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Schmidt Family Barbecue is Open for Business

Barbecue lovers have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Schmidt Family Barbecue (12532 FM 2244) since cousins Keith Schmidt and Susie Schmidt Franks and her husband, Chad Franks, announced they were bringing Lockhart barbecue to the Hill Country Galleria. Read More | Comment »

Barbecue 11:40AM Tue. Oct. 29, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

The Mean Eyed Cat Lives On

There was plenty of concern when the funky beer bar and music venue, the Mean Eyed Cat, closed for remodeling in late 2012. The process took a long time, but the bar is back. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 3:30PM Fri. Oct. 25, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’

Though cider man Ed Gibson has had to push back the opening date of his Austin Eastciders (979 Springdale Rd.) production facility and tasting room into 2014, his premier product rolled out in kegs earlier this month. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 1:10PM Fri. Oct. 25, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Farmers’ Market Report: Oct. 26-27, 2013

This week at the markets you will be sure to find sweet peppers, lettuce, butternut squash, carrots, okra, sweet potatoes, and sweet Texas 1015 onions. Read More | Comment »

Farmers' Market Report 10:20AM Fri. Oct. 25, 2013, Kate Thornberry

The Herradurability of Art in the Heart of Texas

The first Herradura Tequila Barrel Art competition in Austin meant that, on Wednesday, Oct. 16th, some local artist was going to win $10,000 right there in the liquor-loving heart of downtown. And that's precisely what happened. Read More | Comment »

Cocktails 4:00PM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, Wayne Alan Brenner and Leah Allis Moss

The Tortilla Strip

Few things in Austin are as revered as tacos. Ann Richards ate tacos; Molly Ivins did too. They inspired one of Willie Nelson’s most poignant love songs. Some even say Elisabet Ney devoured al Pastor before immortalizing Sam Houston. It’s a wonder the streets aren’t paved in tortillas. Austin never seems to get its fill. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Reviews 3:15PM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, Brandon Watson

Fed Up With Your Liver? Here's Your Revenge

Now in its fourth year, Austin Beer Week (ABW) is a craft-beer-fueled test of endurance. It's time to get your hangover supplies in order. Read More | Comment »

Beer & Food Events 2:45PM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, Anna Toon

The Most Personal of Cookbooks

While the title might strike some as proprietary, Diana Kennedy has indeed made Mexico her own, embracing the people and the culture through her exhaustive study of Mexican cuisine over the past fifty years. Read More | Comment »

Cookbook Reviews 11:55AM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Late October Food Event-Palooza

October is always a wildly popular month for special events in Austin, but this year the calendar is packed with more delicious choices than ever before. Between this list and our regular weekly Meal Times listings, if you can’t find more than one tasty event to attend every day, you’re just not trying hard enough Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 2:45PM Wed. Oct. 23, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

These Bitches Know Their Brew

Marketed toward women as a low-calorie, and by definition tasteless, alternative to real beer, a “bitch beer” is enough to make a craft beer connoisseur shudder. Read More | Comment »

Beer 10:00AM Tue. Oct. 22, 2013, Anna Toon

Grateful for Alamo and Craft Beer

Ask the most loyal fanbase in music history to suggest a special ingredient for craft beer, and the answer is granola. Read More | Comment »

Beer & Food Events 10:00AM Tue. Oct. 22, 2013, Jessi Cape

Sunflower: Not Sunny Anymore

About a month ago a friend and I were on a Vietnamese food-craving jag, and I decided to give Sunflower (8557 Research, #146) another try. I had not been there in years; not since the competing owners divorced and the hubby left to open Le Soleil, as a matter of fact. Read More | Comment »

Restaurant Reviews 5:30PM Mon. Oct. 21, 2013, Mick Vann

Verts SoLa Shop Celebrates Oktoberfest

Harkening back to its German roots, a newer addition to the family of Verts kebap shops got into the spirit Thursday evening with some Oktoberfest fun, including traditional music, Live Oak Oktoberfest beer, and, of course, dudes in lederhosen. Read More | Comment »

Beer & Food Events 11:50AM Sat. Oct. 19, 2013, Gracie Salem

Farmers Market Report: Oct. 19-20, 2013

It’s not often I have a news item this spectacular: Apples! Texas-grown apples have arrived at the Barton Creek Farmers Market, courtesy of Top O’ Texas Orchards. These beauties are very flavorful and hug the border between sweet and crisp. To the best of my recollection, last week the varieties were Galas and Honeycrisps. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Fri. Oct. 18, 2013, Kate Thornberry

Urban Farm Debate Intensifies

UPDATED: City Council has postponed discussion of the proposed changes to the urban farm code, pending another stakeholder process. A return to Council is scheduled for Nov. 21. Read More | Comment »

Growing Your Own Food 1:06PM Thu. Oct. 17, 2013, Anna Toon

Cooking in Context

During my forty year culinary career, there have been a select number of books that became touchstones, volumes that seemed to arrive just when inspiration was needed or direction was appropriate, books that somehow enhanced my sense of having found my calling. The newest addition to the list is a work of culinary history by Rachel Laudan. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 10:45AM Thu. Oct. 17, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Torchy's Tacos Headed to Mueller Market

Catellus Development announced today that the fast-growing local chain, Torchy's Tacos, will open its 11th area outlet in the Mueller Market District in the summer of 2014. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 5:00PM Wed. Oct. 16, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

No Muss, No Fuss

The Austin chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international service organization of ladies in the food industry, uses the funds raised via the annual online auction of foodstuffs, services, and experiences to help pay for “farm-to-plate initiatives” and culinary scholarships. Read More | Comment »

Virginia's On the Range 1:05PM Wed. Oct. 16, 2013, Melanie Haupt

Interactive Dinners at Finn & Porter

There are lots of new things going on at Finn & Porter, the swank restaurant at the Hilton Downtown. A new chef, Peter Maffei, has given the menu a makeover and added a series of monthly wine dinners. Sushi 101, however, showcases the skills of Sushi Chef Triet Huynh, F&P sushi chef since the beginning. Read More | Comment »

Food & Wine Events 10:00AM Wed. Oct. 16, 2013, Claudia Alarcón

Holy Sweet Potato Doughnuts!

When the final day of ACL was rained out, one of the questions buzzing around the local food media was what all the vendors would do with the food they had prepared to feed 75,000 people? Chef Allison Jenkins of the Say LaV trailer (in back at 1500 E. Sixth) is solving the problem with three days of early morning doughnut sales. Read More | Comment »

Food Trucks 8:00AM Wed. Oct. 16, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

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