Food

FOOD
5:06 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

After SoCo Food Park Closes, No Shortage of Alternatives

A pastrami sandwich at Melvin’s Deli Comfort.
Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

The food trailer park on South Congress just closed down, and a lot of people were upset about it. But there is still a big food-truck scene here in Austin with a wide range of cuisines; you just have to know where to look.

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Texas
12:08 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Judge Overturns Ruling Reeling In Texas' Red Snapper Season

Texas' attorney general applauds a decision that overturned a proposed shortening of the state’s red snapper fishing season.
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A federal district judge has overturned a federal emergency rule that would shorten the red snapper fishing season to as few as 12 days in Texas – down from a projected 22 days.

Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger says that he is disappointed in the ruling. The federal decision that would have shortened the season was put in place to stop the overfishing of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Health
11:15 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Austin's Uninsured Food Workers Might Get Some Relief

Diners enjoy a fundraiser crawfish boil at Lenoir in April, part of a series of events raising money for uninsured service industry workers.
Courtesy Austin Food For Life

The story as it aired on KUT News 90.5 FM.

Austin's food scene is booming, but how are its workers faring?

The city has long had HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) as a stopgap for musicians without health care. As Austin’s food scene rises to national prominence, Karla Loeb and her partner Brian Stubbs have seen a similar need for the city's chefs, busboys, servers and even farmers.

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Austin
6:07 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Matt's El Rancho Co-Founder Dies

Janie Gaytan Martinez, right, died Saturday. She's pictured with her granddaughter Audrey Glickert and daughter-in-law Estella Martinez.
Joy Diaz, KUT News

The co-founder of one of the oldest restaurants in Austin died over the weekend. Janie Martinez helped her husband open Matt’s El Rancho in 1952.

Martinez died Saturday at the age of 90. Her death comes almost a year after the Tex-Mex restaurant celebrated its 60th anniversary. Matt himself died in 2003.

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FOOD
4:53 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Long Live Tequila!

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Mexican culture is celebrated all over Austin, but none of it perhaps quite as exuberantly as tequila. To learn more about the popular spirit, we talked to Austin food writer Lucinda Hutson, whose new book ¡Viva Tequila! hit book stores this month. 

FOOD
4:01 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

'How to Prepare a Possum' & More Grub from Austin's Foodie Past

For most of the 800 people in Austin in the 1840s, the daily meal consisted of what they could grow or kill. (Undated)
Austin History Center; J133, Hubert Jones Glass Plate Collection

On possums and Austin's foodie past and present

A new exhibit at the Austin History Center is especially close to local hearts – and stomachs.

“How to Prepare a Possum” is an exhibit that explores 19th century cuisine, and how early Austinites brought Texas heat to the kitchen. But before I could explore any further, I had to ask: What’s with name?

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FOOD
4:46 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Up-and-Coming Chefs Face Off

Citywide 86'd is down to four kitchen competitors for the June 17 finals.
courtesy Citywide 86'd

There has been a cooking competition going on right under our noses in Austin, with some of the city’s best line cooks and sous-chefs.

We spoke with CultureMap food editor Jessica Dupuy about the culinary elimination event Citywide 86’d.

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Arts and Culture
8:08 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town

Hostess Twinkies are offered for sale in Chicago, part of the last shipment of Hostess products the company made in 2012.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 4:17 am

The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.

The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.

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food
5:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Neighborhood Restaurants Bring Dining Close to Home

Épicerie recently opened in the Rosedale neighborhood off Burnet Road.
Ashley Landis, Austin American-Statesman

Neighborhood restaurants, those located in residential areas, are often welcome members of a community. Sometimes they trigger concern over issues such as traffic, as was the case with Épicerie Cafe & Grocery in the Rosedale neighborhood. 

But now that the has restaurant been open for several months, Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam has had a chance to taste the menu, which is the subject of his latest review.  Odam joined me to talk about Épicerie and share some of his other favorite neighborhood restaurants. Listen to our conversation by clicking the player above. 

Arts and Culture
4:47 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

A Tour of Texas Barbecue Joints

Daniel Vaughn's new book is on Anthony Bourdain's new publishing imprint.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News.

If you’re ever looking to take a barbecue road trip through Texas, you’d have trouble finding a better book to guide you than The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue by Daniel Vaughn. It’s the first book published on Anthony Bourdain’s new HarperCollins imprint, Ecco. KUT’s Nathan Bernier talked with Vaughn about what goes into good brisket and how to find the good out-of-the-way spots.

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FOOD
3:52 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Where Else Could Pres. Obama Have Eaten BBQ in Austin?

The President could have enjoyed these slabs of brisket at John Mueller BBQ.
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Interview with Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam

President Obama visited Austin yesterday and had lunch at Stubb's BBQ, a choice that some food nerds found surprising, given the growing list of choices on offer in Austin.

