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Better Bites of Austin, AKA Small Bites of Austin Is A Trade Association For Makers Of Local, All-Natural Food.

The Mission Of Better Bites Of Austin It To Develop Opportunities For Better Bites Members, Provide Access To A Supportive Community Of Fellow Food Entrepreneurs, And Promote Healthy Food In Central Texas.

Check out http://betterbitesofaustin.com for our latest events, news and how to join our community. Meanwhile, feel free to use this site to communicate with your local food community.

Past Announcements:

We wrapped up 2009 with our own Eat local Week event. Better Bites of Austin Holiday Gift Fair, a fundraiser for Urban Roots. Dustin Meyer Photography attended, so we have some amazing photos!: http://dustinmeyerblog.com/?p=586

http://site.hopefarmersmarket.org/

Better Bites showed our support for Hope Farmers Market, our members who’ve joined Hope Farmers Market as vendors, and to get the word out about Better Bites during the 1st weekend of the:

http://www.eastaustinstudiotour.com/

Better Bites of Austin Slow Food Silent Austin Basket

Better Bites of Austin Cornucopia Slow Food Silent Auction Basket

1st Annual Slow Food Austin Fundraiser

At this first annual fundraiser for Slow Food Austin you will enjoy an evening of unique flavors, meet some of their producers and mingle with other Austinites who share a passion for slow food.

Better Bites Member Lauren Hubele of Bona Dea Breads is providing baskets of artisan baked bread for the event. Better Bites Cornucopia Silent Auction Basket donors: Agasweet, Austinuts, IgnaFire Chocolates, Jake’s Natural Fine Foods, Kula Catering, NadaMoo!, Rio’s Brazilian, Sesa Tea, White Mountain Foods, Zhi Tea.

Leave Barr Mansion with your arms laden with premier wines, gift certificates to your favorite local merchants, and organic taste treats, this silent auction will be the most delectable in Austin’s history.

Get your tickets in advance to ensure a seat at the table in the beautiful Barr Mansion setting. http://slowfoodaustin.org/

October 21, 2009
6:30–8:30 pm
Barr Mansion
Tickets: $50 ($40 Slow Food members)

FRESH Film Feast benefit screening August 25

Better Bites of Austin is one of the co-hosts at the Fresh Film Feast benefit screening on August 25th. Tickets are sold out for this night, but please check the Fresh website for other screenings near you and to get the latest on how you can help reinvent America’s food system with FRESH actions and updates: http://www.freshthemovie.com/

Edible Austin, Alamo Drafthouse and Front Porch Project will present an Alamo Drafthouse Film Feast at Boggy Creek Farm on Tuesday, August 25. The event will feature a screening of the new food movie, FRESH, and will benefit the Sustainable Food Center(SFC). All interested community groups are invited to attend as co-hosts and help us present an evening of conversation, farm-fresh picnic feasting along with viewing  this outstanding new film about food in America. Co-hosts include Farmhouse Delivery, Zhi Tea, Maine Root, Texas French Bread, Greenling Organic Delivery, Paula’s Texas Spirits, Independence Brewing Co., Frontier /Simply Organics, Better Bites of Austin, Better-World Maker’s Co-op, Slow Food Austin, Urban Roots, Green Corn Project, Capital Area Food Bank, Farm and Ranch Freedon Alliance and others. Please contact Marla Camp at Edible Austin to get involved. DETAILS: Cocktails and Conversation: 7:00pm – 8:30pm; locally-sourced picnic dinner by Alamo chefs John Bullington and Trish Eichelberger: 7:30pm; FRESH film screening begins at dark. Tickets: Sold out.

ABOUT THE FILM: FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.


BBoA member Jeffrey/Zhi Tea will be on BBoA Advisory Board member Marla Camp’s debut Heritage Radio Network show on 6/8 at 4:00pm. See Edible Austin home page for more info and how to listen: http://www.edibleaustin.com/content/index.php


FOOD, INC. ( Magnolia Pictures )

Opens in Austin on June 26, 2009 at the Regal Arbor Cinema and the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.

Visit the website at http://www.foodincmovie.com/.

In FOOD, INC., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli–the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

FOOD, INC.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms’ Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms’ Joe Salatin, FOOD, INC. reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.


Fine Food Art Gallery night

Thanks to all contributing members who made our 1st Eat Local Week Urban Root’s fundraiser a success!

Wally Workman Gallery hosted a curated one-night show featuring well-known Texas artists offering works of art with a culinary theme, including art and photography showcased in Edible Austin magazine.

Artists included: Ali Cavanaugh • Bill Montgomery • Dana Sparks • Ginger Fox • Jan Heaton • Leslie Sealey • Linda Sheets • Mary Beth Karaus • Rob Harrell • Susan Kemner Reed • Suzanne Lewis • Carol Dawson • Jennifer Balkan • Gordon Folwer • Linda Lucas Hardy • Carol Marine • Cindy Strieff • Will Klemm • Sam Hurt • Stella Alesi • Lizanne Geneser Thate • Jessica Cook • Jane Horning • Matt Lynaugh • Jenna Noel • Jody Horton • Bill Albrecht • Carole Topalian • “The Art of Urban Roots” Delectable tastings of local food presented by Better Bites of Austin. Drinks concocted by Paula’s Texas Spirits and Tipsy Texan’s David Alan and Joe Eifler.


