Spring Restaurant Preview Party
Ahead of the opening of upscale Texas and New American restaurant Lutie’s, chefs Bradley Nicholson and Susan Querejazu are hosting a pop-up party at Jester King Brewery on Sunday, March 1. Helping out is Jester King’s chef de cuisine Amanda Turner. The menu includes a whole roasted hog, Spanish mackerel tostadas, and a cake bar with hummingbird cakes and chocolate-caramel mille feuille. Tickets are $60 and it begins at 2 p.m. The Barley Swine alums’s new restaurant at the Commodore Perry Estate is expected to open in the spring.
Austin Bakery Competes in Baking Show
Tiny Pies chef William Ankeney competed in Food Network’s baking competition show Chopped Sweets this week. Unfortunately, he lost the episode, which focused on small desserts, but was a runner-up.
Israeli Food Specials
In honor of Israeli food stand TLV’s anniversary, the Fareground restaurant will offer a bunch of special dishes for the week from Saturday, February 29 through Saturday, March 7. This includes arayis (meat-stuffed pitas), Jerusalem mixed grill )made with chicken hearts, livers, and breasts), hummus foul (made with chickpeas and fava beans), among other dishes.
Vegan cheese shop Rebel is hosting a “pig pageant” to raise money for the Central Texas Pig Rescue. The Mardi Gras-themed event involves pigs walking down a red carpet and vegan food from Arlo’s, Plow-B-Q, Mission Burrito, and Zucchini Kill Bakery, plus a grazing table, beer, and wine. General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $50. It takes place on Saturday, February 29 from noon to 5 p.m.
Austin Award Nominees
The nominees for CultureMap Austin’s annual Tastemaker Awards are here. This includes the best new restaurant (Cuantos Tacos to Uroko), rising star chef (Eberly’s Jo Chan to Nixta’s Edgar Rico), bar (Coconut Club to Small Victory), and more. Winners will be announced on Thursday, April 16.