Dai Due selling female-themed pastries Saturday in support of Women’s March

Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Dai Due executive pastry chef Abby Love is supporting the Women’s March in Austin Saturday in one of the ways she knows best, making awesome pastries. But there’s a clever twist. Love has created a roster of cheeky  “lady-themed” pastries for sale, some of which are anatomical and comical in nature. In addition to those undisclosed goodies, Love will also create what she is calling Mama Bear Claws and Burning Bra Chili Cheese Rolls.

The bear claws are croissant dough filled with Texas pecan frangipane ($5) and the bra-shaped offerings are cheddar buns spiked with house-fermented chili paste ($4). Dai Due will be serving the limited offerings from its bakery (2406 Manor Road) starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“We are in full support of the march on Saturday and would love nothing more than to fill anyone who is marching full of gluten, sugar, fraternity, and solidarity,” Love said.

L’Oca d’Oro hosting March on the Kitchen dinner to benefit Safe Austin



L’Oca D’Oro, the Italian restaurant in the Mueller development, will host a dinner on Wednesday night to benefit Safe Austin, a partnership of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.

The restaurant has put together the five-course menu from female Austin chefs as a way to show support for the women marching in Washington D.C. this weekend in protest of the Trump presidency, and as a way to support women in the hospitality industry.

“It’s time to do away with the sub-minimum wage and pay all restaurant workers, 70 percent of whom are women, one fair wage. Restaurants need to take the high road on pay and on eliminating sexual harassment from an industry that is responsible for more EEOC complaints than any other,” the restaurant said in a statement on its website.

The five-course meal, which will include sunchoke gnocchi and vermouth-braised pork crepinette, will be prepared by chefs Amanda Turner (Juniper), Susana Querejazu (Barley Swine), Abby Love (Dai Due), Kristine Kittrell (WeatherUp) and Alex Manley (formerly of Josephine House and Bufalina). There will also be a vegetarian menu option. Erin Murtagh of Contigo will make the cocktails, and sommelier Vilma Mazaite (formerly of LaV) will create wine pairings.

The meal costs $75 ($40 for wine pairings), and reservations can be made on L’Oca d’Oro’s website.

Related: Review: L’Oca d’Oro knows you don’t need glitter to be golden | L’Oca d’Oro (#16) in the Austin360 Dining Guide










Austin Food & Wine Festival releases lineup; tickets go on sale

The sixth annual Austin Food & Wine Festival returns to Auditorium Shores on April 28-30 with its usual stellar lineup of local, regional and national culinary talent. The festival, which was rained out last year, released its roster of talent and put tickets on sale this week.

Texas chefs gather April 28 at Fair Market in East Austin for the weekend’s first official event. Lone Star Nights is a tasting event, backed by music from DJ DM, that will showcase Texas chefs riffing on global flavors. The lineup includes Dallas chefs Matt Balke (Bolsa), Julian Barsotti (Nonna), Junior Borges and Coner Sergeant (CBD Provisions); Austin chefs Thai Changthong (Thai-Kun), Kevin Fink (Emmer & Rye) and Paul Qui (Kuneho); San Antonio chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres (Restaurant Mixtli) and Steve McHugh (Cured); along with Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor), Danny Trace of Brennan’s of Houston and more.

The Lamb Lollipops from Lonesome Dove at the Austin Food and Wine Festival on Auditorium Shores on Saturday, April 25, 2015.(Deborah Cannon AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
The Lamb Lollipops from Lonesome Dove at the Austin Food and Wine Festival on Auditorium Shores on Saturday, April 25, 2015.(Deborah Cannon AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The weekend’s centerpiece daytime events take place April 29-30 at Auditorium Shores, with cooking demonstrations and tastings from a group that includes Austin chefs Sonya Coté (Eden East), Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie), Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck), Joe Anguiano (Vox Table), Zach Hunter (The Brewer’s Table), Mia Li (Kuneho), Michael Paley (Central Standard), James Robert (Fixe) and Amanda Rockman (South Congress Hotel), as well as Dallas chef Blaine Staniford (Grace, Little Red Wasp) and others. The daytime events will also include chef Tim Love’s annual hands-on grilling demonstration.

Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson will return to the Austin Food & Wine Festival and compete in the Rock Your Taco event on April 29. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015
Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson will return to the Austin Food & Wine Festival and compete in the Rock Your Taco event on April 29. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015

Saturday night’s fan-favorite Rock Your Taco showcases famous chefs squaring off in a competition to see who can make the best version of the unofficial food of Austin. Chefs including Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec), Alon Shaya (Shaya) and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto) are just a few of the big names who will challenge reigning Rock Your Taco champion Tim Love.

