June 30, 2009 - Culinary Catch-Up:  Field of Dreams and Poke-E-Jo’s Turns 30
     We’ve been busy working on a new children’s television show - and other assorted projects - so we’re behind on our reports from the field.  So it’s time to catch up on news from
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the regional culinary world.
    We attended the fourth annual Field of Dreams event on June 25th, sponsored by The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas.  Held at the Dell Diamond, the event served up fine wine from Francis Ford Coppola’s Estate, along with cuisine from North Austin and Round Rock eateries.  
   The "Soles for Souls" Silent Auction featured signed items from the Round Rock Express and celebrity athletes - with a few in attendance to add star power to the event.  Proceeds benefited the Miracle League and the Nolan Ryan Foundation.
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     We met lots of interesting folks, including Daniel from WineLovers411.com.  The new site features information on more than 85 wineries in Texas, along with food pairings and recipes, and information on tastings and events.
    We also liked the Coppola Winery selections, especially the Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc; it included a suggestion on the bottle to serve it with goat cheese.  But we couldn’t get over the Sofia Champagne - which was “bottled” in pull-top cans.  My partner JoeLane thought it was a great idea, since it’s a single serving size that’s perfect for parties.  I’m still skeptical, although the champagne itself was pretty good.
    This Tuesday the 30th marks the 30th anniversary for iconic Austin joint Poke-E-Jo’s.  The Austin-born eatery will celebrate rolling back their prices to 1979, when they opened the first Poke-E-Jo’s Smokehouse on North Burnet Road.    
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That location lost its battle with Texas Department of Transportation and is now under the asphalt of Mopac Boulevard.  The venerable 5th Street location - one of our favorites - also closed to make room for more downtown condos (don’t get me started...).
    But the local success story still has five thriving locations around town, and you can find us at the Brodie Oaks location on Tuesday for lunch.  There is no way we’re going to miss out on a 3-Meat Plate for only $6.25!