Ac­tor wants to teach you about caviar. Food Mat­ters,

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & LIFE - cONTRIbUTED bY SAINT ARNOLD

Ac­tor, co­me­dian and Lake­way res­i­dent Bill Kirchen­bauer is on a mis­sion to ed­u­cate peo­ple that caviar in Texas isn’t just that black-eyed pea salad that you eat on New Year’s Day. “Lit­tle by lit­tle, I’ve made in­roads,” he says. “But it can be a hard sell.” Kirchen­bauer, who ap­peared in sit­coms in­clud­ing “Grow­ing Pains,” “Mork and Mindy” and “Night Court,” fell in love with the in­fa­mously ex­pen­sive cured fish eggs dur­ing his trav­els around the world and started Lone Star Caviar (lon­estar­caviar.com) when he moved to Cen­tral Texas. He now teaches caviar classes and sells the prod­uct to restau­rants, in­clud­ing Hud­son’s on the Bend and Lenoir in Austin, (and even to a few celebri­ties) around the coun­try. For the classes, he charges about $250 a per­son, de­pend­ing on the va­ri­ety and quan­tity of caviar the cus­tomers would like to try. He also of­fers “caviar in a box,” a va­ri­ety pack that in­cludes ac­cou­trements. “Even if you try some in a restau­rant, most peo­ple don’t get to taste four or five dif­fer­ent kinds of caviar,” he says. “I want to give peo­ple an idea of what’s out there.” To in­quire about the classes or place an or­der for your hol­i­day party, you can con­tact Kirchen­bauer at 636-8265.

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Co­me­dian Bill Kirchen­bauer wants to spread the word about caviar.

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