Happenings: Fall 2015 Austin Restaurant Openings, Part I

2015 has already proved to be a banner year for new restaurants, having already welcomed a slew of hotspots such as Launderette, Shake Shack, Dai Due, and more. And with new spots continuing to pop up everywhere you turn, Austin’s restaurant scene shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, which makes keeping track of where to eat no easy feat.

To help guide you along your eat, drink, and be merry little way, here’s a list of new restaurants opening in Fall 2015. I’ve already given you the lowdown on one new spot, Juniper (mentioned here), with more . . . → Read More: Happenings: Fall 2015 Austin Restaurant Openings, Part I

November Happenings: Killen’s BBQ Pop-Up 11/17

Foreign & Domestic will host a special pop-up event on Monday, November 17 featuring Houston area BBQ restaurant Killen’s. Owned by Ronnie Killen, the main man behind the famed Killen’s Steakhouse, ignited a friendly BBQ battle after claiming his newly opened restaurant would challenge Austin greats such as Franklin’s for the best ‘cue around. Not one to let such things lie, Austin’s bad boy of BBQ John Mueller threw some serious shade towards Killen via Twitter, which in turn inspired Killen to put his money where his mouth is during Monday’s Pop-Up.  In addition to Ronnie Killen, the pop . . . → Read More: November Happenings: Killen’s BBQ Pop-Up 11/17

November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

Waller Creek Show Light Night

From 5pm – midnight this Thursday, experience downtown’s Waller Creek area in a whole new ‘light’ as the creek transforms into a walkable community space adorned with five light installations representing the intersection between nature and innovation. In addition to offering a unique view of the ongoing revitalization project, the Creek Show will feature a full lineup of local musicians taking the stage at Empire Control Room beginning at 7pm. Entrance the music portion of the evening is free with RSVP or $5 at the door (RSVP here). Kick off your Creek Show experience . . . → Read More: November Art Happenings: East Austin Studio Tour & More

Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

There are few entities that capture the spirit of Austin’s food culture quite like Springdale Farm. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, the urban farm not only supplies produce to some of the city’s best eateries, but it also houses one of my favorite restaurants, Eden East. In addition, the farm also hosts a number of private events such as weddings and fundraisers that are essential to sustaining their viability as a small business.

However, the recent changes to the city’s zoning laws have threatened to temper or even close Springdale Farm’s operations. Keeping up . . . → Read More: Sunday Funday: Springdale Farm Aid Sip and Stroll 9/28

September Happenings, Part I: The Big Give

Austin’s I Live Here, I Give Here is hosting their annual The Big Give party next Friday, September 26. I Live Here, I Give Here is a local organization with a mission to inspire more Austinites to give more to the local philanthropic causes that inspire them. Featuring live music, circus entertainment, French-inspired eats and drinks, the Big Give’s Under the Big Top – Paris themed event will be a fun-filled evening celebrating the many local Austin charities whose good works help so many in our fair city. Tickets, available here, are $110/per person or $195/couple with proceeds benefiting . . . → Read More: September Happenings, Part I: The Big Give

August Friday Faves, Part I

IMG_6732Drink of the Week: Sister Creek Vineyards

Over the past several years, Texas’s once fledging wine industry has finally hit its stride, not only in the growing number of wineries but also in the quality of wines produced. Today’s wine of the week comes from one of these emerging wineries, Sister Creek Vineyards located in Sisterdale, TX. Though Sister Creek has been producing wine since 1988, it has recently begun stacking up awards for their high-quality wines at competitions around the country. I recently picked up this Sister Creek’s 2011 Red Bordeaux blend ($16) while sampling Texas wines at Tasting Buds in Wimberely, TX. Crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grapes, it is a smooth, easy drinking everyday wine that is light enough to enjoy in the hot summer months. Sister Creek Vineyards wine can be found in Austin at local retailers like Whip Inn, Central Market, and Whole Foods.

