Lista helps cooks gather recipes, create meal plans and shopping lists
Adriana De La Cuadra and Matt Cook started meal planning the old-fashioned way: tearing pages out of magazines and pasting them on a wall in their kitchen in the order they wanted to cook them.
Pretty soon, the wall overflowed into an increasingly packed binder, which became harder and harder to manager. As web developers, they figured there had to be a better way, but they weren’t totally satisfied with the tools available online to either collect recipes from a third party’s database or scan and manage their own.
So they set out to develop their own tool that would allow them to collect recipes from a variety of sources, display them in a highly visual manner and build a dynamic shopping list.
The result is Lista (getlista.com), a website that acts like an app but doesn’t require a download and can be accessed from any device with Internet connection. Basic access for collecting recipes, building unlimited shopping lists and calendar-based meal plans is free, but you can upgrade for $2 a month to access a cool cooking dashboard and a more sophisticated shopping list tool.
De La Cuadra and Cook, who write their own food blog at livelista.com, have teamed up with more than a dozen fellow bloggers to feature their recipes on the site, and users easily can store URLs of recipes they want to cook in the future either by cutting and pasting the URL in the website or by installing a “one-click” button in your browser.
Bella Vista Ranch in Wimberley, which since 2001 has been growing and pressing olives for olive oil, is hosting a happy hour event at 4:30 p.m. Friday to celebrate this year’s harvest. Tickets ($35) include appetizers and wine, and guests will get to watch olives go from the tree to the bottle with the help of Bella Vista’s olive press. If you can’t make it down there until later, consider stopping by for a tour ($15 per person) at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays or noon on Sundays to check out the ranch and pressing room and get a taste of the freshly pressed oil. You can call 512-847-6514 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot for either the happy hour or tour.
Edible Austin and the Blanton Museum of Art are co-hosting an event celebrating beers of Germany at 1 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in honor of the new exhibit, “Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1471-1540.” Attendees can sample beers from Live Oak Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks and Hops & Grain while hearing from Blanton staff about the German culture behind the works of art on exhibit. Tickets cost $10 for museum members, $15 for nonmembers. You can register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, the small town of Lexington, about an hour east of Austin, is hosting its ninth annual Chocolate Lovers Festival at its square downtown. The free event kicks off with a chocolate pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day with baking and eating contests, including one in which contestants will eat chocolate-covered bugs and other “unusual” treats. The fest also includes a silent auction and plenty of vendors offering samples and chocolate goodies for sale. For more information, go to lexingtontexas.com/clf.htm or call 979-773-4337.
Real Ale Brewery in Blanco is hosting an Oktoberfest event from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday that will feature beer from the brewery, food from Dai Due and yodelling with the Walburg Boys. Tickets ($30) and details at oktofest2013.eventbrite.com
As part of the Austin History Center’s ongoing “How to Prepare a Possum” exhibit, University of Texas professor and “A Mess of Greens” author Elizabeth Engelhardt will be talking about race, class and gender in the South in a free event at the center at 810 Guadalupe St. at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. For more information call 512-974-7390 or visit austinhistorycenter.org.
The Alamo Drafthouse at the Lakeline Mall is hosting a screening of the 2008 documentary “Pressure Cooker” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to raise money for Connally High School’s “True Beef” film project. Tickets ($10) at drafthouse.com/movies/pressure-cooker/austin
Four of of the five Outstanding in the Field events in Texas this year are sold out, but there are still tickets available for this traveling feast-in-a-field dinner that will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Lane. Guest chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, formerly of La Condesa and Sway, are in charge of the meal. Tickets ($200) and info at outstandinginthefield.com.
Last week, Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars opened its third store featuring dozens of freshly pressed olive oils and specialty vinegars. The store is located at 12918 Shops Parkway in the Shops at the Galleria. You can find out more about the store, as well as upcoming classes and events, at conolios.com.
The Austin chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international association of women culinary professionals, is launching its fifth annual online charity auction called Food Fight, which raises money for culinary scholarships and other programs. You can go to ldeiaustin.org/foodfight to find items to bid on, which include dinners, gift baskets and certificates, cooking classes, photo packages and cookbooks. Last year, they raised $13,800, and this year’s auction ends on Oct. 26.
The Les Dames are also hosting an event that is open to the public during their national conference, which will be held in Austin later this month. The Dames Across Texas event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center and will feature food and wine from businesses including Alamosa Wine Cellars, Chez Zee, Fresa’s, The Steeping Room and Aurelia’s Chorizo. Tickets cost $55, and you can buy them at damesacrosstexas.eventbrite.com.