6 things to know in local food now: Pizza pop-up parks in West Austin

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One of the hottest pizza pop-ups in town has moved to West Austin, this time for good. SammataroThe operation’s 48-hour fermented batter is a thin, chewy crust that is then coated in Bianco Di Napoli. It is an idea of ​​the food truck Issac Flores, a veteran of the hospitality industry, which officially opened on December 11th. Tomatoes and garnished with generous grids made from Gouda and whole fresh basil leaves. In addition to the natural hot peppers that were used in the operation’s fall pop-ups (this menu only had cheese and pepperoni cake options), the truck’s Lost Creek location now also has toppings like Calabrian chilies, Italian olives, Spanish Anchovies, small parties and local shallots. Sammataro is open Wednesday through Saturday 3pm to 9pm at 1158 Lost Creek Blvd. Cakes can be pre-ordered online at www.sammataro.pizza or in person, depending on availability.

Cult favorite salad chain Sweet green will continue its steady expansion into Austin with an upcoming location at Drag near the University of Texas campus. The health-focused restaurant on 2234 Guadalupe Street marks the second location of the Los Angeles-based chain in the capital. Like its predecessor, which opened at the South Congress this summer, Sweetgreens second Austin facility will offer a core menu of salads, hot bowls and plates when it officially opens on Monday, December 21st.

Shortly after opening a Round Rock location last September Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Garden will open its second location in the region on Thursday, December 17th. The new company is located in Allandale, 2900 W. Anderson Ln., And has an expansive 4,000 square meter space with long beer garden-style tables for groups. There are 25 local craft beers on tap, as well as wines served by the glass or carafe. Coal-fired pizzas such as traditional Margherita and Mama Mia (pepperoni and Italian sausage), as well as more adventurous cakes such as truffle shuffle (fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola, fontina, mushroom and truffle oil) are offered for dining. Tony C’s Pizza & Beer Garden is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for food and take-away.

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Inconvenient vacation question: Are the bodies of gingerbread people out of the house or is a gingerbread house actually made of biscuit skin? Ugh, we need a drink to solve this problem. Thank God, vinaigretteGingerBooze, the popular event for making gingerbread houses with alcohol, is back in shape for 2020. The $ 45 GingerBooze kits have everything architects need to build their gingerbread house at home, including candy decorations from the South Congress store’s Big Top Candy and two glasses of homemade alcohol (choose from mulled wine with bourbon or Vinaigrettes famous eggnog). For customers who just want to decorate (or celebrate), custom gingerbread house kits and “Hold the House” cocktail packages are available for $ 20 and $ 25, respectively. All kit pre-orders must be received online by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17th, for personal collection on Saturday, December 19th. In addition, kit delivery options are available for orders placed within three miles of Vinaigrette’s location at 2201 College Ave.

To celebrate its unique new line of wine-beer hybrid ales, or Oenobeers, a Driftwood-based target brewery Vista Brewing hosts an exclusive online tasting. The virtual event, scheduled for Thursday, December 17th, will be led by master brewer Pat Korn, who will guide attendees through tasting notes, basics of barrel aging, and the two-year development process of this unique style of ale. Each child with a $ 60 tasting includes access to the virtual session as well as a package of the three Oenobeers. For those unable to attend the tasting, the bottle set is available for $ 45. Tasting kits can be pre-ordered from the Eventbrite Virtual Celebration page and collected from Vista’s Driftwood Brewery on 13551 Ranch to Market Rd during regular business hours before December 17th. or the Hill Country Galleria tasting room at 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Austin’s famous father and son chef team shares their secrets to culinary success. Home cooks can catch Jack Allen’s kitchen Co-owner and Chef Jack Gilmore and his son, Strange duck and barley pig Chef Bryce Gilmore, on Tuesday, December 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., where the two will offer free canapés and beers, share family stories and sign copies of their respective cookbooks, Celebrating the Tastes of Texas and the newly released 2021 Odd Duck Almanac . Both books can be purchased locally for $ 25 each. The 2010 event will take place in Jack Allen’s kitchen in W. Anderson Ln. and is free to the public, although cookbooks are recommended to buy.

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