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Austin Winery, Puli-Ra supper club dinner to help an urban farm devastated by deer

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com
La Flaca is the name of an urban farm in Southwest Austin that specializes in growing more than 150 varieties of plants, including speciality herbs and peppers. The farm's pepper crop was all but eliminated this year, thanks to a deer that broke into the storage facility. Austin Winery and Puli-Ra are hosting a supper club to raise money for the farm in October. [Contributed]

This year's drought conditions (and late season storms in June that took out an uninsured hoophouse at Green Gate Farms) have been hard on local farms, but it was deer that caused La Flaca Urban Garden's recent crop loss.

Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton's Southwest Austin urban farm had produced a bounty of more than 20 kinds of peppers, and in July, a deer (or two) broke into the storage space and ate nearly every one of them. In a season where not much grows besides peppers, it's been a devastating loss, but Boughton is trying to recoup sales with a trio of specialty salts she was able to make with the peppers and herbs she could harvest this year. (You buy find those salts through her website and Farmhouse Delivery.)

But the Austin Winery and Deepa Shridhar, the owner of Puli-Ra supper club, are also coming to her aid.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Shridhar is hosting a fundraiser dinner for La Flaca at the Austin Winery that will feature a four-course Mexican-Rajasthani dinner and cocktails. The menu includes venison enchiladas, grass-fed steak with wine yeast uni butter and churros and a jam made with Austin Winery's first vermouth.

The dinner will be the first opportunity to buy the fortified wine that was made with La Flaca herbs and is fittingly called Revenge. The Revenge Vermouth bottle will even include an image of a deer.

Tickets cost $110.00 and are available at squareup.com/store/Puli-Ra. Puli-Ra hosts monthly supper club dinners at Austin Winery, 440 E. St. Elmo Road, and you can find that schedule on Shridhar's website.

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