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We’re launching a new Austin360 Taste Test video series that this week features tech culture writer Omar Gallaga and food writer Addie Broyles tasting two kinds of queso.

Food Matters: New video series puts new products to the test

AUSTIN360 TASTE TESTNew video series puts products to the testHave you tried the new Lay’s cappuccino potato chips? What about H-E-B’s Limited Edition Apple Crisp cane sugar soda?Grocery stores have tens of thousands of products on their shelves, and manufacturers are eager to add more to capture even more of ...

As part of our #Austin360Cooks project, Instagram user @dubekathy shared a photo of okra she had cut in half and tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper for roasting in her oven.

Food Matters: Central Market celebrates 20 years

AUSTIN360COOKS How to make slime-free okra in your oven Thank goodness for okra. How would we get through these last crispy fried days of summer without those little succulent pods that cook so well on a grill or in an oven? As part of our #Austin360Cooks project, Instagram user @dubekathy ...

Teo owner Matthew Lee will be competing in Italy in September in the World Gelato Tour finals. His entry is this pecan caramel ice cream.

 Teo’s pecan caramel gelato, plus new gin from Dripping Springs

DESSERTSTeo’s Matthew Lee competing in Gelato World Tour finals this weekendWhen the Gelato World Tour rolled through Austin earlier this summer, it pitted some of North America’s best gelato makers against one another.Matthew Lee of Teo Espresso and Gelato, 1206 W. 38th St., was a hometown favorite and took third ...

Texas Keeper Cider, the newest cidery in town, is selling its debut cider, Texas Keeper No. 1, at a handful of local stores, including East End Wines and WhichCraft Beer Store.

Food Matters: New Austin-made cider now in stores, more food news

NEW PRODUCTS New Austin-made cider now available at local stores A winemaker and homebrewer have joined forces to make cider, and they’ve recently sent a limited amount of their first cider, Texas Keeper No. 1, to a few local stores. Lindsey Peebles, Nick Doughty and Brandon Wilde launched Texas Keeper ...

Joelle Cousins recently won the award for the best sommelier in Texas at TEXSOM.

Austinite wins best sommelier in Texas; new books share food hacks

Red Room’s Joelle Cousins named best sommelier in Texas At the internationally known wine education conference TEXSOM, held Aug. 9-11 in Irving, Austin sommelier Joelle Cousins took top prize at a big sommelier competition that serves as the focal point of the conference. As general manager and sommelier at the ...

SoCo Homebrew will sell all kinds of beer-making supplies, including equipment like these roller mills. They will also carry products for making kombucha, wine and cheese.

 SoCo Homebrew to open near Hill’s Cafe; Foodie Kids adds lunches

NEW STOREHomebrew store opens on South Congress AvenueAs Austinites’ thirst for local beer only seems to increase, so does their interest in making it themselves. At least that’s what Joseph Butler, Mike Campbell and Chris Ellison are banking on with their new homebrew store, SoCo Homebrew, which opens Wednesday at ...

Moontower Community Agriculture Co-op, a local food hub that launched earlier this year, has started selling value-added products at the Mueller Farmers’ Market that incorporate produce from their member farmers.

Food Matters: Moontower Co-op aids farmers, Hatch chiles are back

FOOD HUB Moontower Co-op connects farmers, customers Community has always been a big part of farming. If you don’t know how to do or get ahold of something, chances are good that your neighbor does. But one of the biggest challenges of farming in the 21st century is that many ...

Hopper Foods founders John Tucker, Jack Ceadel and Marta Hudecova.

Food Matters: 20-minute chicken liver mousse, Austin-made cricket bars

NEW STORESLenoir’s kitchen, cookbook store to open Sunday on South FirstMétier Cook’s Supply, the kitchen and cookbook store from Lenoir owners Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan, is set to open on Sunday.In addition to vintage and new cookbooks, Métier will also sell a carefully curated selection of vintage dishes, cast ...

Millet-Stuffed Squash with Mango Sauce is a recipe featured in the new seasonal meal plans available on Lista.

Food Matters: Sticky Toffee Pudding Co. wins again at Fancy Food Show

LOCAL PRODUCTSSticky Toffee Pudding’s Millionaire Shortbread wins at Fancy Food ShowA few weeks ago, the Summer Fancy Food Show took place in New York City, and a trio of Austin-based food companies were competing as finalists in the annual Sofi Awards, one of the highest honors for artisan food products ...

Blueberry oatmeal muffins made with freshly picked berries from Southwest Missouri, where I visit my family just about every June.

Food Matters: Blueberry recipes, plus pickled pineapple debuts at HOPE

I always seem to visit my hometown in Missouri in June. One year, it was because my high school reunion was that month; other years, I just can’t wait that long after the last week of school to go visit my parents and grandmother, who live there. (My mom is ...

