Is anybody in Austin having a better 2015 than Aaron Franklin? Our brisket king joined one of his most famous fans, Jimmy Kimmel, on TV last night. Franklin was smoking and serving brisket on Hollywood Boulevard while Kimmel plugged his guest's new book and upcoming cooking show. Not a bad way to spend an evening.
The Master Court of Sommeliers has announced that 18 people have just passed the advanced sommelier exam for this year. Three of the new designates are Texans and one is Austinite Paul Ozbirn, beverage director for chef Shawn Cirkiel's Parkside Projects restaurant group.
Growing up in Detroit in the Fifties and Sixties, Jackie Davies spent a lot of time around the restaurants and bakery delivery business run by her father. You might say the food service business was in her blood.
Hops and Grain Brewery might be on a roll. Hot on the heels of the release of Porter Culture last fall, H & G will be offering its first year-round draft beer – A Pale Mosaic. Thanks to some brewery upgrades and long-term contracts to purchase Mosaic hops, the previously limited-edition release is poised to be your go-to.
Thanks to recent rains, Austin's well-loved urban farms are all decked out in spring blossoms and greenery, ready to welcome visitors on the sixth annual East Austin Urban Farm Tour on Sunday, April 12 from 1-5pm.