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Food Matters: 'Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook,' beer week events, Arrr Squeeze sodas and more

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Harelik tells trailers' stories in book

More than 100 years before the food trailer trend really took hold in Austin, Tiffany Harelik's grandfather was a Russian immigrant selling bananas for a penny apiece out of a food cart in Hamilton, about an hour west of Waco.

Harelik's grandfather's cart was so successful that he eventually opened a fruit stand, then one general store and then another. In the end, he had five Haskell Harelik Dry Goods Co. stores in Central Texas.

It's an American dream that entrepreneurs, including the hundreds of food truck operators in Austin, are pursuing. Harelik has made it her mission to help tell their stories, both on her website, TrailerFoodDiaries.com and the corresponding magazine that comes out twice a year. Saturday, she and C3 Presents will put on the second Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Auditorium Shores, a free festival that will feature live music and food from about 36 vendors who run local food trailers, carts and trucks.

The day of the festival is also the launch of her first book, "Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook," (Trailer Food Diaries, $19.95) a collection of more than 80 recipes from local trailers including Counter Culture, Crepes Mille, Moo Moo's Mini Burgers and the Jalopy. (The food trailer scene is an ever-evolving beast - at least one of the trailers featured in the book has recently shuttered - so Harelik is already working on the second edition, as well as a cookbook featuring trailers in Portland, Ore.)

She'll be selling the books at the festival, but you also can buy them online and at retailers including BookPeople and Barnes and Noble.

A week of beer parties and tastings locally

The second annual Austin Beer Week kicks off Saturday and runs through Oct. 30. The first few days are chock-full of anniversary parties, Oktoberfest celebrations and ample tastings, special beer dinners and cask tappings and more to indulge in your favorite local brews.

Beer Week is a collaboration of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and local breweries, brewpubs, restaurants, bars and local beer enthusiasts. "Last year, events flowed in even as the week was under way, with the final tally being 120 plus events, including an all-bike pub crawl organized by bloggers, food pairing events involving desserts, chocolates, great cheese, multi-course dinners, and the first `Beer Olympics,' happening again this year at the Draught House Pub," says Tom Roli, one of the main organizers, via email.

On the origins of the idea to throw an entire week of beer events, Roli said, "Austin has a spectacular craft beer community, over a dozen independent breweries (many new in the last 12 months), and some of the best pubs, brewpubs and eateries for craft beer in the nation. Austin needed to have a beer week to help celebrate this brilliant collection of independent and local artisans."

Here are some of the highlights, and you can go to austinbeerweek.com for more:

• Independence Brewing Seventh Anniversary Party. Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Live music and several special brews available to taste, including the seventh anniversary beer, the 2010 Jasperilla and the All Seeing EyePA.

• Draught House 43rd Anniversary Party. Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. A variety of beers on tap to taste ranging from sours to barrel-aged brews. BBQ from Sugar Shack.

• Beer Olympics at the Draught House. Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. The second annual team sports event, where you will be able to participate in games such as the Blind IPA tasting, Keg lift and more. Free.

• Inaugural tapping at Hops & Grain. Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Welcome Hops & Grain Brewing as they officially tap their first beer. The third edition of the Austin Beer Guide will also be released.

• Austin Beerworks Meet and Greet. Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. Meet the team behind one of the newest Austin breweries, who already have an award from the Great American Beer Festival to their name. Taste their signature brews.

• Haunted Halloween Ball at the Mansion at Judges' Hill. Oct. 30 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. A beer pairing dinner and Haunted Ball in the grand ballroom. Proceeds benefit the Sustainable Food Center. A couple of local spirits (Dripping Springs Vodka and Pecan Street Rum) will also make an appearance. $50.

• Antonelli's Cheese Shop, 4220 Duval St., is hosting a cheese and beer pairing at 1 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Draught House. Tickets ($40) include six beer and cheese pairings and may be purchased in advance at either location.

- Emma Janzen

Quench your most piratey thirst with ARRR

Pirates aren't the only people who like naturally sweetened fancy sodas. Local company Arrr Squeeze sells a line of sodas in flavors such as orange habañero, strawberry lime, lemon thyme, grapefruit lavender at places including Thom's Market, the Meat House, People's Pharmacy, Barton Creek Farmers' Market, Irie Bean, Wheatsville Co-op, Chris's Liquors and more. Bottles retail for about $3 each. 363-0040, arrrsqueeze.com .

