Charitable Crab Rangoon Pizza
For Via 313’s next charitable pizza collaboration, the Detroit-style pizzeria is teaming up with to-go/delivery restaurant Tso Chinese Delivery. The result is a crab rangoon pizza, a pie topped with blue crab, cream cheese, wonton crisps, a sweet chili sauce, and scallions (there’s a gluten-free option as well for $3 more). One dollar from every $20 pie sold will go to Central Texas-based nonprofit Austin Asian Community Health Initiative (AACHI). It’s available from Monday, April 5 through Wednesday, May 2 from Via’s physical restaurants (Oak Hill, East Sixth, North Campus) for pickups placed online, over the phone, or in person, as well as dine-in service. During that same time, Via is also donating one dollar from every Royal Mai Tai cocktail sold to AACHI.
Food Festival Postponement
Hot Luck Festival, the food and music festival by Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin, the Mohawk’s James Moody, and Feast Portland’s Mike Thelin is officially not happening this May due to pandemic-related safety concerns. Last year’s festival had been postponed to this year. There is still a plan to run the event, which typically takes place over Memorial Weekend, “in a different way” sometime later this year, according to a release. The festival recently partnered with service industry worker-focused foundation Southern Smoke.
Austin Food Truck Robberies
There have been several food truck robberies in the northeast Austin area this past month, as reported by KVUE. The most recent robbery took place at Raul’s Taqueria on March 26 at around 1 a.m. Previous robberies took place at Tortas y Tacos Dos Hermanos on March 1 at 1 a.m. and Taqueria la Chilanguita Food Stand at 2:30 a.m. that same day. The Austin Police Department believes it’s the same person, according to the news channel.
Hill Country Winery Awards
Many Texas Hill Country wineries won a bunch of awards from this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which was held earlier this month. In total, across 18 wineries — including Becker Vineyards, Bending Branch Winery, Messina Hof, and others — nabbed 8 best of class awards, 13 double-gold awards, and 25 gold medals.
Austin Music Beer
Austin psychedelic soul band Black Pumas is making a second beer with North Austin brewery 4th Tap Brewing Co-op again. The Stay Gold Deluxe Double IPA is available as of last week at the brewery taproom and various restaurants, bars, and breweries in the Central Texas area. Retail cans of the beer will be available starting in mid-April at locations such as H-E-B and liquor stores in the state.
Best of Austin Issue
Austin Monthly published its regular “best of” issue this week. The food and drinks category includes Dripping Springs bakery Abby Jane Bakeshop, Middle Eastern spot Usta Kababgy, and all of the birria. There is also a section dedicated to how restaurants and trucks morphed due to the pandemic, including downtown bar Small Victory’s cocktail kits and Olamaie-turned-Little Ola’s Biscuits.