Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bits and Bites

-- From the makers of Dripping Springs Vodka, comes ROXOR Artisan Gin, the first Texas gin and first spirit created by a chef. 
-- Monument Cafe in Georgetown has opened Monument Market, an organic, local, and seasonal market which is open daily. (Too bad I don't live north, or I'd go check it out! But GO Georgetown!) 
-- Some delicious sounding chef dinners coming up at Olivia.
-- 24 Diner named one of the best "destination diners' (as in, upscale) by Bon Appetit magazine.
-- International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is holding their annual conference at the Hilton downtown this week. I'll be volunteering there on Saturday, and a meeting was held Tuesday evening for the volunteers. Upon leaving the Hilton, I briefly met and chatted with Dorie Greenspan, who was trying to finalize her notes for one of the panels she was on. She was super-pleasant and was worried about what she was going to wear! 
-- The annual Cupcake Riot 3.0 is this Saturday; it's a mash up of technology, beer, and cupcakes, with proceeds going to Texas Craft Brewers Guild and Keep Austin Dog Friendly. Competitive eater Hungry Todd Rungy will also be attempting to eat 6 sugar-free cupcakes in under 58 seconds to promote diabetes awareness.

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