Two notable chefs – Reem Assil of Oakland’s Arab Bakery Reem’s and Kwame Onwuachi of Washington, D.C. and most recently Afro-Caribbean restaurant Kith/Kin – are coming to Austin for two respective cookbook events over the next two months. .
First, Assil’s event for his cookbook Arabiyya takes place with South First Restaurant Lenoir and chefs Jessica Maher and Todd Duplechan on Sunday, May 29 starting at 11 a.m. The $40 ticket includes a signed copy of the book, food from the recipes, and non-alcoholic beverages. (She’s actually in town during this time and also attends the Hot Luck Food Festival.)
Next, Onwuachi’s dinner for his memoir-slash-cookbook My America: the recipes of a young black chef will take place with the Caribbean restaurant Canje and chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph on Saturday June 4th. Reservations for $150 per person in a sit-down meal are available starting at 5 p.m. The ticket includes dinner, a cocktail and a gift bag with a signed copy of the book, various spices and nail polish from Onwuachi’s Orly line.
Central Texas breweries honored
A group of Central Texas breweries won awards at the annual World Beer Cup this year. This includes gold medals for Jester King Brewery’s Atrial Ribicite in the Belgian fruit beer category; Lazarus Brewing Co.’s Black Pearl in the herb and spice beer category; and Brewing Co.’s Meanwhile lager in the Munich-style Helles category. Elsewhere, Circle Brewing Co. nabbed silver for its Devil’s Night in the barrel and wood-aged beer category; Independent Brewing Co. with silver for its wooden coat in the Classic Irish Style Dry Stouts category; and Real Ale Brewing Co. with bronze for its Real Heavy in the Scotch ale category.
Tracking of openings in the Austin area
Round Rock Mi Mundo cafe opened a second location in the Blackland neighborhood last week. It is located at 1701 East Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Suite 103, taking over what had been the space of Machine Head Coffee. The cafe donates a quarter of its profits to charity and sources coffee beans from Central and South America.
Austin-based burger chain P. Terry’s opened a new location this month. The 8600 I-35 South restaurant, which debuted May 2, is its 26th overall location.