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Food Matters: Bakery will offer online delivery; new beers at Black Star Co-op

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Austin 360
Barrie Cullinan of Amity Bakery hand-prepares croissants for baking. On her new website, customers can order everything from everyday baguettes to chocolate croissants and seasonal desserts.

Two new brews on tap at Black Star Co-op

Beer from Austin's newest craft brewery hits taps at Black Star Co-op this week.

Rogness Brewing Company, the brainchild of couple Diane and Forrest Rogness, released two flagship brews at its first official pint night on Monday at the cooperatively owned brew pub in North Austin.

Like many commercial breweries, Rogness grew from years of homebrewing practice. Forrest Rogness began home brewing in 1990. He later purchased Austin Homebrew Supply in 1999. The couple decided to take the leap to open their own brewery about a year ago.

Instead of limiting production to a narrow scope, the North Austin brewery will produce a variety of beer styles. "We do not want to be a niche brewery," Forrest Rogness said about how Rogness fits into the growing Austin scene. "There are a lot of beer styles that are underrepresented or not represented at all. I would like to fill in some gaps and have plenty of unique beers available."

The flagship brews consist of Bella, a Belgian Golden that is "slightly sweet with a dry finish," according to the Rogness website, and OST, a Porter made of seven different malts and three hop varieties. The two brews will be on tap at other bars yet to be determined.

The brewery will release cans this summer, followed by bottles in the fall. Check their Facebook page for details on their grand opening. "Once we have everything in place and operations are running smooth we will have an official opening party," Forrest Rogness said. "We are planning the party to happen this summer." rognessbrewing.com.

- Emma Janzen

Texas students to cook for New York reception

On Sunday, four high school students from Central Texas will cook at the James Beard House in New York City, an honor usually reserved for the country's top chefs.

Austin writer Toni Tipton-Martin invited Ryan Johnson and Jaleun Foster of Connally High School in the Pflugerville distric and Lupe Pirul and Donna Lee Cruz of Travis High School in Austin and their instructors Mike Erickson and Rob McDonald to help New York chef Scott Barton prepare food for the opening reception of Tipton-Martin's pop-up art exhibit during the International Association of Culinary Professional's annual conference, which last year was held in Austin.

The exhibit is called "The Jemima Code," a series of large-scale photographs of African American women who are part of her upcoming book, "The Jemima Code: A Gallery of Great Cooks," which will be published next year by the University of Texas Press.

"The professionalism, self-awareness, and pride demonstrated by these kids in the presence of these art works are evidence of the kinds of outcomes we can expect when we provide culturally appropriate experiences that engage and inspire kids toward their dreams - whether those food industry ambitions lead to food archaeology, anthropology, food service, or public health," Tipton-Martin says. For more information, go to tonitiptonmartin.com.

Bakery will offer online delivery

For years, Barrie Cullinan has been baking some of the best bread in Austin and selling it to restaurants and other businesses that couldn't bake bread in-house. Now Cullinan is shifting her efforts to sell directly to consumers through her online store, Amity Bakery. "Wholesaling has been great, but it's not fulfilling for me to drop off bread and drive away," she says. On the website, amitybakery.com, customers can order everything from everyday baguettes and whole wheat bread to breakfast items such as chocolate croissants to seasonal desserts, which right now include strawberry scones, strawberry almond ring cake and brownies. Place orders by 5 p.m. Fridays for delivery or pick up at the Spirited Food commercial kitchen, 1208 W. Fourth St., the following week. Statesman photographer Alberto Martínez recently caught up with Cullinan in the kitchen to create a video that you can watch at austin360.com/food.

Another pioneer in the online delivery business is David Ansel, whose Soup Peddler delivery service turned 10 recently. Soup and dinner entrees might still be his mainstay, but Ansel has recently teamed up with a number of fellow small food businesses to offer a wider range of products. You can now order for delivery items such as Cullinan's baked goods, Rockstar Bagels, Zhi Tea, Round Rock Honey, Texas Olive Ranch olive oil, fresh pasta from Pasta & Co., Cuvee coffee and juices from his Juiceland-Soup Peddler hybrid eatery, the Juicebox. Order online at souppeddler.com by 11:59 p.m. on Saturdays for delivery the following week.

Try chocolate eggs with surprise inside for Easter

Easter is just more than a week away, and if you're looking for something besides a chocolate bunny to put in an Easter basket, consider a milk chocolate egg filled with six solid chocolate dinosaurs that will delight the budding paleontologist in your life. The 8-oz. treat ($10) is available online (siranthonys.com) or over the phone (1-800-747-8669), and creator Tony Uehlein says customers should order no later than Tuesday for delivery by Saturday, April 7.