Restaurant openings, closings and coming soon
Open: My Fit Foods, the fifth location of the prepared foods company at 12415 N. Interstate 35 and Parmer Lane, the former home of Bennigan's. This location is the 50th for the company that started five years ago in Houston. myfitfoods.com.
Closing Monday: After 40 years in business, the Gatti's Pizza at 503 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will close its doors May 28. Efforts to negotiate a new lease with the landlord failed, according to vice president of operations Mike Glenn. Six other Central Texas Gatti's Pizza buffets will remain open, the Austin-based company said. The restaurant is full of University of Texas photos, posters and art, which are being auctioned to help the family of Jeremy Barta, general manager of the restaurant who was killed in an accident on April 30 at a Capital MetroRail crossing. To see and bid on the items, go to gattispizzaaustin.com/charityauction.php.
Chef change: Trace has hired former Uchiko executive sous chef Ben Hightower as chef de cuisine of the restaurant inside the W Hotel downtown. Hightower, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, had previously worked at Vento and Blue Fin in New York. He has been cooking in Austin since late 2010.
UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS
¦ Olive & June is hosting a five-course gluten-free dinner tonight in honor of Celiac Awareness Month that will feature scallops, grilled prawns, antipasti and even gluten-free spaghetti. Tickets ($80, including wine, tax and gratuity) and reservations at 467-9898 or oliveandjune-austin.com.
¦ Homefield Grill, 2000 S. Interstate 35 in Round Rock, is hosting a bacon-themed five-course beer dinner ($49.95) at 7 tonight. Call 512-388-4663 for reservations.
¦ Elgin is known for its sausage, but opera? Not so much. The Austin-based nonprofit Franco-American Vocal Academy has teamed up with the city of Elgin for the first Sausage and Opera Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Elgin Depot Square, 310 N. Main St. The free event will feature a variety of Elgin's famous sausages, including a special "opera sausage" created exclusively for the event, as well as a performance of La Périchole from Franco-American Vocal Academy singers and a chamber orchestra. favaopera.org.
¦ Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 County Road 222 in Tow, is hosting a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday followed by an afternoon of live music with guitarist and singer Bill Rives. Reservations for lunch ($24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children) at (325) 379-5361 or fcv.com.
¦ Organizers of the Austin Wine & Music Festival, which in previous years has taken place over several days at the Domain, have decided to take the event on the road this year, starting with an event on Sunday at Driftwood Estate Winery. From 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, you can try wines from Duchman Family Winery and Wimberley Valley Winery, enjoy music from Jeff Wood and Bret Graham and try food from Fired Up Kitchen, a food trailer specializing in wood-fired pizza, and Dripping Springs' Sunrise Cafe. The next event is a tailgate on Sept. 29 at Spicewood Vineyards, followed by a November gathering at Flat Creek Estate. After two additional events next spring at Stone House Vineyard and Pillar Bluff Vineyards, the 2013 festival will return to the Domain. Tickets for Sunday's event ($25) and information at austinwineandmusicfestival.com.
¦ Amy's Ice Creams has teamed up with Tito's Handmade Vodka to create a specialty flavor called The Dude, and to celebrate, they are hosting a free launch party with live music and samples from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Amy's at 5624 Burnet Road.
¦ Aviary Lounge, the boutique wine lounge and furniture store at 2110 S. Lamar Blvd., is hosting its next Cork Dork Night at 8 p.m. May 31. The event will feature six wines from Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood that will be paired with traditional Texas fare. Find out more at 916-4445 or aviarylounge.com; RSVP for tickets ($40) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Addie Broyles