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menu to include custom-made gelato and
deli sandwiches.
Of course, he maintains a long list of
Texas’ favorite foods. “East side kolaches
have meat unlike on the west side of
Houston, which has fruit-filled kolaches.
We’re east side,” he says with pride. The
bakery is also the most reliable place to get
king cakes during Mardi Gras. They’ll even
mail them to you.
Rao’s Bakery has grown to five locations,
with three in Beaumont and one each in
Spring and Nederland. For more information
or to place an order, call 409/832-0252, or
go to
www.raosbakery.com
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by Gerald e. Mcleod
Day Trips
Rao’s Bakery in Beaumont has food
to quench just about any craving. This
is the place where local brides go for
their wedding cakes, families go for
their birthday cakes, and where the
neighborhood stops for coffee and
breakfast in the morning.
Founded in 1941 by Johnny Rao,
an Italian immigrant to Southeast
Texas, the bakery quickly became a
local breakfast institution. Even though
Beaumont’s oldest bakery passed
through several hands, it never closed.
“I remember coming here when I was a
kid,” says Jake Tortorice.
Jake has a quick smile, a firm hand-
shake, and a passion for baking. Since
he bought the bakery in 1998, he has
improved on the old standards and added
new traditions. He went to Italy to learn
the craft of pastries.
Jake brought back the recipe for a
Sicilian-style cheesecake that is creamy
and intense. He also expanded the
G e r a l d e . M c l e o d
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Day Trips, Vol. 2
, a book of “Day Trips,”
is available for $8.95, plus $3.05 for shipping, handling, and tax.
Mail to: Day Trips, PO Box 33284, South Austin, TX 78704.
L I S T I N G S
ouT of Town
PUBLIC NIGHTS
There are still a limited number of
seats available during August to see the world’s larg-
est bat colony emerge from their cave.
Wed., Aug. 6;
Tue.-Wed., Aug. 19-20. Bracken Cave, New Braunfels.
$25.
www.batcon.org
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GRILLING AT THE GAGE
Austin’s own top barbecue
cook Aaron Franklin takes his talents on the road to
put on a grilling demonstration, talk about barbecue,
and listen to the music of Kolton Moore under the
Big Bend stars. Reservations required.
Sat., Aug. 16,
7pm. Marathon, 432/386-4205.
www.thegagehotel.com
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SHAKESPEARE AT WINEDALE
Students present
three of the Bard’s plays in the historic setting at this
summer tradition.
Thu.-Sun., July 17-Aug. 10. Winedale
Theatre Barn, Round Top, 512/471-4726.
www.shakespeare-winedale.org
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LONE STAR BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Two evenings
of music in air-conditioned comfort featuring Audie
Baylock and Redline, Dylan Hall and Pure Tradition,
and more.
Fri.-Sat., July 25-26. Knights of Columbus
Hall, Halletsville. $30 for both nights.
www.centraltexasbluegrass.org
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BALCONES HEIGHTS JAzz FESTIVAL
The Friday
evening concert series features acclaimed art-
ists under the stars.
Fridays, 7pm, through Aug. 1.
Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas, San
Antonio. Free.
www.reachfortheheights.org
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SOUTH TEXAS POLKA SUMMER POLKA FEST
Continuous music and dancing all afternoon along
with authentic Czech food, kolaches, and a raffle.
Sat., July 26, noon-6pm. Moravian Hall, Corpus Christi,
361/215-9163. $7.
www.chssouthtexas.org
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ROOTS MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
Electric Blues
Night features three bands including Bobby Mack
and the Chris Duarte Group. Optional meals
available.
Sat., July 26, 6pm. Pioneer Museum,
Fredericksburg, 830/990-8441. $15.
www.pioneermuseum.net/roots-music.php
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SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS
Middle and high
school students present
Richard III
at the outdoor
theatre.
Thu.-Sat., July 31-Aug. 9, 8:30pm. Emily Ann
Theatre, Wimberley, 512/847-6969.
www.emilyann.org
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