If you are on a restricted diet, either because of diabetes or a gluten intolerance, cookies usually aren't on the short list of foods you can eat. A few years ago, Cynthia Fulton of Wimberley was an insulin-dependent diabetic whose blood sugar spiked after eating almost every kind of artificial sweetener. Her husband, David, was determined to find a solution. Although he says he doesn't really like to bake, he started researching ways to eliminate starch and sugar from baked goods. Eventually, he developed a cookie that contained no starch, gluten or sugar, and the product, called Yes! To Cookies, is now available in both ready-to-eat-cookies and a mix so you can bake the fiber-based cookies at home.

"With so many people having health issues from eating excessive amounts of sugar, the public truly needs to understand that starch is also simply another form of sugar," David Fulton says. The mix ($15.95) is available in two flavors: Cocoa-licious and Strawberry-Banana Blitz. You can also find the ready-to-eat cookies ($9.95) at Peoples Pharmacy at 4018 N. Lamar Blvd., Just Desserts, Fresh Plus, Phoenicia Bakery, Geo Growers, Buda Drug Store and online at www.yestocookies.com and www.carbsmart.com .

- Addie Broyles

Baking demonstrations from King Arthur Flour

As part of a national tour, bakers from King Arthur Flour will be in Austin on Sunday for two free baking demonstrations at Embassy Suites, 5901 N. Interstate 35. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., learn about sweet yeast breads, and from 3 to 5 p.m., get tips and recipes for making pies and tarts. No registration required. For more information, call 1-800-827-6836. Can't make it to the class? Find recipes for sweet yeast bread, including a cinnamon swirl loaf, on austin360.com/relishaustin.

- A.B.

New restaurant coming to Oak Hill spot from two of the minds behind Z'Tejas

Jack Gilmore, the longtime chef behind Z'Tejas, is striking out on his own. Gilmore, who oversaw the culinary operations at all 10 Z'Tejas restaurants nationwide, and Tom Kamm, regional director of operations for Z'Tejas, are going to open a restaurant called Jack Allen's Kitchen in the Oak Hill location that used to house the Y Bar and Grill and Nunzia's.

Gilmore says he's excited to get back to the chef-driven concept of making good food using local ingredients. "I had the sweetest gig at Z'Tejas, working with the best people," he says, "but this was an opportunity we couldn't pass up." Construction on the new site has already begun, and they are hoping to open just after Thanksgiving.

- A.B.

Before the 4A football battle, a grade-A barbecue competition

Enjoy barbecue and high school football, two of Texas' most beloved icons, at the first BBQ Bowl before the Elgin and Lockhart football game Friday. The game starts in Elgin at 7:30 p.m., but at 6 p.m. outside the stadium, four barbecue restaurants from Lockhart and two from Elgin will have samples available for barbecue-loving tailgaters. The city of the winning team will get to display a traveling trophy at the chamber of commerce until next year's BBQ Bowl. For more information, call the Elgin or Lockhart chambers of commerce at 512- 285-4515 or 512-398-2818 .

- A.B.

Food and restaurant briefs

• Barista magazine isn't a publication most of us subscribe to, but it's the premier trade magazine for the international specialty coffee industry. This month, an Austinite graces the cover. The magazine profiled Cuvee Coffee roaster Clancy Rose, a McCallum High School graduate.

• Wink was named one of the top 50 restaurants fit for foodies by OpenTable, a Web site that helps customers make online restaurant reservations. Stewart Scruggs' restaurant on North Lamar Boulevard, which has been serving seasonal food to Austinites for almost 10 years, appears on the list that features restaurants including Bar Tartine in San Francisco and T'afia in Houston that are a "real draw for adventurous and informed eaters," according to Open Table.

• Details of the party Sandra Bullock threw for her sister's book release at Walton's Fancy and Staple on West Sixth Street last month were in People magazine recently, along with her recipe for short ribs braised in root beer from the Austin soda company Maine Root, which were served at the event. For recipes and photos from the event, go to http://bit.ly/mainerootribs .

- A.B.

Food events

• Who has the best macaroni and cheese in town? Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., is pitting chefs Hoover Alexander of Hoover's Cooking, Lou Lambert of Lamberts Downtown Barbecue and Stewart Scruggs of Zoot and Wink to see who has the best macaroni and cheese at a family-friendly smackdown from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday . Enjoy music from the Biscuit Brothers and Joe McDermott, face painting and crafts before the judging begins at 4:30 p.m.

• University of Texas graduate students, led by associate professor Elizabeth Engelhardt, have written "Republic of BBQ: Stories Beyond the Brisket." To help celebrate the book launch, the Texas Observer and University of Texas Press are hosting a free event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

• Enjoy cooking classes, wine and food at the 19th annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival in downtown Fredericksburg from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday . Tickets are $20 ($5 for people younger than 21) and can be purchased online at fbgfoodandwinefest.com .

• The Green Corn Project, which builds organic gardens for area families and schools, is hosting its 11th annual fundraiser at Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday . Restaurants including Cafe Josie, Blue Star Cafeteria and La Traviata will be serving food and drink, and three chefs will be teaching cooking classes. There will also be live music and a silent auction. Tickets ($35 before the event and $40 at the gate) are available at www.greencornproject.org and at Wheatsville Co-op, the Natural Gardener and Boggy Creek Farm. Children younger than 12 get in free.

Opening, closing and coming soon

• Open: Chubby Hug Happy Fun Noodle Time, a trailer specializing in noodle dishes at the corner of 51st and Duval streets. (323-6180, www.chubbyhug.net).

• Open: Gourdoughs, a doughnut trailer at 1219 S. Lamar Blvd. (www.gourdoughs.com).

• Open: Pour House Pub, a bar serving pub fare at 6701 Burnet Road.

- A.B.