Friday, April 4, 2014

Bits and Bites

-- The 3rd Texas Veg Fest is April 5th at Fiesta Gardens; vendors, speakers, food and more!

-- The Texas Olive Festival is April 5th at the Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Dripping Springs. Advance tickets are $35 and benefit the Sustainable Food Center.

-- Scrumptious Chef is holding one of his pop-up events on April 5th at Tamale House East; salsa and charcuterie.

-- Banger's is holding a dinner and screening of the new movie Craft on April 8th. $15/person; a special sausage will be created to complement the Altered State saison beer.

-- Jack Allen's is hosting a five-course tasting dinner on April 8th with Treaty Oak Spirits, $75/person. For tickets:

-- Join Sagra for a wine tasting dinner April 9th, $45/person.

-- Apothecary will hold a spring wine tasting on April 12th from 2 - 4pm, $25/person; for tickets, email them at

-- Mulberry's annual crawfish boil is April 13th, 5 - 8 pm, $10/person. 

-- The Austin Food and Wine Alliance's annual Live Fire! is April 17 at the Salt Lick Pavilion; tickets are $75.

-- On April 19th, Bangers will host Smoke Out Saturday with a low country boil (shrimp, crab and lots more) and music for $15.

-- Chavez will be open for Easter brunch on April 20th, $49/person.

-- The Carillon is doing seatings for Easter at 10:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 1:30 pm; $65 for adults. $19.95 for kids ages 6 - 12.

-- Eden East at Springdale Farm will hold an Easter Brunch and egg hunt, $100/person, 1 pm, April 20th.

-- Foreign and Domestic will host Indie Chef Table on April 21st, featuring Jason Vincent of Nightwood Restaurant in Chicago; $100 for table seating (35 available) $125 for counter seating (12 available), and include a glass of bubbly and gratuity.

-- April 24th, Music To Your Mouth is presenting a 4 course dinner at Rough Hollow Yacht Club, for $200/person, which will include a private concert by Kristian Bush of the band Sugarland.

-- The list of exhibitors for the Austin Food and Wine Festival (April 26-27 at Butler Park) has been announced; presenters have also been named. 

-- The annual Pachanga Latin Music Festival will be May 10th at Fiesta Gardens. They are offering a V.I.T. (Very Important Taco) package that offers access to multiple taco stands and unlimited refreshments. $33-$75/person

-- Spike TV is casting for Frankenfoods in the Austin area:
-- Paggi House has debuted a new spring menu, which I recently was invited to try. They are also donating a $1 of each handcrafted cocktail during the month of April to the A Glimmer of Hope Austin summer camps program. Pictured here, the tender and flavorful veal cheeks on polenta.

-- A-OK Chinese opened at 1509 South Lamar.

-- Tiny Pies opened a storefront at 5035 Burnet Road.

-- Noble Sandwiches now has their second location at 4805 Burnet Road.

-- P. Terry's is offering a caramel turtle fudge milkshake through mid-April.

-- Benji's Cantina is now open for lunch Monday through Saturday.

-- Porter Ale House is now offering Sunday brunch.

-- The Carillon will launch their new spring menu, and they are now opening their lunch buffet to the public (previously only open to UT staff and faculty).

-- Apothecary also has a new spring menu and a few new wines.

-- Cooper's BBQ will open at 217 Congress Avenue this fall. Yes, THAT Cooper's of Llano!

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