9 Austin-area food companies among 25 finalists in H-E-B contest

H-E-B has picked the 25 finalists in its 2017 Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best competition, and Central Texas entrepreneurs are dominating the competition.

Nine Austin-area companies will be competing in the final round for a combined $70,000 and a chance to get their products on H-E-B shelves. The 25 finalists were selected from almost 600 entries from across the state.

Four winners will be chosen based on quality, marketability and product readiness on Aug. 10-11 at the Central Texas Food Bank.

The Austin-area finalists are:

Bola Pizza (Jamie and Christian Bowers), Austin

Cocina 54 (Cecilia Panichelli and Federico Carrillo), Austin

Damon W Lambert Inc. (Laura and Boss Lambert), Wimberley

GFY Kitchen (Tim Elias), Austin

Ladybird Provisions (Sarah Rioux), Austin

Skull & Cakebones (Sascha Biesi and Yauss Berenji), Austin

Tamale Addiction (Adrian and Mariana Paredes), Austin

Texas Pecan Cake Shop (Bridget and Will McCoy), Betram

Wander Life (Katherine Waldrip), Austin

Do the math: Celebrate Pi Day with some delicious dishes

Today is Pi Day, which is supposed to be a celebration of math (March 14, 3.14 … get it?)

But, I’m not very good at math. So when I hear Pi Day, I think delicious food.

If this all seems familiar, it’s because we celebrated National Pie Day in January.

Confused? Don’t be. Just enjoy these ideas for celebrating pi with pie.


Rain in the forecast? Find comfort in your kitchen

Baking your own bread can save you money, even if a batch doesn’t come out quite right. Photo by Addie Broyles.
Baking your own bread can save you money. Addie Broyles/American-Statesman

This weekend’s forecast is looking pretty gloomy. But rainy days are the perfect excuse to spend more time in the kitchen. You can relax, try some new recipes (or old favorites) and get the whole family involved. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the photos other readers have shared with us using #Austin360Cooks on Instagram.

RELATED: Looking to go out to eat instead? These cozy places will hit spot

Appetizer recipes turn a cold weekend into a party

It’s cold outside, the NFL playoffs start today and the Golden Globes are Sunday night — all you need to turn your weekend into a party are some delicious snacks. We have some recipes to get you started.

This cheesy dip packs a spicy punch with chorizo and is great for parties. Photo by Caroline Potter
This cheesy dip packs a spicy punch with chorizo and is great for parties. Photo by Caroline Potter

Is it a party if there’s no queso? No, no it is not. But if you want to try something a little different (and Velveeta-free), go for this Cheddar Chorizo Dip.

TV binging calls for easy snacks you can mindlessly munch on (if, like so many of us, you’ve already abandoned your dieting New Year’s resolutions). Crunchy Party Mix, a cheese ball and Spicy Corn Dip all fit the bill.

What’s for dessert? In honor of the Golden Globes, go spherical with some no-bake dessert balls.

Party on, Austin.