Food

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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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.
Qui/Facebook

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

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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Food
5:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Review: Italian Flavor in the Capitol District

Fried olives at Cherry Street, an Italian restaurant at 1612 Lavaca Street.
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In the area between downtown and the University of Texas, there are not a lot of food options, writes Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam. In his latest review, Odam writes about Cherry Street, a restaurant that brings some Italian flavor to the area.

Odam dropped by KUT today and talked about the Cherry Street's appeal to the Capitol lunch crowd and its effort to build an evening service. Listen to what he had to say by clicking the player above. 

Health
8:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Austin School Kids Make Average Grade on Obesity Scale; Texas Lawmaker Wants to Shed Program

AISD students ranked just above average in fitness levels in 2012, but the program that calculates the obesity rates in children is the target of a bill in the legislature.
Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Austin Independent School District teachers may tell their students they’re special, but numbers never lie. And the numbers say that they’re (just a bit) above average.

Thankfully, that’s not a bad thing.

This interactive map from the office of Comptroller Susan Combs displays the body mass index rates of over 2 million students in public schools across Texas. The measurements are based on statistics from the Fitnessgram, a program which measures the fitness levels of Texas public school students from grades three to 12. And it's also the target of a bill in the state legislature that would end the program.

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Food
10:39 am
Sat March 16, 2013

An Uncertain Future Awaits the South Congress Food Trailers

Food trailers at this popular South Congress spot may be getting pushed out soon by the construction of a hotel.
Marissa Barnett for KUT News

South Congress could be missing some visitors by the end of this weekend, and not just because the last of Austin’s South by Southwest visitors have fled to the airport: the land between East Milton and East Monroe streets on South Congress Avenue where nearly a dozen food trailers are parked each day could be vacated any day now.  

When KUT News visited the park on Friday, almost every trailer offered a different closing day: “this Sunday,” “by the end of March,” “sometime around April” or “nothing is certain yet.”

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Alamo Drafthouse
10:55 am
Fri March 15, 2013

What’s Up With the Alamo Drafthouse's New Menu?

The Alamo Drafthouse has changed their menu — and not everyone is happy about it.
flickr.com/chrisgallevo

The Alamo Drafthouse has a new menu. And critics are not abiding by the theater’s “no talking” rule

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FOOD
1:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Nuevo Leon Closes After 31 Years

Longstanding Tex-Mex eatery Nuevo Leon has closed after three decades.
nuevoleoninaustin.com

After 31 years in operation, east end Tex-Mex restaurant Nuevo Leon has closed. 

Owner Rachel Davila left a note on the door this weekend announcing the closure and thanking customers for their years of business. We called Davila and asked her about why she started the restaurant, the changes she’s seen in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, and what she plans for the future.

KUT News: Why are you closing your restaurant?

Rachel Davila: I am retiring and the only way I can retire is to close it and sell it.

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FOOD
1:25 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Torchy's Secret Taco Menu, Revealed

Torchy's "trailer park" location off of South First Street. The taco purveyor has rolled out a new "sacred" menu of little-known items.
flickr.com/wallyg

Torchy’s Tacos has been keeping Austinites fed since 2004. Back then, they had little more than a trailer and some taco fixings. Now, Torchy’s has opened locations in both Dallas and Houston, and is literally slinging tacos with its famous Taco Cannon.

But despite statewide success, Torchy's is still keeping secrets.

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FOOD
10:23 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Study: Something Fishy About Austin Seafood - It's Mislabeled

All 10 sushi restaurants Oceana examined in Austin and Houston were found to sell mislabeled fish.
Jenn Hueting/Oceana

According to a new study from ocean conservation advocates Oceana, one-third of the nation’s seafood is mislabeled.

Oceana collected 1,200 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states to determine if they were honestly labeled. Mislabeling occurred anywhere from 87 percent (red snapper) to seven percent  (salmon) depending on the kind of fish.

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FOOD
1:09 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Five Austin Chefs Named James Beard Semi-Finalists

A private table in the vault under La Condesa, one of several restaurants whose chefs were named James Beard semi-finalists
flickr.com/ahockley

The James Beard Foundation announced its semi-finalists for one of the most prestigious set of culinary awards, and five local chefs made the shortlist

  • Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko (Outstanding Chef)
  • Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine (Rising Star Chef of the Year and Best Chef: Southwest)
  • Janina O’Leary of TRACE (Rising Star Chef of the Year)
  • Laura Sawicki of La Condesa (Outstanding Pastry Chef)
  • Rene Ortiz of La Condesa (Best Chef: Southwest)

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Austin
7:30 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Recall: Whole Foods Salmon

Full refunds will be given at Whole Food stores where the product was sold.
Whole Foods

Whole Foods is recalling two lots of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria—a bacteria that can lead to fatal infections in young children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.

The second lot, with code 7425A2297A printed on the back of the package, on the upper left side, was sold in Texas stores.

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Austin City Council
3:47 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

On Tap at Council: Beer & Wine Sales for New Wheatsville Co-op

Wheatsville's current location on Gudalupe. The co-op wants to sell alcohol at a new store, but needs the city council's blessing.
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The Austin City Council is set to hear a request from Wheatsville Co-op on whether it can sell beer and wine at a new location on South Lamar Boulevard.

A respected local business looking to open a second location, with the backing of neighbors and local organizations: sounds like a slam-dunk, right? 

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Business
3:09 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Time to Make the Doughnuts: Colt McCoy Opening Two Dozen Dunkin’ Stores in Austin

The selection on display at one Dunkin' Donuts - coming soon to Austin.
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The Austin Yellow Pages lists 39 doughnut shops in the Capital City.

Now former Longhorn Colt McCoy, known better for passing the pigskin than passing the crullers, is set to increase that number by more than half: An investment crew lead by the former UT quarterback is planning on bringing two dozen Dunkin’ Donuts stores to Austin.

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2013 Legislative Sesssion
1:35 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Farmers and Foodies Look to Texas’ Next Legislative Session

A vendor sells his wares at a local famer's market. A slew of state legislation regarding farmers markets is expected in 2013.
KUT News

Local farm and food enthusiasts already have sown some seeds at the Texas Capitol, and they’re pressing for more legislation in 2013 that could help their industries grow.

Proposals likely to come before lawmakers once they convene in January will address food sampling at farmers’ markets, expanding last session’s “cottage foods” law and reducing barriers for small farms seeking the agricultural property tax exemption.

As bill filing began Nov. 12 for the upcoming session, Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, proposed legislation easing restrictions on the sale of raw milk, a measure some small farmers backed unsuccessfully in 2011.

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Thanksgiving
3:35 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Free Thanksgiving Meals in Austin

Volunteers sort donations to the Capital Area Food Bank in 2011.
KUT News

No holiday is more closely associated with food than Thanksgiving. But many Central Texans will be thankful just to get enough to eat this holiday season.

Several free holiday meals are being offered this Thanksgiving holiday. 

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