Food And Wine BrieFs

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD MATTERS - — A.B., Mike Sut­ter

• 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.

2009 amer­i­can-states­man

Holy Ca­cao will re­veal a new cake ball fla­vor July 18 in a cel­e­bra­tion of their na­tional TV ap­pear­ances.

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