Foodies, whet your appetites: Austin Restaurant Week begins this Sunday and promises to be a mouthwatering two weeks celebrating Austin’s vibrant culinary scene!
It is not surprising to anyone who has spent a fair amount of time in Austin that we are known for our good food and good times. A city chock-full of culinary innovation and creative establishments, we've set the pace for others to follow.
Eater.com, a website dedicated to all things food, has released the winners of their 2011 Eater Awards and Austin's fingerprints are all over the list. Nominees were chosen by local editors in 13 cities and were voted upon by readers. Austin was heavily represented in the national categories, as well as having awards for local eateries and establishments. The list of winners can be found after the jump. Congratulations to all!
Fashion’s Night Out may have kicked off Fashion Week yesterday, but there’s another upcoming week of industry celebration that I can’t wait for: Fall Restaurant Week. Between September 25-28 and October 2-5, some of the city’s finest restaurants will be offering prix-fixe menus for lunch, brunch, and dinner at a fraction of the normal cost.
Twice a year, La Condesa hosts the perfect way for Austinites to sample the talent from the city’s top chefs with the Sustainable Food Center’s "Autumn Harvest" and "Spring Bounty" Chef Series. "Spring Bounty" 2011 is just around the corner and will feature a multi-course tasting menu including fresh meats and produce from the Austin Farmers’ Market, as well as local area farms and suppliers. The dinner will also include pairings from Austin’s most innovative mixologists.
Tyson Cole has had his hands full in 2010... He opened a new restaurant, Uchiko, welcomed another daughter to his family, maintained the four-star quality of his first concept, Uchi, and secured space in Houston for a third sushi restaurant for later in 2011. And this week, he launched his first ever cookbook - Uchi: The Cookbook. Designed by Julie Savasky and DJ Stout of Pentagram design firm, photographed by myriad photographers including Jennifer Davik, Jen Helo, and Rebecca Fondren, and distributed by UT Press, the book is a beautiful anthology of the story of Uchi. (Full disclosure, I co-authored it with him, so I'm a little biased on how great the book turned out....)