We've already covered a slew of food stories this week — Obama's pit stop at Franklin, C.K. Chin's haircut, top ranked Texas wineries — so now it's time to focus on the events. From a pajama brunch to a free pig roast, read on for the best food happenings in the Capital City.
Free pig roast at El Chilito
Do the words "free food" mean anything to you? If so, you’re going to want to head over to El Chilito this Saturday, July 12. From noon - 2 pm, the taco stand will host its ninth anniversary party with a free pig roast, featuring an assortment of games and more. Plus, the restaurant will announce its east side expansion plans at the event.
Breakfast in bed — sort of
Too tired to roll out of bed to eat? Fret not! Pajama brunch takes flight at The Bonneville this weekend. The downtown restaurant will host the lazy festivities on Sunday, July 13, with the waitstaff clad in their best nighttime attire. Those who arrive in their pajamas will receive a complimentary mimosa. Check out dishes like pop-over eggs Benedict, bananas foster French toast, chipotle lime chicken hash and bacon tater tots at the comfy gathering.
Arro introduces specials
Arro is launching a brand-new happy hour Tuesday, July 15. From 5 - 7 pm Monday through Friday, the restaurant is offering half-price glasses of wine, $5 draft beers and half-off the entire bread menu.
Mettle turns one
Speaking of anniversaries, in celebration of its first birthday, Mettle will be unveiling an assortment of new menu items and drinks at its anniversary celebration — open to the public — on July 17 from 6 - 9 pm. "The past year at Mettle has been one hell of a ride. I have learned so much and slept so little,” Executive Chef Andrew Francisco said in a press release. “Each day brings new techniques, flavor combinations, challenges and refinement."
Flights and Bites at laV
As a follow-up to the popular Wine in Heels series, laV is starting a monthly series called Flights and Bites. Sommelier Vilma Mazaite and Executive Chef Allison Jenkins will lead guests through varied upscale food and wine pairings, which will be chosen according to a monthly theme. The first Flights and Bites takes place on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $45 and include four small plates and wine pairings. To reserve one of the 22 spots email or call laV at 512-391-9811.
Pay It Forward returns
One of the most successful culinary fundraisers of the year is just around the corner. The Fourth Annual Pay It Forward with Daniel Curtis benefit will take place on Thursday, August 7 from 7 - 10 pm. The fundraiser launched in 2011 to support Daniel Curtis, a local food and beverage director who was injured in a diving accident that resulted in a severe spinal cord injury. Teaming up with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, Curtis will use the funds (the goal is $80,000) to help raise awareness regarding spinal injuries and support those in need of medical assistance.
Participating chefs include David Bull of Congress, Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine and Odd Duck, Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic and Mat Clouser of Swift’s Attic. General admission tickets cost $75, and VIP passes are $125. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, please visit this link.