Austin Chefs Appear on Netflix Food Shows, Taco Chronicles and Meateaters

Austin Cooks on Netflix shows
Fermín Núñez, the Suerte chef, starred in season two of the James Beard Award-winning Netflix series Taco Chronicles, which premiered earlier this month. The focus of the first episode is the Suadero Taco, in which the chef talks about how he cooks the dish and uses black magic to make this wonderful oil.

Likewise, Jesse Griffiths, the owner and head chef of the butcher and restaurant Dai Due in Cherrywood, can be seen in the first two episodes of the Netflix show Meateater. The chef took host Steven Rinella fishing and hunting in South Texas. This is the ninth season of the James Beard Award nominated show.

Drag Mediterranean restaurant Switcheroo
Owner Mahmud Ugur closed 2530 Guadalupe Street of his fast-paced Mediterranean restaurant, MezzeMe, to convert the space into a more general restaurant and bar. Moody’s will be open from September 17th. “When the pandemic broke out, we lost the majority of our students,” explains Ugur, explaining why he changed restaurants. “We were faced with the decision to permanently close our doors in a place we loved or to revise the concept to appeal to a wider audience.” Moody’s has a full bar with cocktails, as well as a more general, quick menu of pizza, burgers, chicken wings, avocado toast, and the like. The terrace will also be expanded and will include television screens for sports. MezzeMe’s only remaining location is still open on the Triangle at 4700 West Guadalupe Street.

Austin Culinary Grants
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s annual grants program is back and applications will be accepted starting Thursday October 1st. The nonprofit awards $ 27,500 in grants to individuals and businesses related to food and beverages, from producers to farmers to culinary professionals. The deadline ends on Friday, October 23rd. The recipients will be announced in December with a virtual ceremony. 2019 award winners included Boggy Creek Farm, Nixta Taqueria, Sweet Ritual, and Huckleberry Hospitality.

Upcoming drive-thru restaurant
Dripping Springs Rolling Restaurant in Thyme and Dough is opening a new drive through restaurant on Ranch to Road 12 and Fitzhugh Road near Treaty Oak Distillery. According to Community Impact, it should open on Thursday, October 15th.

Switcheroo Italian restaurant
The Brick Oven on 35 pizza restaurant was converted into a new restaurant in the summer. Owner Jay McBride had owned the pizzeria franchise location but decided to convert the 1608 West 35th Street space into his own restaurant, Cucina on 35, as reported by Austin 360. The new restaurant is now called Cucina on 35 and still serves an Italian menu for both takeout and dinner. Brick Oven’s Red River location was permanently closed at the start of the pandemic in March. The last remaining restaurant is still open in the arboretum at 10710 Research Boulevard.

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