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SXSW PanelPicker, Blue Bell's First Returning Flavor, and More A.M. Intel

The latest four restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now.

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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

— It’s already time to start thinking about SXSW and vote for which panels you would like to catch for 2016’s iteration of the interactive conference. The voting cut-off date is on Friday, September 4. The potential food programming options include:

  • Food Insanity: Have We Gone Too Far?: a panel that would be moderated by Danny Palumbo, comedian and creator of satirical fictional restaurant Abbrev, with Dai Due’s Jesse Griffiths and celebrity chef Richard Blais about food innovation.
  • The Democratization of Influence on Food: panelists, including Grae Nonas from Olamaie and The Chronicle’s Brandon Watson, would discuss the way people seek out food.
  • Food Transformers: Reimagining Food Traditions: Olamaie’s Michael Fojtasek, Ramen Tatsu-ya’s Tatsu Aikawa, and others would talk about how they use and respect old school techniques within new school methods.

—After recalling ice cream cartons and shutting down production because of listeria, Blue Bell is back and ready to dole out the frozen sweets. The first returning flavor is homemade vanilla. Despite that, UT’s director of food service Rene Rodriguez told The Daily Texan that the campus will not carry the ice cream. Sorry, college students.

— See how much Rainey Street has changed in in the past ten years with this photo gallery, before the explosion of bars and restaurants in the district.

— Included in the Austin edition of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 list this year are Juniper’s pastry chef Kerstin Bellah, Qui sous chef Rob Drennan, Dai Due’s butcher Julia Poplawsky, owner of temporary bar The Roosevelt Room to-be-turned-into cocktail palace De Rigueur Justin Lavenue, and plenty of other younger chefs, bartenders, and more.