Opening: SPRINKLES

Sprinkles to open in Austin’s

Domain NORTHSIDE

The world’s first cupcake bakery to open its third Texas location

After much anticipation, Sprinkles opened its third Texas bakery in Austin.  Debuting Saturday, February 4th, 2017, Sprinkles Austin will find itself in Domain NORTHSIDE and will feature a Cupcake ATM.  Sprinkles will offer easy online ordering for same day pickup and delivery as well as custom options for corporate gifting, special events and everyday moments.  

“We are thrilled to make our Austin debut in Domain NORTHSIDE with homemade cupcakes, cookies and ice cream,” said Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles and judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.  “I am also excited to announce our location will feature a Cupcake ATM to satisfy late-night sugar cravings 24/7!”

Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients, including sweet cream butter, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, fresh bananas and carrots, real strawberries and natural citrus zests. Topped with Sprinkles trademark modern dots, rich chocolate sprinkles from France or seasonal sugar decorations, Sprinkles cupcakes are a deliciously sophisticated update on an American classic.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted fresh on site, daily from the finest ingredients and are available in more than 50 different flavors, including banana, chai latte, dark chocolate, strawberry and the classic favorite, red velvet.  All leftovers will be donated nightly to a local food bank.

Sprinkles Ice Cream

Handcrafted using organic dairy and carefully selected ingredients, Sprinkles is slow churned to incorporate less air resulting in a densely creamy and intensely flavorful ice cream experience.  Scooped into crisp waffle cones or piled high into sundaes loaded with housemade sauces and toppings, SprinklesIce Cream is a back to basics creamery with a Sprinkles twist!  Ice cream purists will be able to choose scoop shop classics like vanilla bean, strawberry and coffee while foodies may opt for salty caramel, cap’n crunch or butter pecan studded with caramelized pecan dragées.  Also on the menu:  non-dairy sorbets, shakes, malts and root beer floats!  Can’t decide between Sprinkles Cupcakes and Sprinkles Ice Cream?  There’s no need to with menu items like red velvet waffle cones, crumbled cupcake toppings, cupcake sundaes, cupcake shakes and the decadent Sprinkles Sandwich – a heaping scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor pressed between two fluffy cupcake tops!

Sprinkles Cookies

Sprinkles Cookies puts a delicious spin on familiar old fashioned favorites like chocolate chip, oatmeal and peanut butter.  A base of rich, European style butter and fragrant Madagascar Bourbon vanilla yields a highly flavorful and decadent cookie.

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

In 2012, Sprinkles debuted the world’s first Cupcake ATM and received worldwide media recognition. Sprinkles Austin will house the 14th of this specially designed machine which dispenses freshly baked cupcakes 24 hours a day and can hold up to 800 cupcakes at a time.  The machine is constantly restocked throughout the day to ensure freshness.

Sprinkles: 

Cheery bakery known for its rotating menu of cupcakes, ice cream & cookies. Some have a cupcake ATM.

Address: 3120 Palm Way, Austin, TX 78758

Phone(512) 436-9696

Hours

Monday9AM–10PM

Tuesday9AM–10PM

Wednesday9AM–10PM

Thursday9AM–10PM

Friday9AM–11PM

Saturday9AM–11PM

Sunday10AM–9PM

Photography: Jennifer Adams

NEW Fall Menu: Kerbey Lane

Kerbey Lane Cafe debuts Akaushi beef and pork belly on new Fall Menu

AUSTIN—Kerbey Lane Cafe is introducing locally-raised, internationally famous Akaushi beef with the debut of its new Fall Menu, now available at all seven locations through early 2017.

From just outside Austin in Harwood, Texas, Kerbey Lane’s new Akaushi beef comes from third generation cattle farmers at HeartBrand Ranch. The current herd, the largest in the United States, was raised from a small number of the “red cows” imported from Japan. The beef is natural-fed, hormone free, and richly marbled with tender and flavorful fat.

The Fall Menu also features pork belly for the first time, and returning seasonal favorites like the *Pumpkin Pancakes and *Pumpkin French Toast made with homemade pumpkin bread, plus several new and reimagined items. See the full menu here.

Akaushi beef is the star ingredient of several new Fall Menu dishes, including the Texas Street Tacos (with caramelized onions, queso fresco, diced tomatoes, cilantro, and chipotle or verde sauce), Texas Benedict (with poached eggs, avocado, queso, and pico de gallo on grilled cornbread), Pompeii Burger (with prosciutto, Fontina, caramelized onions, mixed greens, and sun-dried tomato pesto served on a bistro bun), and Citrus Steak Salad (with greens, honey chipotle roasted beets, blue cheese crumbles, pumpkin seeds, citrus marinated onions, and orange vinaigrette).

