Layne Lynch

Austin Food & Wine Festival announces finalized schedule

Jan 30, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Layne Lynch

Yesterday, the Austin Food & Wine Festival announced the finalized schedulefor the 2013 festival, which takes place April 26-28 at Auditorium Shores. The culinary event features a plethora of seminars including Drinking Vinegars & Shrubs, Classic Desserts in a Modern Kitchen, Qui Ingredients, It’s Tailgate Time In Texas,…

Uchi Houston Sous Chef to Replace Uchiko’s Tim Dornon

Jan 28, 2013 By Texas Monthly and Layne Lynch

Last week, we reported that Tim Dornon, chef de cuisine of Uchiko, was leaving the Uchi establishment to join Paul Qui’s newest restaurant, QUI, as a chef consultant. Just a day after the news broke, Philip Speer, culinary director of Uchi, revealed to Eater Houston that Page Pressley,…

2013 San Antonio Cocktail Conference kicks off boozy festivities

Jan 18, 2013 By Layne Lynch

People from the spirits/brew world will descend upon Alamo City this weekend to discuss, serve, and celebrate a myriad of boozy beverages at the 2nd Annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference. TEXAS MONTHLY’s own Pat Sharpe will be judging the conference’s Original Cocktail Competition from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the St.

Paul Qui to Curate Selection of Eateries for SXSW

Jan 18, 2013 By Layne Lynch

Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is embracing a much more prominent culinary element this year with SouthBites, a curated line-up of gourmet food trucks and trailers. Paul Qui, executive chef/owner of East Side King and the yet-to-be-opened Qui, is in charge of orchestrating the new event. According to the …

Doug Guller to open Chicago House on January 23 in Austin

Jan 10, 2013 By Layne Lynch

As if buying a Texas town wasn’t enough, restaurateur Doug Guller is at it again. The hospitality mogul plans to open Chicago House, a craft beer-focused bar, on January 23 at 607 Trinity Street in Austin. According to the press release, “The bar will feature an…

Feast announces shutter on Twitter, Houston diners shocked

Dec 5, 2012 By Layne Lynch

In case you haven’t heard, Feast, Houston’s first notable snout-to-tail restaurant,  announced it will close its doors for good in August 2013 after their five-year lease comes to an end. The shocking shutter announcement came via Twitter last week: “So the bad news is we’re closing in 9…

Latin Bites chef visits Peru, brings home new menu inspirations

Dec 3, 2012 By Layne Lynch

A few months ago, Latin Bites executive chef Roberto Castre took a trip to Peru to attend Mistura, an exciting culinary festival that takes place in Lima every year. During the culinary visit, the acclaimed chef encountered some new trends and restaurant dishes that have become all the rage throughout his…

Paul Qui’s East Side King restaurant opens December 4

Nov 20, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Here’s another restaurant opening Austinites can add to their December dining list: East Side King, Paul Qui’s Asian-inspired street food concept, will open its newest location in the back building of Hole in the Wall on Tuesday, December 4. Photo taken by Christian Remde. This marks the fourth location…

Sway Announces Opening Day, Releases Highly Anticipated Menus

Nov 14, 2012 By Layne Lynch

The wait is over! Sway – a contemporary Thai restaurant on South First Street in Austin – will open its doors on December 9. For those who haven’t followed news about the much-anticipated restaurant, Sway was originally supposed to open this past summer. For over a…

Campaign Cocktails: Check out these Election-Inspired Drinks in Houston and Austin

Nov 5, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Is Election Day making you feel boozy? You aren’t alone. A number of Texas bars and restaurants are planning for customers to drink in ecstatic celebration or deep sorrow tomorrow after hitting the polls. If you’re in the mood for drink or two after casting your vote, check out some of these election-inspired cocktails from around Austin and Houston.

Halloween Cuisine: Texas Halloween Treats to Sink Your Teeth Into

Oct 31, 2012 By Layne Lynch

If you’re looking to diverse your Halloween diet beyond candies, chocolates, and confections, check out some of these Halloween-inspired cocktails and cuisine from around the state of Texas. Philippe Restaurant/Phil’s Wine Lounge Phil’s Patch L’Autumn (Houston) 1.5 oz. Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka .75 oz. pumpkin pie syrup (recipe…

Gravy, Anyone? Tomorrow is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day

Oct 25, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Ready your gravy boats, fellow Texans; Tomorrow – Friday, October 26 – is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day. This culinary holiday honors one of the most famed dishes in the Lone Star State, and in celebration of Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, different restaurants across the state are offering chicken fried steak specials…

A Conversation with Nathan Tate of Boulevardier

Oct 23, 2012 By Layne Lynch

For October, Pat Sharpe selected Boulevardier, a modern French bistro in Dallas, as Pat’s Pick. I spoke with Nathan Tate, executive chef of Boulevardier, about his brand new restaurant, French food, and his favorite dishes on the menu. (In case you haven’t heard, Pat’s…

