If you love cookbooks, this is the week for you. Not only is the Texas Book Festival coming to Austin this weekend, but the calendar is packed with special events from authors both appearing at the cooking tent and not. Events featuring Marcus Samuelsson and Hank Shaw have already sold out, but there’s still a couple of opportunities to get your cookbook on.
With the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, the deaths of Prince and David Bowie, and the continual threat of “Becky with the good hair,” 2016 has been a bitch. We all deserve a little day-drinking. Luckily, the Untapped Festival is bringing it this year with 334 beers to help you forget 2016 ever happened.
We know that the original Munich Volksfest is now just a woozy, beer-soaked memory, but Texans can throw Oktoberfest any damn time we want. Sure, some air-conditioned purists break out their dirndls in late September, but we think sausage tastes better without sweaty mustard.
We’ll be straight up with you. This may be a rough day. You’ve spent all week swiping right instead of dealing with monthly reports and important emails. Believe us, your boss noticed. We can’t say you won’t have it coming when you receive that pink slip tomorrow, but we here at the Chronicle want you to have fun tonight.
Round up all those know-it-all foodie friends of yours and start studying that food-stained copy of the Larousse Gastronomique, because it's time for the annual Grub Trivia contest hosted by Slow Food Austin.
Like you, I grew up in a time when lagers were made by dull people for dull people. Consequently, lagers gained an unreasonably awful reputation as America’s languid, sickly sweet, and embarrassingly light-bodied export, which required several minutes of explanation to our foreign friends in our study abroad programs.
If our urban farm movement is ever to become as emblematic of modern Austin's zeitgeist as our treasured live music scene, local foodies will need to rally around area farmers in much the same way Austin music fans lavish love on local musicians. Farmgrass Fest 2015 and the VIP gala beforehand are good places to start.