secret circus: hosteria verde supper club, 2/14

Secret CircusSecret Circus, a modern take on pre-WWII Cabaret, is taking place on Valentine’s Day, Monday, Feb. 14th. With An Array of Gastronomy, High Fashion, Live Music, and Original Art.

Dinner guests will arrive at The Mansion at 2312 San Gabriel (Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs) and be greeted with a glass of bubbly before they partake in a sumptuous four-course meal with cocktail pairings by Hosteria Verde Supper Club.

Taking advantage of local, seasonal produce, the dining experience will begin with butternut squash soup with brown butter, sage and nutmeg, followed by a crisp frisee and mixed greens salad topped with spiced walnuts, pears, blue cheese and drizzled with Port Wine vinaigrette. Guests will have a choice of main course between roasted beef tenderloin, seared halibut or a vegetarian option before enjoying a decadent chocolate terrine with toasted pistachios and crème Anglaise.

Romantic delights throughout dinner include:
A musical performances by Chrysta Bell and David Garza, and Esther LevonneLos Bandidos” music from DJ Manny & Claude 9
Fashion from Boudoir Queen
Aerial acrobatics by Ricochet
Following dinner:
An absinthe station
Boudoir Queen Fashion Show “Glam Dolls of Knightsbridge”
Music by Electric Touch
Headliner Murder My Sweet featuring Mark Younger-Smith (Billy Idol, INXS, Charlie Sexton), Aaron Barrera (Abra Moore, Active Radio), and Chris Potter (Ministry)

Dinner and Show Tickets $150. Available at:
6:30pm- midnight
*Ticket includes signature cocktails followed by an open bar.

potluck: support your love of local food

Join Slow Food Austin, Resolution Gardens and The South Austin Food Co-op for a local pot-luck feast, Saturday April 17th, 6-9 pm at Marigold, 2200 S. Lamar.

Bring a dish to share made with ingredients from a local grocer or farmer, your neighbor, or your own backyard! We’ll have fabulous door prizes from local businesses, live music and a chance to share the local food love. A special prize will be awarded for the “most local” dish. This event will be outdoors, weather permitting. RSVPs appreciated but not required –

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spring csa’s still available at local farms

Tecolote Farm, Austin’s longest-running CSA, has some rare openings this season on their south Austin Wednesday route. Just a few spots available. Please contact the farm directly at for details.

Green Gate Farms, a historic, urban farm on Austin’s upper eastside, has memberships available for its weekly organic food subscription program, beginning March 23. Green Gate’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) provide members with an assortment of delicious vegetables and herbs, all grown using sustainable methods throughout the spring and summer. Flower bouquets, eggs, pastured meats, dairy and other treats can be added to each share.  CSA members receive discounts on farm events, including gardening workshops, Farm Camp, cooking classes and yoga in the hayloft. Farm stand, open Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-2. See more information,

Ottmers Family CSA is offered by two well-established farms, Ottmers Family Farm and Oma’s and Opa’s Farm, owned by a father and son, respectively.  JW and Kevin Ottmers, and their families are salt-of-the-earth, hard-working folks and always have great veggies.  Their website is

Johnson’s Backyard Garden is now accepting CSA members. It’s hard to believe that just five years ago, Brenton and Beth started growing vegetables in a 30-by-50-foot garden in the backyard of their house in Austin. Today they are farming 70 certified-organic acres and growing over 300 different varieties of vegetables!  The best part is that all the extra land means even more veggies!  There’s no longer a waiting list. We’ve made it even easier for you to enjoy fresh, local produce year-round. JBG has 16 convenient delivery sites located around Austin.  To Join, simply visit or call the farm office at 512-386-5273.

Does your farm offer a CSA? Got any spots left to fill? Email us and we’ll add you to the list!

local: slow food & slow money

slow money austin We are proud to announce our partnership with Slow Money Austin. Inspired by the national Slow Food and Slow Money movements, Slow Money Austin was formed to promote capital opportunities for local, organic and sustainable food enterprises throughout Central Texas.

Consider attending their upcoming events to learn more about Slow Money and to make a sustainable regional food system a reality! Seats are limited.


April 21st, 12:30PM-5:00PM
Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St

Slow Money Austin is bringing a conversation about financing our regional food system to the steps of City Hall with an educational conference featuring leaders of this emerging industry. Local, organic and artisan-crafted food and drink are cherished assets among communities throughout the nation. Beyond the health and environmental benefits of local food production, such resources, if properly cultivated, can directly power local and regional economies. Calling for a new form of venture capital, this special event promises to redefine the value and worth of a healthy local food system, and to examine the role risk capital can play in fueling growth of such a vital market.

The showcase will be followed by a networking happy hour and all attendees will receive 2 drink tickets.

Read more about this important event and register here


April 22nd, 6:00PM
Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Rd

The following evening, on Earth Day, April 22, the Slow Money Austin Showcase Dinner will be held at the critically acclaimed Barr Mansion, known for its historic setting and commitment to local organic cuisine and culture. This special dinner program will combine a delectable exploration of the diverse, sustainably grown riches Central Texas has to offer with a continued conversation about funding growth in our regional food system.

The program from the 21st will continue with a special keynote address about local food opportunities. You will hear from entrepreneurs who are currently raising funds to expand operations and get to ask them questions about their efforts and challenges.

No other culinary artisans prove as active or talented advocates of the Slow Food movement than Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield, whose acclaimed Dai Due Supper Club marries local food awareness with award-winning social and culinary experiences.

Read more about this important event and register here

For more information on the Slow Money Austin movement, please see –