Food Matters: Totally Nuts Bakery launches, Favor app adds food delivery options


NEW BUSINESS

Grain-free, sugar-free baked goods from Totally Nuts Bakery

Like most of us, Susan and Mark Welker had never heard of Specific Carbohydrate Diet until about two years ago, when Mark sought another treatment for ulcerative colitis, an intestinal disease similar to Crohn’s that he’d be dealing with for more than two decades. The medicine he was taking just wasn’t alleviating his symptoms, but then he came across SCD, which eliminated not just gluten and sugar, but all grains.

Susan Welker says that SCD is more similar to the Paleo diet than the traditional gluten-free diet, and within a month of the transition, Mark felt better than he did during any of the previous 20 years of treatment.

Two years later, Mark is almost completely off his medicine, and Susan says it has changed their lives. “Doctors don’t tell people with Celiac to go ahead and eat whatever they want and then give them medicine to deal with the results,” she says. “We had to give up so much, but it was worth it.”

They started a blog, Loving SCD (lovingscd.wordpress.com), in 2012 to connect and share recipes with others on the diet, and once Mark, a longtime baker, started to figure out how to replicate many of his favorite baked goods by using only nut-based flours, they decided to start the online-only Totally Nuts Bakery in May.

On the website, totallynutsbakery.com, you can find information about the diet and browse the products, which include brownies, coconut macaroons, lemon poppyseed cake, muffins, cookies and breads. You can either pick up the products or have them delivered.

NEW APP

Favor allows food delivery from unexpected places

After launching in San Luis Obispo, Calif., earlier this year, a new food delivery app called Favor has moved to Austin and is putting a new twist on an old concept.

Unlike websites like Eat Out In, GrubHub and Dine On Demand, which allow you to order from specific restaurants online and then get the food delivered, Favor allows users to order from almost any establishment in Central Austin, including food trucks, grocery and convenience stores, and have the food delivered.

Favor’s runners deliver food and beverages within an hour for a flat $5 fee plus a $2 minimum tip, says Anastacia Uriegas, Favor’s Austin community manager, but the delivery area is restricted to the area between 51st and Oltorf streets and Exposition Boulevard and (roughly) Pleasant Valley Road. Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

You can find out more about the app at askfavor.com or find it in the iTunes app store.

OPENINGS/CLOSINGS

Tea Embassy goes online only, Mel’s Meals closes, Savory Spice reopens

Tea Embassy has closed its tea room and shop in the historic Campbell-Miller house at 900 Rio Grande St. to focus on online sales. You can find hundreds of teas, as well as accessory products like teapots, strainers and mugs, at teaembassy.com.

Mel’s Meals founder Melissa Sterns announced last week that she was closing her prepared meals company.

Austin’s first Savory Spice Shop, owned by Karen Aboussie, has reopened in Barton Creek Square across from Old Navy. The original location on West Sixth Street closed earlier this year, and the new location (512-524-1093, savoryspiceshop.com) is open during mall hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

EVENTS AND AWARDS

The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas has formed a membership group called The Crú targeted at young Austinites who want to participate in the organization, as well as side events, such as monthly happy hours and tours. Membership costs $55, which includes discounts to some of the nonprofit’s big annual events, such as Tour de Vin in September and Big Reds and Bubbles in November. On Saturday, members of The Crú will head out on a brewery tour ($42 for members, $50 for nonmembers, including tastings and a meal) to Thirsty Planet, Jester King and Argus Cidery. RSVP at winefoodfoundation.org/cru/beertour.

The Austin-based Sticky Toffee Pudding Company won another gold at the annual Fancy Food Show with its chocolate tiffin, a new product with crunchy biscuits, roasted almonds, chewy raisins and glace cherries from owner Tracy Claros. This is the fourth award that Claros has received at the show, one of the country’s most prestigious consumer product event. For more information, go to stickytoffeepuddingcompany.com.

The Austin chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association gave out a $5,000 scholarship to Round Rock High School graduate Gabriel Russ earlier this month. Russ will attend Texas Tech this fall and plans to major in culinary arts and restaurant management. For more information about the organization, to go restaurantville.com.

The Savory Spice Shop in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., is hosting a cooking class about making simple syrups with some of the store’s many herbs and spices at 6 p.m. Thursday. The class costs $15 and you can reserve a seat by calling 512-795-0770.

The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, 1700 S. Lamar Blvd., has announced a series of cooking classes ($69-79) that are open to the public. At 10 a.m. Saturday, you can learn about Thai cooking in a hands-on class with chefs Sean Sathitamorntham and Angie Smith. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, chef instructors will teach a hands-on class about quick, healthy meals for busy cooks, and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6, you can learn about meat-free meals for athletes. Vegan cheeses will be the subject of a 6:30 p.m. class on Aug. 13 with chef Inge Bothma, macrobiotic cooking will be featured in a class at 10 a.m. Aug. 17, and chefs will cover sugar-free baking at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. You can sign up for the classes or learn more by calling 512-476-2276 or emailing publicclasses@naturalepicurean.com.

The Metropolitan Breakfast Club, which meets every Wednesday morning at the University of Texas Club in Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium, is hosting two food speakers this month. Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due will speak to the group at 7 a.m. Wednesday, and Amy Simmons of Amy’s Ice Creams is the featured guest on July 31. You can find out more about the group or RSVP by going to mbcaustin.org, emailing mbcaustin@mbcaustin.org or call 512-479-9460.


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