Austin Food & Wine Alliance gives top grant to Keep Austin Fed
Keeping good food from going to waste is what drives the people who run Keep Austin Fed.
The volunteer-run nonprofit distributes extra food from restaurants and catering companies to Central Texas service organizations, which deliver it to the people they serve.
With an annual budget of less than $20,000, Keep Austin Fed rescues more than 50,000 pounds of food each month. Think what they could do with an extra $10,000. Next year, they’ll get to do just that.
At a ceremony tonight at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance gave out more than $27,000 in grants to groups like Keep Austin Fed, the top winner of the night. The nonprofit plans to use the money to hire part-time staff to coordinate the more than 200 volunteers who keep the organization running.
The other winners include: Miche Bread, the bread subscription service from baker extraordinaire Sandeep Gyawali, for $7,500 to go toward producing the first commercially available source of flour made from locally foraged mesquite; La Flaca Urban Gardens, whose founder Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton won a $5,000 grant to further her effort to transform underused urban spaces into sustainable gardens and microfarms; SRSLY Chocolate, which won $2,500 to buy a stone mill grinder the company can use to make more bean-to-bar chocolate; and capturing the first-ever Premiere Events Community Grant, the Austin Ed Fund for $2,500 to buy appliances and kitchen gear for local schools. Austin Food & Wine Alliance named Spun Ice Cream and LeRoy & Lewis as honorable mentions this year.
During the past five years, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance has given out $142,500 in grants and hosted dozens of events, including annual fundraisers, such as Wine & Swine and Live Fire. It also hosts a culinary conference every year for high school students pursuing careers in the food industry.
Sur La Table at the Domain Northside launches cooking classes in new space
It’s been a few years since Whole Foods shuttered its culinary center downtown, but it wasn’t long before the Sustainable Food Center and Patricia’s Table opened their culinary classrooms. Central Market and Faraday’s Kitchen Store have long offered cooking classes, and now there is another option if you want to learn how to make homemade pasta or decorate Christmas cookies.
Earlier this year, Sur La Table at the Domain Northside opened a cooking classroom, where instructors are now teaching daily classes about everything from tamales and homemade pasta to holiday desserts and New Orleans cooking. (This is a new location, in addition to the older location in the original part of the Domain.)
The space holds about 20 students, or slightly fewer for the hands-on classes, and they have classes scheduled through the end of March. Most of the classes are taught by their in-house instructors, but they bring in some cookbook authors and outside teachers. During winter break, they’ll be hosting several five-day kids’ cooking camps that cost $250, but most of the classes are in the $49-$79 range. You can browse and sign up for the classes at surlatable.com, or by calling 512-873-7179 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin-based MezzeCulture expands to Miami, NYC, D.C.
Want to learn more about various cooking cultures without taking a class? MezzeCulture is an Austin-based company that coordinates activities — often around food and drink — to introduce people to new flavors, traditions and experiences. The startup has been around for about a year and has already expanded to Washington, D.C., Houston, Miami, San Francisco and New York City. Restaurants, coffee shops, dance studios or individuals with a knack for teaching host small group events coordinated by MezzeCulture, says founder Fatin Kwasny. Upcoming Austin events include a pasta-tasting at Il Forte Italian and ongoing deals with local companies, including Wasota African Cuisine, Austin’s Habibi and Stroop Club. You can explore the upcoming events at mezzeculture.co.
Shipt partners with H-E-B; Randalls launches in-house delivery
There’s so much food delivery news these days, it can be hard to keep up. Here’s a whirlwind of delivery news to keep you abreast of your options for getting groceries delivered without leaving the house.
Shipt (shipt.com) is now offering grocery delivery from H-E-B and Central Market stores in the greater Austin area, including a number of suburbs. You can find out more about the services and sign up for a yearly membership, which costs $99 and includes free delivery for the year, but then you’ll place your orders through the company’s app.
Instead of partnering directly with a third-party company, Randalls has launched its own in-house delivery service. Customers can order through shop.randalls.com or through the Randalls app for same-day delivery. There are various fees for the delivery, depending on the amount of the purchase.
Whole Foods offers several methods of delivery, but the newest partner is DoorDash, which is specializing in the delivery of Whole Foods’ prepared items. You can browse the offerings through DoorDash’s app or website, doordash.com.
If you just need something quick from the convenience store, you might check out GoPuff (gopuff.com), which promises delivery to many areas of Austin in less than 30 minutes. The company has been in Austin for about a year and is based in Philadelphia.
UPDATE: This story has been corrected to specify the location of Sur La Table at the Domain Northside.