Storing Vintage Wine, Celebrating Italian Style, Cheesing National Queso Day, Tiki-ing Up the Roosevelt, 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.

Austin Restaurant Weeks continue through Sept. 17!

Yes, citizen, it’s your “Food News Buffet” for the second week of September.

Austin Restaurant Weeks – the acclaimed program featuring specially priced lunches, dinners, and cocktails at the city’s best restaurants to help support the Central Texas Food Bank – continue through Sept. 17…

And, O holy Scoville, this is the weekend of the 33rd annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, bringing you the most and the best of local culinary heat in a peppery style: Sun., Sept. 10, at the Far Out Lounge (8504 S. Congress)…

Dig this, oenophiles! Vintage Wine Storage (10615 Metric), a state-of-the-art wine storage facility and tasting room servicing Central Texas, is set to open on Tue., Sept. 12, to begin serving “Austin's demand for high-end and accessible wine storage facilities.” The founder, Gabe Anderson, is “determined to spearhead this untapped market and is committed to providing customers with optimal cellar standards and practices.” Yes, well. Folks who can actually afford to live in Austin these days might need this sort of thing, hmmm? We wouldn’t be at all surprised, but we’re still keeping our Boone’s Farm in the garage fridge…

Andiamo Ristorante (2521 Rutland) has their 19th anniversary dinner – we daresay their 19th anniversary sumptuous feast – coming up on Wed., Sept. 13, and if you don’t want to miss out on one of the finest reasons to party up all Italian-style, we recommend making reservations, like, STAT…

Eat some queso, do some good! We mean, National Queso Day is coming up on Wed., Sept. 20, and the all-day diner folks at Kerbey Lane Cafe will celebrate with their variety of highly delectable queso options – Classic Queso, Kerbey Queso, Credo’s Cashew Queso (it’s vegan!), and Cowboy Queso – and an opportunity to benefit the community. On that day, proceeds from every queso purchased at any Kerbey Lane location will be donated to Keep Austin Fed, a local nonprofit dedicated to fighting food insecurity and connecting surplus food with Austin families in need…

Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Austin

Let’s see – what else, what else? Our man Evan Rodriguez, who recently wrangled a list of where to get good frozen margaritas in this town, returns with a profile of the folks behind those Uyghur-style skewers at Camino Alamo BBQRod Machen weighs in with a review of the new Veracruz Fonda & Bar in MuellerAustin Chronicle Food Editor Melanie Haupt tells us about Bottega, the new ice-creamy Italian cafe (the irrepressible Kati Luedecke is one of the owners!) in that same neighborhood… this weekend’s Austin Family Kitchen series with chef Mashama Bailey brings the best of culinary collabs to the Diner Bar… Central Market’s delicious Passaporte Portugal events begin soon… and you know that Maris Clegg & Chris Cubas’ wonderful Red Beans and Ricely Yours program keeps on bringing food to those who need it, right?

WUXTRY! There’s gonna be a rum-fueled, multi-bar takeover of the Roosevelt Room and the Eleanor (307 W. Fifth) for Texas Tiki Week on Thu., Sept. 21, with renowned bar teams from tiki-culture legends UnderTow, Navy Strength, Strong Water, and Sunken Harbor Club bringing their immersive experience and award-winning cocktails to the city of Austin…

And … CONGRATS! Garrison Brothers, Texas’ first legal bourbon distillery, was named Distillery of the Year at the annual American Distilling Institute gala in Las Vegas just last month. We imagine those affable Garrisons and master distiller Donnis Todd are still grinning about this well-deserved honor…

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and try to vote the worst bastards out of office whenever possible.


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