Food And Wine BrieFs
• Asti Trattoria is holding its yearly Lobster Fest this Thursday through Saturday at the restaurant, 408-C E. 43rd St. During the event, lobster fra diavolo or lobster risotto will anchor a $75 three-course dinner for two. 451-1218, www.astiaustin.com/asti/ reservations.
• Restaurants from Burnet, Marble Falls and Spicewood along with a handful of Central Texas wineries will supply the “taste” portion of Taste of the Hill Country in Burnet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Galloway Hammond Recreation Center, 1601 S. Water St., Burnet. www.tasteofthehillcountrytx.com.
•“ Take the Cake,” a new show on the Food Network hosted by “Next Food Network Star” runner-up Adam Gertler, will feature two South Austin sweets in its first episodes. The show debuts at 7 p.m. Monday with Gertler visiting Holy Cacao, the cake ball trailer at 1311 S. First St. At 7:30 p.m. July 19, the host discovers the wasabi vanilla milkshake at Big
Top Candy Shop, 1706 S. Congress Ave.
• Holy Cacao gets another national TV appearance at 8 p.m. July 18 on “Food(ography),” a show hosted by Mo Rocca on the recently launched Cooking Channel. To celebrate the exposure, the trailer will be hosting a benefit at 7 p.m. August 3, during which it will unveil a new cake ball flavor and give away some signature treats. They’ll also be screening the TV clips and the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Admission is bottled water, which will go to local nonprofit Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
• If you stop by the museum store and cafe at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas this summer, keep your eyes peeled for coffee from Austin’s Casa Brasil. The company is providing the beans imported directed from Brazilian growers for the museum’s espresso as well as bags of coffee sold under the Sixth Floor Museum Coffee label.
• The Cancer Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, is hosting a four-class
cooking course at Table, 5201 Rico Cove. Local cooking instructor Melissa Mouton will lead the classes, which take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays starting this weekend. She’ll explain how making changes to your diet can help prevent cancer and help the recovery of those already diagnosed. The series costs $100 or $25 per class. Register online at http://support.cancerproject.org/Cooking_ Austin_071010. For questions, please e-mail Melissa@nutritionwell.com.
• Get a primer on raising backyard chickens from Carol Ann Sayle of Boggy Creek Farm at a free class at the Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Cave Road, at 9 a.m. on Sunday. www.naturalgardeneraustin.com.
Holy Cacao will reveal a new cake ball flavor July 18 in a celebration of their national TV appearances.