Thanksgiving Is Coming, Gourdough’s Is Closed, Gourmand’s Is CTD, We’re Forking Cancer, Another Uchiba Is On Its Way, and More

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.

Mmmmm … some of what Farmhouse Delivery has ready for your best Thanksgiving yet

Yes, citizen, it’s your "Food News Buffet” for the second week of November in the madding metropolis that liked Twitter better last year…

Here comes T-Day, which we’ll say is Thanksgiving Day, generally, and not Turkey Day, specifically – because, as you’re surely aware, those big ol’ birds are a bit hard to come by this year. Still, there are some places around town that are offering traditional, turkey-forward feasts. And there are other places around town with other options, and all of them lip-smackingly delicious, and – look, the point is: We’ve got a solid array of Thanksgiving dining recommendations for you right here

Aaaaargh! Gourdough’s (2700 S. Lamar) has closed permanently, as noted on the restaurant’s Instagram page: “After 10 years of serving the Austin community with unique donuts and cocktails, we will be closing the iconic Gourdough's Public House … With an upcoming residential project being built on the location, two years of extreme labor shortages, inflation, increased food cost, and the desire to pursue other opportunities, business partners Paula Samford and Ryan Palmer decided it felt like the right time to conclude business …” Silver lining: The original Gourdough’s food truck in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood (1503 S. First) will continue bringing their sweet and savory doughnut-centric creations to a hungry public…

And, as if there’s a general death knell for things that start with “Gour,” neighborhood favorite Gourmand’s (2316 Webberville Rd.) will be closing permanently ’round Christmastime, as reported at Eater Austin. Ah, damn, where else are we gonna get those amazing sandwiches and soups – soups served in bowls made of bread! – when co-owners Caitlin Shea, Benjamin Siewert, and Tiffany and Mike Russell close up shop? Best to lock in a few more delicious memories at the joint before it’s gone for good…

In happier news, you can help in the fight to 86 cancer, at the second annual Fork Cancer fundraiser taking place at the Belmont (305 W. Sixth) Downtown and featuring food from the likes of Loro, Juliet Italian Kitchen, Intero, TenTen, Via 313, and other culinary greats – along with live music from Kalu and the Electric Joint, live screenprinting by Feels So Good, and one of those posh silent auctions. That’s on Thu., Nov. 10, 7-10pm…

Heads-up, service industry people! There's an industry party at Bar Peached after the weekend's done.

On Monday, Nov. 14, 6-11pm, Chef BarATX presents a pop-up at Bar Peached (1315 W. Sixth) to celebrate the hospitality industry, with half of the sales going back to the full staff working the event. The team will use the space on a night during which it’d normally be closed, offering relaxed counter service on the patio and inside, slinging drinks that they’ve said reside in their hearts from their years of working in the hospitality industry and “fall somewhere on the spectrum between accessible and approachable, yet outlandish.” Drinks will be accompanied by noms from chef Evan Bloom – and there’s at least a rumor that his latkes and Asian-inspired matzo ball soup will be among the delights…

Our love for both Desert Door Texas Sotol and Garrison Brothers bourbon is no secret, so you’ll be unsurprised to hear we’re thrilled about this new collaboration called Driftwood Cowboy. Yes, this new variation of the Door’s original Texas sotol was finished in those rare Cowboy Bourbon barrels from the Garrisons. Talk about a production flex that’s equally subtle and powerful, whoa – and you can taste it for yourself at Desert Door, Thu.-Sun., Nov. 10-13. Suggestion: Sample that Driftwood Cowboy in fresh cocktails and maybe buy a bottle of the limited release while you’re there…

Speaking of collabs, we’ve already noted Farmhouse Delivery in our Thanksgiving Dining listings, and we’ve shouted-out Fairweather Cider Co. in the blurb for that Austin Cider Fest, right? Now those two powerhouses are joining forces for this Sunday’s Friendsgiving Party at Fairweather (10609 Metric), where they’ll be making mulled cider at 2pm and awarding the winner of their incredibly feastable Friendsgiving Bundle – which could be you, if you enter via Farmhouse’s Instagram right here… and Uchiba and Fierce Whiskers Distillery are giving you a whiskey-paired culinary sneak peek later that same Sunday…

Let’s see – what else, what else? The Yard at St. Elmo is having a Cinnamon & Spice Walkabout this weekendEvan Rodriguez has wrangled a roundup of terrific spring rolls in Austin… and Claire Stevens tells us about the local restaurants that are celebrating World Vegan Month with plant-based options

Pinkmas, right? How ever did you guess?

And the Museum of Ice Cream’s annual Pinkmas celebration kicks off soon (specifically: Nov. 17), wherein you can embark on a magical journey across 12 multisensory installations filled with delicious treats, festive crafts, a larger-than-life snow globe, and more. Sprinkle your way through the Pinkmas tree forest, build a take-home paper gingerbread house, and sample all the flavors that celebrate the spirit of the season, right there in the Domain…

WUXTRY! The fifth annual Butcher’s Ball is set to commence in Brenham this weekend – Sat.-Sun., Nov. 12-13 – featuring more than 40 chefs from across the state, dozens of ranchers, and more farmers than ever before…

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and don’t forget all that you have to be thankful for.

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