Feast Under the Stars, the annual unofficial kickoff to the weekend, takes place April 27 with a multi-course, family-style meal from chefs David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen), Tyson Cole (Uchi), Omar Flores (Casa Rubia in Dallas), Ford Fry (State of Grace in Atlanta) and Austin-based pastry chef Janina O’Leary. Tickets for that event are sold separately on the fest’s site.

The festival has returned to its two-tier pricing structure with Weekend Ticket holders ($250) getting access to Saturday and Sunday daytime events and All-In Ticket holders ($625) getting access to the daytime and evening events.

Tickets and more information are available at austinfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets.

Alamo Drafthouse creates McDonald’s-themed menu for ‘The Founder’

The creative folks over at the Alamo Drafthouse are paying witty homage to the Golden Arches with a special menu they will serve at a screenings of “The Founder,” the biopic about Ray Kroc starring Oscar-winner Michael Keaton. The cheeky items that put a twist on McDonald’s staples will be paired with beers from Founders Brewing Co. from Michigan.

This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, photo shows a McDonald's sign in Miami. Already, the emergence of smaller rivals promising more wholesome alternatives has major restaurant chains scrambling to improve the image of their food. But some of the tweaks they’re making underscore how far they have to go in changing perceptions. Convincing people it serves wholesome food is particularly important for McDonald’s, which has long courted families with its Happy Meals and Ronald McDonald mascot. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, photo shows a McDonald’s sign in Miami.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Dishes include a Arches’ Morning Muffin Scotch Egg, which will have a Scotch egg breaded with English muffin and paired with Azacca IPA and a Royal with Cheese Tartare, served with toasted bun and Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale.

For the complete menu and tickets to “The Founder,” which opens Friday, visit the Drafthouse’s website.

founderCheck out the trailer for the movie directed by Texan John Lee Hancock below.



Apis Restaurant team opens Pizzeria Sorellina today


One of the best restaurants in Central Texas have welcomed new member to the family. The owners of Apis Restaurant & Apiary (#3 in the recent Austin360 Dining Guide) open Pizzeria Sorellina tonight at its campus in Spicewood (23526 Texas 71 W).

The pizzeria is located in a building resembling a Hill Country cathedral across the parking lot from Apis. The casual restaurant serves traditional Italian pizza, salads, small plates, and housemade salumi (eg nostrano, lonza and coppa), along with beer and wine.

True to Apis’ scratch-cooking ethos, Sorellina, under the guidance of Apis opening chef de cuisine Adam Brick, is milling its own grains, shaping and stretching its own cheese and aging and curing their own means, like wild boar salumi.

Flour nerds out there will be interested to know that the sourdough crust utilizes a 10-year old starter culture and a mixture of house-milled tam 105, fuller, and turkey red wheat flours. Brick and Apis owner and executive chef Taylor Hall plan to plant their own wheat in the spring. The fields will also be used for grazing by pigs, cows and wild hogs, allowing the restaurants to develop their own “fully vertically integrated, self-sufficient rotational grown and grazed crops and livestock,” according to the restaurant owners.

Pizzeria Sorellina is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. (pizzeriasorellina.com)

Wu Chow and Swift’s Attic team to open seafood restaurant in Central Austin

guild_brand_fullThe team behind downtown fusion restaurant Swift’s Attic and the Chinese restaurant Wu Chow plan to open Guild in Central Austin this summer.

The restaurant, located in the same complex as Snooze and Kendra Scott’s headquarters at 3800 N. Lamar Blvd., will be a seafood-driven concept. Guild will have a large outdoor dining area, in addition to its 5500 square feet inside. The restaurant, which will open as dinner only before expanding to lunch and brunch, will feature a raw bar and a seat at the kitchen for private tastings.


18 vegetarian lunch dishes at restaurants in downtown Austin and near the Capitol

A vegetarian Twitter friend of mine recently bemoaned the horrible state of dining near the Texas State Capitol. He specifically mentioned  missing Las Manitas, the late, inexpensive hangout of lobbyists, legislators, journalists and downtown denizens. I remember it well. And while I, too, miss the restaurant — its food, its people, its culture, its vibe and its role in Austin — and generally recognize the relative lack of great, casual options near the capitol, the show must go on.