Openings, closings and coming soon

• Open: Lick Ice Creams, an artisanal ice cream shop at 2032 S. Lamar Blvd. Owners Anthony Sobotik, right, and Chad Palmatier make small batches of ice cream - in inventive flavors such as cilantro lime, lemon lavender, sweet potato, roasted beet and mint, or goat cheese, thyme and honey - using organic milk and cream and from-scratch waffle cones.

• Closed and coming soon: The Airport Boulevard location of Sushi A-Go-Go sushi trailer, whose owners are opening a Japanese restaurant called Komé at 4917 Airport Blvd. in the next few weeks. The Barton Springs Sushi-A-Go-Go trailer will remain open. sushi-a-go-go-austin.com , kome-austin.com

• Open: Hill Country Pierogi, a food trailer at the corner of 11th and Lydia streets specializing in the Eastern European dumplings called pierogis. hillcountrypierogi.com .

• Open: Handshakes, a milkshake trailer located in a bus next to Cheer Up Charlie's at 1104 E. Sixth St. 832-782-4406, facebook.com/ihearthandshakes .

• Open: Five Guys, the fourth Central Texas location of the national burger chain at 3107 S. Interstate 35, Suite 750, in Round Rock. 246-7193, fiveguys.com .

• Open: Qdoba Mexican Grill, the second Austin location of the national chain of Mexican restaurants at 2402 Guadalupe St., the former Tower Records building. 243-8118, qdoba.com .

• Open: Penzeys Spices, the first Austin location of the national spice chain at 4400 N. Lamar Blvd. 452-7771, penzeys.com .

• Opening Monday : Noodles & Company, the first of three planned locations of the Colorado-based pasta restaurant chain at 2525 W. Anderson Lane. The other locations, on the Drag near the University of Texas and in the Arboretum, should open in the next few months. noodles.com .

• Moving: 219West, the restaurant and bar at 219 W. Fourth St. is moving out of the Warehouse District address that gave it its name and into the former Union Park space at 612 W. Sixth St., where it will reopen next month. 219west.com

• Coming soon: Wasota African Cuisine, a food trailer at 1209 S. First St. from Lawrence Osas Eguakun, who ran World Beat Cafe near the University of Texas campus for a number of years. 565-3864,

• Closed: Chopsticks Chinese and Vietnamese Cuisine at 6929 Airport Blvd.

Food briefs

• The Snack Bar, 1224 S. Congress Ave., is showing off its new chef, Thomas Reeh (former of Jeffrey's, Fino, Wink and Mars), with a series of chef dinners. The next dinner ($60 per person, including wine) in the series is at 7 p.m. on Monday and will feature wines paired by Wine for the People's Rachel Wilson. Reservations and more information at 553-2626 or snackbaraustin.com . Reeh's new fall/winter menu will be coming out in the next few weeks.

• The Austin chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier is hosting its third annual online auction, which starts this week at austinfoodfight.org, You can bid on more than 80 items, including weekend trips, signed cookbooks, supper club dinners, VIP food and wine events and more. All the money raised goes to local culinary scholarships and farm-to-plate initiatives.

• Theatre Action Project is hosting a fundraiser at Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., at noon on Saturday called Cupcake-a-Doodle-Do, a cupcake competition of eight area bakeries. The theater group, which provides arts education and activities to about 16,000 kids a year, is asking for a suggested donation of $5 at the door. theatreactionproject.org

• For the third year, Trio is hosting a pancake dinner with four kinds of pancakes - oatmeal-pecan, banana-blueberry, buttermilk and potato - to raise money for cancer research at Seton Medical Center from 5 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26. You can make reservations for the dinner ($15 per adult, $7.50 per child) by calling 685-8300. triorestaurantaustin.com .

• On Sunday, Austin chefs Shawn Cirkiel from Parkside, Jason Dodge from Péché, Josh Watkins from the Carillon and pastry chef Janina O'Leary from Trace will come together for a dinner in the garden at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, 6020 B Dillard Circle, to benefit the Sustainable Food Center. Each of the chefs will be paired with a local farm - Johnson's Backyard Garden, Springdale Farms, Tecolote Farm and Simmons Family Farms - to create the four-course dinner that starts at 6 p.m. Tickets ($125) and info at escoffier.edu .