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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

Today is Tèo Gelato Day

When the North American leg of the Gelato World Tour was held in Austin in April, gelato maker Matt Lee of Tèo Gelato, Espresso, and Bella Vita was one of the three people chosen to compete in the finals in Rimini, Italy in September. Read More | Comment »

Contests 11:15AM Wed. Aug. 13, Virginia B. Wood

The Hundred Foot Journey Feast

If the trailers for the summer's newest foodie film have piqued your culinary curiosity, the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline is offering a four-course feast on Wednesday, Aug. 20 that food-loving film fans won't want to miss. Read More | Comment »

Movie Feasts 1:45PM Tue. Aug. 12, Virginia B. Wood

First Look: Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

Ryan Hall had been living with his dreams for years before opening Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors. The La Marzocco machine sitting in his room had been procured from an auction in Florida, surviving a home burglary before finally taking throne in the new coffee shop he co-owns with girlfriend Kathleen Carmichael. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Openings 11:00AM Tue. Aug. 12, Amira Jensen

First Look: Cuvée Coffee Bar

Sometimes awesome things are by themselves and sometimes they're clustered in a group. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Openings 2:45PM Mon. Aug. 11, Wayne Alan Brenner

The Original Hoffbrau is 80 Years Young

What does it take for a restaurant to remain open in the same location in the same city for 80 years? Hard work, a convenient location, good luck, and four generations of one family willing to mind the store. Austin's Original Hoffbrau Steaks (613 W. Sixth) has all that, and more. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 12:25PM Mon. Aug. 11, Virginia B. Wood

The Take-Out: August 8

This weekend, we're preparing for the best. Read More | Comment »

3:45PM Fri. Aug. 8, Brandon Watson

First Look: Garbo's Wells Branch

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the great state of Maine. In two short days, I had lobster four times. There wasn’t another choice. It was expected. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Reviews 4:15PM Thu. Aug. 7, Rod Machen

It's Hatch Chile Season Again

We Austinites pride ourselves on our love for chiles as much as we brag about our tolerance for the summer heat. That's why we willingly surrender to the invasion of thousands of pounds of big green chiles from the agricultural area around tiny Hatch, New Mexico every summer. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 12:30PM Thu. Aug. 7, Virginia B. Wood

Christopher Kimball's Recipe for Success

Practical New Englander Christopher Kimball founded Cook's Illustrated magazine and the popular PBS cooking show America's Test Kitchen to provide American home cooks with fool-proof recipes that guarantee kitchen success. Periodically, he likes to take the show on the road. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 11:40AM Wed. Aug. 6, Virginia B. Wood

Finding Their Métier

Almost all cooks fall into two broad categories. The first will beam at a well-done buttermilk pie, but their business is in sustenance, however appealing. But sustenance may be the last goal of the second type. They obsess over craft, perhaps, or a tomato’s terroir. Their geekery consumes as brightly as that of Comic-Con cosplayer. Read More | Comment »

3:15PM Mon. Aug. 4, Brandon Watson

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