Archive | June, 2013

Win a copy of Smoke: New Firewood Cooking by Tim Byres

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I was hooked the first time I walked into Smoke restaurant in Dallas. I loved everything about it – the decor, the food, the cocktails. Then, I had the good fortune to spend time with Chef Tim Byres and his wife on a Southern Foodways Alliance field trip and I understood why I found Smoke so appealing. Chef Byres is as down-to-earth as he is talented and loves exploring everything about food.

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At the Austin Food & Wine Festival, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Chef Byres’ new cookbook Smoke: New Firewood Cooking in which he details how to use smoke to build flavors in dishes from the basic (traditional brisket) to the divine (fire-roasted oysters).  He even teaches you how to host a pig roast; a lesson I could have used a few years ago.

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Central Market generously invited me to attend Chef Byres’ recent cooking class last month and gave me a second copy of the book which is good news for you because I’m giving it away. To enter a chance to win the book, comment on this blog post with your favorite thing to grill and then complete the Rafflecopter widget form below. You can also follow the Kristi’s Farm to Table twitter account, like the facebook page or like the page of Smoke Restaurant for additional chances to win.

Don’t forget to complete the form or you aren’t officially entered.  The contest ends Friday, June 14th.

See you around the grill!

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For more about Chef Tim Byres and his grilling techniques, check of Allison Cook’s piece on him in Food & Wine magazine.

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Lone Star Farmers Market

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Tucked in the midst of the Shops at the Galleria at Bee Caves you find the Lone Star Farmers Market, Sundays 10am-2pm.  With an intimate and friendly vibe and something for everyone, it’s easy to forget that you are in the middle a bustling shopping center.


Show up hungry and grab some breakfast goodies.  Maudie’s breakfast tacos, and Stouthaus Coffee will get you geared up for an afternoon of market wandering.  Their cold brew coffee will get us all through the hot summer months. Make sure to come early if you want to snatch some of Baguette et Chocolat delicious fresh baked bread and pasteries, they tend to sell out fast.

There is plenty of produce to fill your fridge for the week.  Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Richardson Farms and Engel Farms are a few of the vendors dishing out the best of summer fruits and vegetables.  Tomato season is here!



I O Ranch Lamb is the exclusive lamb vendors at Lone Star Farmers Market. Their lamb is raised in Lampasas County, Texas on their family farm.  All natural and 100% grass fed so make sure to stop by and visit Jeff at their tent.

Gourmet Texas Pasta does simple and flavorful pasta. Made with real vegetables and herbs, like spinach basil & garlic, their pasta is delicious and they usually offer samples!

The Lone Star Farmers Market has live music every week and hula-hooping for the kids! Check their website for more information about the music act for each week and a full list of vendors.  Their Facebook page is also a great resource of what to expect at the upcoming market!




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