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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.

16 floors up, and the food at Cambria Hotel's rooftop Limestone is *chef's kiss*

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

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop (4220 Duval) is opening a new store dedicated to cheese classes and tastings, and they’re keeping the location secret so you can find it yourself via their Cheese-Filled Scavenger Hunt on Sat., Nov. 4, 11am-1pm. If you want a day of fun, frenzy, and fantastic cheese treats as you solve this adorable mystery, turophile, click here for details

Terry Taco Enterprises – the folks behind the popular P. Terry’s burger shops – announced that they will permanently close their remaining Taco Ranch location (5033 W. Hwy 290) on Fri., Nov. 3, in order to focus on their burger empire’s expansion into the Houston area. (We daresay, this town is not without sufficient taco options, n’est-ce pas? Tacodeli, anyone? Mi Madre’s? Veracruz All Natural? Aw, hell, yeah – even ubiquitous Torchy’s.) Silver lining, saving grace: All Taco Ranch employees will be offered positions at a P. Terry’s location, and the company plans to sublease the building to Austin-based Cabo Bob’s

The Cambria Hotel (68 East), adjacent to the Rainey Street district, has just opened its Limestone restaurant and cocktail lounge, featuring an impressive list of chef-driven dishes, including lamb chops with a balsamic glaze, labneh and fresh herbs; braised beef cheeks with pomegranate, feta, pickled peppers, carrots; and roasted octopus with lemon, parsley, loukaniko, kale, stewed white beans, and tomato. The new rooftop venue (it’s 16 floor up!) seats 120 and will present frequent nights of live music and DJ sets to supercharge the convivial atmosphere. Recommended cocktail: the Achilles Heel, a simple yet eye-opening gimlet that’s bright with gin, basil, and lemon …

Fierce Whiskers Distillery (5333 Fleming Court) hosts their monthly special release party on Sat., Oct. 28, noon-4pm – with some four-legged special guests. The event's hosted in tandem with Austin Pets Alive!, and the single-barrel, cask-strength, straight rye expression aptly named “Take Me Home” will be available only at the distillery (and $10 of each sale goes directly to APA!). Bonus: The event will also feature adoptable dogs, live music, and a doggie costume contest …

Let’s see – what else, what else? Local beefmonger Buddy’s Burger is opening a new location in San Marcos on Thu., Oct. 26, 10:30am, and the first 100 customers will receive a free Buddy’s t-shirt and a classic burgerDistrict Kitchen + Cocktails (5900 W. Slaughter) is making merry for their 10th anniversary on Sat., Oct. 28Asahi Imports (6105 Burnet Rd) celebrates their sixth annual Onigiri Social on Sun., Oct,. 29 noon-4pm … there’s a “Truly Terrible Tea” at the Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos) on Sun., Oct. 29 … Matthew and Camila McConaughey are pleased to introduce their super-premium Pantalones Organic Tequila to agave lovers everywhere

WUXTRY! Those art-forward ATXGirls are staging a festive fall evening at culinary hotspot 1417 French Bistro (1417 S. First), bringing themed cocktails and a variety of delicious snacks and desserts to fuel a creative night under the giant oak trees and string lights in the bistro’s outdoor space. There’ll be plenty of giveaways, photo opps, candle painting, and other fun activities, too – on Thu., Nov. 2, 6-8:30pm …

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and, ah, go get ’em, tiger!

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