Fareground Announces Opening Date

Fareground Announces Opening Date
Austin’s First Food Hall to Open in January

AUSTIN – December 14, 2017 – Named by Money Inc. as one of the seven most anticipated food halls in the world, Fareground is slated to open on January 18, 2018. Housed within Cousins Properties’ urban plaza at 111 Congress Avenue and designed by the award-winning Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the site is curated and managed by ELM Restaurant Group (24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Italic and Irene’s). Six operators, representing the city’s top culinary talent and a wide range of cuisines, are participating: Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Contigo, Dai Due, Easy Tiger, Emmer & Rye and Komé/Daruma Ramen.

“It’s so exciting to be a part of a global dining movement and have the opportunity to showcase some of Austin’s best-loved chefs & restaurateurs,” says Bob Gillett, one of ELM’s founders. “I’m blown away by the passion, vision and camaraderie that went into this project, and can’t wait for opening day!”

FAREGROUND VENDORS 

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop

Named one of the top cheese shops in America by Travel & Leisure, Antonelli’s Cheese will offer a curated selection of cut-to-order cheese, charcuterie and artisanal pairings currently available at their popular Hyde Park storefront. Owners John and Kendall Antonelli will also incorporate their favorite cheeses in a variety of hot and cold items, including themed cheese plates, cheese & mac bowls, grilled cheese selections, tomato soup, salads, gourmet sandwiches and seasonal specialties. Nearby downtown businesses take note: They’ll also be offering cheese trays and catering options. And yes, there will be complimentary cheese tasting on site!

Contigo Fareground

Contigo’s chef Andrew Wiseheart (three-time nominee for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef: Southwest) and co-owner Ben Edgerton will bring their casual interpretation of Texas cuisine and strong Southern hospitality to Fareground. Fans of the laidback eastside shop will be thrilled to see favorites such as the Contigo burger and crispy green beans on the menu. Exclusive to the downtown shop is locally sourced, natural chicken cooked on a rotisserie – perfect for dining in or an easy grab & go meal when paired with their housemade sauces and a wide selection of hearty salads and sides.

 Dai Due Taquería

Hyperlocal Dai Due – headed by chef Jesse Griffiths (a James Beard Award finalist) and co-owner Tamara Mayfield – has evolved over the last decade from on-farm supper clubs to the farmers’ markets to a brick-and-mortar restaurant & butcher shop. The team partnered with chef Gabe Erales for new concept Dai Due Taquería, which will feature tacos, tortas and molletes filled with Texas game (including wild boar al pastor, bison picadillo and venison barbacoa), Gulf seafood and innovative veggie combos (such as beet longaniza). Tortillas and masa will be made in house with Mexican heirloom corn milled on site. Don’t miss the authentic salsas and agua frescas made with locally sourced fruits and vegetables.

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger – named one of America’s Best Beer Gardens by Food & Wine – pairs house-cured meats and sausages made by Andrew Curren (two-time nominee for Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef) with artisanal breads baked by head doughpuncher David Norman. Start your day with an espresso and pastry (including pain au chocolat, spiced Tiger Claw or cinnamon knot), tuck into a pastrami or corned beef on rye for lunch, snack on a German-style pretzel & addictive beer cheese over Happy Hour or indulge in a classic bratwurst in a pretzel bun for dinner. Be sure to pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread to take home.

Henbit

The team behind Emmer & Rye (crowned one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Bon Appétit) will launch Henbit at Fareground. At this new concept, chefs Kevin Fink (Food & Wine Best New Chef 2016), Tavel Bristol-Joseph and Page Pressley will continue their commitment to local sourcing, seasonality and working closely with farmers. Menus will span all dayparts and include healthy, approachable items. For breakfast, try the red fife kolaches with chorizo, cheese & local chiles or white Sonora wheat breakfast burritos. Later in the day, nosh on redtail shrimp poke with crispy rice salad or avocado & spaghetti squash salad with burnt pecan dressing. Partner Rand Egbert will lead the beverage program with offerings such as superfood lattes (try the matcha with lavender syrup or spiced golden milk) and Cascara and Yaupon teas.

