In this week's food news, The Great Food Truck Race finally makes its way to Austin. Plus, we get a sneak peek at the St. Philip's menu, and a taste of a chocolate "pharmacy" (yup, you heard me). Check out all the tidbits below.
Jeffrey's scoops up June Rodil
June Rodil has left her role as director of operations at Qui for a new position with another powerful Austin restaurant group. "We scooped up June Rodil to take over our wine program at Jeffrey's," Larry McGuire tells CultureMap via email, "and also work with the buyers at each of the MMH restaurants to keep our quality improving across the board."
A taste of St. Philip
The Uchi/Uchiko brand is expanding with St. Philip, set to open this summer in the former home of Cannoli Joe's. Director of Culinary Operations Philip Speer gave us a sneak peek at two items you'll see on the menu. First up: gulf prawns, watermelon, jicama, dill, chile-citrus vinaigrette; followed by a pizza of wild mushrooms, baby kale, ricotta, idiazabal cheese.
The Great Food Truck Race rolls into Austin
We’ve just receive word that this Saturday the Food Network's hit show The Great Food Truck Race is rolling into Austin. The show will set up in front of Star Bar, Rattle Inn and Ranch 616 from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, with six participating food trucks filming for the show. According to a press release, "The public is welcome to stop by during the taping and order food from the food trucks featured on the show." No word just yet on the nature of the appearance, but if you’re looking for your 30 seconds of fame, you may have just found it.
Foreign & Domestic introduces new Indie Chef
Foreign & Domestic has exclusively shared details with CultureMap about the upcoming Indie Chefs dinner. The restaurant’s next attending chef will be Executive Pastry Chef Bill Corbett of The Absinthe Group in San Francisco. Corbett’s desserts and pastries can be seen in various famed fine-dining restaurants, including Absinthe, Arlequin Café, Boxing Room and Comstock Saloon. The seven-course, collaborative dinner takes place Monday, June 16. Counter seats are $125 per person, which includes tip. Table seats are available for $100. Seats can be purchased through this link.
Austin Beerworks' new flavors
Austin Beerworks is releasing a slew of new brews this season. On May 14, the craft brewery will release a Heavy Machinery Half IPA, which Owner Will Golden describes to CultureMap as a "low bitterness, high hop flavor, American pale ale." Around June the brewery will release the Einhorn Which, the brewery's summer beer, which he describes as “a tart, high effervescence sour German-style wheat beer.” The brewery is also working on a sour wheat beer with peaches for a collaboration drink they're creating with Joe Mohrfeld from Pinthouse Pizza.
Game of Thrones libations grow
Game of Thrones has thrown out several shocking surprises this year, and the North Door has been there every step of the way with free weekly screenings and specialty Game of Thrones cocktails. Recently, the restaurant added even more new drinks to the medieval-themed viewing menu. New libations include the Ruby Red Wedding, made with Deep Eddy Ruby Red, strawberries, lime juice and sparkling wine, as well as the Targaryen Dragon’s Blood, made with pomegranate juice, agave syrup and ginger beer. Those who show up in costume will also receive $2 drink specials.
There’s a new pharmacy in town — and it's sweet
A few weeks ago, a new Austin chocolate company, the Chocolate Pharmacy, reached out to introduce their raw, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, sugar-free (did you take all that in?) chocolate. Naturally, I was a bit (okay, very) skeptical; however, the treats turned out to be divine. Below, Jyl Kutsche, one of the two creators of the unconventional chocolate company, explained the genesis behind her brand and highlighted four of the many chocolates featured in Chocolate Pharmacy’s diverse line.
“We looked at the spice benefits first, researching spices and all the benefits that they were known for and the studies being done on them. Then we looked at flavor and spice blends in traditional dishes from around the world to see if these combinations that had evolved over centuries to heal as well as delight would be great with chocolate," Kutsche explained. "We saw that we could make blends to support general health but with extra healing properties predominant in one area."
The chocolates include "Finish Line," made for anyone who needs an energy boost; "Oil Can," recommended for achy joints; "Happy Tummy," for those with sensitive stomachs; and "Time Machine," which offers a midday pick-me-up without the crash of caffeine or sugar. The healing chocolates can be ordered online.