   Texas Street Tacos

Texas Street Tacos

 

Kerbey Lane Cafe’s hearty chili is now made with Akauishi beef as well, and is showcased in the Chili and Cornbread (served with homemade cornbread), Chili-Queso Fries, and Frito Pie.

   Chili-Queso Fries with Akaushi beef chili and a sunny-side up egg

Chili-Queso Fries with Akaushi beef chili and a sunny-side up egg

Carl Leefe, director of foods and facilities, had the inspiration to add pork belly to the menu. “I like to think of pork belly as bacon’s sophisticated older sibling: it has the same saltiness and fattiness, but a thicker cut lends itself to more interesting preparations and richer flavor profiles,” says Leefe. 

Fall Menu dishes incorporating pork belly include the Pork Belly Mac and Cheese, Pork Belly Francisco (with scrambled eggs, avocado, tomato, and queso served on an English muffin), and Whole Hog Sliders (pork belly with pulled pork, maple apple-bacon jam, citrus marinated onions, and orange vinaigrette on dinner rolls).

   Whole Hog Sliders

Whole Hog Sliders

 

Meat overload? Don’t worry; Kerbey Lane’s new Fall Menu has something for everyone.

Vegan foodies will love the Fall Menu’s new Vegan BBQ Sandwich made with veggie chorizo, vegan barbecue sauce, lettuce, pickles, red onions, and pickled jalapenos atop a vegan hoagie bun.

 

Several crowd-pleasers from Kerbey’s Summer Menu will be making a repeat appearance on the 2016 Fall Menu, such as the Lone Star Reuben (a Texas twist on a traditional Reuben, including jalapeno remoulade), Chicken and Pancakes (inspired by the Southern comfort food staple chicken and waffles), and the Kerbey Kick Start (jalapeno sausage, scrambled eggs, avocado, and marble rye toast).  

Other new and reimagined dishes on the Fall Menu include the Eggplant Tartine, Godfather Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, Pumpkin Paris Texas Platter, Greek Lamb Burger, and Red Quinoa Power Bowl.

“We’re excited about the addition of Akaushi beef and pork belly to our Fall Menu. These delicious meats kick up the flavor on any dish, and we think our guests will love how we’ve incorporated them into Kerbey Lane’s new offerings while still serving fresh food at reasonable prices in a comfortable atmosphere. That’s been our philosophy since day one, and that’s what makes Kerbey Lane such a beloved Austin restaurant,” says Amanda Kuda, director of marketing.

Kerbey Lane Cafe releases three seasonal menus—summer, fall, and spring—each year to celebrate the flavors of the season and provide fresh new dishes for its guests to enjoy. The Fall Menu will be available for a limited time only. 

*Please note that due to poor pumpkin harvesting conditions in late 2015 and early 2016, there is a nationwide shortage of the pumpkin puree and pumpkin fillings that are used to make many pumpkin items. Kerbey Lane will be postponing the launch of its famous Pumpkin Pancakes until the stock is replenished, and will be serving Pumpkin French Toast only while supplies allow. The restaurant’s pumpkin vendor expects to have the stock replenished by mid-September.

About Kerbey Lane Cafe
Kerbey Lane Cafe is a beloved Austin original restaurant that serves fresh food at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment with amazing customer service. Voted Best Breakfast by the Austin Chronicle for more than 20 years, Kerbey Lane is also famous for its queso, $3 wine and beer all day, and special seasonal menus. Kerbey Lane has seven locations, including its newest location in Round Rock. www.kerbeylanecafe.com

BLAZE PIZZA: FAST FIRE'D

“Build-Your-Own” Artisanal Pizza Restaurant  

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the fast-casual concept known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, has announced that it opened its first Austin location. The highly anticipated restaurant, which features a 2,600 square foot interior with seating for 75 inside and an additional 25 seats on an outdoor patio, officially opened to the public Thursday December 10th in Austin’s Lakeline Commons (14009 North Research Blvd., #103), close to the Lakeline Mall. 

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” that has been inspiring excitement and cultivating fanatics for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies since it opened its first location in 2012. Each restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients all for under $8. The generously-sized 11” pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven the centerpiece of the restaurant where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the “Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. The new Austin restaurant will also feature a selection of local craft beer and draft wine on tap. 

To create the perfect vibe inside the new Austin restaurant, award-winning design architect Ana Henton has added several unique, modern touches, including an oversized wall graphic custom-built to suit the space. Additionally, in support of the company’s commitment to “Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet”, the Austin restaurant will use both recycled and sustainable materials and energy- efficient LED lighting, and will feature eco-friendly, compostable packaging. 

