Adrian Lipscombe at Canje, Grounds & Hounds for Austin Pets Alive!, Provision Dining House Returns, Snoozing for Pride, and Here Comes the Bourbon Brawl

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

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

How could Tavel Bristol-Joseph's Canje possibly be any better? This Sunday brings the answer.

Yes, it’s your Food News Buffet for the second week of June in Austin, Texas, where we can never have enough breakfast tacos or empathy.

We’re not saying that the caffeine scene’s gone to the dogs, citizen, we’re just glad to tell you that Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. is partnering with Austin Pets Alive! for their Rescue Roast initiative. This means that 100% of all profits from the sale of the Rescue Roast blend will go toward funding the APA!’s Parvo Puppy ICU – a program that provides care and rehabilitation to puppies that contract parvovirus. Yes, that’s not the usual “small portion,” but 100% of all profits; and, though of course we love the puppers, we wouldn’t mention this if the coffee itself wasn’t of excellent quality…

It’s not so easy to find good micheladas in this town – and, anyway, you sometimes want to mix ‘em up yourself, shift that house party into a spicier gear, right? Try doing that with the utmost of flavor and convenience, suggest Austin’s KC Hensley and Marisa Williams, longtime aficionados of the beer-based cocktail and now founders of Momo’s Michelada Mix. Listen: While each region of Central America has its own version of the michelada, Momo’s is created with Nicaraguan inspiration: Absolutely no tomatoes. It’s a citrus-forward blend that’s light, bright, and refreshing, a perfect brewski enhancement (we daresay) to make this coming summer’s inferno less harrowing…

Speaking of beer, this weekend brings the Fredericksburg Craft Beer Festival, a happy hoppy celebration that combines the German town’s history with its love of big events – at the Marktplatz, 126 W. Main, on Saturday, June 11. Before you drive on out, snag tickets right here

Mmmmm, the braised pork sandwich at the newly reopened Provision Dining House … (Courtesy of Resplendent Hospitality)

OK, enough with the beverages! Look: Provision Dining House, shuttered for two pandemic years, has returned with a refreshed vibe in a new space at 4600 W. Guadalupe, in the former Maudie’s Tex-Mex at the Triangle. Chef Albert Gonzalez and his wife Poeta Asher, co-owners, tell us that the revitalized and family-friendly venue’s got a big indoor dining area and bar (and a covered outdoor patio that seats 50) where they’re serving up their popular dishes of prime rib, porchetta, truffled mac & cheese, short-rib ragout, rotisserie chickens, and more…

The Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group informs us that, in honor of Juneteenth, all their restaurants will be celebrating African American culture via food, art, and music throughout the month. For instance: On Sunday, June 12, chef Adrian Lipscombe (founder of the 40 Acres and a Mule Project) is doing a collaboration dinner with Tavel Bristol-Joseph at the excellent Canje (1914 E. Sixth). The menu will be à la carte, with three dishes from chef Lipscombe, and proceeds will benefit Black Mamas ATX. Tickets are available now

And earlier that same day – Sunday, June 12 – Les Dames d'Escoffier Austin has organized a picnic at Vista Brewing out in Driftwood, to raises funds for Ukrainian children… and, on Thursday, June 16, there’s a foodie celebration for the second anniversary of the Fruitful Commons

And – the drinks are back: On Thursday, June 30, the annual Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl takes off the kid gloves at Fair Market in Downtown Austin, where finalists from across the country will compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and a barrel of Garrison Brothers’ finest. For you, it’ll be an evening of cocktails, whiskey samples, and tasty hors d’oeuvres as Ryan Smith from Houston, Graham Comstock from Tampa, Albert Pero from New York, Zachary MacMahon from Chicago, and California’s Rachel Keeney battle it out boozewise for top mixological glory. You can grab a ticket right here, hoss…

I scream? I weep, to be more precise: Austinites bid a sad adios to Sweet Ritual, that inspirational powerhouse of vegan ice creamery, as the cold confectionary company has shuttered for good, according to the recent Instagram post by owner Amelia Raley. Wish they could’ve stayed around forever; but, hey, 10½ years isn’t a bad run in these crazy times…

Do pancakes get any gayer – or yummier – than this?

Ah, the breakfasty goodness of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery is sweetening up for Pride Month, as all locations are offering Pride Pancakes – fluffy buttermilk pancakes filled with white chocolate chips and natural rainbow sprinkles, topped with sweet cream drizzle, whipped mascarpone, and even more rainbow sprinkles – until June’s over. But the instigating reason is even better than the taste: 100% of Pride Pancake sales will be donated to the Trevor Project

Speaking of philanthropic promotions, Austin-based Hat Creek Burger Co. is partnering with Rambler Sparkling Water to benefit our city’s beautiful parks and green spaces: From June 13 to July 13, when someone orders a Lettuce Wrapped Combo Meal – including either a Big Hat or Little Hat burger, fries, and a Rambler Sparkling Water – a portion of the proceeds will go to Austin Parks Foundation, which is celebrating their 30th anniversary this month. Participating locations include Buda, Burnet Road, Domain NORTHSIDE, Dripping Springs, Lakeway, Round Rock, and West Lake. You can find ’em online right here

WUXTRY! Honey Moon Spirit Lounge (624 W 34th), one of the hottest culinary tickets in town, will be supercharging the last Sunday of every month with a Burlesque Brunch featuring performers from Brown Burlesque. So, wait – the food at Honey Moon is already *chef’s kiss*, but will now be enhanced by that sizzling troupe’s sexy maneuvers? Yes – starting Sunday, June 26, noon & 2pm

Oh, and you know the Chronicle’s Clara Wang has a good look at Southeast Asian street food in Austin, right?

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and watch out for those ’ronas, that monkeypox, and whatever else is out there waiting to get us.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Wayne Alan Brenner
Visual Art Review: Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation’s “The Still Life”
Visual Art Review: Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation’s “The Still Life”
This charming exhibit rehabilitates neglected stuffies, then puts them to work creating art

March 22, 2024

Spider Sculptures, Gore Feasts, and More Arts Events
Spider Sculptures, Gore Feasts, and More Arts Events
Feed your art habit with these recommended events for the week

March 22, 2024

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle