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Beto O’Rourke’s Love for Whataburger Immortalized in a Mural

Plus local winners of a $15,000 culinary scholarship, and other news

Willie Nelson joins Beto O’Rourke At Campaign Rally
Willie Nelson joins Beto O’Rourke At Campaign Rally
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— Beto O’Rourke shared a Houston mural showcasing his affinity for Whataburger on his Instagram.

— East Sixth bar Whisler’s is featuring sherry cocktails through October 14. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Austin Animal Center.

— To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier announced $15,000 in scholarships to six local women for studies beyond the classroom. Jocelyn Jerils (Springdale Farm/Eden East), Amelia Sweethardt (Pure Luck Farm), Ali Schmidt (Manager and Wine Director at Emmer & Rye), Gaby Kraml (Registered Dietitian), Lauren Busch (a sommelier hopeful), and Tara Chapman (Two Hives Honey). Schmidt is using the money to apply for the Master Sommelier exam, which was recently rocked by scandal. Les Dames is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality professions.

— Austin food truck Texas Chili Queens, a drag queen-staffed food truck, was profiled in Conde Nast Traveler. The article discusses how the truck is facilitating conversations about gender identity, just by serving chili.

— Butcher shop and restaurant Salt & Time had to close yesterday due to a power outage. They’re back in business today.

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