— The American Royal Association is adding Snow’s BBQ pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz to its Barbecue Hall of Fame. There will be a ceremony that will take place in mid-September in Kansas. She is joined by Tuffy Stone and the last Memphis chef Charlie Vergos.
— It’s not new knowledge that pitmaster Aaron Franklin was in a band before he embarked on his barbecue path, but did you know that he’s in a new unnamed band with some friends? Instead of playing drums, he’s on the guitar. “We’re very loud,” he described to the Chronicle, “extremely loud.”
— Austin students competed in a cooking competition to create the taco that will be served in school kitchens next year. The winner was the Loaded Taco, filled with chorizo, ground beef, carrots, potatoes, cilantro, avocado, and sour cream by students Macias-Lopez and Cierra Salazar.
— Wells Branch seafood restaurant Garbo’s is offering a new $6 happy hour with dishes like banh mi hot dogs, chowder fries, and smoked fish dip toast with avocado. It’s available from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
— Second Bar + Kitchen is taking over the Archer Hotel Austin’s lobby up in the Domain Northside. The new lobby lounge will include a daily happy hour, along with afternoon and late night service with drinks and snacks. It opens on Thursday, June 7. The partnership makes sense since Second Bar is the hotel’s restaurant. (The original location is in downtown Austin.)
— Austin-based protein doughnut company Elite Sweets was one of the winners of WeWorks’ Creator Awards this month. It received $180,000 which will go towards a commercial kitchen.