Openings/closings: Teji’s, Zoës Kitchen add second locations
Opening today: Zoës Kitchen, the second Austin-area location of the fast-casual Mediterranean chain at 5601 Brodie Lane in Sunset Valley. Zoës Kitchen has 84 locations in 14 states, and the company has plans to expand the number of restaurants in Texas to 24 in coming years. In addition to traditional eat-in menu items, such as pita sandwiches, kabobs, hummus, pizzas, pastas and soups, you can order what they call Dinners for Four to go and grab-and-go tubs of hummus, pimento cheese and other side dishes. zoeskitchen.com
Open: Teji’s Indian Restaurant at 2100 Guadalupe St., the second location of the popular Round Rock Indian restaurant and grocery. 215-0307, tejifoods.com
Renamed: Copper Restaurant and Dessert Lounge is the new name of Austin Cake Ball’s restaurant, formerly Austin Cake Ball Kitchen & Bar, in the Domain, 3401 Esperanza Crossing. 215-3633, copperaustin.com
Closing this month: Little Big Mike’s, the pan pizza trailer on the corner of Gibson Street and South Congress Avenue. In other trailer news, the food trailers in the 1600 block of South Congress have been told that they have until May 25 to vacate the property in order to make way for a new hotel.
Chef changes: Rebecca Meeker has left her position as chef de cuisine at Congress to become a chef and project manager with McGuire Moorman Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Perla’s, Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, Clark’s Oyster Bar, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Fresa’s, Josephine House and the soon-to-reopen Jeffrey’s. In other MMH news, Jen Jackson, formerly of Lenoir, has taken the helm at Josephine House, and Grae Nonas, previously of Son of Gun & Animal in L.A., is now the pastry sous chef at both Jeffrey’s and Josephine House.
UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS
Slow Food Austin is hosting its monthly Third Thursday happy hour at Salt & Time, 1912 E. Seventh St., at 6 p.m. today. Donations will be accepted at the door. The nonprofit also hosts monthly farm tours, which next month will take attendees to Fruitful Hill Farm in Smithville on May 11. For more information on upcoming Slow Food Austin events, go to slowfoodaustin.org.
Spec’s is hosting Spec’s Fest: A Flavorful Experience from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Arbor Walk location, 10515 North MoPac Expressway, and store near Brodie Lane at 4970 W. US 290, with samples from departments throughout the store and Spec’s experts offering tips and pairing suggestions.
The Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., is hosting the third annual All Chocolate Affair from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, a fundraiser for Broadcast Your Love, nonprofit inspired by the life of Thea Williams-Douglas, a broadcast journalist and mentor for budding writers, reporters and communications specialists who died in 2010. Local culinary students from both area high schools and Austin Community College will serve sweet and savory treats and host cooking demonstrations. Live music from “The Voice” contestant Tje Austin and violinist Robin Burwell. Tickets cost $35 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for kids under 4.
Urban Roots, the nonprofit that empowers young people through agriculture, is hosting a Tour de Farm spring gala at its East Austin farm at 7651 Delwau Lane from 5 to 9 p.m Sunday. Participants will lead farm tours and local chefs, including Ben Willcott of Texas French Bread, Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, Tony Sansalone of The Driskill Grill, and Matthew Boagh and Laila Sanii of Friend of a Friend Catering will prepare a multi-couse dinner. Tickets cost $150 and are available at urbanrootsatx.org/events.