— National Geographic spent some quality time with chef Jesse Griffiths and his oh-so-locally-obsessed restaurant Dai Due, where chocolate isn’t served because it doesn’t grow in Texas. He talked about the importance of real sustainability, why he hosts hunting classes, and how he's attempting to grow pineapples in his home.
— A group wants to build an apartment tower right on West 3rd and Colorado streets, currently home to Sullivan's Steakhouse.
— Millie Bobby Brown, the actress who plays Eleven on the popular Netflix show Stranger Things, had her first barbacoa taco at the Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, and she approves.
— Did you know that Callahan's General Store buys pecans from people?
— Freelance pitmaster (for now) Evan LeRoy enjoys sharing his barbecue knowledge with budding smoked meat lovers from around the world. He often offered way short term apprenticeships when he was at Freedmen’s, where people could see how he worked and help out themselves, too.
— Loving director Jeff Nichols is a fan of Franklin Barbecue, especially because of the espresso-laced sauce.
— South Austin Winery is seeking to raise money to finish construction on its facility through Kickstarter. It will become part of The Yard, which is already home to St. Elmo Brewing Company and Still Distillery.
— San Marcos barbecue joint Hays County Barbecue is expanding its current space.
— Austin's Pizza is taking over Tom's Tabooley's spot on Guadalupe Street, as Austin 360 reported. The new pizzeria will open by early February.
— Whole Foods vice president of culinary and hospitality Tien Ho shared his go-to home cooking techniques with Edible Austin, which includes grilling despite the heat.
— Chi'lantro founder Jae Kim was included in trade restaurant magazine QSR's list of global "multicultural leaders changing fast casual" right now. He spoke about how he opened and customers' original response to kimchi (they didn't like it).
— Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse is taking advantage of its unused space in the daytime and offering up the spot for private events on Barton Springs. The regular restaurant will still open at 4 p.m. every day, and for brunch on the weekends. Similarly, Burn Pizzeria hosts a coworking company during day hours.
— Chicago chefs of Macau-inspired Fat Rice, Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo, are cooking up dinner from their cookbook, The Adventures of Fat Rice, at Josephine House on Sunday, November 6. Tickets are $55.
— More pop-up news: Olamaie is hosting Poole's Ashley Christensen for a collaboration dinner on Monday, November 7, with dishes like crab churros, peas and collards, and more. Tickets are $125 and come with a copy of the book.