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An Austin Pitmaster Is Named a Powerful Person in the Dining Industry

Plus Guy Fieri goes to San Antonio for his television show, and more news

Aaron Franklin posed for a photo with first in line Victor Larisma
Aaron Franklin with a Franklin Barbecue guest
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

— New York digital publication Observer put together its first-ever list of the most powerful people found in the nightlife and dining industry. Among the list of 55 people is Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin, because of his major barbecue contributions to the country. Also on the list is Hot Luck Festival co-founder Mike Thelin (who also co-founded Portland food festival Feast).

— The Mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri is hitting up three San Antonio restaurants in the next season of his television series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The featured restaurants are Smoke Shack BBQ (in an episode about burgers, bacon, and, well, barbecue), Wrigleyville Grill, and Fat Tummy Empanadas.

— After Jewish food truck Jew Hungry was vandalized in an alleged hate crime earlier this month, local artist Shayne Tuthill offered his services to redecorate the truck with art. He added With spray paint, he drew the Star of David and a peace sign, as well as wrote out the words “hope” and the Hebrew word for “love.”

— Southern restaurant Olamaie won the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s pork-centric food event Wine & Swine with its pork and dumplings dish two weekends ago.


1610 San Antonio Street, , TX 78701 (512) 474-2796 Visit Website

Jew Hungry

3808 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website