From students grabbing snacks on their way home from school to families shopping for dinner, a community market is one of those increasingly uncommon cornerstones that bring life and connection to a neighborhood. But some are doing their part to make sure these affordable, convenient and healthy food markets don’t completely disappear.
The landscape of the Austin food scene is changing, thanks to some great new restaurants. Paul Qui is one of the talented chef’s leading this culinary charge. Working as the Executive Chef of the acclaimed restaurant Uchiko, Paul has racked up a number of accolades recently with a victory on Top Chef, followed by a James Beard award. Currently, he is opening a new restaurant, Qui, to accompany his army of Asian-inspired East Side King food trucks. We asked Paul a few questions about the Austin food culture and his new restaurant, which is expected to open late May or early June.
After years of hosting sustainable dinners in a shotgun house in Athens, Georgia, the team behind the The Four Coursemen is taking its show on the road with a new venture called Public Domain Dinners.
In New Orleans, warmer weather and longer days mark the beginning of crawfish season. From March to May every year, Louisiana harvests more than 110 million pounds of the little lobsters, sending them to backyard boils and upscale plates around the nation. Crawfish (or crayfish or crawdads, depending on where you grew up) are a native to the Louisiana coast, where open water provides a perfect habitat for the crustaceans to burrow and grow.
Walking into Salt & Time feels like entering a time warp. Austin’s newest butcher shop and salumeria has a long customer counter, a bit like the old soda shops. Customers perch on stools enjoying pre-made muffaletta sandwiches and pints of local 512 beer. Cuts of meats and cheeses rest in 1950s-era black-and-white Friedrich Floating Air Refrigerator cases. The space is shared with like-minded artisans, Baked in Austin breads and Cuvee Coffee. This is a neighborhood place – offering a community vibe, something completely lacking in our supercenter groceries.