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The first of several planned food and beverage concepts has opened at Springdale General at 1023 Springdale Rd. The Front Page, named after a 1974 Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau film, quietly debuted on March 12. Although some new menu items are planned, the bar currently serves sandwiches with housemade bread, salad, a small cocktail menu, and Texas craft beer.
It looks like Rainey Street impresario Bridget Dunlap is diving into new waters. A mixed beverage application has been filed for Lustre Pearl South at 10400 Manchaca Rd., the former address of printing services company Austin Cotton Company. Dunlap confirmed to CultureMap the new Lustre Pearl location, but didn't disclose a timeline is for the project.
In sad news for the Central Texas agricultural community, Hills of Milk and Honey farm in Dripping Springs has shuttered. In a March 30 post, owner Amy Milliron said they were unable to share the reason for the closure due to “legal and financial privacy reasons,” but would have to sell the property and farm equipment and find homes for nearly 100 chickens. A list of ways fans of the farm can help can be found here.
Over the weekend of March 30-31, Austin chefs were engaged in bloody battle as three food contests filled the calendar. First, on March 30, Torchy’s Tacos was the grand champion of the Capital City leg of the 2019 National Taco Championships with Serranos Cocina y Cantina and San Antonio’s Sangria on the Burg also placing in multiple categories. The full list of winners is available here.
On March 31, it was pig versus lamb as Cochon 555 and Austin Lamb Jam competed for local’s food festival buck. At Cochon, Comedor chef Gabe Erales took home the prize for the heritage pork cooking competition with a selection of bites including pig bone panna cotta and pig liver mousse.
Meanwhile, over at Lamb Jam, Black's Barbecue prevailed as best in show with a smoked lamb dish served with masa cake and Mexican Coke mole. Amir Hajimaleki from the upcoming Persian concept Roya won best Middle Eastern, Steve McHugh from San Antonio’s Cured topped both the Asian and People’s Choice categories, and Jayson Munuguia of Juliet took glory home to Juliet in the Mediterranean category.
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance has unveiled its menu for its beefy food party Live Fire on April 4. Highlights include a barbacoa jalapeño popper from Evan LeRoy of LeRoy & Lewis Barbecue, alambres from Mixtli chefs Rico Torres and Diego Galicia, charred ribeye tacos from Jason Dady of Chispas, and a carne crudo tostada from Edgar Rico of upcoming east side concept Nixta Taqueria. See the full menu and nab one of the last remaining tickets here.
Lick Honest Ice Cream is doing a solid to allergy sufferers with its latest treat. The company's newest ice cream sandwich features vegan coconut milk ice cream stuffed between two plant-based gluten-free chocolate cake cookies and will be available at all Lick shops in Austin and San Antonio.
Eric Silverstein is celebrating the release of his new cookbook The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas with a launch party at 7 pm on May 7. Held at BookPeople, the event will feature snacks from the original food truck, author talk, and a book signing.