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Food Matters: Homegrown Revival to host all local Thanksgiving dinner; Countryside Farm adds charcuterie line

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

THANKSGIVING

Locally raised birds available; tickets on sale for Homegrown Revival dinner

Many grocers, including Whole Foods Market, Central Market and Sprouts, sell free-range and/or organic turkeys these days, but it’s a little harder to find locally raised turkey for Thanksgiving. Greenling.com is selling medium and large birds raised at Richardson Farm in Rockdale for $6 a pound. The last day to order online for home delivery is Nov. 23. Austin Urban Farm owner Aaron Morris raised more than a dozen heritage turkey chicks this year for the upcoming Homegrown Revival Thanksgiving dinner, but a number of them have been killed by predators in recent weeks. Eight of the birds will be served at the supper club’s Thanksgiving Day dinner at Springdale Farm, prepared by Sonya Cote and Tink Pinkard, but if you’d like to buy one, contact Morris through his website, AustinUrbanFarm.com. You can buy tickets for the Homegrown Revival holiday dinner ($90, which includes an all-local dinner and cocktails) at TheHomegrownRevival.com. (Another piece of news about Cote: She appears in this month’s issue of Marie Claire magazine, which named her one of its 2012 Women on Top.)

We’re in the middle of creating our annual roundup of where to eat out on the Thanksgiving, and restaurant owners can send details about hours, prices and menus to abroyles@statesman.com by the end of next week. We’ll run the list in the Nov. 15 Austin360 tab.

NEW PRODUCTS

Countryside Farm, Amy’s Ice Creams, Engine 2 launch new products

Countryside Farm, Sebastien Bonneu’s Cedar Creek farm that provides everything from rabbit to guinea hens to local restaurants and farmers’ markets, is expanding its charcuterie offerings by adding a sample box, which you can order at countrysidefarm.keepaustinlocal.com. Each box will carry four or five cured meats, pates, rilletes and more from Bonneu, who is a French-trained chef, and soon, they plan to add additional gift boxes for the holidays. Each sample pack will vary, depending on what’s in season, and you can order them online for pick up at the Barton Creek, Cedar Park or downtown farmers’ markets. Each box costs $40 or you can order two for $78.

Did you get enough sugar last week? Amy’s Ice Creams has you covered if not. Through the end of December, the ice cream shop with 15 locations in Central Texas will sell Big Kid S’Mores, a kit with Amy’s Mexican vanilla marshmallows, Biscoff cookies and Belgian Callebaut dark chocolate bars. The kit, which has enough ingredients for eight s’mores, costs $14.99 either in stores or online at shop.amysicecreams.com.

Another new local product to hit shelves are vegan crackers from Rip Esselstyn’s growing Engine 2 empire, which includes the “Engine 2 Diet” cookbook, farm retreats and cereal and salsa available at Whole Foods Market. The “crispbreads” ($3.99 for 7 oz.) come in two varieties — original and triple seed —and are manufacturered by Doctor Kracker, which is based in Austin, and are available exclusively through Whole Foods.

TECHNOLOGY

New website offers custom restaurant recommendations

Looking for a new restaurant to try? Austin writer Megan Giller has launched a different kind of site called Let’s Eat ATX (letseatatx.com). The website asks users whether they’ve eaten at a handful of local restaurants and whether they liked the restaurant or are interested in trying it. Then, users can submit other restaurants or cuisines they enjoy or any other details about what they are looking for, and Giller and her team of foodies “think about it with our human brain” and send a recommendation using all the information they’ve gathered. You have to have a Facebook account to log in, but it’s certainly a unique way to explore the ever-growing restaurant scene.

COOKING CLASSES

  • You might have tried absinthe in a cocktail, but what about in food? Péché executive chef Jason Dodge is teaching a class about cooking with the famed alcohol at Whole Foods Market Culinary Center, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dishes he will teach at the class ($50) include mussels in absinthe broth and chocolate torte with absinthe-pear flambé. 542-2340, wholecateringaustin.com.

  • Dream Bakery, the baked goods shop at 9422 Anderson Mill Road, is hosting a winter cake pop and cookie decorating class ($50) at 2:30 p.m. Snday. To register for the class or find out more, call 219-1235 or visit dreambakery.com/classes.
  • Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, who write the stunning books in the Canal House series, have released their latest book, “Canal House Cooks Every Day” (Andrews McMeel, $45) and they’ll be in Austin for a cooking class ($80) at Central Market North at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. centralmarket.com.