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Welcome Appetite for Texas

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I can’t believe it’s been 8 years since I started this blog. I was on a mission to find a better way to organize my annual family cookbook project and had no idea that it would lead to such an amazing adventure. I’ve published 425 blog articles, over 100 magazine articles and made some truly incredible friends and memories along the way.

The adventure isn’t over, but it is moving. When I started this blog there were two farmers markets in Austin and a handful of restaurants that worked with local farms. Now, there is a farmers market most days of the week and it’s the norm for local restaurants to have a relationship with local farms. I will always be dedicated to the local food movement, but I also have some other stories I’ve been itching to tell that don’t really fit this blog.

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I’m kicking off a few new projects. The first, Appetite for Texas, is a new culinary blog dedicated to all the things that make Texas food, wine, spirits and beer great. I’m also continuing my wine studies and will be geeking out about wine over on Bubbles & Boots.

My favorite part of the culinary world, isn’t the tasty food or the lovely glasses of wine, but the people who make it all possible. Next month, my good friend and colleague Natanya Anderson and I will be launching a podcast called Dishing Austin to tell the stories behind the plate. We can’t wait to interview some of our favorite food and beverage people and give you a chance to get to know them better.

Writing Kristi’s Farm to Table has been such a pleasure and I hope you’ll join me in this next round of fun with my new projects.

See you at the farmers market –

Kristi

P.S. A huge thanks to Sandra Ramos for creating all the new logos. You’re the best!

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Our Favorite Things: 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival Preview

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Can you feel the excitement? Have you started the countdown calendar? I have! It’s almost time (22 days and counting) for my annual food holiday weekend – the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival on April 24-26. Woo hoo!

Kim Crawford Prickly Pear Punch and Kim Crawford Citrus Wine Slush from Kelvin Natural Slush Co.

It’s hard for me to pick what I most excited about it. I love the demos by superstar chefs who I’ve only admired on TV. I’m intrigued by Jenn Louis’ tartare 101 with three types of raw dishes and the mystery basket challenges with Graham Elliott and Andrew Zimmern promise to be spectacular as the chefs demonstrate their improvisation skills. But, the double-header paella class with Jamie Bissonnette Ken Oringer of Toro may be the highlight of the demo sessions for me. Paella was one of the first complex dishes I learned to make and I can’t wait to learn masterful tips from these creative East Coast chefs.

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Salt and Time talking about the art of salumi at 2014 festival

Of course the beverage side of the house is stacked with great talent as well. Mark Oldman’s tasting session on pairing wine with spicy foods is a perfect match for our Texas cuisine, and I’m delighted that we have three of our local wine pros (Craig Collins, Devon Broglie and Vilma Mazaite) each leading separate tastings. I can’t wait to see how  David Alan Rescues the Rita as well. If anyway can teach us to make a perfect margarita, The Tipsy Texan can.

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Sparkler session at 2014 festival

The festival is bringing rising stars from across the state in for the sold out Taste of Texas event on Friday night and a few of the chefs are sticking around for demos and the fire pit. Hearing from Matt McCallister of Dallas’ FT33 and Chris Shepherd of Houston’s Underbelly without having to travel out of town is a real treat. And, I can’t even imagine what kind of hi jinx Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner of Pass and Provisions (Houston) will get into at the Fire Pit.

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First bites from Gardner at 2014 festival

Both the Fire Pit and the Chef Showcase are expanded this year with more chefs and some sneak peeks. I’m looking forward to finally having a bite from Wu Chow, the Swift’s Attic team’s new Asian adventure.

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And not to be overlooked, the Grand Tasting tent is going to be busting at the seams with sips and nibbles. The festival has a attracted a whole slew of new vendors as well as old favorites.

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High Brew was just one of the new vendors introduced at the 2014 festival

I’m so excited! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, now is the time. You do not want to miss this!

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Eat Drink Local Week

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Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week 2014
December 6-13

The 8th annual Edible Austin Eat Drink Local Week (EDLW)  is upon us! EDLW celebrates local food with events designed to encourage support for farm-to-table restaurants and home cooking with local, seasonal ingredients. Proceeds from EDLW benefit the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.

This year’s lineup:

Kick off for Eat Drink Local Week
Saturday, December 6, 10am
SFC Farmers Market – Downtown

Join Edible Austin for the kick off of Eat Drink Local week with a Proclamation by the City of Austin and a community picnic. Support the amazing local food artisans at the market and build yourself a locally foraged brunch spread, all taking place at the cafe tents by the music stage.

An Evening with Dan Barber
Monday, December 8, 7pm
Paramount Theater

Dan Barber will come to the Paramount Theatre to talk about his new book, “The Third Plate,” which moves beyond farm-to-table to offer a revolutionary way of eating. Musical guest Michael Fracasso will open the show and after the show enjoy a book signing and pop-up farmers market. Dan Barber is a world-renowned chef, winner of multiple James Beard awards and was named one of Time magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World. Tickets and more information here.

Harvest Dinner
Tuesday, December 9, 6:30pm
Palm Door

Enjoy a dinner from Pink Avocado Catering and Bread & Circus Supper Club in downtown Austin at the Plam Door. Dinner featuring a seasonal, local feast served family style. Purchase tickets and see full menu!

Five Days of Giveaways
December 8-12

Edible Austin will host a five-day social media giveaway with daily giveaways from a different local business, including Wayward Chocolat, JuiceLand, Royer’s Pie Haven, Blue Lux Fashion and more. Be sure you’re following #EDLW14 for the latest info!

 

If you can’t make it out to any of the EDLW events this year make sure you check out Edible Austin’s  Local Sourcing Restaurant Guide and Farmers Market Guide to support the local food community during EDLW and all year long.

 

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