La Barbecue’s Supper Club, Soup Peddler’s Pride, Hatch at Central Market, Seven Deadly Sins at Higher Ground, and Everybody’s Got Those Delta Variant Blues

All the news that’s fit to get your taste buds quivering

Here's some of what's happening in Austin's vast and multivalent culinary scene, as wrangled from numerous PR releases, official posts, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdroppings.

Yes, it's your Food News Buffet for the second week in August.

Austin Public Health officials haven’t yet declared a pandemic Stage Five, but they’re still urging everyone to follow Stage Five recommendations. What that means for the restaurant-supporting public: Even fully vaccinated people are encouraged to choose drive-through and curbside options, and anyone who’s unvaccinated or partially vaccinated should avoid dining and instead choose curbside and delivery.

[The Food Lieutenant’s Further Recommendation: You’re not vaccinated, and that lack isn’t due to some dire medical condition, say, but, rather, because the idea of vaccination just doesn’t, like, sit well with you? It’s time to consider pulling your head out of your ass. Srsly – what’s so fascinating about the interior of your gastrointestinal tract, anyway?]

Meanwhile, here comes National CBD Day on Sunday, Aug. 8, where you can 1) get the limited-edition peach & basil scone at Eldorado Cafe’s brunch pop-up – and it’ll come with an Earlybird CBD-infused honey glaze; 2) add some CBD aioli to the house fries (and maybe order a CBD Blueberry Lemonade) at Austin Eastciders on Barton Springs Rd; and 3) head out to Lockhart to try the Rusa/Gazpacho CBD mocktail in that city’s fine eatery called Little Trouble. Lot of companies celebrating this day, naturally, but these events are, how you say, Earlybird all the way down …

But that’s Sunday, right? And Lockhart’s a little ways down the road. And, before that end of the weekend arrives, Milam & Greene Whiskey out in Blanco is releasing its limited-edition HOME Single Barrel Bourbon at a party there on Sat., Aug. 7 (11am-5pm), featuring a performance by Marcia Ball and benefitting the nonprofit Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers … and the annual beerstein-holding contest among the tasty vittles at Krause’s Cafe out in New Braunfels continues apace, with its latest Masskrugstemmen battle happening this Saturday night … and, closer to home:

Yeah, it's no mystery why people are signing up for la Barbecue's new supper club ...

LeAnn Mueller and Ali Clem’s excellent la Barbecue has inaugurated a members-only supper club. If you want in on this, ’cue-savvy foodie that you are, you’ll appreciate getting $50 off the membership fee (by using the code HELLOAUSTIN by Aug. 7) …

Oh, Soup Peddler! This city loves you, doesn’t it? Yes, in general, and especially when you’re offering a new beverage to raise funds for Out Youth. We know you’ll be doing that through August 15, with a smoothie called the Kitty Girl (named after a song by RuPaul), available at all Soup Peddler locations. And, you know, a two-toned pink and purple smoothie conjured from banana, strawberry, raspberry, dragon fruit, rosewater, acai, and rice milk? Mmmmmmm, that’s one hell of a delicious way to celebrate Austin Pride …

And let’s also note that JuiceLand, long based on liquid-centered holistic wellness, but recently struggling with, ah, certain internal issues … JuiceLand has appointed Angela Shaw as their Chief People Officer today. And that Shaw’s an Austin native with more than two decades of human resources and diversity and inclusion expertise. (Look: Her TEDx talk.) So. Can everybody live and learn, after all? Can we all just live and learn and drink lots of refreshing juice … ?

You tell Joseph Gomez (at Civil Goat this Saturday) that we said "Howdy," now, okay?

Taquero Joseph Gomez of Galleta Shop fame is staging a "Con Todo" pop-up at Civil Goat Coffee on Guadalupe this Saturday, with his heritage-celebrating comida (and beer) available from 6pm until sold out

As if Central Market’s current Down Under promotion (featuring eight newly imported products from that island continent where most of the fauna wants, it seems, to kill you) … as if that Australicious event wasn’t enough, the gourmet grocery retailer is also, once again, the local epicenter of Hatch Chile Festival goodness. Yes, as of today, Central Market will feature more Hatch products and dishes than ever before, with fresh and fire-roasted peppers, Hatch pepper tortillas, Hatch-marinated meats and seafood, y mas, mas, mas. Note: This blessed Hatchery continues through Aug. 24

Higher Ground, Austin's newest social space in the restaurant-and-bar arena, is now open at the corner of Eighth and Congress, boasting a food and beverage menu of Italian-inspired fare from chef Chris Galluccio and craft cocktails from mixologist Steven Delgado, and offering a snazzy place to dance the night away. We’d normally stop this blurb right there and move on to the next item, but the Higher Ground drinks menu is fucking slaying us with its concept and its flavors, so we simply have to share: There’s a selection of holy spirits cocktails named after the Seven Deadly Sins, with the likes of Sloth (chamomile-and-lavender-infused bourbon, lemon, honey, and ginger) for sitting on the back patio with friends during happy hour; Lust (tequila, mezcal, lime, house-made strawberry syrup, blackberries, and absinthe) for a romantic dinner date; and even Gluttony (vodka, heavy cream, Cafe Bustelo coffee-infused demerara, licor 43, and nutmeg) for after-dinner hedonism …

Speaking of social spaces – Trudy’s, which re-opened its South Star location last month and re-opened its North Star venue this week, has added award-winning chef Julian Rodarte to the culinary team. The San Antonio native, who’s competed on Beat Bobby Flay and won on ChoppedU’s cooking competition, is bringing his industry-honed skills to bear on the permutations of corn and cheese and chicken and chorizo (and so much more) that the local Tex-Mex emporium is known for …

Cheers to this: Garrison Brothers Distillery has released another new expression of whiskey! Named Guadalupe, to pay homage to one of our state’s most beautiful rivers, the port cask-finished bourbon is bottled at 107 proof and will be available all year ‘round. “Port cask-finished?” you say? Yes: Because Garrison’s master distiller Donnis Todd wrangled up an array of rich and juicy, decades-old port casks directly from winemakers in Portugal, specifically to bring this fine tipple to its spirited apotheosis …

WUXTRY! You already know what Ranch Water is, of course. That simple tequila-and-lime cocktail, right? Perfect for summer? Especially for local summers? Now Kevin Williamson, the owner of Austin’s Ranch 616 since 1998, has finally gotten credit (in the Washington Post, no less) for having invented that refreshing elixir …

Okay, now – y'all eat as well as you can, tip like it's going out of style, and mind those pesky 'rona variants that are trying to rescind our hardwon pandemic freedoms.

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