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Help Save Swede Farm Dairy!

Regular shoppers at Austin area farmers' markets are bound to know the friendly Carlson family of Swede Farm Dairy – if not by individual names, certainly by their excellent line of goat milk products. Those exemplary products are in danger of disappearing from the markets, but there is a way to help. Read More | Comment »

Growing Your Own Food 2:35PM Thu. Aug. 28, Virginia B. Wood

Whole Foods' The Forager's Table event highlights local products
 

Livin' la Vida Local

Whole Foods might be the behemoth of the natural and specialty foods world, but each region of the company has the ability to bring in small, local vendors. The Forager’s Table dinner was a chance to spotlight some of these offerings. Read More | Comment »

Benefits 9:00AM Wed. Aug. 27, Rod Machen

First Look: Olamaie

Before culinary school, Texas native Michael Fojtasek spent time in Austin restaurant kitchens before striking out for New York City and then Los Angeles to gain more professional experience. After he met like-minded chef Grae Nonas, they returned to Austin to open Fojtasek's dream restaurant, Olamaie. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Openings 2:03PM Tue. Aug. 26, Virginia B. Wood

National Magazines Have Eyes on Austin Food

September issues of Bon Appétit and Taste of the South came out over the weekend and recognition for representatives of the Austin food scene figured prominently in both. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 11:15AM Tue. Aug. 26, Virginia B. Wood

Noble Sandwiches at Oasis, Texas Brewing Co.

Online speculation about the possibility of a new eatery from the team behind Noble Sandwich Co. was explained today with the announcement that the everything-from-scratch cafe and deli operation will provide foods for the Oasis, Texas Brewing's taproom and event facility that opened in early August. Read More | Comment »

Beer 2:45PM Mon. Aug. 25, Virginia B. Wood

If We Plant It, They Will Come

In the six months since we first covered the monarch butterfly’s plight in flight, co-owner Flint Beard of Lone Star Nursery reports an "overwhelming" response, but says there is still work to be done. With monarch migration and fall planting time upon us, the time for action is now. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Fri. Aug. 22, Jessi Cape

The Take-Out: August 22

This week, we're falling into a burning ring of fire. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Fri. Aug. 22, Brandon Watson

Fake Person, Real Pancakes

Well, this one is weird. It's often said that memes have a life of their own, but memes very rarely pack up their tube socks and embark on a cross country journey. It's even rarer when a meme tries to prove his largesse by giving away stacks of pancakes. Grumpy Cat can't even muster a purr. Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Thu. Aug. 21, Brandon Watson

First Look: Punch Bowl Social

If the Domain is going to continue its quest to become “North Austin’s Downtown,” it’s going to need a variety of shops and businesses. With the opening of Punch Bowl Social, it now has its adult playground, and another restaurant to boot. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Openings 2:50PM Thu. Aug. 21, Rod Machen

First Look: Dai Due

After taking inspiration for his business model from an old Italian proverb, Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club proprietor Jesse Griffiths stuck with the famous Texas adage about "dancing with the ones who brung you" when his new brick-and-mortar eatery opened this week. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Openings 2:15PM Wed. Aug. 20, Virginia B. Wood

Vote for the VegNews Veggie Awards

To hell with all that "it's an honor just to be nominated" malarkey. Here's a chance for vegan and vegan-friendly Austinites to put your votes where your mouths are and see to it that some of the local businesses who cater to your tastes get some much-deserved love from VegNews magazine! Read More | Comment »

Contests 3:30PM Tue. Aug. 19, Virginia B. Wood

A Place at the Table

Eat. Drink. Empower. didn't start off as a major event. In early 2013, MAX's Wine Dive Executive Chef Erica Beneke was looking for a way to increase her community involvement and thought a dinner cooked by a group of local female chefs would make a great charity fundraiser. She envisioned "a very casual get-together." Read More | Comment »

Benefits 1:45PM Tue. Aug. 19, Brandon Watson

Eden Foods Ban Heads to Wheatsville Vote

After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, progressives were shocked to find Eden Foods listed with the companies calling for an end to Obamacare's contraception mandate. A call to boycott quickly gathered national momentum. Now the local backlash could mean a historic removal of the organic brand's goods off Wheatsville Co-op's shelves. Read More | Comment »

10:45AM Tue. Aug. 19, Brandon Watson

Smart Cookies

There's nothing like being in a room with Austin's brightest epicures to challenge one's self-perception. During yesterday's Slow Food Austin Grub Trivia event at Saengerrunde Hall, my humbling moment came from a question about the smallest European cattle breed. Read More | Comment »

Contests 1:30PM Mon. Aug. 18, Brandon Watson

Wine of the Week

New Zealand winemaker extraordinaire Kim Crawford shot through Austin a few weeks ago leaving a trail of happy wine consumers and professionals. He made sure everyone around him had the chance to taste his world famous Sauvignon Blanc ($15). Read More | Comment »

Wines 9:00AM Mon. Aug. 18, Wes Marshall

The Take-Out: August 15

This week, we're eating brain food. Read More | Comment »

3:15PM Fri. Aug. 15, Brandon Watson

Turkey Trot Art Contest Seeking Submissions

Austin's homegrown ThunderCloud Subs hosts the Turkey Trot every Thanksgiving Day to benefit Caritas of Austin. And while contestants often show up to run in artful costumes, the most important piece of art associated with the annual event is the logo that represents it. That's where you come in. Read More | Comment »

Contests 10:30AM Fri. Aug. 15, Virginia B. Wood

Pickling Peaches with the Big Bad Chef

When Mississippi chef and restaurateur John Currence appeared at the Austin Food and Wine Festival in April, he preached the gospel of preserving summer's bounty and shared samples of foods pickled in his kitchen. I was hooked. Read More | Comment »

Recipes 2:45PM Thu. Aug. 14, Virginia B. Wood

Jacoby's Opens Next Week

Fourth generation rancher and second generation restaurateur Adam Jacoby brings his family's ranch-inspired, rustic Southern cuisine to East Austin. The new eatery opens for business in a remodeled electrical warehouse located on a rapidly-changing stretch of E. Cesar Chavez on Wednesday, Aug. 20th. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Openings 2:00PM Thu. Aug. 14, Virginia B. Wood

Paula Rester Leaving Congress Austin

Today is a good day to try to secure a last-minute reservation at Congress Austin. Paula Rester, Congress' wine director, has accepted a sommelier position at Maialino in New York City. Her last day at Congress will be this Saturday. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Wed. Aug. 13, Brandon Watson

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