New Farm to Table Delivery Alert: Fry Family Farms

While farm to door delivery is a booming concept, Fry Family Farms is unique in that it allows the customer to retain an additional level of flexibility when it comes to scheduling orders and deliveries, customizing basket contents, and price points. Fry Family Farms works with a wide variety of local farms to keep their produce offerings diverse. In addition, the family owned operation plans to expand its farm operations to grow much of the produce themselves using the forward-thinking farming technique of Aquaponics, a form of farming through a self-contained ecosystem. This technique utilizes on average 10-20% of the water used in traditional farming methods – something important in drought-plagued central TX.

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July Happenings, Part I: Quesoff, Pig Roast, and More

Quesoff IV

Quesoff IV

It might be the middle of the summer slow down, but Austin’s event calendar is just getting hotter. Here are a few top picks, with more to come soon!

Central Market Wine Week Wednesday, July 9 – Wednesday, July 15

Central Market kicks off its annual celebration of all things wine on July 9 with a week long lineup of events that includes cooking classes, sommelier wine dinners, and winemaker meet & greets. Check out the full range of events here. Want a simple, budget-friendly way to unleash your inner wino? Stop by either location on Thursday, July 9 from 5-8pm for the ‘let the good times stroll’ event to enjoy samples, wine 101, and more for $10/per person. Details here.

Monday, July 14 – Austin Restaurant Week Wrap Party + Pig Roast

Tribeza is hosting the official Austin Restaurant Week Wrap Party on Monday, July 14. Benefiting Meals on Wheels and More, the bash will celebrate a successful spring ARW with a pig roast, live music, Deep Eddy cocktails, and a few area chefs beginning at 6pm. Tickets for the event, held at the Meals on Wheels HQ, are $20 and available for purchase here. 3227 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Quesoff IV at the Mohawk Saturday, July 19 from 2-6pm

Arguably the greatest food throwdown of the year, the Quesoff IV at the Mohawk, returns on Saturday, July 19 from 2-6pm. With over 20 teams competing in four queso categories, this year’s event is primed to be the best one yet, especially with competitors representing some of Austin’s best restaurants. In addition to spicy, meat and veggie, the competition has added a new wild card queso category, meaning prepare to expect the unexpected. There will be DJ beats throughout the afternoon and of course, plenty of cold beer available for purchase from Mohawk’s expansive list.

The event is free with RSVP (here). Chips for queso tasting can be purchased for $5/bag. The Mohawk, 912 Red River. 

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Friday Faves: 4th of July Edition

One day early and not a second too soon: In honor of the good ‘ole U.S. of A., we’re going All-American for this week’s Friday Faves.

Dish of the Day: Frank Hotdog

Dish of the Day: Frank Hotdog

Drink of the Week: Twisted X Brewing Company Fuego Jalapeno Pilsner

Here’s a little 4th of July trivia for you: Americans eat on average 150 million hotdogs every Independence Day (#murica), and that’s not even counting the total tally from the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chances are you’ll be grilling said eats over a hot open flame. This of course requires a cold beer in hand, which leads to today’s Drink of the Week.

With all of the Texas craft beers on the market, it was only a matter of time until someone brewed up a beer meant to go hand in hand with grilling. Enter Twisted X Brewing Company’s Jalapeno Pilsner, the appropriately named Fuego. Though infused beers often sound good in theory, it’s something that can often result in more kitch than quality. This, however, is not the case for the Tex-Mex brewery’s pepper infused brew. It’s a crisp, refreshing pilsner with subtle heat to keep things interesting, especially when enjoyed alongside some grilled meat.

38th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks

Austin’s annual firework display has relocated this year from Auditorium Shores to the Circuit of the Americas, which is a bit of a bummer. On the plus side, organizers are promising a larger than life display as the facilities can better accommodate such events. Attendees are welcome to join in on the 4th of July fun beginning at 4PM on Friday. At 8:30pm, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform in advance of the fireworks display at 9:30pm. Details can be found here.

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