— Austin Eastciders announced a brand new flavor: blood orange, made with Sicilian blood oranges, and apples, both heirloom bittersweet and American dessert. The cans will be available in stores and bars starting on Monday, April 3. The cidery is putting together variety packs of its various flavors, too.
— Southern Living barbecue editor Robert Moss dug into the growing popularity of the beef rib, and how other pitmasters latched onto the item since Aaron Franklin was named the king of the brisket, including Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue and John Lewis' Charleston operation Lewis Barbecue. He also examined the high costs of selling beef ribs.
— Chronicle spent some time with organizations that feed those who are homeless in Austin, like Caritas Community Kitchen, Feed My People from Foundation for the Homeless, ARCH, and Mission: Possible.
— Restaurant-produced picnic baskets for the Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic are now on sale. Alas, the Franklin Barbecue ones are already sold out (it includes a special appearance by Aaron Franklin himself slicing brisket at the park), but baskets from Brewers Table, Bullfight, Clark's, Home Slice, Kemuri, and others are still available, and Uchiko’s is coming soon. The picnic takes place on Saturday, April 8.
— Uncle Billy's brewed up a special beer for the Trainspotting sequel, T2, Lust for Life, only available at the Barton Springs Road brewpub.
— Several Austin-area wineries won TEXSOM International Wine Awards, including Brennan Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars, and Duchman Family Winery.
— There was a fryer fire at a Sonic Drive-In down on Stassney Lane on Wednesday. No one was hurt.