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Meet the Winemaker: Penny Adams, Wedding Oak Winery

In 2012 Wedding Oak Winery opened its doors in San Saba, at what many call the Top of the Hill Country. Spearheading the endeavor was Mike McHenry, a second-career grape grower and vineyard consultant eager to bring San Saba into the fold as a Texas wine town. He had the grapes and the business know-how, but to date, his greatest asset is his winemaker, Penny Adams, a long-time pioneer of the Texas wine industry whose career has been built in Texas soils alone. 

Banned Deep-Fat Fryers From Some School Cafeterias Could Make a Comeback

Republican agriculture commissioner Sid Miller, the Texas cupcake king, has made the next move in his campaign to bring freedom of choice back to the school lunch room. After several hushed mentions of his strategy to undo the ban on deep fryers and soda machines on campus, the Department of Agriculture could be ready to make a decision on the ten-year-old policy in the next few months.

Where Does Hugo Ortega Eat When He Visits Austin?

This past weekend, a lineup locally and nationally known chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, mixologists, cookbook authors and television personalities descended upon the Austin Food & Wine Festival, so we took the opportunity to speak with a handful of chefs participating in the festival.

Below, Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s, Backstreet Café, and Caracol, in Houston discusses his love for traveling, his James Beard Foundation Award nomination, and his favorite Austin restaurants.  

Taco Cannon Controversy Continues

When the Taco Cannon made its debut appearance at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2012, the idea was so beautiful in its simplicity that it quickly became a sensation. The novelty cannon launched tacos into a crowd, much like the novelty cannons at sporting events and concerts launch T-shirts out to fans. Need we say more? If you’re at a three-day music festival, the chance of a delicious taco landing in your hands is heaven. 

A Q&A With Justin Yu

This weekend, a lineup locally and nationally known chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, mixologists, cookbook authors and television personalities will descend upon the Austin Food & Wine Festival, so we spoke with a handful of chefs participating in the festival.  

Below, Justin Yu of Oxheart in Houston discusses his recent James Beard Foundation Award nomination, his favorite Austin restaurants, the progression of Oxheart and a dreamy Taylor Swift-themed restaurant.

Meet Molly Schuyler, the Best Eater of Steaks There Ever Was

Elite competitive eaters are basically mutants: they look nothing like what you’d expect and where they put all that food remains a mystery of science. Sure, J. J. Watt can leap directly onto the roof of a parked Toyota Yaris from a standing position, but we’re betting that he tops out at one 72-ounce porterhouse per sitting. In other words, as far as eating goes, J. J. Watt has nothing on Molly Schuyler, who once again proved herself a steak-eating champion over the weekend in Amarillo.

Ramos Gin Fizz

You could be forgiven for thinking the Ramos gin fizz came into existence on the border: the famously frothy cocktail is indelibly linked to the Cadillac Bar, a legendary Nuevo Laredo watering hole that hosted day-tripping Texans for almost eight decades. But the notoriously labor-intensive drink (it requires a whole lot of shakin’) was dreamed up in 1888 by famed barman Henry C. Ramos, who was a proud New Orleanian.

Nuestra Margarita

Texans love a tipsy holiday. Take St. Patrick’s Day, when hordes of green-bedecked revelers spill out into the streets, despite our cities’ lacking any sizable Irish populations. But one of the drinking-est occasions comes on the day when we honor, many of us unwittingly, Mexico’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. 

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