After longtime Austin bakery and restaurant Texas French Bread was destroyed in a fire this week, many local bakers are hosting a bake sale next month. Organized by Maggie Fluger of cottage bakery Family Crust Bakery and Camila Velez of Dõ, the sale is intended to raise money for the staff. Fluger had messaged Velez about doing something for the restaurant, and Velez reached out to the Camp East operator, Tatanka. Other participating bakers, bakeries, and restaurants include Skull & Cakebones, Bearded Baking Company, T’art Patisserie, Sourdough Project, Fika Table, Fil N’ Viet, and many more. The Bake Sale for Texas French Bread takes place on Wednesday, February 2 at Camp East at 2907 East 12th Street from 2 to 6 p.m. It’s an in-person cash-only bakesale so that they can give the staffers the money directly.
Big barbecue festival moves from Austin to Lockhart
The giant Texas Monthly BBQ Festival — which typically takes place in Austin with a number of the state’s best smoked meats joints — is moving to Lockhart. It’ll take place over two days on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 to 6. The first day will operate as what the publication describes as a “barbecue world fair” with demonstrations and the such. The second day will operate as the familiar food-oriented food festival. Tickets will go on sale in the summer.
Austin food businesses get awards
Central East Austin coffee shop Try Hard was named as the best new cafe of 2021 in coffee publication Sprudge’s annual Sprudgie Awards. Likewise, Austin chocolate company Delysia Chocolatier won several medals in the International Chocolate Salon’s Hot Chocolate Awards, including many for its Golden Dark drinking chocolate, the cayenne drinking chocolate, and peppermint drinking chocolate.
Potential Austin restaurant displacement
Another day, another new potential development that would possibly displace an Austin restaurant based on demolition permits. This time, there’s a demolition permit in the works for East Fifth Street, which currently includes Russian House, as reported by Towers.
Preview pop-up relocates
Houston sandwich shop Local Foods moved its temporary takeout/delivery-only pop-up from Allandale into ghost kitchen hub Kitchen United Mix in Wooten att 8023 Burnet Rd. This is ahead of opening its first Austin location sometime this year.