Sustainable Food Policy Board Approved!

The Austin City Council approved the Sustainable Food Policy Board on Thursday, November 20, 2008. For more information go to:

http://www.edibleaustin.com/sustainablefoodpolicyboard

Upcoming Events

BiG Austin Business Plan Contest

Attend this great event for entrepreneurs! Better Bites of Austin member World Wise Grains is one of two food business finalists in this year’s BiG Austin Business Plan Contest. This is huge for this community and the Bitter Bites organization, so come celebrate with us! Also, feel free to blog with the contestants at the BiG Austin site….. the link below goes to the blog page: http://www.bigidea-austin.org/

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1. DoctorLens - June 9, 2007
2. tsierer - July 11, 2007

Check out the General Forum to find out about the Whole Foods Loan Program, which was discussed at our July meeting!

3. tsierer - July 26, 2007

Kudos to Sticky Toffee Pudding. Their English Lemon Pudding won best baked good at the Fancy Food Show in New York this month! Visit their booth at the Austin Farmer’s Market and taste some for yourself…

4. lisa knaggs - November 3, 2007

Congrats to Brian, Janet and all the fab folks at Living Arts Bakery on being awarded a Critics Pick by the fine food staff of the Austin Chronicle! We knew it was true- so glad y’all got properly recognized!!!!

Best Wholesome Fix for Baked-Good Cravings: Living Arts Bakery

photo by Sandy Carson

From their gluten- and refined-sugar-free sweets, including flaky, alternative-grain cinnamon rolls and rich muffins, to their savory spelt-flour focaccia, gently tucked full of goodies like pesto and sun-dried-tomato sausage, Living Arts Bakery does the seemingly impossible by making scrumptious baked goods good for you, too. Their pastries are currently available at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market as well as at Royal Blue Grocery at Third and Lavaca.
888/834-2605 http://www.livingartsbakery.com

5. Ginger Webb - January 29, 2008

I have almost a full case (18 boxes, 250 count each) of the 2-oz paper portion cups (like the ones you get sometimes with ketchup at a burger place).

Will sell or trade for good food :) or other. We do not use them anymore. We are in East Austin.

6. michellecohen - May 1, 2008

Dip Dunk Cookies is excited to announce that they are featured in the May issue of Austin Monthly, in their “dining spotlight”! This is Austin Monthly’s largest magazine of the year, launching summer fun with “108 things to do in Summer!”

http://www.dipdunkcookies.com/news.htm

7. Lisa - August 12, 2008

I have a good friend who is looking for a health-inspected kitchen in which she can prepare baked goods for sale. She is willing to work around the owner’s schedule and pay a reasonable fee. Any suggestions?

8. Lisa - August 12, 2008

If I would have read the posted comments before I entered my comments, I would have seen that there is perfect solution already in place in East Austin!
I will be passing on the information about The Kitchen Space promptly.

My friend lives in Cedar Park, though. Is anyone aware of kitchen space further north?
Thanks…

9. Brian Kudler - October 23, 2008

Living Arts Bakery is retiring at the end of the year.

Our Rosewood kitchen is 1900 square feet, it has a seperate dish room, oven room, and prep room.Venthood and 100 gallon grease trap.

In the past its been a coffee shop and a restaurant. So there are lots of potential for this little gem on the east side.

Its located .5 miles from IH35

We are interested in selling the equipment that we own.

The rent is currently 1850 a month.

It goes up to 2000 by the end of the lease which is April of 2010.

Please contact Brian brian@werefinallyfree.com or Janet janet@werefinallyfree.com

We also are selling 2 commercial refrigerators, 2 commerical freezers, 2 gas convection ovens, 1 gas convection 6 burner stoves, 2 8ft stainless steel tables, and other prep equipment.

10. Jesse Bloom - December 31, 2008

Dear Small Bites Members,

I have two months left on the lease of a fantastic commercial kitchen in South Austin. I have spent the last year outfitting and cleaning the space, and getting it permitted. It is an electric kitchen with two great convection ovens and some not so great electric ranges. It is perfect for baking. It is ready for immediate move in and a new leasee in March. We are leaving to pursue another kitchen. I have put great energy and intention into this space and would love to hand it off to someone in need of a start-up space. It would be a fantastic space for an incubator or community kitchen. Please contact Jesse or Dawn at 512-514-1040 or info@ecstaticcuisine.com to get more details

11. Michelle Cohen - January 26, 2009

The McGovern Sisters have commercial kitchen space for rent.
It’s a certified commercial kitchen, about five minutes from Lakeline Mall in North Austin, in a converted guest house on the back of their property. It’s quiet and private and clean, and their rates are very good. It’s filling up quickly, but there are some spots left. They have double convection ovens, tons of counter space, lots of stainless tables, a Hobart mixer and the usual smallwares. They also have refrigeration and freezer space available, as well as shelf space, if needed. Contact: Meagan McGovern/433-9642/meaganmcgovern@yahoo.com

12. Betty Saenz REALTOR EcoBroker - February 4, 2009

Thanks for providing such a great resource list!! I have Twittered about it- hope it helps. (I Twitter under AustinTXREALTOR) I did not notice a list of pick your own places. That might be nice. Angel Valley Organic Farm is a wonderful organic farm. http://www.angelvalleyfarms.com I also know pecan growers in Georgetown and Leander, Texas- Richard Luttrell
White Star Farm
716 S Gabriel Drive
Leander, TX 78641. They harvest pecans from over 90 trees and produce specialty nuts and oils.

