

Austin’s top female chefs will be preparing small bites for us to enjoy. They’ll also be on hand to chat with bloggers and talk shop.

Alma Alcocer-Thomas – El Alma Cafe

Erica Beneke – Max’s Wine Dive

Sonya Cote – The Homegrown RevivalHillside Farmacy and Eden East

Illiana de la Vega – El Naranjo

Jodi Elliott – Foreign & Domestic

Kristine Kittrell – Mulberry Austin

Jessica Maher – Lenoir

Sarah McIntosh – Epicerie

Rebecca Meeker – Jeffrey’s

Kendall Melton – Contigo

Janina O’Leary – Trace

Nicole Patel – Delysia Chocolatier

Rebecca Rather – The Pink Pig (Fredericksburg)

Laura Sawicki – La Condesa & Sway

Monica Sinclair – Congress

Callie Spear – Swift’s Attic

Nadine Thomas – W Hotel Austin


I am also in the middle of planning the AFBA fundraiser coming up July 19th Cupcakes and Cocktails and looking for a new job as my contract with Cooking Planit will be coming to an end soon. Ack!! More about these things soon. Join me at Bites and Bloggers. I need a little drinky poo or two.


Wrap Party for The ATX BBQ Quest on Sunday

Paul PetersenChef Instructor and BBQ Pitmaster Chef Paul Petersen of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts to be Featured in “The ATX BBQ Quest” Short Film

Wrap Party for the Film to be Held in the School’s Garden with

Event Proceeds Benefiting the School’s Farm To Table® Student Scholarship Fund


AUSTIN, TX (May 2, 2013) – The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts located at 6020-B Dillard Circle in Austin, Texas, will host a wrap party on Sunday, May 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. for the Texas Food Crawlers and AUSTIN Foodstyle magazine’s  short film “The ATX BBQ Quest”.  Tickets to the event are available for purchase online at with proceeds benefiting the school’s Farm To Table® Student Scholarship Fund.


The short film, created by Texas Food Crawlers creator Hayden Walker and in partnership with AUSTIN Foodstyle magazine will take viewers on a journey that explores Austin BBQ hot spots Live Oak, StilesSwitch and La Barbeque as well as interview award-winning BBQ Pitmaster and Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Chef Instructor, Paul Petersen.


“We are fortunate to have Chef Petersen from Season One of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters as an expert resource for this project. We look forward to sharing our experience with Austin and our YouTube short film viewers,” said Shawn Lively, publisher of the new AUSTIN Foodstyle magazine.


“We’re looking forward to hosting the ATX BBQ Quest wrap party in our garden.  I have barbeque in my blood and am honored to be a part of this exciting project.  Escoffier’s strong relationship with our local farmers allows me to handpick all of the meats and vegetables that go on our pit and gives us the ability to share a true Farm To Table® experience with others,” said Chef Instructor and BBQ Pitmaster, Chef Paul Petersen.

Event includes complete dinner created by Chef Paul Petersen along with small bites from StilesSwitch and La Barbeque, featured beverages from Honest Tea, Independence Brewery, Fall Creek Vineyards, Bone Spirits, Z Tequila, and Jameson Irish Whiskey, and live music by local musician Bob Apple. To purchase tickets, visit or contact Special Events Manager, Nancy Marr at


For more information regarding the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, visit, call 866-552-2433 or follow us on facebook at For more information regarding the school’s Culinary Adventures program, contact Special Events Manager, Nancy Marr at or call 512-451-5743.


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