Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe

A little extra Austin food news

Sometimes there is too much Austin food news to squeeze into the print edition of the Chronicle. Rather than wait a week, we've decided to give our readers a little bite of something extra.

French Legation (photo by French Legation/ FB)

• Hot on the heels of the announcement that Olamaie is a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards and that Grae Nonas is a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef, Olamaie co-executive chefs Nonas and Michael Fojtasek are presenting two nights of pop-up restaurant dinners at the CHEFS CLUB by FOOD & WINE (275 Mulberry St., NYC). The exclusive, 16-seat space is curated by Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin to showcase the signature cuisine of the most talented chefs from across the country. Dinner guests will be greeted by baskets of Olamaie's not-so-secret biscuits and then Fojtasek and Nonas will present eight-course dinners with all-American wine pairings on Monday and Tuesday evenings, March 2-3.

• Former Austin chef Gabe Thompson, now chef and owner of L'Apicio in New York City, competed in last week's episode of Bravo's Best New Restaurant and his eatery is moving on to the semifinals on the reality competition show. Working with his wife, pastry chef Kathryn Thompson, and beverage director Tony Campanale, Thompson's L'Apicio team excelled in food quality, service, and hospitality. While in Austin, Gabe Thompson worked at Spaghetti Warehouse, Granite Cafe, Asti, and Emilia's before striking out for Portland, Aspen, and finally New York City.

• The French Tech Club, a partnership of the French government, the city of Angers, and a group of French businesses, will host pop-up restaurants and bars on the grounds of Austin's historic French Legation (802 San Marcos) from Sunday, March 15 through Friday, March 20. The presentation is designed to introduce Austinites as well as guests to the South by Southwest Interactive, Film, and Music Festival to a taste of French savoir-faire. The participating restaurants and bars will be the Michelin-starred Une Ile, Chez Remi, Cercie Rouge, a bar featuring natural wines from the Loire Valley, and Metropolitan, a craft cocktail bar specializing in forgotten cocktails. For more information and sample menus, go here.

• A satisfying antidote to this weekend's cold weather could just be Sunday dinner at Jeffrey's (1204 West Lynn). The chicken dinner special this week includes a whole Peeler Farms bird roasted in the wood-burning oven paired with chicory panzanella, oak-grilled broccoli, potato puree, and a green garlic chimichurri. The meal provides enough food for two to three diners and is $75. Also be sure to check out June Rodil's half-priced wine selections.

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