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Events: Le Cordon Bleu, Art Institute hosting fundraiser competitions

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

It’s hard to keep up with all the food events coming up this fall, but here’s an overview so you can start planning.

Teams of culinary students will compete at the first Farm to Chef Austin event at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts at the Domain. The event will pit students from the Art Institute of Austin, the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts against one another to benefit the Sustainable Food Center and the Texas Chef’s Association Austin Chapter. Guests also can sample food from the students and vote for their favorites. Tickets ($30 in advance, $35 at the door) and information: facebook.com/AustinTCA.

Friends of Springdale Farm, including a star-studded lineup of local chefs David Bull, Sonya Cote and Eric Polzer, are hosting a Springdale Farm Aid fundraiser at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the farm, 755 Springdale Road. Tickets ($50) and details at sprindalefarmaid.brownpapertickets.com.

Austin Sunshine Camps is hosting a Chopped Challenge at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Art Institute of Austin, 101 W. Louis Henna Blvd. in Round Rock. Andrew Lyman, of the Art Institute of Austin, Troy Naquin of Mandola’s Italian and Mateo Vannucci of Garbo’s will each prepare a dish based on mystery ingredients, and guests and a panel of judges will vote for their favorite. Tickets ($100) are at sunshinecamps.org/events, and proceeds benefit the organization that provides summer camps for low-income children in Austin.

Other events to make note of in coming weeks: La Dolce Vita returns to Laguna Gloria on Oct. 16, Gettin’ Sauced moves out to the Shady Springs Party Barn on Oct. 19, and the Vegetarian Chili Cookoff and the Green Corn Project Fall Festival both take place on Oct. 26. Paella Lover’s United, the annual outdoor paella cooking contest, is scheduled for Nov. 8.