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Buzzy brunch festival wakes up this round of Austin restaurant news
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Alas, Austin is getting a festival devoted to the most important meal of the week. Chefs Bryce Gilmore (Odd Duck, Barley Swine, and the upcoming Sour Duck) and Amanda Rockman (New Waterloo) are hosting a brunch-a-palooza benefiting No Kid Hungry in February at Fair Market. Breakfast Bash will feature 30 Austin restaurants including L’Oca d’Ora, Launderette, Holy Roller, Olamaie, Pitchfork Pretty, and Le Politique and some surprising choices like Dolce Neve, Lick Ice Cream, and Gelateria Gemelli. Tickets are $85 for GA and $125 for VIP.
The Tipsy Pizza, a new independently owned pizzeria, has quietly opened on the corner of Stassney Lane and South First. The “tipsy” part refers to the restaurants other attraction — to-go frozen daiquiris and beer — and perhaps you indulging in one of their free margarita nights.
Punny Southpark Meadows chain PhoNatic is being replaced by slightly less punny noodle shop Pho With Us. The menu will be similar to owner Chau Ro’s other Vietnamese restaurant Dong Nai with the addition of a few new varieties of pho. Until a liquor license is secured, the restaurant will be BYOB.
Wunder-ceramicist Keith Kreeger, who you may know from his plates, pitchers, and serving pieces that grace the tables of some of Austin’s finest restaurants, is returning to Billy Reid again this year for his annual Porcelain Lounge pop-up. Things kick off November 30 with an opening party from 6-8 pm featuring cocktails, live music, bites from Irene’s executive chef Andrew Curren, and custom pieces made exclusively for the event.
Design-savvy foodies will also be happy to know that McGuire Moorman Hospitality and ByGeorge are holding their annual yard sale December 2 from 8 am to 4 pm at the house next door to Josephine House. Although you won’t find rummage sale staples like gently used jellies or obscure Crystal Gayle LPs, you will find artwork, furniture, Serena & Lily chairs, benches, fine jewelry, lighting fixtures, clothes, glass vases, flatware, dishes, and more.
Tex-Mex mainstay El Arroyo has published its first book, chronicling the last couple of years of tongue-in-cheek signs. The hardbacks — perfect for homesick ex-pats — are available for $24.99 each or in discounted bundles of 10 or 20.
And finally, the holiday hullabaloo is in full swing this December with a series of events designed to jingle your bells.
- Vinaigrette is calling all amateur architects for a Gingerbooze Decorating Party on Sunday, December 10. The $25 ticket will get you a gingerbread house and two drink tickets that can be redeemed for the egg nog or adult hot chocolate.
- Start preparing your liver for the New Year’s Eve onslaught at a sparkling wine dinner at The Carillon on Wednesday, December 6. The three-course meal featuring pan roasted duck breast and more will feature bubbly pairings from Europe. Secure your seat by emailing email@example.com or calling 512-404-3655.
- If you would like your holiday season to feel a little more like Burning Man, head to 77 Degrees’ Cold Moon Party on Sunday, December 3, from 9 pm to 2 am. The full moon-celebrating event will include fire dancers, a drum circle, and a henna artist.
- The ABGB is bringing the gold to celebrate recent wins at the The Great American Beer Festival. The brewery and pizzeria will be showcasing their medal winning pilsners all night Friday, December 8, and partying with live music, a photo booth, screen printing, a tasting challenge, and cake.
- And if that isn’t enough beer for you, stop by Flying Saucer between 11 am and 6 pm on Saturday, December 9, for Captain Keith's Cellar'Bration. $24 gets you a tasting card good for 12 2-ounce pours of private stock brews in a commemorative glass; $20 more gets you all-you-can-eat tacos.