Event: Jacques Pépin to be honored at AFWA dinner at Launderette

Jacques Pepin will be the guest of honor at a dinner at Launderette on June 4.
Jacques Pepin will be the guest of honor at a dinner at Launderette on June 4.
The Austin Food & Wine Alliance will honor French culinary legend Jacques Pépin with a special dinner at Launderette on June 5. Chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, whose Launderette is a finalist for the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in America, will prepare a five-course meal with wine pairings. Pepin will not cook, but will be on hand to talk to the guests and share stories from his illustrious career. There are 85 seats available, with tickets costing $285. Seats can be purchased by emailing info@austinfoodwinealliance.org.
The dinner is being held in conjunction with Pépin’s June 5 talk at the Long Center (tickets here).  Proceeds from both events benefit the grant program of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.


Maker of Austin’s best Roman-style pizza, chef Tim Lane leaves Burn Pizza + Bar

Chef Tim Lane's Roman-style pizzas helped elevate Burn Pizza + Bar from being just another East Austin bar. (Tom McCarthy Jr. AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Chef Tim Lane’s Roman-style pizzas helped elevate Burn Pizza + Bar from being just another East Austin bar. (Tom McCarthy Jr. AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The maker of the best Roman-style pizzas in Austin is on the move. Executive chef Tim Lane has left his post at Bridget Dunlap’s Burn Pizza + Bar to pursue other opportunities in Austin. The chef has expressed interest in possibly returning to work with molecular gastronomy. After spending the early part of his career working at places like Asti in Austin, Lane spent nine years in Rome, where he worked as sous chef for Cristina Bowerman at the modernist Michelin-starred Glass Hosteria. Dunlap says she has yet to decide on a replacement for Lane.

Tacodeli Spyglass to operate from food truck while renovating

tacodeliThe tiny taco shop near the Greenbelt is getting a facelift and taking over the adjacent dry-cleaning space next door. Tacodeli will close its Spyglass storefront and move operations to an onsite food truck, as it undergoes expansion. The expanded location will triple indoor seating from its current squished 12-seat set-up ans also offer long window-facing, rail seating for dining. The bigger space means a bigger kitchen, as well as an additional restroom.

During the renovation, Tacodeli will serve a truncated menu from its food truck (see right), which will have the same hours as the existing Spyglass location. The changes begin on Tuesday and completion of the new space is expected before the end of summer.

“This location represents our beginnings and has special meaning to us,” Tacodeli co-founder Roberto Espinosa said. “This renovation brings exciting change and improvements, while still retaining the unique character and charm of the original Spyglass location.”

In addition to the renovation, Tacodeli also announced this week that it is now accepting online ordering for all location, but the option won’t be available for the Spyglass location once renovations start next week.

Tacodeli now offers online ordering





Tacodeli is known for great tacos, Doña sauce, early closing hours and healthy lines. But your wait for a Papadulce or Frontera Fundido Sirloin taco may have just gotten a little shorter.

The Austin-based taco makers (who recently expanded to Dallas) posted yesterday on Facebook that they are now accepting online orders at all locations.

A note of warning: Tacodeli on North Lamar was closed this morning due to a power outage and calls to that shop and Spyglass are currently ending with a busy signal.

(Update: A previous version of this post mentioned that the Tacodeli site stated that online ordering had not come to the North Lamar location. Despite the text on the site at the time, online ordering is available at all locations.)


Former Geraldine’s chef Jesse DeLeon to open Victoria Provisions

Image of executive chef Jesse DeLeon via Linkedin.com.
Image of executive chef Jesse DeLeon via Linkedin.com.

Veteran Austin chef Jesse DeLeon will open Victoria Provisions with two business partners in May. The chef, who has worked at Vespaio and Zoot, left his post as sous chef at Geraldine’s in the Hotel Van Zandt earlier this month.

DeLeon, who grew up in Victoria, will pull from his stops at various Austin restaurant and his Gulf Coast upbringing to prepare seasonal Texas cuisine utilizing classic French and Italian technique. Billed as a cooking demonstration, Victoria Provisions will initially serve dinner at two seatings each week at Patricia’s Table (510 W. 35th St.), a space that regularly hosts cooking classes. Dinners, which will be BYOB affairs, will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, with a 6:30 p.m. social hour before meals. The de facto supper club eventually plans to move into its own brick-and-mortar restaurant space.

Victoria Provisions will send out its constantly changing menus two weeks before meals. Diners can sign up for the 20 seats online on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals will be $50 (plus tax and gratuity) and will vary in course format depending on the featured ingredients and proteins.

After a soft-open week for family and friends, Victoria Provisions plans to serve its first meal to the public on May 19. You can get more information about Victoria Provisions and sign up for their email alerts at victoria-provisions.com.


Tiny Pies opens on South Lamar with free pie and coffee Tuesday night

Bite-sized pecan pies from Austin's Tiny Pies. (Credit: Addie Broyles)
Bite-sized pecan pies from Austin’s Tiny Pies. (Credit: Addie Broyles)

Tiny Pies will celebrate the opening of its second location, at 2032 S. Lamar Blvd. (next to Henri’s), with free coffee and pie on Tuesday night. The mother-daughter-owned shop, which serves sweet and savory pies, also has a shop at 5035 Burnet Rd. and the pies are available in freezer sections at retail outlets around the state.

Closed: El Arroyo in Northwest Hills

The original El Arroyo on West Fifth Street (pictured) is known for its witty sign. (Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
The original El Arroyo on West Fifth Street (pictured) is known for its witty sign. (Credit: Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Tex-Mex restaurant El Arroyo, which opened almost 20 years ago at 7032 Wood Hollow Drive in Northwest Hills, closed yesterday. The original Fifth Street location, which opened in 1987 remains in business. El Arroyo is owned by brothers Austin and Ellis Winstanley, who also own Star Seeds, Caine, The Tavern and Abel’s and Hill’s Cafe. We have a call out to find out what led to the closing of the restaurant near Far West Boulevard.