Austin Bakes for Austin was today! Volunteers baked lots of goodies and sold them at five locations throughout the city to help raise funds for those affected by the recent floods in southeast Austin.
I spent the day on the east side at the Sugar Circus Bakery bake sale. The location wasn’t so ideal for foot traffic, but the folks at the bakery couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating. They even donated 20 percent of their own sales today!
Things picked up after noon, though it was still a lot less busy than at previous bake sales, I was told. However, everyone who did stop by was very generous because our location raised over $600!
Austin Bakes for Austin is tomorrow and so I’ve been baking all day. This also included going to the store, washing three piles of dishes, shopping for packaging, futzing around with labels (not my area), and washing my hands a billion times.
I’m bringing baklava and chocolate mustache cookies, but also made some cheddar thyme sables that didn’t turn out pretty enough for a bake sale.
It looks like there is going to be a lot of great stuff, so go buy some goodies tomorrow, Austin!
I may or may not be stopping at Kinko’s to print labels on my way…
Today many Austinites braved the freezing-for-Texas weather by heading out to the 17th Annual Austin Empty Bowl Project. About 4,000 handmade bowls were donated by area artists and students. Each event attendee chose a bowl, then paid a $20 donation (per bowl) which will directly benefit the Kids Cafe, a program of Capital Area Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels. Everyone was then treated to soup provided by local restaurants, as well as live music.
Austin Bakes is holding another citywide charity bake sale, this time to help out Austinites affected by recent floods. Funds will be used by Austin Disaster Relief Network to assist with clean-up and the rebuilding of homes for over 450 families. Last spring, Austin Bakes raised $18,251.92 for relief efforts for the town of West, Texas.
The Austin Bakes for Austin bake sale will take place on Saturday, November 30 from 10am – 2pm at various locations around town (TBA). Cash and checks will be accepted at the bake sale, but you can donate online at anytime using the online giving page.
If you’re in Austin and are interested in baking and/or volunteering for the bake sale, you can sign up now! I’ll be there with bells on (and baked goods).
Please help spread the word!
The East Austin Studio Tour is happening! Well, it was this weekend, but continues next weekend. If you’re in Austin, you should definitely check it out. It’s basically an open house studio and exhibition crawl to showcase local artists’ work. (There are also various events.) With 160 stops, the map can be pretty overwhelming, but many of the locations have a handful of artists, so you can see a lot at one stop.
Last year was my first time attending the Lone Star Veggie Chili Championship (they’ve changed the name, it seems), and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back this year. This time it was held at the Green Space at Whole Foods Arbor Trails, which was much further south than the previous location. 22 teams were competing for prizes: nine in the Traditional Division (chili with meat substitute) and thirteen in the All-Veg Division (chili without meat substitute). Continue reading
While I don’t usually write review posts, this is my contribution to the 2013 AFBA City Guide. If you are heading to Austin this year or live here and want to find some new places to eat, please check it out!
A year and a half ago, I moved from San Antonio to the east side of Austin. I didn’t know much about this part of town, but it was a successful Craigslist match that led me here. Since then, I’ve grown to love the area. While the USDA labels parts of it as a food desert, there sure are a lot of good restaurants over here, minus the parking meters you find on the other side of the highway.
The (brick and mortar) restaurants in this guide are east of I-35, between Cesar Chavez and 51st Street. Most are located on 6th, 7th, 11th, and Manor, west of Airport.