The culinary experts at Catering with a Twist refer to their prepared feasts not as 'buffets' but as 'food displays,' a fitting title for the rows of colorful baked goods and hot entrees they carefully arrange for events big and small. Executive Chef Lexy and her crew update traditional wedding eats with inventive stations featuring such edible combinations as chicken and waffles and sliders and mac and cheese. An on-staff pastry chef complements savory options with cheesecakes, crème brûlée, and tarts available in individually sized portions.
At Nopalitos Cantina & Grill, chefs prepare authentic Mexican eats, specializing in seafood. They whip up dishes such as fish tacos, crab chimichangas, and crab chile relleno—a Poblano pepper stuffed with crabmeat and cheese and topped with verde sauce. To augment the authenticity, the interior of the restaurant is designed to look like an outdoor Mexican plaza, with old-fashioned street lamps and brick-lined windows.
Wielding a breadth of batter knowledge and a heaping helping of baking know-how, Be My Cupcake’s confectionery crafters whip up a bevy of sugary treats in a variety of flavors. Treat a retreat or sweeten up swimming class by buttressing twelve fresh-baked cupcake flavors with nine available frostings. Meld a marble, red velvet, carrot, pumpkin, cinnamon, or coconut base with toppings such as chocolate buttercream, lemon cream cheese, or chocolate cream cheese before savoring the sweet bites or flattening them into edible trivets. Call to place an order.
Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.
What's in a name? When it comes to The Green Mesquite BBQ & More, pretty much everything. As one of its gift-shop T-shirts will tell you, the restaurant has been "horrifying vegetarians since 1988," and that enduring success can largely be attributed to what's inside the barbecue pit: log after log of green mesquite wood.
Owner Tom Davis opts for that particular fresh-cut variety because of its slow-burning property, and because it gives meat a bold and smoky flavor. Davis and his team cook everything from beef and pork to chicken and turkey over the wood. They also make their own barbecue sauce and a signature rub for their baby back ribs, which Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri called "awesome."
It's not just the smoked meats that distinguish Green Mesquite's three Austin-area locations. It's also that the restaurants double as venues for live music?specifically of the bluegrass and country variety?and that the restaurants welcome dogs, provided they bring along a well-behaved owner.
9 out of 10 scientists agree that coffee rules. It provides bodies with a robust infusion of antioxidants and energy-boosting caffeine, as well as makes afternoons spent toiling over test tubes and microscopes much more tolerable. Fortunately, Coffee Wholesale USA has heeded the perspicacious word of science, filling their warehouses with everything from instant k-cups to whole roasted beans.
To appease as many taste buds as possible, they stock their online shelves with more than 50 brands from across the coffee spectrum, including Folgers, Lavazza, Nestea, and Starbucks. They also provide in depth instructions on how best to store, prepare, and enjoy coffee's many different variations, from pillow packs to ground.
Coffee Wholesale USA also sells name brand coffee brewers for commercial and private use, as well as a range of teas and snacks, such as beef jerky, dried fruits, and dipping sauces.