This week's foodie news: subs, pies, wine, hot dogs, and more
Here are three opportunities for creative Austinites to display their talents in the coming weeks. First up, sandwich-loving aspiring T-shirt artists should enter their designs in the 2011 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot logo competition. The winning design will appear on all printed race materials and in the ad campaign, as well as on more than 19,000 T-shirts. The winning designer receives a year's worth of free subs. Deadline for entries is Friday, May 20; see complete details at www.thundercloud.com.
Trivia masters will want to band together in teams of five to enter the ongoing weekly Pub Quiz Tournament at Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant (214 W. Fourth). The contest started May 4, but teams can enter at any time as weekly cash and surprise spot prizes are awarded. Bring a wealth of trivial knowledge and some friends for free beer, good food, and cold cash, Wednesdays at 7pm through June 1.
The organizers of Austin's Peace Through Pie movement are putting out a call for pie donations. Amateur, commercial, and professional bakers alike are encouraged to donate sweet or savory pies to a Dream Pie Social fundraiser June 4 at the Limerick-Frazier House (810 E. 13th) to kick off this year's Juneteenth celebrations. Interested bakers should contact event chair Toni Tipton-Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for complete details.
Wine writer and Thirsty Girl founder Leslie Sbrocco's recent trip to Austin paid off handsomely for one Hill Country winery. Sbrocco promoted Fall Creek Vineyards' award-winning Meritus blend as one of her Mother's Day wine picks on a Today Show segment last week.
And while we're on the subject of wine, kudos to Congress/Bar Congress/Second Bar + Kitchen sommelier June Rodil for winning the inaugural Somms Under Fire food and wine pairing competition held recently at the W Hotel. The other finalists were Scott Barber of Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits and Chris McFall of Paggi House. Rodil received a weeklong vacation package at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and a wine internship in Burgundy, France. Guests at the event also voted Rodil fan favorite sommelier, garnering her full paid attendance at the annual TexSom Conference held in Las Colinas every August.
Hot dog entrepreneur Jeremiah Allen joins the ranks of former food truck operators Aaron Franklin and Jaynie Buckingham in moving his business into to a brick-and-mortar location. After a few years in the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery, Man Bites Dog will start serving the award-winning hot dogs customers loved at a new indoor spot (5222 Burnet Rd.) sometime this month. New Executive Chef Doug Johnson has joined the company to help Allen develop an expanded menu with more distinctive hot dogs, appetizers, side dishes, and a selection of open-faced corn dogs, plus beer and wine.