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Food Matters: ‘Daytripper’ team shooting Texas food show; plus a recipe for gluten-free cinnamon rolls

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com
Barton Springs Soda Company started in July and is now available at a number of local markets and eateries.

TELEVISION

‘Daytripper’ team filming new Texas food show

No matter how much history, geography or culture Chet Garner packs into each episode of his award-winning Texas travel show “ The Daytripper ,” the majority of questions from viewers have to do with one thing: food.

It’s a good thing Garner and executive producer Andrew Ramsammy know how to take a hint.

The team members have been working for several months now on a new food show called “Foodfinder TX” that they hope will premiere next year.

With four sponsors already secured and interest from a number of PBS stations throughout the state, they started shooting the pilot episode, which will cover Texas beer, last week with interviews at Black Star Co-op in Austin and Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Underbelly and Karbach Brewing in Houston.

Ramsammy, en route to Houston’s famed beer can house with the Austin-based crew, said that a food show was a natural progression for the production team, which has won a handful of Lone Star Emmys in recent years for “The Daytripper,” which started in 2009 and is now in its fourth season .

“We want to show the diversity that Texas has to offer when it comes to food,” he said. “It’s easy just to go to a restaurant, but (this show) is a chance to expand viewers’ appetites for what they can consume out and about and what they can experiment with at home.”

Ramsammy says the goal is to have five episodes finished within the next few months so that they can launch sometime in 2013. “The Daytripper” appears on all 12 PBS stations in Texas. To follow their progress, you can follow them @foodfinderTX.

BARTON SPRINGS SODA COMPANY

New locally brewed craft soda sweetened with cane sugar

Drew Fisher didn’t set out to create a soda company. The 23-year-old Austinite had hoped to start a brewery this summer, but because the TABC requires new breweries to hold a lease for three months, he got impatient and started brewing cane sugar soda while he waited. Before the end of the three-month window was over, Fisher was already filling orders for his root beer, orange cream soda and a Zilker Park Cola at food trailers, restaurants and markets including Hut’s Hamburgers, Ms. P’s Electric Cock, Live Oak Market, Greystone Market and Red’s Porch. Fisher says the sodas, which cost about $2.25 each or $9.50 for a six-pack, will soon be available in traditional grocery stores as well.

In a few weeks, Fisher plans to release a line of four lemonades, to be followed by a diet cola, grape soda and bottled ice coffee, and his first round of beers — blueberry wheat, light IPA and blonde — will be ready by February. bartonspringssodaco.com

COOKBOOKS

From traditional to exotic, cinnamon roll book has it all

Have you ever tried a cinnamon roll inspired by a carrot cake? What about one topped with bourbon or ginger icing? Judith Fertig thought beyond the everyday ooey-gooey sticky bun for her new book, “I Love Cinnamon Rolls” (Andrews McMeel, $19.99), which includes recipes for eight basic doughs, including whole wheat, gluten-free and vegan, that you can mix and match with dozens of fillings, toppings and glazes. If you’re hosting company for the holidays this winter, chances are pretty good that someone will have a gluten allergy or intolerance, so here’s a gluten-free recipe that will please everyone.

Frosted Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls