Food Matters: Easter brunches, two new trailers, backyard chicken coops, a new farmers' market in Cedar Park, plus 'Splendid Table' on KUT
Easter Brunch abounds at various restaurants
With Easter coming April 4, here's a sampler of Easter brunches around town. Most require reservations.
Crú a Wine Bar (238 W. Second St., 472-9463; 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 104 in the Domain. 339-9463, www.cruawinebar.com ): Three-course brunch with choices such as a seafood cocktails, goat-cheese beignets, roasted lamb, steak-and-eggs and molten chocolate cake. $21.95. Half-price for children 12 and younger. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Driskill Grill(604 Brazos St. 391-7121, www.driskillgrill.com ): Brunch buffet with a champagne and mimosa bar, truffled egg custard, omelets, lobster Benedict, banana bread French toast, corned duck, oysters, profiteroles and more. $65. $32.50 ages 6-12. Free for children under 6. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (11600 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 140 at the Domain, 835-9463; 320 E. Second St. 457-1500; www.flemingssteakhouse.com ): Three-course brunch with main courses such as filet Benedict, crab frittata, berry-stuffed French toast and more. $29.95. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin (98 San Jacinto Blvd. 685-8300, www.fourseasons.com ): Buffet options include salads, pastas, pastries, pâtés, crab claws, sushi, prime rib and desserts. $75 at Trio, $68 in the ballroom. $20 children 6-11. Free for children 5 and younger. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Green Pastures (811 W. Live Oak St., 444-4747, www.greenpasturesrestaurant.com ): Brunch buffet with prime rib, smoked ham, game hen, rainbow trout, eggs Benedict, bread pudding, a chocolate fountain and more. $55. 11 a.m., with last reservations at 1:45 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines(575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road in Cedar Creek, 512-308-4860, www.lostpines.hyatt.com ): Brunch buffet with breakfast standards, omelets, smoked and fresh seafood, cheeses, antipasti, carving station, dessert station and more. $47. $23.50 ages 4-12. Free for 3 and younger. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Renaissance Austin Hotel(9721 Arboretum Blvd., 795-6100, www.renaissancehotels.com/aussh ): Brunch buffet with shrimp, coq au vin, paella, cheeses, roasted lamb, a dessert station and more. $45. $19 ages 6-12. Free for children 5 and younger. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Roaring Fork (10850 Stonelake Blvd., 342-2700, www.eddiev.com ): A la carte brunch dishes, including prime rib, leg of lamb, strawberry shortcake and more. Prices vary. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— Mike Sutter
Rachael Ray was the hot ticket on a cold day
Blustery weather couldn't stop Rachael Ray from throwing her annual South by Southwest bash at Stubb's on Saturday. In between sets from musicians including Jakob Dylan and Bob Schneider, I caught up with Ray to ask her about the food she served and why this is one of her favorite parties of the year. Watch the video and see more photos online at austin360.com/relishaustin .
— Addie Broyles
Start thinking about dinner plans in October
Tickets for this year's Outstanding in the Field supper club tour go on sale on Saturday. The traveling supper club, which serves five-course, all-local meals at farms, will host four dinners in Texas in October. The ticket price includes wine, gratuities and a farm tour. www.outstandinginthefield.com .
On Oct. 6, Sharon Hage of York Street Restaurant in Dallas will prepare a meal at FM 1410 farm in Dallas. ($200)
Jolie Vue Farm in Brenham will host Houston chef Paul Lewis of Cullen's Grille on Oct. 9. ($220)
Boggy Creek Farm in Austin will host two dinners. On Oct. 10, La Condesa chef René Ortiz will cook ($200), and on Oct. 12, James Holmes of Olivia will prepare the meal ($200).
On KUT, a splendid program for foodies
You can't smell or see the food that Lynne Rossetto Kasper talks about on "The Splendid Table," a radio show that airs on National Public Radio stations across the country, but her enthusiasm and vibrant storytelling make listeners feel like they are in her kitchen. Kasper's hourlong program about food doesn't just explore cooking and eating out, but also the colorful people who will do anything for a good meal. For the next month, "The Splendid Table" will have a trial run at 11 a.m. Sundays on KUT 90.5 FM, and listeners can vote online whether to keep the show at www.splendidtable.publicradio.org/vote .
— Addie Broyles
Openings, closings and coming soon
Open: El Naranjo, a trailer at 85 Rainey St. serving food from Oaxacan chef Iliana de la Vega.
Open: Good Pops, a walk-up store selling all-natural frozen paletas at 1003 Barton Springs Road. 775-1353, www.goodpops.com .
Two tours: First for birds, other for farms
Curious about backyard chickens or urban farms? Two upcoming tours will give you a glimpse at the best of Austin's backyard coops and urban farms. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 3, check out the second annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour, which allows people to tour a set of established coops and ask questions of the chicken owners. For a map and information, go to fccooptour.blogspot.com .
From 1 to 5 p.m. April 11, four urban farms on the East Austin Urban Farm Tour will raise money for the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. At Boggy Creek, Rain Lily, Springdale and Hausbar farms, watch chef demonstrations and try food made with produce from the farm. Guests can also sample food and wine, beer and spirits from local companies. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door and can be purchased at Boggy Creek Farm, Eastside Café and online at www.farmhousedelivery.com .
• Starting Saturday, Cedar Park residents will be able to buy local produce, meat and dairy from local producers at the Cedar Park Farm to Market. The farmers' market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the 1890 Ranch Shopping Center near the intersection of U.S. 183A and RM 1431. For more information, contact market manager Carla Jenkins at 512-262-5700 or F2MTexas@gmail.com.
• Taste some of the area's best chili and barbecue at the Texas Men's State Chili and Barbecue Championships on Saturday at the Blanco County Fairgrounds in Johnson City. The chili cook-off is an official qualifying event for the Terlingua International Chili Championship in November. The winner of the barbecue cook-off gets the chance to cook in a national competition in Kansas City. Gates open at 11 a.m., and admission is free. To try the barbecue and chili, you'll have to sign up to be a judge around noon. For more information, call Alan Dean at 512-567-2835.