New Thai ghost cuisine
There’s a new Thai ghost kitchen in Austin with the opening of the Charoen Express at 5610 North I-35 in the North Loop from December 2020. The menu includes curries, noodles, stir-fries, soups and starters from crab rangoons to omelette pad kra prow to pad se ew to mango with sticky rice. Co-owner and chef Char Chongchitmate originally planned to open the restaurant as a physical space in February 2020, but opted for take-out / delivery given the pandemic. Previously, he was head chef at Jollyville’s adjacent restaurant Thai Lada and general manager of the local Thai mini-chain Madam Mam’s. There are pick-up orders from the Cloud Kitchen address via phone call as well as deliveries via numerous third-party apps (Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmaes, ChowNow and Chowbus).
Austin Food Grant winner
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance this week announced the winners of their annual scholarship program. The winners include:
- To Taste nutrition consultancy and education company that uses the scholarship to provide cooking classes for homeless mothers
- Free Lunch food support organization that uses the money to create an edible garden
- The Texan winery Wine for the People, which will use the funds to upgrade its recently opened tasting room in Hill Country and carry out its training program for women winemakers
- The Tamale Addiction Farmer’s Market Stand will put the money into making tamale meal sets
- Upcoming Food Truck Distant Relatives that use the money to buy equipment and the like
- The local chocolatier Madhu Chocolate will use the money for new chocolate making equipment
- The vegan pizza truck Li’l Nonna’s will use the grant for its already opened physical restaurant with the vegan ice cream parlor Sweet Ritual, Big Nonna’s, and finance a wholesale program
Honorable mentions (which received no grants) include the San Antonio-based Comadre Panadería bakery, the grocery and farm Wholesome Generation nonprofit, and the downtown Mexican restaurant Comedor running club. In total, the nonprofit is giving away $ 30,500.
Austin Airport Beer
North Burnet The Austin Beerworks brewery opened a sort of outpost at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in early January. The bar is not operated by the brewery, but by the airport food service company HMSHost (which also operates the airport locations 24 Diner and Parkside; other airport concessions in Austin are operated by Delaware North). Beerdrop offers four year-round designs (Pearl Snap, Flavor Country, Fire Eagle, Amber Vision), a seasonal design (Sputnik), and three year-round cans (Peacemaker, Sun Shovel, and Bloodwork Orange), as well as taps from other breweries. The bar can also pour take-away cups. It’s in the Austin City Kitchen next to Gate 12.
service Industry-Related SXSW panel
South by Southwest announced additional programs for its 2021 virtual festival. This includes a panel in which the health and psychological well-being of the restaurant staff are discussed. The panel “Leading Safely + Motivating Emphati” shows the cook Katie Button from North Carolina. Andy Chabot, the vice president of food and drink for Blackberry Farm hotel / restaurant, Tennessee; and Chef Marcus Samuelson.
All-hours tacos are coming to the West Campus
The new Austin Millennial Hotel, Moxy, opened this month on January 13 at 2552 Guadalupe Street on the West Campus. It has a restaurant – the 24-hour Zombie Taco window – and a lobby bar – the Moxy bar. The restaurant has a counter and a walk-in window that is open day and night. The menu includes tacos, burritos and taquitos. Take-away orders can be placed in person, by phone and online. Delivery via Uber Eats will be coming soon. This is Zombie’s third location after restaurants in Chicago and Louisville. The bar, which also doubles as a check-in counter, offers indoor and outdoor areas.
Austin Festival beneficiary announcement
The Hot Luck Festival, the food and music festival announced by Pitmaster Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, now benefits the Southern Smoke Foundation’s nonprofit services industry, headed by Houston chef Chris Shepherd is headed. To kick off this new partnership, the festival and founding partner Yeti will donate money to charitable organizations, but the amount has not yet been announced. Hot Luck had postponed its event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a representative said there is a plan for the festival to “return in some form” this year.
Austin’s online biscuit bakery, Wunderkeks, is celebrating its second anniversary with a café con leche biscuit made with local monastery Talisman Coffee. The biscuit is made from ground espresso and condensed milk, which are available through online orders.
Austin Company Funding
Nonprofit Beam announced that it is investing $ 300,000 in several women-born companies in Texas this month as part of its Beam Angel network. These include the Austin-based Açaí Bowl Spot Blender and the Bowls line for deep-freeze packaging.
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