Queer Eye’s Back in Austin
Adored Netflix series Queer Eye is back filming in Austin after the show had to take an immediate pause last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Netflix reps didn’t share any details about this forthcoming season, but there were casting calls for potential subjects back in December 2019. During the pause, the group’s food and wine expert Antoni Porowski remained in the city, adopted a dog from Austin Pets Alive, and filmed a home-cooking series.
San Antonio Hospitality Worker Vaccination Event
The Texas Restaurant Association is hosting a two-day industry vaccination event in San Antonio this week. It takes place at the shopping mall Wonderland of the Americas at 4522 Fredericksburg Road on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Hospitality workers can register online. The goal is to give out 3,000 Pfizer doses each day. There was a similar event in Houston earlier this month, with one planned for Austin at some point.
Texas Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program
Houston-based Karbach Brewing Company launched a grant program aiming to help Texas farms and ranches that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the February winter storm. The Restoring the Ranch Program will hand out two $10,000 grants. Nominations are open now through Tuesday, June 1, with submissions being accepted through the website or Instagram.
The Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Austin chapter announced the winners of the organization’s scholarship program this month. This includes culinary school scholarships for Megan Baumbach (the head pastry chef of Martindale, Texas grocery Good Things and Auguste Escoffier Culinary student) and Aneka Kruse (Auguste Escoffier Culinary School student); a kitchen professional stipend for Jacqueline Agans (WIP Hospitality executive pastry sous chef); beverage stipends for Samantha Olvera (Garrison Brother Distillery production operator). Taj Reid (Central Market wine steward), and Candice Price (Whole Foods Market assistant category manager for beer and spirits); business owner stipends for Diana Naya (co-owner of Pickle My Fancy Ferments), Ali White (co-owner of North Loop shop Charlie’s Bagels), and Alexandra Manley (McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s corporate director of baking); and a travel stipend for Veronica Sanchez (the production lead and trainer at vegan ice cream shop Sweet Ritual).
Hill Country brewery Jester King is now selling hemp balm. The salve is made using the first crop of hemp grown on the brewery’s farm, which was then processed into cannabidiol oil (aka CBD oil) by local CBD shop Sweet Sensi. Additional ingredients include goat’s milk, beeswax, juniper, rosemary, marula, and coconut oil. The 3.2-ounce $55 jar, available for online and in-person orders, has 1,000 milligrams of CBD.