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

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. 

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

April Eats in Review

My apologies for the lack of posts as of late – work and life have been a bit hectic. Though I have had an unintentional break from food blogging, my waistline can attest I have not taken a break from food eating. Have no fear – new content will be posted imminently. Here are a few snapshots of some of the delicious bites I have been enjoying to get your appetite going in the meantime!

One of the best Sunday afternoons I had in April was spent strolling through the grounds of four local farms during the East Urban Farm Tour. A uniquely Austin experience, the annual fundraiser allows guests to tour local farms while enjoying small bites from some of Austin’s best restaurants created from produce grown on site. The four participating farms – Springdale, Rain Lily, Boggy Creek, and HausBar – are close enough together to walk to and from, which was perfect for working up an appetite in between stops.

Next to pizza, meatballs, and other amazing things topped with cheese, imagine my surprise to find my unexpected favorite of the day to be an ah-mazing roasted carrots, quinoa, pesto, and mustard dish from Bufulina.

Bufulina at East Austin Farm Tour

Bufulina at East Austin Farm Tour

Keep your cake, candles and frosting; for my birthday, the only dessert I want is Uchi’s Peanut Butter Semifreddo. This little piece of heaven taste like the PB&J you wish your mom used to make it. A very happy birthday indeed!

Peanut Butter Semifreddo at Uchi Austin

Peanut Butter Semifreddo at Uchi Austin

Speaking of birthdays, I naturally spent my birthday as any girl should: Drew Drinks at the Texas Chili Parlor followed by a special Selena tribute night during TuezGayz at Barberella. While at the TCP, I was tipped off to a dish I had somehow never tried: the pork tamale topped gratuitously with a housemade green chili sauce and cheese. See you later Freddy Style Nachos; I just found my new go-to order. Continue reading April Eats in Review

Earth Day 2014: #AustinGive5

Happy Earth Day! Whether you are an outdoor adventure nut or just like to drink on patios, Austinites have many reasons why we should be thankful to Mother Earth. Be like Marky Mark (see below) and do your part to give back today by visiting one of several local businesses participating in the 45th Annual ‘Give 5% to Mother Earth Day.’ Visit one of the local businesses (listed here) and 5% of your purchase will be donated to several local charities on a mission to protect what our momma gave us.

Don’t forget to let your Internet friends . . . → Read More: Earth Day 2014: #AustinGive5

April Happenings, Part II: Urban Farm Tour + Crawfish Boils Galore

Here is Round #2 of Austin’s top events happening around town. Check out my previous picks here!

Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from some of Austin’s best restaurants, these farms help to give new meaning to the phrase ‘locally sourced.’ On Sunday, April 13, you are invited to celebrate our local growers during the 5th Annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour.

From 1-5pm, tour four of Austin’s premier urban farms while enjoying small bites created by favorite local chefs and food purveyors using seasonal ingredients grown in the gardens around you. In the spirit of Sunday Funday, there will also be plenty of local beer, wine and craft cocktails served at each stop along the way. Tickets (available here) to Sunday’s Urban Farm Tour are $50/per person with proceeds benefiting the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.

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Participating Farms include:
Boggy Creek Farm
HausBar Farms
Rain Lily Farm
Springdale Farm

Check out the amazing lineup of food artisans, restaurants, & beer, wine and spirits distributers participating in Sunday’s event here!

 

‘Tis the season for crawfish! It’s a well known, scientifically proven* fact the best springtime parties always include a ‘boil. Get your Cajun on at one of these seasonal celebrations:

Saturday, April 12

The Stuffed Cajun Meat Market presents the Louisana Swamp Thing & Crawfish Festival on Saturday afternoon. Hosted by Roadway Events, the bash includes 7,000 pounds of crawfish boiled to perfection. Head to the Statesman’s parking lot (305 S. Congress) for a beginning at 11am for a full day of crawfish, cold beer and music. Tickets are $20/per person. More details can be found here. 

The Buzz Mill will host a crawfish boil on Saturday from 3-8pm. In addition to mudbugs, there will be live music and cold beer. More details can be found here. The Buzz Mill, 1505 Town Creek Drive, 78741. Continue reading April Happenings, Part II: Urban Farm Tour + Crawfish Boils Galore

SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

Mentioned here, one of the best ways to wake up during SXSW is by attending a KUTX morning showcase at the Four Seasons Austin. KUTX’s four days of music kicks off Wednesday, March 12 at 7am and continues through Saturday, March 15. In addition to live music, guests of the morning broadcasts will also enjoy coffee, delicious tacos, and other breakfast eats.  Attendance is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Seton Shivers Foundation. Full music line-up can be found below!

Each day features a line-up of four must-see bands, including today’s Band of the Day Brooklyn-based indie rockers Lucius. Taking the KUTX stage Wednesday, Lucius’ blend of dual harmonies and foot tapping percussion is both fresh and catchy. Check out the band’s single Turn it Around below!

KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases, 98 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701; Discounted parking in the garage.

Wednesday, March 12

7am Wild Child

8am Lucius

9am Typhoon

10am Rodney Crowell 

Thursday, March 13

7am Kins

8am Phox

9am The Bright Light Social Hour

10am Wye Oak

Friday, March 14 Continue reading SXSW 2014 Top Picks: KUTX SXSW 2014 Morning Showcases at the Four Seasons

2/20-2/23 Weekend Happenings: Cheer-Up Charlie’s Reopening, Chili Cook-Offs, and more

From chili cook-offs to craft beer fest, this weekend is full of one food event after another. With so many good options, deciding what to do may just be the hardest decision you will make all week. But with the weather finally cooperating, that’s certainly not a bad problem to have. Even though the first ever Edible Austin Bacon & Beer Fest (mentioned here) is officially sold out, there are a number of alternatives to help you to start storing up for next winter this weekend.

Thursday, February 20

German Riesling Wine Dinner at Apothecary – 6pm

Looking for HH plans? Grab a seat at Apothecary Austin’s German Riesling Wine Dinner! Guests at the dinner will enjoy four different glasses of wine with food pairings all for $35/person. Not a bad Thursday if you ask me! The dinner kicks off at 6pm. Reserve your seat by emailing info@apothecaryaustin.com.

4800 Burnet Road #450, Austin, TX 78757

Friday, February 21

Cheer Up Charlie’s Grand Opening Party – 8pm

Start the weekend off right by celebrating the re-opening of one of Austin’s best bars. Cheer Up Charlie’s, which relocated to the former Club DeVille spot on Red River, is celebrating its new home with a bash this Friday. The free event will includes a musical line-up featuring White Walls, Silk Road, Gretchen’s Disco Plague, and more. Get the details here. 900 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

Saturday, February 22

YTAC 4th Annual Spice for Life Chili Cook-off – 2:00-5:00pm at Stubb’s

The Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) will host its 4th Annual Spice for Life Chili Cook-off on Saturday. In addition to a chili competition with a couple dozen teams (ie plenty of tastings), the afternoon fundraiser will feature a live set by Austin’s own Shakey Graves. Tickets to the event are $30/per person with proceeds benefiting the Young Texans Against Cancer organization. More details can be found here.

Spicewood Vineyards 6th Annual Chili Cookoff 2-5pm Continue reading 2/20-2/23 Weekend Happenings: Cheer-Up Charlie’s Reopening, Chili Cook-Offs, and more