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Texas Monthly BBQ Fest 2016

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TMBBQ Fest 2016, Texas Monthly’s annual festival for barbecue lovers, returns to Austin for its seventh year on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m., with VIP entry at noon, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets ($80 for general admission, $165 for VIP, $10 for children 5 and under) will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at tmbbq.com.

The festival, which sells out every year, will showcase smoked delicacies from 27 of the state’s most celebrated barbecue purveyors, all of whom have been honored by the magazine’s coveted list of “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!” Guests are encouraged to sample from as many BBQ vendors as their stomachs will allow, plus many sweet treats.  

Shiner Beer and Legacy Whisky cocktails will be available for purchase, along with giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Nationwide Insurance, Texas A&M University, YETI Coolers, Central Market, and Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix. The afternoon will feature live music from Santiago Jimenez Jr. and Warren Hood.

As a new addition this year, Texas Monthly debuts the TMBBQ Brisket Brunch on Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Juliet Ristorante (1500 Barton Springs Rd). Spotlighting TMBBQ Fest’s first-ever “Global Joint” from France, the event will feature an original BBQ brunch menu from Pitmaster Thomas Abramowicz, of the Beast of Paris, France, and Chef Jacob Weaver, of Juliet Ristorante.

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Tickets are $85 each for a meaty brunch menu with cocktails included. Tickets will be on sale with TMBBQ Fest tickets starting Thursday, September 8, at 10 a.m.

As is tradition, the magazine has invited one “Newcomer” to the festival, with Evie Mae’s, of Lubbock, receiving the nod. Newcomers who quickly rocketed to the top of their field have included Freedmen’s, in Austin; Austin’s Franklin Barbecue; Pearland’s Killen’s Barbecue; and Dallas’s Pecan Lodge. New to this year’s festival, the magazine introduces a “Global Joint” with Paris’s the Beast.

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We’re thrilled to host an honored ‘Newcomer’ from Lubbock, along with a ‘Global Joint’ all the way from Paris, France! Offering readers more of what they crave, the TMBBQ Brisket Brunch will provide a one-of-a-kind up-close experience with an international pitmaster partnered with a local chef. Held on Saturday, the event will act as a ‘morning meat up’ before the TMBBQ Fest gets started on Sunday,” said John Lunn, the president of Texas Monthly. 

Thanks to an ambitious Frenchman, Thomas Abramowicz, and a few pitmaster mentors in Texas, there’s now honest-to-Texas barbecue in Paris, France. We can’t wait to host Abramowicz when he brings a taste of the Beast to Austin,” said Daniel Vaughn, the magazine’s barbecue editor.

The 2016 TMBBQ Fest featured BBQ joints include:

Austin’s BBQ and Catering (Eagle Lake); The Beast (Paris, France); The Original Black’s Barbecue (Austin); Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q (Kerrville); Cousin’s Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth); Cranky Frank’s (Fredericksburg); Evie Mae’s (Wolfforth); Franklin Barbecue (Austin); Freedmen’s (Austin); Gatlin’s BBQ (Houston); The Granary ’Cue & Brew (San Antonio); Hays Co. Bar-B-Q and Catering (San Marcos); Hutchins BBQ (McKinney); Killen’s Barbecue (Pearland); La Barbecue (Austin); Lamberts Downtown Barbecue (Austin); Lockhart Smokehouse (Dallas); Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor); Miller’s Smokehouse (Belton); Opie’s Barbecue (Spicewood); Pecan Lodge (Dallas); Pody’s BBQ (Pecos); Snow’s BBQ (Lexington); Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue (Tyler); Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (Austin); Two Bros. BBQ Market (San Antonio) and Tyler’s Barbecue (Amarillo).

