Category: Community

9/7/18 – Good Work Austin

I wrote previously about the group of businesses who had helped craft the Paid Sick Leave ordinance and our commitment to creating a new kind of business association, one who’s members were dedicated to their community and their employees.  We have come a long way towards formalizing this group and we are now called, Good… Read more »

Listening at the Hearing – 6/28/18

We spent the first two days of this week in court.  Usually that’s not a good thing but this was educational.  L’Oca d’Oro were set to be witnesses for the defense in the TX Association of Businesses attempt to get an injunction placed on the city’s Paid Sick Leave ordinance that was passed 7-2 in… Read more »

05.03.18 – Yonder Way Farm

Jason picked the egg up off the ground and handed it to me.  I was not going to let Matt, our CDC, be the only one to eat a raw egg yolk straight from the warm grass.  I cracked it with his knife, let the white ooze through my hand and popped the yolk in… Read more »

SXSW Cocktails

I am so impressed with where our cocktail program has gone and how whimsical it has become.  Eva Suter, our drinks guru, along with Elena Korsun, bartender of some repute, are just finishing up a slate of Olympics themed beverages inspired by curling and ski jumping arcana. Cocktails with torched orange and smoke elements to… Read more »

2/15/18 – Item 49!

City Council passed Texas’ first paid sick leave mandate last night 9-2.  While there were a great many restaurants and small businesses that testified in favor of the bill, there was some notable opposition to supplying employees with 6-8 paid sick days depending on the size of your business.  Frankly, I can’t believe this was… Read more »

2.6.18 – The Story of a Noodle

Food as homage has a deep tradition and the Italians, while not on the level of the French when it comes to naming every sauce, condiment or even vegetable cut after someone, are certainly not going to shy away from honoring Queen Margherita with a pizza or or restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio with a certain… Read more »

1.30.18 – Valentine’s Choices

I received an email last night letting me know that a customer thought our choice of The Carpenters as an inspiration for a meal, given Karen Carpenter’s lifelong struggle with Anorexia was possibly offensive and definitely unappetizing.  I don’t disagree and it’s something that we talked about in the restaurant and, for me, at home…. Read more »

1.29.18 – A Finite Bowl of Pasta

Pasta Tasting Debut Starting on Friday, we dove into Lombardy in a slightly different way than we’ve done with our past regions.  We have a flight that includes a rich, yeasty example of Franciacorta and two Groppellos from the shores of Lake Garda, a dry, funky rosato blend and an ashy, cassis-drivne rosso. The menu… Read more »

Jan. 23, 2018

Lake Garda borders Veneto and Lombardy.  On the southern shore is Lugana, a wine region that crosses over so in the eastern half, we have a corvina rose from Veneto and, on the western half, we have Trebbiano di Lugana from Lombardy.  This is a rare occurrence in Italy but shouldn’t be surprising for a… Read more »

Jan. 19, 2018

Since the beginning of July ’17, we’ve spent about six weeks focusing on different regions of Italy.  We are moving on to Lombardy this weekend and I realized when talking to two customers last night what I love about this project.  It’s as much about us as it is about you. I’ve been tasting wine… Read more »