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Ghoulishly good dishes from Fête Accompli

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Halloween is one of the most creative holidays of the year. Just as so many people come up with their own costumes, chefs get to play around with funky, sometimes freaky, dishes, and parents and kids have the enviable task of figuring out what to do with all that candy.

• Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a local nonprofit that provides food and supplies to homeless and low-income people in need, collects thousands of pounds of Halloween candy every year, which volunteers then give away a few pieces at a time for the rest of the year, along with essentials like toothbrushes and toothpaste, Tricia Graham says. Giving away candy keeps kids and adults from overindulging, Graham says, but it's also a good way to teach kids about the gift of sharing. Church, school and scouts groups gather much of the treats, but families can drop off candy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday at the commissary at 903 S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 306-8036.

• Halloween is the favorite holiday of Quincy Adams Erickson, owner of Fête Accompli, a catering company with a retail outlet at 917 W. 12th St., who loves finding ways to make food playful and memorable. "Halloween lends itself to silliness," she says. "It brings out all my creativity." This week, she's serving holiday foods that include rat tail salad (made with beet tops), blood and guts soup (tomato, garlic and mushroom soup) and cockroach salad (black beans and rice).

• If Saturday night is already booked for trick-or-treating, celebrate Halloween Parisian-style from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday at Aquarelle's first Moulin Rouge Halloween Celebration. Compete in the costume contest or feast on a "specially sinful" selection of $6 appetizers, desserts and wines. The event is free. 606 Rio Grande St. aquarellerestaurant.com.

• Central Texans with a sweet tooth rejoice as Halloween creations creep onto bakery shelves and menus. CocoaModa in Calvert, northwest of Bryan/College Station, is selling pumpkin pie truffles through the end of November (Order online at www.

cocoamoda.com). Holy Cacao, the South First Street trailer that is moving to 1311 S. First St. this weekend, has zombie cake balls that are made of chocolate pumpkin cake coated in blue-tinted white chocolate with crispy pumpkin on top.

— Addie Broyles

New farmer's market comes to East Austin

On Sunday, farmers paired up with artists and nonprofits for the first Hope Farmers' Market at 414 Waller St. The new farmers' market is a project of the HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Campaign, a nonprofit that brings artists and media to places in need. Greg Esparza, manager of the market, which features more than 20 food vendors, says HOPE founders Andi Scull Steidle and Brian Steidle "wanted to throw the doors open to the community to have a festival every single week where people could come together around their passion and craft." Esparza says that the Hope Farmers' Market, three blocks east of Interstate 35, is a way "to infuse this East Austin arts culture with the growing local food movement that has been picking up so much steam in the last couple of years." The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays with free yoga from Empower Yoga at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and free coffee from Texas Coffee Traders. If you're interested in participating as a vendor, contact Esparza at 699-6077.

— A.B.

Learn to make sushi like the sushi pimp

Most people know DK Lee as the over-the-top master of ceremonies at Monday night karaoke at DK Sushi, his South First Street restaurant.

Lee, who performs as his foul-mouthed alter ego Sushi Pimp on Monday nights at the restaurant, is now offering sushi classes at DK's Sushi Market, the Asian food store he owns at 5610 N. Lamar Blvd.

Twice a week, Lee offers a beginner class on making sushi rolls such as California or spicy tuna rolls. Classes cost $65 and are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. The store, which carries a large selection of sake and sushi supplies, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. E-mail SushiClass@dksushi.com or call 302-1090 to reserve a spot.

Don't panic, Sushi Pimp lovers. Lee is still hosting the Monday night party at DK Sushi as he has for eight years.

— A.B.

Design your dine does frozen dinners proud

Frozen meals might seem out of place at a farmers' market, but local company Design Your Dine is selling just that at several area markets. Owners John Mount and Yura Burkanov prepare free-range, chemical-free meals using local and sustainable ingredients — beef from Bastrop and wild salmon shipped directly to the company, for instance — and vacuum-seal them before freezing. Appetizers and meals, including peach-ginger-glazed free-range chicken quarters, grass-fed Cuban beef picadillo and ginger-glazed salmon, serve two to four people and fewer than 500 calories per person. The meals can either be delivered or picked up at the Bountiful Sprout in Wimberley, both Bastrop farmers' markets or the Brushy Creek and Sunset Valley farmers' markets. designyourdine.com.

— A.B.

Carter's select likes its salsa ingredients fresh

Vinegar and dried herbs are easy shortcuts many salsa makers take to mass-produce their products, but Austin-based Carter's Select doesn't use dehydrated onions, herbs, vinegar or water in its line of salsas and chimichurri. Salsa flavors include original, tomatillo, spicy and Hatch Autumn Roast. Owner David Carter, a regular at the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, says his products, including a Bloody Mary mix, are available at Farm to Market on South Congress Avenue, Faraday's Kitchen Store in Lakeway, both Austin Whole Foods Markets and Spec's. www.cartersselect.com

— A.B.

Openings & closings

Open: Apothecary, a coffee shop at 4800 Burnet Road, Suite 450. 371-1600, apothecaryaustin.com

Open: Spec's, a beer, wine, spirits and specialty food store at 13015 Shopes Parkway in the Shops at the Galleria. 263-9981. specsonline.com

Open: Sprouts Farmers' Market, a grocery store at 2805 Bee Caves Road. 439-5782, sprouts.com.

Closed: Cookie Lounge, a bakery at 2222 Rio Grande St.