FOOD & DRINK
La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival
Last July, the Mylan World TeamTennis played its inaugural season in Austin. Former ATX Man cover man Andy Roddick led the Austin Aces during the July season. Although the WTT plays only three weeks each July, the Aces will have a year-round presence in Austin with tennis clinics, charitable giving, community outreach and special events. More information available at austinacestennis.com.
Oct. 16, 7 to 10 p.m., Laguna Gloria
The 25th anniversary of La Dolce Vita is the foodie event of the season. The night entails gourmet and innovative tastings from the most buzzed-about chefs and restaurants in Central Texas, offerings from local and international wineries and creations by Austin’s most acclaimed pastry chefs. Tipsy Texan David Alan returns this year in La Dolce Vita’s cocktail lounge, featuring specialty cocktails from Austin’s best mixologists. All proceeds benefit The Contemporary Austin’s educational programs. Information on participating restaurants and wineries is available at thecontemporaryaustin.org. Tickets are $175 for general admission, or $200 for additional access to the cocktail lounge, with free parking and shuttles. 9/30 and 10/28 Trailer Food Tuesdays, The Long Center, trailerfoodtuesdays.com 10/9 Edible Austin’s Chef Auction, Allan House, edibleaustin.com
Keeping Austin Beer’d: BrewDrop
Currently only available in Austin, BrewDrop is a beer-delivery service that helps to keep you liquefied. It is the only alcohol-delivery app in Texas that will put a cold one in your hand within 30 to 60 minutes. In addition to beer, BrewDrop has partnered with wine and liquor stores to keep you from running dry. Maybe you’re far from the nearest corner store, or maybe you don’t want to risk a beer run. Either way, the delivery fee is only $5. You can download the BrewDrop app via Apple or Google Play. Cheers!
Dolce Vita photo by Brian Fitzsimmons. Highball photo by Nick Simonite.
Punch Bowl Social: Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner and latenight eats, Punch Bowl Social is a 21,000-square-foot craft-beverage bar, gastro diner, private-party facility and entertainment complex with bowling, Ping-Pong, 1980s arcade games, billiards, karaoke rooms, darts and board games. Imagine the Highball, but on steroids. 11310 Domain Drive, punchbowlsocial.com/austin Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile: From ranch to restaurant, Jacoby’s offers locally sourced meat, vegetables and craft beers. With on-site chicken coops, gardens, a private events space and a picnic area that overlooks the Colorado River Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacoby’s is the latest addition to Austin’s Eastside. 3235 E. Cesar Chavez St., jacobysaustin.com aRoma Italian Kitchen & Bar: This is a much-needed addition to the Southern end of SoLa. With handcrafted cocktails, Neapolitan pizzas and homemade pastas, aRoma offers a killer happy hour and an extensive and impressive wine list. 3403 S. Lamar Blvd., aromaitalian.com Garbo’s: Another food trailer has made the move to bricks and mortar, offering lobster rolls, steamer clams and seared scallops. 14735 Bratton Lane Snarf’s Sandwiches: Surprisingly, it’s hard to find a deliciously well-made sandwich in Austin. Located near the UT campus, Snarf’s has perfectly oven-toasted subs are to die for. 2901 Medical Arts St., eatsnarfs.com Radio Coffee & Beer: Opened by musician Jack Wilson, Radio serves quality coffee and beer with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere that boasts a large outdoor patio and indoor cabin. Offering Stumptown Coffee, East Side Pies and Texas French Bread, Radio is great for completing some work, a low-key date night or listening to live music with a cold brew in hand. 4208 Manchaca Road, radiocoffeeandbeer.com Dang Bánh Mì: Utilizing a 100-year-old Vietnamese family recipe, these bành mì sandwiches are the real deal, with fresh-baked bread and pickled-in-house ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any of their bành mì selections, but don’t miss the Vietnamese bún. 9080 Research Blvd., dangbanhmi.com
Cover Man Update: Austin Aces
FootGolf Comes to Austin
Now at the Harvey Penick Golf Course (5501 Ed Bluestein Blvd.), FootGolf combines two of the greatest sports in the world: golf and soccer. One of the fastest-growing soccer crazes, the sport is essentially a round of golf (18 holes) but replaced with a soccer ball and your foot. For reservations, call 512.926.1100.
Go Pro: Austin Aztex Join USL PRO 2015
While the 2014 season is done, Austin soccer fans should still be celebrating. Professional soccer has made its way to town, with the Austin Aztex joining the USL PRO league. Bobby Epstein and Paul Thornton have joined the Aztex ownership group to help aid the franchise’s growth into a premier sports and entertainment property. Now with a total of 18 clubs for 2015, USL PRO has also added Colorado Springs, Tulsa and St. Louis. Goal.
UT Football Home Schedule 9/6 BYU, 6:30 p.m. 10/4 Baylor, TBA
10/18 Iowa State, 7 p.m. 11/8 West Virginia, TBA
11/27 TCU, 6:30 p.m.
NEWSMAKERS Broken Spoke: 50th Anniversary
In 1964, James and Annetta White opened a honky-tonk dive dancehall. A celebrated Austin legend, the Broken Spoke hosted country superstars George Strait, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acoff and Bob Wills in the ’60s. Willie Nelson was a regular act, and other greats who have graced the Spoke’s stage include Kris Kristofferson and Kitty Wells. The stellar music continues with regulars Dale Watson and Mike and the Moonpies, along with two-stepping lessons offered by the Whites’ daughter, Terri. Come celebrate 50 years with country dancing, a cold beer and maybe even some chicken-fried steak. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd., 512.442.6189, brokenspokeaustintx.com
Black Fret: Black Ball
Black Fret is on the verge of making history. On Nov. 8, Black Fret will host its annual event, Black Ball, and will give 10 grants to 10 musicians, each for $10,000. Black Fret is a nonprofit, membership-based organization modeled after the age-old symphony patronage archetype, focused on supporting popular local music. Members enjoy the benefits of monthly house concerts and other events throughout the year, with Austin’s best and brightest musicians. blackfret.org
Texas Folklife Celebrates 30 Years
Texas Folklife celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, seeking to preserve and present the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State by showcasing performances, exhibitions, community residencies, apprenticeships and educational programs that reach more than 1 million people annually. On Sept. 20, join a symposium of panels, a display of artwork, and audio and video samplings from Texas Folklife’s 30 years of programming. On Sept. 27, a reception will be held, with dancing and performances by Texas roots-music legends. Tickets available at texasfolklife.org.
The Wait is Over: Alamo Drafthouse and Highball Reopen On Aug. 16, the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and its beloved neighbor Highball reopened to the public after a much-anticipated wait. Patrons will now enjoy a new theater with nine movie auditoriums that can seat a total of 975, with theaters seating anywhere from an intimate 46 to a roomy 198. The redone Highball includes newly themed karaoke rooms. For nostalgic Austinites, fear not, both establishments have kept in line with their original look and feel.
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