SouthBites, the food extension of South by Southwest Interactive, officially launched a few years ago a pop-up food trailer park, and then it added a bunch of food programming, which is open only to badgeholders, in addition to the food trailer park, which has always been open to the public.
The open-to-the-public trailer park will return this year, and today, we learned about another free food and drink addition to SouthBites.
Several food podcasts, including VICE’s Munchies, Food is the New Rock and Snacky Tunes, will record interviews at the BiteClub, and the event will also feature an edible wall from food typographer Danielle Evans. Michael Chernow, host of the FYI show “Food Porn,” will also be on hand for some of the activities.
Since October, Svante’s Ranch Direct has been slinging burgers, steaks and other cuts of grass-fed beef from a restaurant at 201 E. Main St. in Round Rock. Late last month, they opened a brick-and-mortar retail shop around the corner.
The ranch where the beef is raised is located near Abilene and was founded by the sons of Svante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to Texas, for whom the restaurant is named.
Customers can order ground beef, steaks, roasts, bones and beef broth online for free delivery in the Austin area, including Cedar Park and up to Georgetown, or for delivery by mail to the lower 48 states, with varied shipping rates depending on the location.
If you want to pick up the meat yourself, you can stop by the store next to the restaurant in Round Rock that is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, or go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays to the Barton Creek Farmers Market near Barton Creek Square.
We usually don’t think much about store-bought frozen french fries. In taste, they are usually a step or two down from the fast food fries that tempt us into the drive-thru on the way home, but they are perhaps slightly more healthy because we are usually baking them instead of frying them.
Austinite Suzanne Franks grew up in an isolated part of West Texas where Dairy Queen reigned. But at home, her mom was a tinkerer, making just about everything she could from scratch. Franks inherited that culinary curiosity to make foods even the slightest bit more healthy or homemade. A few years ago, Franks started working on a french fry made from chickpea flour, which has more protein and fewer carbs than regular potatoes.
She’s not the first person to make a chickpea fritter, but she decided to develop one that would freeze well and crisp up when baked in the oven. The result is HapPea Fries, a new product that is available in the freezer aisle of Wheatsville Food Co-op and Fresh Plus in Austin. The chickpea fries have 50 percent more fiber than potato fries, 150 percent more protein and two-thirds of the carbs.
The fries cost $8.49 for 16 ounces. You can find out more at happeafries.com.