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Cottonwood Art Festival's New Vendor Crepe Crazy is a Quiet Oasis
Posted Date: 4/18/2013 4:15 PM

Cottonwood - Crepe Crazy Whether you’re crazy for crepes or don’t know what a crepe is, Cottonwood Art Festival is hoping everyone will check out and enjoy Austin-based Crepe Crazy – its newest food vendor for the May 4-5, 2013, event at Richardson’s Cottonwood Park.

Amid all of the noise, fun and festivities, the crepe stand will be running smoothly…and in silence. Its owners – Vladimir and Inna Giterman – are deaf, as is their son Sergei. A large picture menu on the counter makes ordering easy, with a choice of savory or sweet crepes.

The Gitermans offer “European flavors to surprise your taste buds” and more. Selections like Vegetarian Pesto, Sausage and Caramelized Onion, Greek Chicken, Peanut Butter Heaven, or Cream Cheese and Fruity Nutella, say these aren’t the typical French crepe.

Crepes are made after an order is placed, while you watch, using fresh ingredients. Customers can point to what they want on the menu, use gestures, write on a piece of paper or even use American Sign Language to communicate.

Cottonwood - Crepe Crazy Vladimir remembered his mother cooking crepes. Inna was crazy about those crepes. Thus, Crepe Crazy was born in 2006 when the couple decided to start their own business. The Gitermans have a cart in downtown Austin at 5th and Congress, and have worked at festivals around the state including Grapefest and at the State Fair of Texas for the first time in 2012. Their crepes consistently rate 4 to 5 stars in reviews.

Serri Ayers, superintendent of Community Events said, "This unique art of making Crepes will be a great addition to Cottonwood! Who doesn’t love crepes?"

Learn more about Crepe Crazy at or on Facebook at

Cottonwood Art Festival will take place Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX. Parking and admission are free. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages. Some children’s events require a fee.

Richardson has hosted the bi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival, a juried show, for more than 40 years. Jurors select more than 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. Texas-born artist Michelle Mardis has been selected as featured artist for the May event.

However, Cottonwood Art Festival is more than just the art. The festival also features top local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Check out the courtyard, sit in the shade by the lake, relax and enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also available in the courtyard.

Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own – Cottonwood has something for everyone, including mini-Picassos. For more information, go to