“At Blaze, we’re all about creating an engaging dining experience where guests can enjoy artisanal pizza that’s both fast and affordable,” said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza. “The authenticity of our food, plus a service culture that genuinely focuses on the happiness of our guests and crew have been key to our popularity and expansion.

The newest Blaze restaurant is looking forward to building strong roots within the community, offering a spot where guests can connect, create and enjoy. To that end, the restaurant promotes a turnkey fundraiser program that returns 20 percent of an event’s proceeds back to the organization, helping schools, sports clubs and other local groups “cause a scene for a good cause.

“Austin’s creative food and craft beer scene is inspiring. We are very excited to ‘fire up’ our artisanal pizzas here,” said Brian Kelley, Managing Partner of Saddles Blazin LLC, a Blaze Pizza franchisee. “We know Blaze will be a great addition to the community with our fresh, high-quality ingredients, eco- friendly culture, and commitment to local craft beerall in a cool environment.” 

The Rad Austin team had the pleasure of attending Blaze Pizza's opening this week. Located off the LAST FREE EXIT off of 183 North, it is not difficult to spot the vibrant red signage on your right. 

Tempted by the delicious combination of their many signature pizza options, we decided to try The Green Stripe and the classic red sauced staple, Red Vine. My favorite aspect of Blaze Pizza's design is the fast and fire'd concept. The 180 seconds it takes to have your pizza cooked gives me just enough time to fill up my drink with one of their refreshing lemonades and find a seat within the open concept floorpan. The expanding windows lining the front of the restaurant gives the space an open feel making it feel larger than it may actually be. 

Designed for busy people who need a quick, fresh, and tasty meal during their break, guests also have the option to choose healthy toppings based on their particular dietary needs. Offering gluten-free dough and vegan cheese you can also stack your pizza with unlimited healthy ingredients such as artichokes, mushrooms, and spinach to name a few. For the heartier fellas, you can create a pie loaded with applewood bacon, Italian meatballs and pepperoni.  

The choice is entirely up to you! Giving you the option to customize your pizza with no extra charge for additional toppings not only ensures you get the pizza you want but also a pleasurable experience. Blaze Pizza's crispy crust is the perfect way to end your meal! Be sure to save room for their S'more Pie. This oozy chocolate and marshmallow classic is sure to bring back childhood memories surrounded by a fire on a chilly winter's night.  

Check out their endless combinations at Blaze Pizza



Lonesome Dove Thanksgiving Day Menu

Chef Tim Love's urban-western restaurant, Lonesome Dove Austin, will be featuring a prix-fixe holiday menu this Thanksgiving. 

For $75 per person excluding gratuity and tax, guests can enjoy an inspired five-course menu that showcases Love’s signature use of bold flavors and wild game through creative takes on Thanksgiving classics.

Featured menu items include a first course of Wild Turkey, Duck, and Chicken Fettine with sides such as Housemade Jalapeño Cornbread Stuffing or Yukon Gold Potato Puree. For dessert, guests can choose between a creatively seasonal Pumpkin Flan with Whipped Cream or a warm, traditional Roasted Apple Hand Pie. Please find the complete menu below.

 

Lonesome Dove Austin

Thanksgiving Prix-fixe Menu

$75 per person (exclusive of gratuity & tax)

 

First Course:

Wild Turkey, Duck, Chicken Fettine

 

Second Course:

Squash Soup

 

Third Course:

Shaved Vegetable Salad

 

Fourth Course:

Sliced Mesquite Roasted Turkey, Velouté

Housemade Jalapeño Cornbread Stuffing

Yukon Gold Potato Puree

Grilled Green Beans, Uni Butter

 

Fifth Course:

Choice of:

Pumpkin Flan with Whipped Cream

Roasted Apple Hand Pies

To reserve your seat: Lonesome Dove Bistro 

Lonesome Dove Austin

419 Colorado Street

Austin, Texas 78701

Austin Food & Wine Festival 2015

Alcohol, because no great story starts with

‘that one time I ate salad’

 

All great things start with 3 ingredients Food, Drinks, and Sun. Then you mix in a DJ here and invite the cool crowd there, there, and over there. When the ‘cool’ crowd no longer consists of the jocks and cheerleaders but some of the best chefs, beer, wine and liquor distributors around, I’d say you have the recipe for throwing a successful party..err I mean event!

We all know, and can relate to the meme, “Alcohol, because no great story starts with ‘That one time I ate salad.’” Now there may have been a few kick-ass salad dishes out there (tuna tartar does not count), but the intoxicating smell of meat on the grill and cocktail shakers ringing in my ears had me bee lining to back of the Grand Tasting tents.

