Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

AFWA announces menu for Live Fire!

11:49 am Mar. 31, 2015

The Austin Food and Wine Alliance today announced the chef roster and menu for its fifth annual Live Fire. The event takes place April 9 at the Salt Lick Pavilion in Driftwood and features about

Now open: Gelateria Gemelli in East Austin

12:04 pm Mar. 30, 2015

Gelateria Gemelli opened at 1009 E. Sixth St. in the Corazon building over the weekend. The gelateria from Bologna-trained Andrew Sabola serves gelato, sorbetto, espresso drinks and Italian craft cocktails. The gelati, which include flavors like brown butter vanilla, Valrhona chocolate, salted caramel stracciatella, cardamom orange and peanut butter maple, is preservative free and the cocktail list includes Italian standards like Negroni and Aperol Spritz, as well as a

Gardner introduces $28 four-course prix fixe Monday dinners

11:00 am Mar. 30, 2015

Veggie-centric fine dining restaurant Gardner (1914 E. Sixth St.) introduced a four-course prix fixe dinner on Mondays for $28. The new option sounds like a great way to familiarize yourself with the restaurant’s style, service

ThunderCloud Subs to offer 1975 prices throughout April

10:30 am Mar. 30, 2015

ThunderCloud Subs will celebrate its 40th anniversary throughout the month of April with sandwich specials priced at their original 1975 prices. The deals run each Wednesday through the month, beginning with the ham sandwich ($1.10

Executive chef Alexis Chong out at Sway

4:12 pm Mar. 27, 2015

Executive chef Alexis Chong and Sway have parted ways, according to the restaurant’s reps. Director of Culinary Development Scotty Szekretar will serve as the interim executive chef while the Thai restaurant searches for Chong’s replacement.  Chong replaced

Austin restaurants: Where to eat on Easter

4:06 pm Mar. 26, 2015

Dai Due. 2406 Manor Rd. 512-524-0688, The butcher shop at the locavore establishment will sell deboned rabbits stuffed with sweetbreads, bacon and cream, as well as rack of lamb, lamb sausage and lamb