Restaurant Recipes: Tomato pie from Kerbey Lane Cafe
Wondering what to do with the last of the summer tomatoes? The five Kerbey Lane cafes celebrate the magical fruit with Tomato Pie and other summer dishes through Sept. 22. After that, you can make your own with this refreshingly easy recipe. The newest Kerbey Lane Cafe is at 4301 W. William Cannon Drive, 899-1500. More locations at www.kerbeylanecafe.com. Also, look for Kerbey Lane Cafe's pancake mix on the QVC shopping network today at 2 p.m.
- Mike Sutter
Kerbey Lane Cafe's Tomato Pie
4 large tomatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 green onions, white and green parts chopped
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
Kalamata olives, chopped
Pre-baked savory pie crust (store-bought or homemade from your favorite recipe)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in one layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes.
Press the sliced tomatoes between layers of paper towels to remove some of the juice.
Cut the tomatoes into large pieces, then mix together with the basil and onions in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Combine the yogurt, feta and mayonnaise together in another bowl. Put the tomato mixture into the pre-baked pie shell then spread the yogurt mixture on top and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. Cut into slices and serve warm with a sprinkling of Kalamata olives.
For a richer version of this recipe, replace the nonfat Greek yogurt with mayonnaise.
Four Seasons Wine expert named one of country's best
The October issue of Wine & Spirits magazine has named wine guru Mark Sayre of Trio at the Four Seasons Hotel as one of the country's seven best new sommeliers. Sayre, 31, shares company on the list with wine experts from the French Laundry and Bouchon in California, even the flashy Delmonico in Las Vegas. Sayre told the magazine, "The greatest compliment ever is when someone says, `You don't seem like a sommelier.' … A somm should be about making diners more comfortable and enhancing their experience." In 2007, Sayre was recognized by his Texas Sommelier Association peers as the state's best sommelier. He also helped create a Washington state syrah with Va Piano Vineyards.
Food and wine briefs
• Paggi House (200 Lee Barton Drive) will host a a specially priced Seafood Grill & Chill dinner on its patio with chef Shane Stark from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today . The menu includes Hawaiian big eye tuna, Gulf shrimp, red snapper, grilled peaches with buttermilk ice cream and more. $25. Reservations at 473-3700 or www.paggihouse.com.
• "Cooking for Geeks" author Jeff Potter will speak and sign copies of his book at 6:30 p.m. today on the mezzanine level of Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
• The Northwest Austin shopping center the Domain (11410 Century Oaks Terrace) will host Taste North Austin from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday , with live music, cooking demonstrations and tastings from more than 20 restaurants and retailers, from Maggiano's Little Italy to Gloria's to Viva Chocolato. Admission is free, and wristbands for 10 tastings are $20 at Simon Guest Services at the Domain.
• Starting Sunday and running through Sept. 22 and then again Sept. 26-29, Austin Restaurant Week will feature more than 70 restaurants offering three-course dinners for $25-$35. Some also will offer lunch specials for $10-$15. Highlights include lobster tail at Green Pastures, coconut-crusted shrimp at Corazon at Castle Hill and chicken-fried rabbit at East Side Show Room. Restaurant list at www.restaurantweekaustin.com.
• Hotel San José (1316 S. Congress Ave.) will host a Steak Night with guest chef Larry McGuire of Perla's and Lamberts starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday . The fixed-price dinner includes an appetizer, main course and dessert, with entrées including McAllen Ranch New York strip, Niman Ranch rib-eye, ahi tuna steak and Angus filet. $40-$45. By reservation only at 852-2350.
• Stories Fine Dining Establishment at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort will host a four-course dinner with wine from Casa Lapostole and Newton Vineyards, plus a cocktail reception, dessert and after-dinner drink on Sept. 22 starting at 6:45 p.m. $80. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Bastrop. Reservations at 512-308-4882.
• The India Catholic Association of Central Texas will present its Taste of India charity festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 in Round Rock at St. Williams Catholic Church, 620 Round Rock West Drive. With Indian food, dancers, henna art and Hindi writing. $3 admission. Indian sampler plates are $5, with other food à la carte.
Openings, closings & coming soon
• Open: One Love Kitchen, a trailer serving Caribbean food from noon to midnight Mondays-Fridays at 3109 E. Cesar Chavez St. www.onelovekitchen.net.
• Closed: Emerald City Press, the coffee shop and newsstand at 915 N. Lamar Blvd.
Save the Beer! Colored caps keep it fizzy
Austin resident Christian Lavender doesn't always finish his beer, so he invented a gadget that would save it for him. Beer Savers, stretchy beer caps, are designed to keep beer fizzy by sealing it. After creating three brewing websites and inventing Tap Boards (tap-handle labels for kegs), Lavender turned his attention to preserving craft beers. "With all of the craft beer out there, we are always trying to respect it and keep it safe," Lavender said. "When you open an expensive bottle of beer, you aren't always going to finish it. Beer has become the new wine."
Lavender said he purposely created design parallels between his product and wine charms. With different, sherbet-colored caps, a person will be able to identify and preserve their bottle of beer, he said. A six-pack of different-colored caps costs $12.99. Available at www.savebrands.com.
- Layne Lynch
Travis Farmers Market closes - again
Just weeks after the Travis Country Farmer's Market on Burnet Road announced its return, the market has closed again.
Lexington farmer Eric Snethkamp and his partner Scott Spain reopened the Travis County Farmer's Market last month (The site has been closed since 2007.) Despite drawing 600 to 800 customers a week, Snethkamp says property owner Paz Dhody declined to offer an extended lease, as opposed to his current monthly lease.
Dhody did not return calls for comment, but Snethkamp says that Dhody plans to operate the farmer's market himself, bringing in a consultant to help him.
In 2007, Brentwood Tavern left the market property after being abruptly asked to leave. Co-owners Kathleen Macek and husband Tim Thomas were also on a month-to-month lease.
"We were warned he had done it before," Snethkamp said. "We thought we could do it for a month, sign a year lease and bring in the cream of the crop farmers to the market. The owner saw how well we were doing and wanted to do it for himself."
Snethkamp is looking for a new spot to sell his crops. He had been offering watermelon, tomatoes, peaches, zucchini, onion and other produce. If the market had stayed open, he was hoping to bring in a local gluten-free bread company, a local pasta company and other locally made foods.
"We don't know what to do. We are at a loss," Snethkamp said. "People in the community are really upset about this."
- Layne Lynch