Prepared with an empty stomach, I made the rounds to each and every booth with the full intent of sampling everything at least once. From the tasty meats at Stiles & Switch BBQ,, to Olive & June’s sausage links with aioli,  Teo’s creamy gelato and oh my.. Tim Love’s lamb chop – divine – I was well on my way to a full belly! I waited in a very long line for those lamb chops, not even going to lie about that, luckily it was next to Teo’s gelato, so no complaints here.

As the weekend lineup of events boasted amazing how-to’s, seminars, and sampling bites and drinks created from the minds of top talents within the nation, the dilemma of cashing in early after a day in the sun or making it to the evening dinner was a no brainer. Once the sun sets and the Texas sky graces us with its utter beauty displaying a blanket of pinks, purples, oranges and reds the nightly events kicked off.

Thursday night’s Feast Under the Stars provided a “one-of-a-kind dining experience that offers locally sourced, 5-course meal- each prepared by five award-winning chefs from the festival.”

Diners were also provided with select wine pairings and cocktails and cocktails for each course, while chefs such as Tyson Cole (Uchi/Uchico), Tim Love (Lomesome Dove, love Shack, Queenie’s Steakhouse), Jason Dady, Matt McCallister (FT33), and Erica Waksmunski (Red Star Southern) reveal the creative approach to their dishes.

Friday night’s Taste of Texas held in Republic Square Park was the fourth installment of the Austin Food + Wine Festival boasting an “all-star lineup of talent from the Texas culinary scene serving up dishes that reflect their signature style.” After diners enjoyed an up close and personal sampling of the chef’s signature dishes, they enjoyed a live musical performance by Jamestown Revival. Beverages provided by Rioja Wines, Beer by Stella Artois, and signature cocktails crafted by Hendrick’s Gin.  The local chef lineup included Tatsu Aikawa from Ramen-Tatsu-ya, Allison Jenkins of laV, Clinton Kendall at East Side King, Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic, and Scotty Szekretar of Violet Crown Management.

The featured band, Jamestown Revival, is “deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American and Western rock.” Moving from Magnolia, Texas out to L.A. they developed their first full-length album, UTAH, that is “heavily autobiographical, telling the stories of their adventures, their discomforts, and their observations.”

Known as “one of the world’s most exciting wine regions,” Rioja is located in northern Spain and is the country’s oldest and most prominent wine- producing area of this time.

 

  • The three sub-regions that comprise Rioja (Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja), each have their own unique characteristics, but across the board, Rioja is defined by quality, heritage and integrity, as well as tremendous diversity.

 

  • Rioja’s red wines are mainly produced from Tempranillo, a varietal that reaches its finest expression in Rioja. Rioja wines are classified by their aging, with Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva as the most commonly found categories. One of these category seals is on the back of every single bottle of Rioja and guarantees its origin.

 

  • More than 200 brands from Rioja are available for purchase in the U.S.


-Austin Food + Wine

Follow our story to learn more about Riojan Wines and Ana Fabiano, acclaimed author who created the definitive book on Rioja titled, The Wine Regions of Rioja.

Saturday was the day! Also declared the hottest day of the year, trust me I have the sunburn to prove it (idiot), the AFAW FEST featured the Chef Showcase where ‘delectable bites by Top Chefs around Austin and Central Texas’ were available to meet and comment on the inspiring plates they dished out for the event. Excited by the caliber of chefs featured on the line up, I was proud, that although our small, new start-up of a digital magazine we have featured quite a few of them. From Josh Jones at Salt & Time to the boys at Bufalina, we have also had the opportunity to dine with the best of them!

Check out their stories, here and here!

Saturday night’s Austin Food + Wine event featured the Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown where diners watched the country’s top chefs in action while they go head-to-head, “adding their own take on the tortilla wrapped treat.” Sampling each creation by the competitors and washing it down with signature paired cocktails Herradura Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, wine Rodney Strong Vineyards, and beer by Stella Artois while listening to the “old sound soul” of Lee Fields & The Expressions. Local talents included Tyson Cole (Uchi & Uchico), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie’s Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon), Paul Qui (Qui and East Side Kings), and Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo and Gardner).

I have always dreamed of going to an event such as this. As my first experience in attending the Food + Wine Festival, let alone as a proud Austinite celebrating in my hometown, I am beyond impressed. The organization and variety of talents showcased during the 4 day-long event were the perfect ingredients of what made a FOODIES dream! In trying things I never would have paid money for when dining at a restaurant (kangaroo anyone??) I am now more open minded for those types of experiences. The phenomenal dishes the chefs put out not only peaked my interest in stepping out of my comfort zone, but solidified the confidence that I have within these creatives and because of the Food + Wine Festival I will definitely be stopping by these restaurants instead of my usual go-tos!

Until next year, CHEERS!

For Inquiries: http://www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com                                                                      Photography by: Chisum Pierce http://www.getchisumed.com