8 things to know in Austin food: BBQ joint unrolls outrageous hot dogs

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Next up is the outrageous episode of their popular hot dog popup, the women behind Austin’s famous one The grill bring the famous Red Rocket Wiener Wagon to the East Side Pub cavalier. This newest event, called Wieners and Wigs, takes place on Wednesday November 18th and features a fabulous drag show on Cavalier’s terrace. Guests can order “big old 9-inch umami dogs” from a menu of handcrafted cocktails and of course Red Rockets. While no reservations are required for the event, the seats on the terrace are socially distant and are allocated based on availability. Participants are asked to bring their own chairs to sit on. Cavalier is located at 2400 Webberville Rd. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the event and open until 9:00 p.m.

UT Austin Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey has teamed up with the bourbon distillery Wild turkey (a company he is the creative director of) to honor four everyday heroes who supported their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the initiative, McConaughey personally connected to four such “local legends” via video chat to find out more about their work before he rewarded them with a personal thank you. Austin singer / songwriter was among those who were surprised by the Oscar winner Nakia Reynosowho sponsored the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund to help local musicians. On November 16, Wild Turkey is releasing all four videos that capture the surprises and can be viewed on the company’s Instagram page here.

To mark the ninth anniversary of upscale French gastropub cuisine (plus one of the city’s most carefully curated craft beer dishes), the on-campus restaurant caters Hopfields hosts an anniversary celebration with a touch of vacation. On Saturday, November 21st, the restaurant is hosting its Friendsgivingversary party with vacation-themed specialties like cranberry beer jell-o-shots, socially distant games on the outdoor patio, and a selection of celebrations including a selection from the personal cellar from Hopfields. On the menu of the chef James Flowers are unique offers such as Brussels sprouts with crispy mushrooms, hearty bread pudding and turkey sausage on a stick with cranberry chutney. Hopfields Friendsgivingversary takes place on November 21st from 11am to 5pm. Most of the celebrations take place on the surgery’s newly expanded back patio to enforce social distancing. While reservations are not required for the celebration, reservations are always recommended.

After winning the best new restaurant at the CultureMap Austin Tastemaker Awards 2020, the vegan sausage kings are at Rebel cheese work with the renowned Texan winery William Chris Vineyards Refine the traditional plant-based wine and cheese tasting experience. On Friday, November 20th, guests can discuss the duo’s homemade cheese and the various inspirations with Kristen Maitland and Fred Zwar, co-owners of Rebel Cheese, via Zoom. Tony Offill, the winemaker at William Chris Vineyards, will also be attending the event to discuss the evening’s curated wine selections. The event’s $ 95 tasting packages include four homemade vegan cheeses, jam pairings, and other items of equipment such as bread, fruit, and nuts. The package also includes a bottle of Roussanne High Plains 2019 by William Chris and 2017 Artists Blend. Participants can purchase their tasting packages on the day of the event at Rebel Cheese’s Mueller’s location at 2200 Aldrich St. Ste. Pick up. 120 between 10 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Online links to the virtual event, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., are included in the tasting kits and can be purchased here via Toasttab.

Wille Nelson’s legendary Luck Reunion music festival hosts an online evening with great food and live music. Partly produced by the Austin delivery service Assembly Kitchen, the event will be synchronized Prime Cuts: Family dinner presented by Remy Cointreau, will bring together Luck’s favorite chefs and musicians at the virtual table this Thursday, November 19th. Austin chefs Kristen Kish and Alex Munoz French / Italian inspired restaurants Arlo Gray, and Philip Speer of Assembly and Modern Mexican Restaurant dining room guides viewers through preparing a traditional family meal on vacation, including tamales with fresh masa and slow-cooked farm pork, as well as Munoz’s proprietary family recipe for pinto beans and rice. For libations, Prime Cuts offers Christmas cocktail demonstrations for hot butter rum and cosmopolitans by mixologist Emily Arseneau. Finally, New Jersey psycho-soul singer Nicole Atkins and New Orleans genre benders Tank and the Bangas will be on hand to deliver a high-profile cooking soundtrack. All of the event’s food and beverage packages can be purchased for delivery here on the gathering website. Drink kits start at $ 12 while the Tamale Dinner Cook-Along package sells for $ 34. In addition, all proceeds from the event will go to the Luck Family Foundation x Assembly’s Thanksgiving Community Initiative to help the central Texas community fight hunger this holiday season.

Mushroom growing network based in Brooklyn Small farm is now offering its special range of culinary mushrooms for sale all year round Central market Austin stores. Customers can choose from nutty lion’s manes, deep oysters, and meaty royal trumpet mushrooms. Smallhold’s distributed farming model, introduced by partners Andrew Carter and Adam DeMartino in 2017, uses proprietary technology that allows the company to open mushroom farms in different locations across the country with variables controlled and adjusted through Smallhold’s centralized systems will. The company aims to have mini-farms in all stores in the Central Market by 2021.


Summer home on Music Lane, the anchor restaurant of the recently opened Hotel Magdalena, has made its official debut. At the top of the kitchen is the Austin Hospitality Vet Jeffrey Hundeltwho previously worked at Laundromat and strawberry. As head chef, Hundelt has put together a menu that focuses on grilled local meat and seasonal vegetables, using “global cooking influences with classic techniques and an unpretentious sensibility for Austin”. The restaurant is open to the public and hotel guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Almost a year after opening their taproom on the east side on Tillery Street in 1916 near the Cherrywood and Mueller neighborhoods of Austin Moontower Cider Co. has both extended its opening hours and added a full-service espresso bar. Under the direction of photographer and concept artist Marshall Walker, Cidery’s new coffee facility currently serves a variety of espresso drinks (made locally) Figure 8 coffee Beans and Mill-King Creamery Milk) through a walk-in window that customers can enjoy on the shady outdoor terrace of Moontower. In addition to espresso, the concept’s menu also includes cold-brewed coffee and a selection of rotating baked goods such as carrot, pumpkin and chocolate cake. Moontower’s extended tasting times are now on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, the cidery’s coffee window is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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