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12 November 2010 1,646 views 4 Comments

There are some not-to-miss events for food lovers coming up in Austin that I wanted to share with you all. You can always check out some of my favorite events on the Tasty Touring events page as well.

This Weekend and Next Weekend (Nov. 13 & 14, Nov. 20 & 21)

EastAustinStudioTourEast Austin Studio Tour: This amazing self-guided and free tour gives you the opportunity to check out some of the best art and crafts in Austin, wander around galleries and converted houses, and pick up some one-of-a-kind gifts for those on your holiday shopping list.

The East Austin Studio Tour runs from this weekend through next weekend, and gives Austinites a chance to check out work from more than 300 artists, at about 150 separate sites.

Does that sound overwhelming to you? If so, I hope to see you at Art Night Austin E.A.S.T. preview party tonight (Nov. 12) to check out some of the best work out there while enjoying some delicious eats and drinks.

JoanNathanWEBSunday, Nov. 14

Another amazing opportunity this Sunday is to meet one of the most celebrated Jewish American cookbook authors of our time — Joan Nathan. Joan will be in town for the Austin Jewish Book Fair, which started tonight and runs through Nov. 21. On Sunday at 10 a.m., Joan will be featured at a brunch event to talk about her latest book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.

Joan is also the author of many other cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking. She was also the host of the nationally syndicated PBS television series Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan.

Just this week she was featured in the New York Times in a blog post, “Joan Nathan’s Jewish-French Thanksgiving” that includes vegetarian recipes from her book like Tunisian Winter Squash Salad with Coriander and Harissa and Alsatian Pear Kugel with Prunes.

Saturday, Nov. 20

potluck_middlebrookHave you checked out Arthouse on 7th and Congress since it’s recent remodel? I have yet to visit but am looking forward to attending the workshops and demonstrations along with Jason Middlebrook Community Potluck. Back in the summer, I sent in a recipe for my Nagymama’s Matzo Ball Soup that I hear is part of his exhibition: “More Art About Buildings and Food.”

On Saturday, Nov. 20 there will be workshops beginning at 2 p.m. on eating from your own garden, gingerbread building techniques, and edible art. Jason Middlebrook will speak at 4 p.m. and the potluck will take place from 5-7 p.m. Of course this is Austin so there will be live music as well!

Pre-fired bowls painted by me and Kristi Willis (Austin Farm to Table)

Pre-fired bowls painted by me and Kristi Willis (Austin Farm to Table)

Sunday, Nov. 21

The final super-exciting event I’d like to highlight is the Austin Empty Bowl Project on Sunday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) at 600 River Street. This is a very popular event but well-worth your time. If you go, I recommend getting there early — the Empty Bowl Project is always packed and early birds pick of the best bowls.

How it works is that people donate bowls in advance of the event. Those that give bowls range from professional artists, to art students, to someone who happened to be walking past an Empty Bowl painting project table at Whole Foods (like me). Every bowl is $15 and you fill it with your choice of amazing soups and bread donated by local businesses. The money goes directly to the Capital Area Food Bank. After you have your bowl and soup, find a spot to sit down, do some people watching, enjoy live music, and check out the silent auction.

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  • Kristi

    Jodi, this is a terrific list of events. Painting bowls was so much fun; I'm glad you convinced me to join you. I hope the carrot bowl finds a happy home.

  • Kristi

    Jodi, this is a terrific list of events. Painting bowls was so much fun; I'm glad you convinced me to join you. I hope the carrot bowl finds a happy home.

  • Kristi

    Jodi, this is a terrific list of events. Painting bowls was so much fun; I'm glad you convinced me to join you. I hope the carrot bowl finds a happy home.

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