So where else could the President have dined on brisket and pork? To help answer that question, we asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

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FOOD
5:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

The Artisan Tradition of Barbecue

"Barbecue Crossroads" looks beyond the brisket.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

We love our barbecue in Texas, and one Texan who knows a lot about it is Robb Walsh, a James Beard Award-winning writer from Houston. He has a new book out, Barbecue Crossroads, and for the book he traveled across the South, documenting various barbecue styles, not just the food but the history behind the food and the restaurants that he ate at. We spoke with Beard about the real appeal of barbecue.

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Food
5:33 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

A Permanent Farmers Market, and 5 Other Ways Austin Can Become A Foodie Capital

City of Austin officials visited Pike Place Market in Seattle to see how a permanent farmer's market might operate.
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Interview with Margaret Shaw of the City of Austin's Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office

The City of Austin is thinking about helping to create a permanent farmers' market that would operate seven days a week. It was the first recommendation in a recent report produced for the city by Texas Perspectives, a local economic analysis and consulting firm. 

"Permanent food markets and food hubs could well speak to all the major findings of this report," TXP wrote, "as they offer the possibility of enhancing the Austin food sector in a way that appeals to both tourists and locals." 

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Austin
1:25 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Look: Mouthwatering Photos From Austin Food & Wine Festival

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT

The second Austin Food & Wine Festival wrapped Sunday, with a new setup and schedule.

While last year's festival was marred by long lines, little food and a dusty Auditorium Shores, a venue change to Butler Park (with plenty of grass and shade) and some tweaks to the schedule (with less events competing with each other) made for a vastly improved festival experience.

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FOOD
6:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Eat Like You’re At the Austin Food and Wine Fest – Without Going

A bacon wrapped sausage at Foreign and Dometic, one of several local restaurants whose chefs are featured at the Austin Food and Wine Fest
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Interview with Austin American-Statesman food critic Matthew Odam

Celebrity chefs will descend on the city this weekend for the second annual Austin Food and Wine Festival. People will shell out at least $250 for the opportunity to taste the food of famous cooks such as Marcus Samuelson, Jonathan Waxman and Graham Elliot. 

But if the ticket price is too high for your budget, you can still enjoy some of the featured food without having to buy a badge. That's because many of the chefs have restaurants right here in Austin. Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam stopped by KUT to tell us about some of the local chefs at the Austin Food and Wine Fest. Listen to our conversation by clicking the player above. 

Politics
5:49 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

On Food Policy Day, School Breakfast is On the Menu

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On the table today at the Capitol’s “Food Policy Day” is school breakfast. That’s federally funded cereal, milk, yogurt and fruit.

Now, about 1,800 schools in Texas participate in the federal School Breakfast Program. Food policy advocates and some legislators are hoping that a bill up for vote at the Capitol would add another 1,000 schools to the list.

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FOOD
4:54 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Five Highly-Anticipated Restaurants Opening Soon

Paul Qui's restaurant on E. 6th St. is scheduled to open in May.
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Austin’s restaurant scene is constantly growing and evolving, and Jessica Dupuy, food editor at CultureMap.com, has her eye on five openings expected between now and the summer. Click the player above to hear our conversation and read her article at CultureMap.

FOOD
1:55 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The South Congress Food Trailers Have to Leave by May 25

The SoCo food trailer park, photographed last month.
Marissa Barnett for KUT News

It was perhaps the most well-known food trailer park in Austin, but now the mobile food vendors on the 1600 block of South Congress have been given a date by when they’ll have to leave: May 25.

SOCO ATX Development notified vendors last week. The company plans to build a three-story hotel on the lot, according to documents filed with the city. The building will include space for retail and a two-story underground parking garage. 

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Food
3:29 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Restaurant Review: Sway Brings Gourmet Thai to South Austin

Sway was designed by Austin architect Michael Hsu and includes large, wood communal tables.
Alberto Martinez, Austin American-Statesman

Interview with Austin American-Statesman food critic Matthew Odam

Sway is one of the most talked about new restaurants in South Austin, but it’s not exactly on the lower end of the price scale. A couple people could easily rack up a $60 tab before ordering any drinks. So is it worth it?

To help answer that question we spoke with Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

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Politics
8:26 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Food Stamp Benefits a Mixed Bag for Texas Farmers Markets

Tiger Whitehead and his children Logic and Domnick, who use SNAP and the the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market double dollars coupons, shopping at the Tuesday afternoon Farmer's Market at 2835 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2013.
Specner Selvidge for the Texas Tribune

Using wooden tokens, Ellen Ray pays for carrots, parsnips and broccoli at the Austin Sustainable Food Center’s farmers market in Sunset Valley. Ray, a participant in the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is grateful that the market allows customers to buy its fresh produce with SNAP benefits.

“I was overwhelmingly enthusiastic when I found out they took SNAP,” Ray said, eyeing jam at one stand. “It’s an enabler to do something I already love.”

SNAP, which is operated in Texas by the state’s Health and Human Services Commission, has provided grants and other support to states including Texas to make it easier for farmers markets to accept benefits as currency. Another federally funded program that helps low-income Texans buy groceries, the Texas Women, Infants and Children program, launched a two-year pilot program in December 2011 to allow farmers markets to accept WIC customers.

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