Aaron Franklin, Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas of Olamaie, and Launderette’s Rene Ortiz are among the Texas chefs who will participate in the fifth annual Wine & Swine event on November 8 at Star Hill Ranch. The pork-centric event, which features more than two dozen chefs preparing whole Berkshire pigs in a multitude of styles, is one of the main fundraisers for the Austin Food and Wine Alliance grant program.
Tickets are now on sale at austinfoodwinealliance.org, with the first 125 tickets sold for $75. After those are sold, the price rises to $95. Tickets will be sold at the door for $100. Round-trip shuttles, which includes sparkling wine and snacks, will be available for $20. More information at austinfoodwinealliance.org.
Austin is largely a taco town, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know our way around a good burrito.
In fact, two of the the 35 burritos on the food and drink website The Daily Meal’s third annual “Best Burritos in America” list are Austin-made.
California still lays claim to the title of “Land of the Burrito” with 12 mentions, but the Lone Star State nabbed the third most spots of any state with three Texas burritos on the list.
West campus favorite Changos Taqueria, home of the $7.95 “Maximo” burrito, made a dramatic jump from No. 30 in 2014 to No. 19 this year.
The Daily Meal also praised the No. 5 on the menu at Austin-based Cabo Bob’s Burrito’s menu this year. If you order this item off as is off the menu, it’s comprised off of a made-fresh-when-you-order ancho chili tortilla, pork, brown rice, pinto beans, grilled onions and peppers, queso, lettuce, cilantro and Cabo’s signature hot sauce, called “66 Red Sauce.”
Cabo Bob’s Burritos, No. 25 on Daily Meal’s list, was also included on FiveThirtyEight‘s epic best burrito quest last year.
The “best of” list was compiled by a combination of Daily Meal editor input and crowd sourcing from readers.
What do you think, Austin? Did they miss anything?
Sunday will be the final day at the I-35 adjacent Good Life Food Park for La Barbecue. The stellar barbecue trailer owned by LeAnn Mueller will move to 1906 E. Cesar Chavez St. next to the bar Stay Gold next week.
The move will mean later hours and more menu items. Once they staff their night crew (they hope to do that within the next week or so), the trailer will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Starting at 6 p.m., in addition to any regular menu items that remain unsold, La Barbecue will serve nightly specials like smoked quail, lamb, and duck. The trailer will be open from 11 a.m. until sold out on Wednesday and Sunday.
Central Texas barbecue is having a moment and is ready for its close-up. The documentary “For the Love of Meat” screens at 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on October 8 at the Violet Crown Cinema.
The film tracks the history and preparation of Texas’ national meal, spotlighting renowned Central Texas pit masters Aaron Franklin, Tootsie Tomanetz of Snows BBQ in Lexington, and Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor.
Rebel Pizza Bar opened at 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd. The counter-service restaurant, owned by the partners at neighboring Suzi’s China Grill, serves appetizers, salads, pizza and desserts, and offers a full-service bar and rooftop seating. View the full menu, which includes pizzas like the Goldenpye (olive oil, spicy sausage, caramelized onion, farm egg, crispy potato, rosemary, goat cheese, and parmesan), here.
Rebel Pizza Bar is open Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Two of East Austin’s best restaurants are making brunch moves. Veggie-centric Gardner (1914 E. Sixth St.) launched Sunday brunch, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes a vegetarian omelet ($14), beet hash ($16), and ricotta pancake with peaches, pecans, and sorghum ($11). Nearby French-inspired LaV (1501 E. Seventh St.) added Saturday brunch to its hours of operation. The brunch, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a spectacular burger, doughnuts, crepes, and more. Select bottles of rose are served for $15.
Callie Speer left Swift’s Attic to take the position of executive pastry chef at the forthcoming Geraldine’s at the Hotel Van Zandt (605 Davis St.).
Speer’s career in Austin includes time at Jeffrey’s and Parkside, and her desserts have won her accolades including a Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef nomination in 2013.
Known for her whimsical desserts at Swift’s Attic, Speer will bring nostalgia-inspiring desserts to Geraldine’s, such as lemon buttermilk pie with apple butter and cornflake crunch.
Geraldine’s will be open daily for breakfast and dinner service seven days a week, in addition to Sunday brunch. Named after the popular guinea fowl that used to roam, Rainey Street the restaurant is slated to open in October on the fourth floor of the hotel from the Kimpton Hotels group. (facebook.com/geraldinesaustn/)
If you missed it, don’t worry: We’re recapping all the burger madness from this week so you can get your hamburger on if you haven’t already:
It started with a poll. On Monday, we put the call out and asked Austin to tell us their favorite burger in Austin. After more than 2,000 votes in just a few days, the winners were Hopdoddy’s, Luke’s Inside Out and Mighty Fine Burgers. Dan’s Hamburgers, Casino El Camino and Hut’s Hamburgers also all received more than five percent of Austin’s vote.
September 16 was a meatless Wednesday as Matthew Odam took a step back from a largely carnivorous week to take note of Austin’s many worthy vegetarian burgers. His absolute favorite: the veggie royale at Bouldin Creek.
Before the denizens of the print world were treated to the burger week finale on Friday, Matthew Odam’s Top 15 hamburgers in Austin went online on Thursday. We won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen the list yet, except to tell you that Austin readers’ favorite burger is not Odam’s.
Just a few days before hearing about “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck” $10,000 competition, Mike Wood and his wife Danielle were at a local bank asking for a $10,000 loan to keep their business, The Vegan Yacht, afloat.
Three rounds of the nationwide competition put on by Progressive Commercial Auto Insurance later, they’ve won the money they were looking for.
“Winning exactly what we needed exactly when we needed is like reassurance that you’re doing the right thing with your life,” Wood said in an email a few days before Progressive was set to deliver the $10,000 check.
The Vegan Yacht, home of the “freeto burrito,” has faced a number of challenges since first opening in 2010. After a couple temporary set ups in East Austin, the Airstream trailer finally found a home at Spider House Cafe’s property off of Guadalupe Street in 2014, according to the Austin Chronicle. In June, their generator was stolen while they were serving those watching the Austin Civic Orchestra at Zilker Park.
In turning to “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck” competition as well as a GoFundMe in June, the couple was looking for money to save and keep their family business growing in lieu of all the setbacks.
“A lot of people told us they just loved our family business and thought we deserved it,” Wood said, whose trailer won the most votes out of dozens of other food trucks around the country for the grand prize, geared towards helping food trucks “jazz up” their set ups.
The couple is planning on buying a used food truck for a new mobile operation and turning their original Airstream into a “whole new vegan food business concept for Austin to enjoy.”
Progressive is set to award the Vegan Yacht with the $10,000 check late Thursday afternoon. According to a Progressive spokesperson, Flo, of Progressive commercial fame, will not be in attendance.