First Plates

How we're celebrating First Plates and how you can join us!

Our First Plates issue is on stands now and it’s kind of important. It means that you can finally stop guessing if that Thai or barbecue spot is worth checking out, and trust the expertise of our writers and new Food Editor Brandon Watson.

They've selected the Top 100 restaurants defining Austin dining and for the first time, Brandon Watson and Virginia B. Wood have selected their top 10 faves.

We can’t celebrate something this big just once, so we’ve put together a week of events that are sure to get you excited about this issue and Austin’s food scene. Plus, when you attend any of our food events this week you can enter to win a SXSW music wristband. You can enter once at each party, so come hang with us!

Thursday, Feb 5

Happy Hour at The Tigress


Nothing says celebration like cocktails. Be the first to try our new Austin Chronicle-inspired, limited edition cocktail Midnight Press and meet new Food Editor Brandon Watson.

Friday, Feb 6

#FirstPlates Twitter Chat


Ask Food Editor Brandon Watson your most burning food questions. Where is Austin dining headed? Have food trucks ran their course? How/ why were the restaurants selected? Also, don’t be afraid to ask how he keeps his mustache so spectacular.

Saturday, Feb 7

Issue Launch Party at The ABGB


Party with the The Pettit Brothers + Hot Off The Press: Chronicle Pizza Pie, available Saturday only! + Drink Specials

Monday, Feb 9

First Plates Special Edition Menu at Contigo

Dinner 5pm

I mean, look at what they've planned for us: Firing Squad...$6

tequila, lime, grenadine, bitters

Face Bacon...$7

fermented carrot, arugula

Celery Root...$11

ricotta, blood orange, beet

Buckwheat Crepe...$12

pork confit, parsnip, fried egg

Menu is available a la carte all night on Monday only along with their full seasonal menu.

Tuesday, Feb 10

Austin Chronicle and Austin Film Society Present: 'Kings of Pastry'

We've teamed up with the Austin Film Society to bring you a special screening of French documentary 'Kings of Pastry' at the Marchesa theater.

The film follows a group of world-class French pastry chefs as they compete for France's most prestigious craftsmen award, Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

Stay for a chat with Managing Editor and film critic Kim Jones and Food Editor Brandon Watson. Get tickets here.

Keep up with all things food in Austin by following @ACFood on twitter and @ChronFood on Instagram.

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