Black ATX Food Week, Oseyo’s Courtyard, Hopdoddy Pays It Forward, and More

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Here’s your weekly Food News Buffet, culled from numerous PR releases, official posts, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdroppings.

First, you know that the 30th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is still on (albeit virtually) this year, right? Starting on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 1pm, in fact.

And the Austin Justice Coalition is presenting the fourth annual ATX Black Food Week, supercharging the culinary scene with three weeks of food, drinks, and community empowerment – Aug. 24-Sept. 13 – featuring two bricks-and-mortar restaurant weeks and a full week dedicated to food trucks.

And now, let’s talk about openings. Because most every place has regular menus and family meals available for take-out in these pandemic times, but the great outdoors (such as it is, even Down­town) allows for perfectly cromulent nomming, too, when done wisely.

And look: Oseyo, that stylish venue of Korean food on Cesar Chavez, has re-opened for dining, having transformed its former private dining room into a mind-soothing art gallery and now welcoming hungry guests to the pleasures of its elegantly appointed and safely distanced courtyard … Plaza Colombian Coffee Bar on South Congress has expanded its outdoor patio to nearly double the original size, with a newly added tiki bar and a hot dog stand and a similarly embiggened menu … You know Asti in Hyde Park has a patio, too, of course; it’s open again as well, with that Italian cuisine the joint’s renowned for all front and center in the open air … Siena Ristorante Tos­cana, the totally Instagrammable fine-dining venue that features meals by chef Harvey Harris (and a Wine Spectator-approved wine list), also returns with patio seating for dinner.

Meanwhile, the Soup Peddler has expanded its local empire to the Eastside, adding more power to the goodness available at nearby East Side Pies and Anything's Baked Potato … Tex-Mex champion Eldorado’s Taco y Torta Co. is the newest addition to Austin’s Kitchen United Mix hub of local badasses and national chains alike … Hopdoddy Burger Bar is continuing its Pay It Forward campaign, where, for every burger purchased, Hopdoddy donates one burger to teachers who are working to keep students safe as schools open, or to support parents participating in at-home learning – and that’s going on through Sept. 17 … and, at Hopfields there on Guadalupe, chef James Flowers is bringing back weekend brunch starting this Saturday …

Before leaving on a sweet note, let’s roll our eyes at the adult baby who hurled bottles of Topo Chico and shattered all the windows of Hyde Park’s Fresh Plus last week because he didn’t want to wear a mask while shopping and was all, like, colicky about it. And now:

Somewhere in heaven there’s an area featuring just-baked French pastry and the most adorable felines ever, and – no, wait, we’re thinking of Vivian’s Boulangerie right here in Austin. Acclaimed doughmistress and cat-lover Kendall Melton debuts this tasty new service, named after her recently departed pet, for delivering her freshly made pastries, treats, and homemade syrups “to everyone from Buda to Georgetown.” Okay! And y'all hang in there, now!

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