Summer 2013 Notable Mentions

NATURE NIGHTS AT THE WILDFLOWER CENTER

Nature-Nights
For nature lovers who want to make the most of these long summer days, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents Nature Nights—a fun way to explore plants, animals and the ecology of Central Texas. With a different theme each week—ranging from amphibians to snakes to birds of prey—Nature Nights feature interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields and crafts for kids.

And with the center’s impressive array of trails, gardens, ponds and meadows, there’s a little something for everyone to discover. Admission is free, and children 12 and under receive a free gift in the store. Nature Nights are 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday from June 13 through July 25 (except July 4), and are supported through volunteer efforts by the Capital Area Master Naturalists. Visit wildflower.org for more information.

 

FUNKYTONK FARMERS MARKET

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North Austinites have another farmers market to call their own. In May, the Funkytonk Farmers’ Market debuted on Anderson Lane near 183 at the North Austin Trailer Yard (The NATY). The Funkytonk Market—which has a growing list of vendors, but already includes many farmers and artisans—prides itself on being kid-friendly and fun for all, with a lineup of live music and family activities. Catch the market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The NATY is home to several food trailers, covered seating, free Wi-Fi, portable restrooms, a music stage, a playground and ample parking. Visit funkytonkfarmersmarket.com for more information.

 


EDIBLE AUSTIN AND BOOKPEOPLE PRESENT

LUCINDA HUTSON AND ¡VIVA TEQUILA! ON JUNE 7



Viva-Tequila

Edible Austin presents celebrated food, garden and lifestyle writer Lucinda Hutson talking about her new book, ¡Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures, featuring sights, sounds and tastings from the book on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at BookPeople. For a preview of this delightful evening, read Edible Austin’s interview with Lucinda  with an excerpt from the book with recipes.

 

SIPPING SOCIAL BRINGS THE BEVERAGE ISSUE



TO LIFE ON JUNE 21

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On Friday, June 21, Sipping Social partygoers will be drenched in 1920s atmosphere and intrigue as we bring Edible Austin’s Beverage issue to life. We will celebrate select craft spirits, handcrafted wines and authentic brews within the intimate spaces of Vuka, one of Austin’s most compelling new event venues, complete with vintage furnishings and chandeliers. Guests can peruse the wine bar, cocktail lounge, beer hall and coffee bar among other sipping sensations—each weaving its own spell. To complete the experience there will be artisan-made treats, special guests, music by Cats and the Canary and videos inspired from times long past. For tickets and updates, visit edibleaustin.com/sippingsocial



STOP AND EAT THE ROSES

 

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Artist Devon Dikeou’s exhibition Please, which runs July 14 through September 1 at Arthouse at the Jones Center, features living re-creations of the flower arrangements and vases in Édouard Manet’s last paintings. If your interest in flowers goes beyond art into food, come to AMOA-Arthouse and Edible Austin’s Stop and Eat the Roses community event on Tuesday, July 23 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Experience the exhibition, and then taste food and drink created with edible flowers by notable Austin chefs and mixologists. Tickets are $15 for museum members or $20 for nonmembers. For more information and tickets to the event, go to amoa-arthouse.org/programs/edibleflowers



SLOW FOOD AUSTIN GRUB TRIVIA


Are you quick on your feet with your foodie trivia? If so, mark your calendar for Slow Food Austin’s Grub Trivia on Sunday, July 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at Shoal Crossing Event Center. Test your culinary knowledge with this pub-style trivia match and enjoy a “grub crawl,” including tastings from more than a dozen Austin restaurants. Raffle prizes will be offered from local merchants and artisans, and the inaugural “Snailblazer Award” will be presented to a member of the community. Visit slowfoodaustin.org for details and tickets.




EDIBLE AUSTIN AND BOOKPEOPLE PRESENT


DAVID ALAN AND TIPSY TEXAN

 

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Photography of David Alan and Joe Eifler by

Michael Thad Carter


Edible Austin presents David Alan talking about his new book, Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State. The event takes place on Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at BookPeople will feature special guests and tastings from the book. For a peek inside the book, read an excerpt in this issue .


SUMMER CAMP FOR WEE FOODIES


CookLearnGrowBudding restaurateurs can develop their skills at Cook, Learn, Grow’s Restaurant Week, a summer cooking camp for kids ages 5 to 13. Professional chefs and educators teach young chefs how to run a restaurant, from cooking, cleaning and serving to the dos and don’ts of dining etiquette. Campers also learn different food-prep techniques and how to create balanced meals, and serve parents a meal on the last day. Each camp lasts one week, and they are held at various locations around the Austin area from June through August. Visit cooklearngrow.comfor more information.



FOODIES: GET READY TO RUMBLE

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On Sunday, August 11, the Austin Food Quiz Bowl will pit teams of food industry professionals against one another in a battle for bragging rights. Teams will puzzle over questions developed by Addie Broyles of the Austin American-Statesman, Quiz Bowl founder Karla Loeb, and former Quiz Bowl MVPs Paul Courtright of Pioneer Wine and Elizabeth Ruggieri of Salt & Time. Attendees can enjoy the show while nibbling on fare provided by local restaurants, and will also have the opportunity to compete in a game show-style event for prizes like exclusive dinners and hotel stays. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saengerrunde Hall. Proceeds benefit Austin Food for Life, a nonprofit that helps provide food industry professionals access to affordable health care. Visit austinfoodforlife.org for tickets and details.

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BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL

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The 9th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival will be held Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. This citywide celebration features free tours of local lavender farms and a lavender market complete with arts and crafts and local lavender products and cooking demonstrations on the grounds of the Old Blanco County Courthouse. Visit blancolavenderfest.com for details.






GREEN IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

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Keep Bastrop County Beautiful presents its 2nd Annual Heart of Texas Green Expo Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 at the Bastrop County Convention Center. The expo aims to inspire eco-conscious individuals and businesses to move in a direction that is both ecologically viable and economically sound, and features speakers and educational sessions on the sustainable use of resources as well as related exhibits. Visit heartoftexasgreenexpo.org for more information.