— Tickets for Texas Monthly Barbecue Festival are now on sale, where the publication gathers some of the best barbecue joints of the state, including locals like Franklin Barbecue, La Barbecue, and elsewhere, like Snow’s Barbecue, Pecan Lodge, Pinkerton's Barbecue, 2M Smokehouse, and Tejas Chocolate Craftory, for a meat-filled day of eating. General admission tickets are $80. It takes place on Sunday, November 5 at the Long Center. Then there are additional events the day before, like the brisket brunch at Juliet Italian Kitchen with the restaurant’s chef Jacob Weaver and Truth Barbecue pitmaster Leonard Botello IV.
— Chronicle reported that Red River bar Bull McCabe's is closing at the end of August. Owners Gerry Langan and Johnny Maginnis decided to close the pub after operating for 18 years.
— Texas French Bread owner and writer Murph Willcott approaches his restaurant's newsletter as a creative writing exercise, and it shows in the form of thoughtful prose that doesn’t necessarily have to do with his business at all. Austin Monthly dug into the process of his lengthy emails.
— Texas Standard spoke to Acornseekers, a farm near Flatonia, Texas that’s raising ibérico pigs, which are being used for jamón ibérico.
— Austin restaurant deliveries could soon be made with delivery robots, thanks to a new pilot program approved by the Austin City Council.
— South Austin Southeast Asian-inspired trailer Soursop adds lunch to its lineup starting today, Friday, August 11. The menu includes banh mi with shiitake pate, khao man gai, fried chicken sandwiches, and more. It’s served from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
— Les Dames d'Escoffier International’s Austin scholarship call is now open to women looking to get into the food, beverage, and hospitality worlds. The deadline is Saturday, September 1.