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SXSW Meatball Takedown, Food + City Winners, and More

Plus a celebrity chef fundraiser on Willie Nelson's ranch.

Willie Nelson's ranch in Luck, Texas
Willie Nelson's ranch in Luck, Texas
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SXSW WIREMatt Timms has switched up the theme of his annual food-related SXSW Takedown. After dabbling in bacontacos, and mac and cheese, this year's competition centers on meatballs. Home cooks will put their ballsiest meatballs to the test on Sunday, March 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Shangri La, and tickets are $20. [Austin360]

FOOD FIGHT — The results of this month's Food + City Challenge prize competition are in. The Gold Prize winner, who will receive $30,000 in cash and various other prizes, was awarded to New York-based condiment startup True Made Foods. Austin's Tasty app was a Top 10 finalist, and the People's Choice prize went to waste management operation Regrub, which is run by two Texas A&M freshmen. [EaterWire]

CHARITY WIRE — Tickets  are now on sale for Chefs' Pot Luck, a culinary fundraiser at Willie Nelson's private ranch in Luck, Texas, hosted by chef Michel Nischan, 2015 recipient of the James Beard Humanitarian of the Year award. On March 17, chef Michel Nischan, 2015 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year recipient, along with an all-male complement of celebrity chefs, including Michael Chiarello and Scott Conant, will prepare a meal for ticket holders, followed by a performance from Willie himself. All proceeds benefit Nischan's nonprofit, Wholesome Wave, which works to increase access to fresh produce in disadvantaged communities across the country. $10,000 buys a table for 10; individual tickets are $350. [EaterWire]


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