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In the news: ACC adds sustainable ag program, Odam reviews Qui

Addie Broyles

Austin Community College just opened its newest campus in Elgin, and one of the signature programs is Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship, for which the primary classroom is a six-acre organic farm located near campus.

Last week, Austin’s Planning Commission passed the suggested changes to the city’s much-debated urban farm code, which has been in flux since early this year. The city council is scheduled to vote on them this month.

In his most recent review, Matthew Odam reviewed Qui, one of the hottest restaurants to open in Austin in recent years because of chef/owner Paul Qui’s 2010 win on “Top Chef.” In short: Qui’s creativity is boundless, but not everyone is going to like that.

Odam has all kinds of restaurant news on his blog, The Feed, including why Satay and Dan’s Hamburgers are closed for now, as well as what’s on the menu for November’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. In Friday’s Austin360, you’ll find his overview of all the food and beer offerings at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Michael Barnes introduced us to’s Catherine Vo, a web developer who is now exploring her passion for nutrition and wellness.

Travel writer Helen Anders knows a thing or two about free breakfasts at hotels, and in Sunday’s travel section, she goes behind the scenes to figure out what it takes to pull off waffles and cereal for 300 sleepy travelers every morning.

If you missed all the hullabaloo about Austin’s newest grocery stores, I uploaded our Google+ Hangout video to this post about why the Trader Joe’s and Wheatsville openings represent two of the many identities we hold dear in our fine city.

Folks are starting to gear up for Austin’s Formula 1 race next month, including Michael Creecy, general manager at Liberty Tavern downtown, which is showing the international races before Austin’s big event in mid-November.

In today’s food section, we have a handful of Indian recipes from Houstonite Shubhra Ramineni, including stewed red lentils and green beans and potatoes, and paneer from Raghavan Iyer, one of the country’s best culinary instructors who is teaching a class at Central Market on Oct. 16.

South by Southwest announced yesterday that it is adding an official sports component called SXSports. What’s this have to do with food? Nothing, except that most of us SXSW Interactive regulars would have probably bet that food was next up on the list of subjects of officially incorporate into the annual conference.

In our October issue of Real magazine, you’ll find stories about four buzzworthy new restaurants, the five best places to eat alfresco, where to get a good pour of mezcal, and how to make a redfish and smoked creamed corn dish that is featured on the menu this month at Trio at the Four Seasons.