Mercedez Singleton curates the food products at Friends & Neighbors on East Cesar Chavez Street.

Food Matters: New store brings taste of Brooklyn, Portland to Austin

NEW STORE Friends & Neighbors brings taste of Brooklyn, Portland to East Austin Mercedez Singleton moved to Austin from Brooklyn about a year ago to help her friend Jill Bradshaw open Friends and Neighbors, a coffee shop/vintage retail store at 2614 E. Cesar Chavez St. that debuted during South by ...

Central Texas farmers are having a bumper crop of tomatoes and other produce this year thanks to the recent rains.

Food Matters: Bumper crop of tomatoes from local farmers

LOCAL FOOD Area farms enjoy bounty of tomatoes, other summer produce Thanks to all this rain lately, local farmers are experiencing bumper crops of produce, especially those beloved tomatoes you’ve been waiting for all year. The sheer variety and quantity that the farmers and market organizers are sharing on Facebook ...

Ikea’s midsummer smorgasbord feast returns on June 13.

Craft chocolate added to Froyoyo lineup, comes to Austin

DESSERTSFroyoyo adds artisan chocolates, frozen yogurt-topped cupcakesWest Lake Hills residents Dave and Joan Duce fell in love with making frozen yogurt with the Bulgarian yogurt from Austin’s White Mountain Pure Foods Co., and at the push of friends and neighbors who couldn’t get enough, they opened Froyoyo in 2009 at ...

The Quesoff returns on July 19.

Food Matters: ‘Homesick Texan’ author to speak at BookPeople

COOKBOOKSHomesick Texan to speak at BookPeople on TuesdayLisa Fain is the seventh-generation Texan behind, and even though she lives in New York City, we’ll claim her as our own.In fact, if she hadn’t moved to New York, she might not have appreciated Texas culture and cuisine enough to start ...

Chinese Peanut Noodles from “The 3-Day Reset” by Pooja Mottl.

Food Matters: Argus Cidery adds pineapple tepache

COOKBOOKS Craving unhealthy food? New book can help you reset Chef Pooja Mottl knows that it’s easier to talk about making vast changes to your diet than to actually implement them. Habits are partially to blame, but our bodies learn to crave less-than-ideal foods. Mottl’s new book, “The 3-Day Reset: ...

Steve and Dawn Langerock started bottling their mai tai recipe after hearing such a positive response from friends about the mix they’d bring to parties.

Food Matters: Fundraiser cookies for delivery, Austin-made mai tai mix

LOCAL COMPANYLet’s Big Chipper cookies raise money for local nonprofitsKaren Davis’ heart is as big as her chocolate chip cookies.The Round Rock baker launched Let’s Big Chipper last year as a way to combine her passions for sweet treats and social entrepreneurship. She and her husband, Michael, had always baked ...

Beatbox Beverages, a line of boxed wine-based cocktails, come in three flavors.

Food Matters: New ready-to-drink cocktails debut, Nolan Ryan’s cookbook

NEW PRODUCT Beatbox Beverages jazzes up boxed drinks industry When two UT business students were told they’d need $5 million to start a company selling boxed ready-to-drink cocktails, they were undaunted and “bootstrapped” the business together. Now, after getting their products into local stores, Beatbox Beverages is preparing to launch ...

“Fictitious Dishes” is by Dinah Fried.

Food Matters: Reviving fictional food loves; granita with Dolce Neve

COOKBOOKS Austinite revives Irma Harding memories, recipes Do you remember Irma Harding? Like her better-known peers Betty Crocker and Aunt Jemima, Harding was a personified — and fictional — “live trademark” for a company trying to earn the public’s trust. She was the public face for International Harvester, a farm ...

The Gelato World Tour is rolling through Austin May 9 to 11 at Republic Square Park and will feature gelato tastings, demonstrations and a contest whose winners will compete in the finals later this year in Italy.

Food Matters: ‘Blender Girl’ whirls through Austin; NurturMe, Ana’s add new products

EVENTS Gelato World Tour coming to Austin Next week, Austin will host the Gelato World Tour, an international competition that pits gelato makers from five continents against one another to find the best gelato in the world. Austin is the only North American stop on the eight-city tour, which has ...

David Lebovitz’ new book, “My Paris Kitchen,” features sweet and savory dishes, and some that are a little of both, including these caramel pork ribs.

Food Matters: David Lebovitz in Austin for ‘My Paris Kitchen,’ Maggie Louise Confections debuts

COOKBOOKS David Lebovitz’s new book focuses on Paris’ savory side In only half a dozen books on dessert, David Lebovitz has become one of the most beloved cookbook authors today. Much of that can be attributed to his active blog and social media presence, but his books are must-haves for ...

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