13. Michelle Cohen - February 21, 2009

New SOCO Restaurant is hiring for Lead Cook/ Kitchen Manager position that
should possess 2 years minimum line experience, for a fast paced all day
service facility.

The Restaurant:
New SOCO Restaurant (Opening April 1,2009)
Diner by day, serving full breakfast and lunch
Lounge by night, serving eclectic snack plates
Yummy food that’s primarily ORGANIC and LOCAL , affordable, and HEALTHY!

Gina Burchenal, owner
Gina’s Kitchen
Gina’s Kitchen, culinary consultant and private chef
512-658-0338 mobile

14. Michelle Cohen - February 26, 2009

WELCOME TO OUR WAREHOUSE SALE!

WHO: Several food businesses and friends (SASS, Mary Louise Butters Brownies, Bark for Peace, etc.)

WHERE: 3708 Woodbury Dr., Austin, 78704. Enter on the left side of the building (south), next to the loading dock.

WHEN: 8-4, This Saturday, Feb. 28

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16. Miho Hirayama - March 24, 2009

Hello,

I met Jeffrey from Zhi Tea at the Greenliving Expo last month and he told me about “Small Bites of Austin”. I work for National Instruments and we have a Green Team which consisted of more than 80 employee volunteers. Out Green Team is sponsoring Earth Day week in April 20-24 on Austin campus and we are holding variety of events about being green. I belong to Food & Drink subgroup and we are hosting “Introducing Local Green Food & Drink Venders”event on Monday, April 20th. Some of our subgroup members has already contacted venders in your list, but if you are interested in participating the event, please let me know. There is no fee for you and we have more than 2000 employees on Austin campus, so it will be great exposure for venders. Our priority for selection will be “local”, “organic”, ” sustainable”, “fair-trade”, and so forth. We are trying to find out if you can sell your products at the event, but at this point, I should say only sampling. Thank you very much!

17. Michelle Cohen - March 26, 2009

Thank you for thinking of us. I will let you know ASAP.

18. Chris - June 26, 2009

Hi All, so glad to find your site!

I am looking for commercial kitchen spaces in Central Texas. Kitchen Space and the McGovern Sisters are on the list. Does anyone know of any more in Central Texas?

I work for an Austin specialty printer, Drake Industries, that has just been approved as a label vendor for the state’s GO TEXAN program. We’re printing more and more food labels and I’m looking to get the word out to kitchens, food manufacturers, and food producers.

Thanks for the good food everyone.

19. Marta Guzman - July 15, 2009

I know of a 5,000 Square feet COMMERCIAL KITCHEN available in North Austin/Manor Area. You can call me at 512-799-4331

20. Estelina SanchezHall - July 18, 2009

I am opening a children’s party center and would like to sell prepackaged foods from local growers and chefs. Anyone interested? I do not have a food permit so it must be prepackaged.

Estelina

21. Chris - January 28, 2010

We need to lease a new kitchen. We have outgrown our current space.

We are looking to lease a commercial kitchen for our baking company. We only wholesale, so no need for retail space. We are looking for about 2,000 square feet with the ability to load/unload trucks (either a dock or a big garage door). Ideally, the space would have about 300 sq. ft. of office, 1,200 sq. ft. of air conditioned space, and 500 sq. ft. of warehouse.

One note – we cannot share a space. We are looking to lease a dedicated space. If you know of a potential fit for our needs, please let me know – chrisdammert@hotmail.com. Thanks!

22. fromkitchentomarket - July 23, 2010

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I provide nutritional analysis and print ready nutritional panel at a very reasonable price.

All you have to do is send me your information, I will then send you a signed non-disclosure agreement. Generally, Seventy two hours after you send me your recipe formulation, I will email you the analysis and nutritional panel in an appropriate format for printing. I accept payment through PayPal. Some of the companies that have used my services are: Penny’s Pastries, KO’s Gourmet Treats and Marta’s Desserts.

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23. Karen - August 4, 2010

Does anyone know if a list of ground lease space for food trailers exists? Thanks.

Kelly - August 14, 2010

I’m also looking for space to park 22 ft truck overnight. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

24. Jesse Kelly-Landes - September 9, 2010

“I’m looking for a new kitchen space. I need to be able to work two days per week, preferably about 12 hours total. It needs to be appropriate for baking, but with a range as well. Contact Jesse Kelly-Landes

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