In honor of my friend, I came up with a list of 10 vegetarian dishes from restaurants that are within closer walking distance to the capitol than was Las Manitas (read: less than .7 miles). For this activity, I stuck to lunch options, because I don’t want to give my friend any extra return-fire fodder. For a list of 85 omnivore-friendly restaurants near the capitol, check out this list that started it all. Also make sure to check out these 25 vegetarian-friendly restaurants and trailers in Austin.

The Clay Pit is one of the best stops for vegetarians near the state capitol.
The Clay Pit is one of the best stops for vegetarians near the state capitol.

Vegan Black Bean Burger — roasted vegetable and barley black bean patty, baby spinach, tomatoes, avocado & white bean spread on an artisan onion roll — at 1886 Cafe & Bakery. 604 Brazos St. 512-391-7066, 1886cafeandbakery.com. ($12)

Local vegetable plate, with veggies from Johnson’s Backyard Garden, at Annie’s Cafe & Bar. 319 Congress Ave. 512-472-1884, anniescafebar.com. ($11.95)
Vegan plate — torlou, lentil soup, hummus and vegetable-stuffed grape leaves — at Athenian Bar & Grill. 600 Congress Ave. 512-474-7775, athenianbargrill.com. ($11.27)
Channa Saag — spinach sauce cooked with garbanzo beans and herbs — at Clay Pit. 1601 Guadalupe St. 512-322-5131, claypit.com. ($11)
Vegetarian Jackalope — a vegan dog sausage dressed with cranberry compote, Sriracha aioli and cheddar — at Frank. 407 Colorado St. 512-494- 6916, hotdogscoldbeer.com. ($9.50)
Mushroom ravioli — filled with portobello mushrooms in and white wine sauce with cherry tomatoes, parmigiana and truffle oil — at Il Forte. 800 Brazos St. 512-212-9797, ilforteaustin.com. ($14)
Cherry tomato pizza — basil, mozzarella, parmigiano — at Italic. 123 W. Sixth St. 512-660-5390, italicaustin.com. ($16)
Vegan falafel — chickpeas, organic carrots, organic kale, pickled vegetables and housemade tahini sauce — at JuiceLand. 120 E. Fourth St. 737-300-2120, juicelandaustin.com. ($7.95)
Pasta Norma — penne with roasted eggplant, tomato, garlic, basil and topped with ricotta salata — at La Traviata. 314 Congress Ave. 512-479-8131, latraviatatx.com. ($12)
Grilled tofu served with stir-fried vegetables and fried or steamed rice — at Lavaca Teppan. 1712 Lavaca St. 512-851-8963, lavacateppan.com. ($8.25)
Greenbelt salad — spring mix, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, red onion, celery, sunflower seeds, croutonschampagne vinaigrette — at Leaf. 115 W. Sixth St. 512-474-5323, leafsalad.com. ($7.95)
Shaved Brussels sprouts — honey-lime vinaigrette, cotija, currants and pine nuts — at Lonesome Dove. 419 Colorado St. 512-271-2474, lonesomedoveaustin.com. ($9)

Enchiladas verdes de espinacas  — fresh spinach sautéed with white onions & serrano chiles, wrapped in corn tortillas with Monterey Jack cheese and topped with salsa verde at Manuel’s. 310 Congress Ave. 512-472-7555, manuels.com. ($12)

Mediterranean pizza — spinach, Roma tomatoes, black olives, red onions, artichoke hearts and feta cheese — at The Onion. 408 Brazos St. 512-476-6466, onionbaby.com. ($8.99/small)
Veggie burger at P. Terry’s. 515 Congress Ave. #130. 512-473-8722, pterrys.com. ($3.95)
Medjool date salad — pitted medjool dates with goat cheese, baby arugula, candied walnuts and fig smear — at Roaring Fork. 701 Congress Ave. 512-583-0000, roaringfork.com. ($9.50)
My Thai Salad –pickled carrots, cilantro, onions, red peppers, cucumber, sesame seeds, and bean thread noodles on mixed greens with Slakemade peanut-lime vinaigrette — at Slake Cafe. 120 E. Seventh St. 512-476-0060, slakecafe.com. ($10.95)

Going Back To Cauli — seared cauliflower steak, tomato, peanut & coconut curry, zucchini on challah bun — at Swift’s Attic. 315 Congress Ave. 512-482-8842, swiftsattic.com. ($12)