Daily Archives: 04/16/2009

High Tech McCracken Supporters

(Community Matters) Many of Brewster McCracken’s high tech supporters are weighing in on the Ideas for Austin website. Top votes so far for: 1) Create a startup district, 2) Keep the City website project in Austin, 3) fix the serious traffic problem at 5th/6th and Lamar, and more. Vote at the site

created by a group of enterprising techies including Michelle Greer, Josh Dilworth and Bryan Jones

Diana Kennedy – Oaxacan Cooking

(Community Matters) Big excitement for all cooks: Diana Kennedy’s newest cookbook has just been released in Mexico. It is extraordinarily beautiful and full of Oaxacan recipes. Diana is currently entertaining offers for publishing in the USA. I couldn’t help but weigh in on this one and recommended to our mutual friends (also dining at Fonda last night) that they engage Stud Muffin in the pitch to Diana. I love that Alice Waters and Diana are both releasing such definitive cook books. If you don’t have Waters’ The Art of Simple Food, you should – right up on the shelf with Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, with Diana’s other books: The Art of Mexican Cooking, My Mexico and The Essentials, with the New York Times Cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, back issues of Cooks Illustrated, Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts, Giuliano Bugialli’s Italian cookbooks, Richard Olney’s Lulu’s Provencal Table & Simple French Food, Sally Schneider’s A New Way to Cook and Edna Lewis’ The Gift of Southern Cooking.

Happy Birthday, Amy Rudy

(Community Matters) Much fun celebrating Amy Rudy’s birthday last night over drinks and dinner at Fonda San Miguel.

Kirk & Amy at FuseBox Festival Preview Party last week

Steven and I joined Amy, Kirk, Julie & John Thornton, Jen & John Hamlin, Laura & Andy Pastor and Kelly Cooper to celebrate Amy last night. Much excitement about upcoming FuseBox. In an earlier post, think I said Erection was risque. Correction, it’s Geisha that’s R rated.

By the way, Andy, Kirk & Amy completely dispelled my perspective of Jeff Newberg’s innocence with their ski story.

Chris Riley for Austin City Council Place 1


(Community Matters)  It would be hard to find a more qualified new council member than Chris Riley.  Austin born and raised, congressional page for Jake Pickle, economics grad from Harvard University, UT law degree, attorney with Tx Supreme Court and private practice since.

He’s chaired the Downtown Commission, the Planning Commission, co-founded the Alliance for Public Transportation and Austin CarShare.  Founded the Downtown Neighborhood Association and is a member of the Parks Foundation Board.  He’s a lifelong progressive with a proven track record in Austin.

Perla – beautiful, committed and a compelling life story.  Obviously, would represent an addition to the council’s diversity (woman and Hispanic).  Though, there is NOT a single mutual friend with whom I’ve spoken who doesn’t agree there is NO comparison between the intellectual fire power of the two.  Chris is very, very smart, experienced and knows the city’s intricacies.  

We need Chris Riley on the Austin City Council.  He’s shovel ready.