This week in food: Openings, chef shuffles, menu specials and more
While you were wrapped up in all the madness that is the World Cup, the food world kept turning. A great deal of exciting (did you hear about the new Italian food truck park?) and creepy (J. Black's founder was involved in a sex trafficking sting) events saturated the headlines this week. Below are some of delicious highlights.
Swine and bovine come together
This week and next, Hoover Alexander’s Chicken 'n Biscuit has transformed into the Chicken 'n Brisket. According to Alexander, the poultry venture will feature fried chicken, smoked wings and will also be serving brisket by the pound. Who says you can’t have chicken and beef in one sitting?
Terry Black's Barbecue finally opens
In case you’re the only person who hasn’t heard, the much anticipated Terry Black’s Barbecue opened Monday on Barton Springs Road. The new barbecue house is led by twin brothers and pitmasters Mark and Michael Black, great-grandsons of Black's Barbecue founder Edgar Black. The brothers will soon be in close company, as Black's Barbecue will open an Austin outpost (shipping in barbecue from Lockhart each day).
Josephine House sous chef returns to Henri's
Keegan Archer, former sous chef of Josephine House, has returned to work for Henri's Cheese, according to a contact at the shop. And she's diving right into her new role. The upscale cheese and wine shop is embracing a new dinner menu starting July 1. To celebrate such an occasion, Henri's is hosting a dinner party on July 2 and July 3. Stay tuned for more delicious details.
Peche'ssecret drink unveiled
Peche is introducing a secret menu item for patrons to sip and savor. The downtown bar is now offering large tableside punch bowls — Peche's unique interpretation of bottle service. The punch rotates on a regular basis, but the bar currently featuring a Beachcomber punch. The $220 boozy concoction serves an estimated 15 people, roughly two drinks per person. Grab some friends and go!
Jester King Brewery adds new members
Jester King Brewery released a slew of new brews over the past month. The farmhouse brewery is featuring four new beverages — Provenance, Biere de Miel, Nocturn Chrysalis and Atrial Rubicite — in its tap room over the coming weeks. And in case you want to check out the new malty drinks anytime soon, the brewery tells CultureMap it’ll feature extended hours over the Independence Day weekend. Cheers!
The Peached Tortilla is getting closer and closer to opening. According to a Facebook post, the mobile food institution began construction on its brick-and-mortar location on Burnet Road this week.
Reeling in the attention
Alongside acclaimed restaurants Uchi and The Odd Duck, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Cooking Channel’s Chuck’s Eat the Street. To celebrate the national attention, Stiles Switch will host a live viewing party on Thursday, July 10 at 9 pm. According to a description of the episode, Stiles Switch’s pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick will walk the Cooking Channel host through preparing the restaurant’s signature beef ribs, while Uchi explains its mastery of unconventional sushi and Odd Duck embraces succulent pork belly.
Austin bakery commands international acclaim
Easy Tiger has received recognition from across the pond. The UK’s Condé Nast Traveler featured the carby destination in its roundup of bread bakeries from around the world. If you've been meaning to plan a visit to the space, this Sunday is the perfect opportunity. Easy Tiger will host its Easy Sunday on June 29, from 2 pm - 6 pm. The event will feature $1 beers from Real Ale Brewing Company, a YETI Coolers giveaway and live screenprinting from Fine Southern Gentlemen Clothing.
The next Indie Chef is ...
Foreign & Domestic has announced the next participant in its monthly dinner series, Indie Chefs Table. On July 14, the restaurant welcomes Matthew Gaudet, chef/owner of West Bridge in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and one of Food & Wine’s 2013 Best New Chefs. West Bridge has been named of the 50 Best New Restaurants by Bon Appetit and Eater Boston’s Restaurant of the Year. Gaudet will lead attendees through a short Q&A session, followed by a six-course meal. To purchase tickets to the dinner, head on over to the Foreign & Domestic website.