— Anticipated wood-fired restaurant and wood-fermented brewpub The Brewer’s Table is previewing its goods through four pop-up dinners across the country. The first, in Austin, takes over Franklin Barbecue on Sunday, October 30. Tickets will be awarded lottery-style to those signing up for Brewer’s newsletter before October 25. Other cities on the pop-up tour will include Fort Collins in Colorado on November 9, Los Angeles in December, and Brooklyn in January. Brewer’s will open sometime in early 2017.
— This year’s Wine and Swine, the annual food event honoring the pig thrown by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, will have a New Orleans spin. Cochon chef Stephen Stryjewski will cook, and cocktail maven Chris Hannah of Arnaud’s French 75 will make Hurricanes and a special cocktail. Other Austin chefs include Aaron Franklin, who will make gumbo and baker David Norman who will make bread right there. It takes place on Sunday, November 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. $85 tickets are on sale now.
— The winner of Chopped Junior is a 12-year-old from Pflugerville, Caroline Coleman. She wants to attend culinary school, and open her own restaurant in Texas and then New York.
— Statesman culture writer Michael Barnes visited coffee shops along South First, including Seventh Flag Coffee, Once Over Coffee Bar, Summermoon, and even Starbucks.
— Foreign & Domestic is shifting its menu to focus on fare with a French slant. This means chicken liver and foie gras mousse and magret de canard (duck breast) with an orange and sherry gastrique.
— Restaurant architect Dick Clark's structural mind is always at work. Whenever he goes into a dining establishment, he looks at how the space is arranged, and sometimes even peeks into the kitchen.
— Emmer & Rye’s Kevin Fink was named one of Plate’s chefs to watch, calling out the restaurant's dim sum-style cart and the obsession over local sourcing to where there is a limited amount of dishes because of the availability of ingredients.
— Austin City Limits Festival donated 19 pallets full of the music fest's canned water to North Carolina's hurricane relief efforts.
— Six Austin brewpubs (ABGB, Black Star Co-op, North By Northwest, Pinthouse Pizza, Red Horn, and Uncle Billy’s) teamed up to create a pale ale base just for Austin Beer Week. The ATX Brewpub Collusion will start off as a pale ale with a pilsner base, and then each brewery will add its own touch. It’ll be available at certain points at the bars during the beer week from October 28 through November 6.
— WalletHub determined that Austin is the second most affordable city for those who like to dine out out of 150 cities.
— TripAdvisor and Today called Home Slice Pizza one of the country's best cheap eats spots.