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When in Austin…Conan’s Pizza

by Robert Bostick
Driving South on IH-35 the conversation turned to what eats to get once hitting Austin city limits, and there was no question it would be Conan’s Pizza.  We have a long history with Conan’s; my wife remembers her childhood afternoons after a softball game with her family, and my late night conversations with  friends over a pitcher of Shiner and brief employment there.  Continue reading

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Behold: BeerFeast 2015

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Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. for Flying Saucer Draught Emporium’s 2015 Texas BeerFeast in Fort Worth, Austin and Sugar Land. Dates for each of the events are as follows:

Sugar Land – Saturday, Oct. 3, 2 to 6:30 p.m., 2700 Town Center Blvd. North (on the Plaza in front of City Hall)
Fort Worth – Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 to 6:30 p.m., Sundance Square, 111 E. 3rd St.
Austin – Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 to 6:30 p.m., Triangle Park, 4600 Guadalupe St.  Continue reading

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Texas Monthly Announces Their Austin BBQ Festival

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TMBBQ Fest 2015, Texas Monthly’s annual festival for barbecue-lovers, is slated for the afternoon of November 1, 2015, in Austin. Tickets ($80 for general admission, $145 for VIP, $10 for children 5 and under) will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 11.

This marks the magazine’s sixth year to host the festival, which showcases the smoked delicacies from many of the state’s most celebrated barbecue purveyors. All invited pitmasters have been honored by the magazine in the much anticipated cover story “The 50 Best BBQ Joints in the World!”. Guests are encouraged to sample from as many BBQ vendors as their stomachs will allow, plus, for the first time ever, sweet treats by a curated list of dessert shops. Cold libations from sponsors Crown Royal, Don Julio Tequila, and Shiner Beer will be available for purchase, along with giveaways and interactive festivities by sponsors Central Market, Texas A&M University, and YETI Coolers.  Continue reading

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STK Opening In Dallas And Austin

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by Jennifer Thomas

STK is a modern twist on the American steakhouse concept with locations in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. STK Rebel maintains the unique features and energy of STK, and offers a menu and price point targeted to a broader national and international market.

“Texas is a one-of-a-kind state, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the one-of-a-kind STK experience there. Austin and Dallas are both booming cities, and particularly given the prime locations with indoor and rooftop space we have secured, we’re extremely excited about entering these markets,” said Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group. “We remain focused on our goal to expand the STK Restaurants brand and execute on our growth strategy, and are confident Austin and Dallas are ideal choices to help us do so.”   Continue reading

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Vertskebap Opening in Preston Hollow Village

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The Austin-based kebap chain, Vertskebap, will open its latest restaurant in Dallas proper in Preston Hollow Village tomorrow with a grand opening event Saturday, January 31st featuring one free full sized entrée per guest, so Dallas area residents can try the unique food concept risk free.

“We are very excited to introduce our authentic kebaps to the Dallas market,” says co-CEO, Michael Heyne. “Dallas is the place to be for modern upbeat food concepts. Almost all successful new food concepts are in the market. If we can become successful in Dallas, we will be able to take our concept elsewhere in the U.S.”   Continue reading

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My Dinner with André

IMG_4206Wilder and woollier than ever, André Natera has taken on the biggest gig of his life, and he’s back to boxing, Muay Thai Boxing, wrestling and MMA

by Andrew Chalk

Whatever happened to André Natera, the former chef at the The Pyramid Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel (according to the Pyramid web site he is still there), later execuchef at Village Kitchen (née Village Marquee (née Marquee Grill)), RIP2? The answer is that he is the execuchef for The Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, a massive resort and country club complex just 20 minutes from downtown Austin (and three hours from Dallas). With three golf courses adjacent to the property and a fourth, affiliated course, 25 miles away, the resort is one of the foremost golf destinations in Texas. Additionally, there are 11 tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, super spa, a nature trail and complete schedules of kids-only and adult-only activities.

The food operation behind all this is, as they say, André’s oyster. That means the flagship restaurant Hill Country Dining Room, 8212 Wine Bar and Grill, a bar named Barton’s Lodge, pool and cabana service, in-room dining, plus the restaurant in the country club on the same, massive site. In addition, Omni has another country club (Lakeside) about 25 miles away that Natera oversees as well.   Continue reading

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