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April 16, 2012

Austin: Give 5% to Mother Earth

The third year of the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign has blown up in Austin, with over 120 businesses committing to donate five percent of gross sales on April 21st, the Saturday of Earth Day weekend, to six non-profits that dedicate their time and energy into making Central Texas a better place.  The business list is absolutely amazing. And getting better every day.

By George, SoLa, Solid Gold, Moss, Guero’s, Fabi + Rosi, Hotel San Jose Lounge, Amelia’s Retro – Vogue & Relics, Alamo Drafthouse and so many more!  The 5% Day will take place on Saturday, April 21st this year – the Saturday of Earth Day weekend. The campaign will benefit HCC, Texas Land Conservancy, Clean Water Fund, Friends of Barton Springs Pool, Sierra Club, and Tree Folks.

Here’s an Earth Week event list:

Tuesday, April 17th – Visit Amy’s Ice Creams and Phil’s Ice House on Burnet Road or South Lamar Boulevard! Say “Earth Day” when you order and up to 20% of the day’s sales will benefit “Give 5% to Mother Earth!” Click here to view the event on

Wednesday, April 18th – Whole Foods Market will be hosting a Community Giving Day at both locations! Five percent of sales will benefit the “Give 5% to Mother Earth” campaign. Also, grab some friends and join us on the patio at the Downtown location on Wednesday evening for live music by Austin icon, Alejandro Escovedo! Click here to view the event on

Thursday, April 19th – Head on down to Shady Grove for a Hippie Chick and great live music by Hudson Moore at Unplugged at the Grove! Five percent of food sales on Thursday benefit the campaign partners! Click here to view the event on

Saturday, April 21st – Eat, shop, play, and more at participating businesses all over Austin including Half Price Books, Solid Gold, Royal Blue Grocery, Jo’s Hot Coffee, Zocalo Cafe, Doc’s Backyard, The Rattle Inn, and many more to support “Give 5% to Mother Earth!”

October 14, 2009

Thursday at Saks, and Heidi Klum (but she won’t be there)

Saks hosts a Key to the Cure sip-n-shop event, donating proceeds to The National Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

Saks Invite

This launches their imited edition tees (worn here by the effervescent Heidi Klum, who I hear is changing her name to Heidi Samuel to reflect hubby of 5 years Seal’s surname), the proceeds of which benefit the same cause: Saks Fifth Avenue will also donate $34 from each $40 Key To The Cure T-shirt to The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

HEIDI It’s actually really cute, and I actually want one.

October 29, 2008


I normally just post rumors on the sidebar over there, but this one is too juicy to relegate to the sidelines: Paul Petersen, legendary chef at The Gage Hotel in Marathon (full disclosure: I covered him in a 2007 article in Texas Home & Living) is rumored to be opening a restaurant in Austin called 12 Gage.

No one knows much more than that, though someone found a “9 months out” timeline dating back to September … which would put us at around 7 months out, which is actually more like 9 months in builder-speak. Some might remember Petersen’s Little Texas Bistro, an apparently charming and uber-popular spot in Buda that he closed to move to Alpine in order to take the Gage job in Marathon.

I can’t vouch for his food personally, but the man is passionate, creative, and very friendly, which is a good start. And everyone else raves about his food, so it’s gotta be good, right?

A little something extra: The line of salsas Peterson/The Gage debuted last year around this time is now for sale at local Central Markets. Three varieties of chunky, vegetable-based hot salsas will be available, including a “Ragin’ Serrano Rojo” and a “Venom Verde.” Petersen says, “I’ve used pretty simple ingredients like tomatoes, onions, garlic and peppers to come up with some really insanely good recipes.”

Look for the tattoo/hot-rod, Texas-inspired glass jars at Central Market.

September 29, 2008

GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up

As if October wasn’t full enough of reasons to eat out–it’s Texas wine month, features two $35 Restaurant Weeks–the Texas Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up tomorrow (Wednesday) to raise awareness of Texas foods while also donating proceeds to food banks across the state.

Participating restaurants are offering Texas food and wine pairings to encourage a sampling of statewide offerings.

While the state-wide initiative is good, a friend of mine pointed this out: “What I think is somewhat notable: If you look at the participating restaurants in Austin, not all of them are actually donating proceeds to food banks. And only one (Trio) is donating all proceeds.”

Which isn’t to say that the other restaurants aren’t doing a good thing by having special Texas dishes or food or pairings, but it does make me feel less excited about Austin’s giving that only one restaurant will donate all its proceeds. And we know how I love the popovers at Trio


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