Bryce Gilmore Announces Plans for Odd Duck Restaurant

Oct 16, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Bryce Gilmore has announced plans to open a brick-and-mortar location of the food trailer that propelled him into local fame: The Odd Duck. Bryce Gilmore The 120-seat Odd Duck restaurant will re-open in Spring 2013 in its original location at 1219 South Lamar Boulevard with “a rustic and casual atmosphere…

Austin Film Festival Hosts 10th Annual Film & Food Party

Oct 15, 2012 By Layne Lynch

The Austin Film Festival will host their 10th annual Film & Food Party on Wednesday, October 17 at The Driskill Hotel from 7-10 p.m. The culinary event kicks off the 19th annual Austin Film Festival, which takes place from October 18-25. The honorary chair…

Pâté Letelier and Tiff’s Treats detail their ACL prep work

Oct 14, 2012 By Layne Lynch

On Friday, I began looking into how different food vendors and restaurants were gearing up for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. So far, I’ve spoken with Second Bar + Kitchen, Torchy’s Tacos, and The Salt Lick; today, I finish off my inquiry with Pâté Letelier and Tiff’s Treats. Read…

ACL Music Festival attracts more than just music fans

Oct 12, 2012 By Layne Lynch

The Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) kicks off today, and it isn’t just the music scene that is attracting hoards of attendees to the festival grounds. The food lineup is just as alluring as the assortment of bands scheduled to play this…

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival Takes Place Tonight

Oct 11, 2012 By Layne Lynch

The 23rd La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival that sponsors the AMOA-Arthouse will take place tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Laguna Gloria. Food will be served from several Austin restaurants including East Side Showroom, Foreign & Domestic, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Olive &…

Paul Qui’s New East Side King Truck Opens Thursday

Oct 9, 2012 By Layne Lynch

East Side King‘s new food truck will reopen at 6 p.m. on Thursday (October 11) at the Grackle with a revamped menu. “The food is surprisingly refined for a food truck,” Qui told TEXAS MONTHLY. “We have items like saba (mackerel), quail,…

Bridget Dunlap talks her new Austin restaurant Mettle

Oct 8, 2012 By Layne Lynch

With a handful of successful bars on Rainey Street, Bridget Dunlap has become a force to be reckoned with in the Austin nightlife scene. Recently, however, Dunlap announced that she is done with Rainey Street bars and is now ready to move forward with a few culinary projects. To commence her plans “to take on Austin,” Dunlap and…

Austin’s El Naranjo gets some love from EveryDay with Rachael Ray

Sep 26, 2012 By Layne Lynch

In the October issue of EveryDay with Rachael Ray – on stands now – the El Naranjo food trailer is mentioned in “From Wheels to Walls,” a feature article that showcases a handful of food trucks that have added a brick-and-mortar space to their concepts. In case you don’t rememeber, El…

Check Out These Pumpkin Dishes from All Around Texas

Sep 20, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Fall is upon us and you know what that means: pumpkins! Yes, these orange gourds are already making their way into local farmers markets and Texas restaurants. I’m pretty crazy about pumpkins and the eclectic culinary creations they inspire, so I decided to reach out to a number of Texas chefs and see…

Stuffed Venison Flank from Jesse Griffiths’ Afield

Sep 17, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Last week, we talked to Jesse Griffiths about his new book Afield, which hits bookshelves tomorrow. During his interview, Jesse mentioned a recipe he felt would be a favorite amongst seasoned deer hunters. For those of you who are gearing up for…

Blind Houston Chef Wins MasterChef Competition

Sep 11, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Reality cooking shows have seen their fair share of Texas talent this past year. Earlier this spring, Austin’s Paul Qui was named the winner of Top Chef Texas. Now, Houston has its own culinary reality star: Christine Ha, a blind graduate student at the University of Houston. Last night on the finale of FOX’s…

Paul Qui Returns to Uchi Roots Next Week

Sep 6, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Paul Qui – the recent winner of Top Chef Texas and the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest – is currently working on his much-anticipated Austin restaurant projects, but that doesn’t mean he has completely forgotten his chef roots. From September 10-15, Qui will return to the Uchi…

Erin McKool of Start Talks Reinventing Traditional Drive-Through Restaurants

Aug 29, 2012 By Layne Lynch

In late July, Erin McKool opened a drive-through restaurant in Dallas called Start. For years, McKool had planned to open her own restaurant, but was never sure of what concept she wanted to undertake. Two-and-a-half years ago when the idea for Start finally came to fruition, McKool knew she had something spectacular on her hands. Start is a restaurant…

Pay It Forward Tonight with Daniel Curtis and Austin Chefs

Aug 21, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Despite our most valiant efforts, we cannot predict the life events that await us around the corner. Before May of last year, Daniel Curtis – former food and beverage director of The Carillon – had every intention of continuing his work in the evolving Austin culinary scene. But when a diving accident on…