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In the News: Sugar Mama’s bakes for Kanye, Publix eyes Whole Foods

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

The World Cup starts this week, and to celebrate, Arianna Auber consults the experts at Estância Churrascaria, Mettle and La Condesa to tell us how to make an authentic caipirinha. Matthew Odam rounds up the best bars and restaurants for watching the soccer action, and in tomorrow’s Austin360, he builds his own World Cup-style bracket pitting international restaurants in Austin against one another.

In other restaurant news, Foreign & Domestic has added coffee and light breakfast service and the Bakehouse is closing and the space will be a new eatery from the people who own the nearby Strange Brew.

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop baked a birthday cake for Kayne West, who was in town to perform at the X Games. Kim Kardashian tweeted a pic of the “Yeezus” creation.

Speaking of last weekend’s X Games, did you know that the co-owner of Burro Cheese is a BMX rider who has competed in nine X Games?

In yesterday’s food section, I picked my four favorite cookbooks for summer (and plucked a recipe from each), including a primer on vegetarian cooking from a former Statesman columnist, a guide from Harrison Ford’s son for feeding a crowd, a gorgeous book on eating well while eating light from UK author Diana Henry and the Beekman Boys’ latest and final book in their “Heirloom” series.

Texas Tiki Week starts on June 23. Is your Hawaiian shirt ready?

HausBar Farm, though perhaps best known outside the local food circle as the center of the urban farm controversy from last year, is making news again but for a different reason: Owners Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann have built a modern, sustainable farmhouse on the property that was one of the featured stops on last weekend’s Cool House Tour.

The Florida-based grocer Publix is apparently eying Whole Foods Market for acquisition. Stocks jumped at the speculation, but both companies declined comment. Having shopped at Publix during a trip to Florida last year, I had (and still have) a hard time processing why and how Publix, with nearly 1,1100 stores that feel a lot like Albertson’s or Hy-Vee or other everyday grocery store, and Whole Foods, with 383 stores that do not feel like average grocery stores, would make a good match. Publix is a regional store in just a handful of states (but with locations on just about every corner), while Whole Foods is an international company with a very specific niche audience.

Do you think Whole Foods would or could ever be acquired by a regional chain like Publix? Would that be a good or bad thing for the Austin-based company?