Ni-Komé

Husband & wife chef/owners Takehiro & Kayo Asazu melded elements of Komé Sushi Kitchen (named one of the Best New Sushi Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit) and sister shop Daruma Ramen (downtown’s first ramen shop) to create new concept Ni-Komé. The sushi bar will feature combination sushi lunches (nigiri selection plus a roll) and Komé’s signature rolls, such as the spooky roll (spicy tuna, avocado, salmon and go-go sauce). The ramen menu will include Daruma’s famous Marudori (whole chicken broth) and vegan options.

The Fareground property also includes two bars that will be overseen by ELM’s Beverage Director, Master Sommelier Craig Collins. Within the food hall proper, the counter-service bar will offer 24 draft beers, wine and sake, as well as housemade draft cocktails specifically created to complement the diverse vendor offerings. The street-level exterior bar will open later in the spring and offer beer, wine and cocktails.

Once it’s up and running, Fareground’s hours of operation will be 7 am to 10 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 10 pm on the weekend. Contigo, Dai Due Taquería, Easy Tiger and Henbit will open with breakfast service; Antonelli’s Cheese and Ni-Komé will open at lunchtime.

Web: https://faregroundaustin.com/ @faregroundatx

 

Food Done Right

PARTICIPANT MEDIA’S TAKEPART.COM LAUNCHES ‘TASTEMAKERS’ CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHTING TOP 100 U.S. BUSINESSES COMMITTED TO PROVIDING ‘FOOD DONE RIGHT’ JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 The Company That Brought You Food, Inc. Publishes The Ultimate Guide To Local, Organic, Sustainable and Delicious Shops In Ten of America’s Most ‘Foodie’ Cities.

“I originally partnered with Participant Media on Food, Inc. because of their belief in creating change around the food issues we face in the U.S. as well as globally,” said Robert Kenner, Director of Food, Inc. “It’s been three and a half years since the film released and I’m thrilled to see they are still committed to its core values, telling the story, educating consumers and inspiring action.”

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 1, 2012 –TakePart.com, the digital publishing division of Participant Media (Food, Inc.), today announced its TakePart Tastemakers series devoted to spotlighting leading local businesses that are committed to bringing their communities “Food Done Right.” Selected in partnership with the nation’s leading food journalists, these local shops were chosen based on themes underscored in the hit 2008 documentary Food, Inc. – humane, homemade, organic, do-it-yourself, artisanal, locally sourced and sustainable.

As part of this campaign, TakePart is also launching key social initiatives designed to help people make better food choices and improve America’s food system as a whole.  As an example, TakePart has joined forces with the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, co-founded by Food, Inc.’s Barbara Kowalcyk, to host a petition urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withdraw their proposal to speed up poultry processing lines. This proposal gives each inspector only one-third of a second to inspect each bird – raising both food safety and worker safety issues.

“As the digital publishing division of Participant Media, TakePart is committed to continually highlighting the issues raised in our films and providing consumers with the most relevant and qualified actions they can take to make a difference,” said Karina Kogan, General Manager of TakePart.  “TakePart Tastemakers is a great example of our ongoing effort to engage and educate the public about our food system in a way that is both entertaining and actionable.”

Shops featured in the inaugural TakePart Tastemakers list were chosen based on proven leadership in providing thoughtful and healthier options to their community and were selected by prominent food writers such as James-Beard award-winning journalist Dara Grumdahl and Seattle Times restaurant critic Providence Cicero.

Each of the 100 businesses spanning across the 10 markets of Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities also represent an alternative to big supermarket chains. Austin standouts include:

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
Sweetish Hill Bakery
Foreign & Domestic Bake Sale
in.gredients
Houndstooth Coffee
Lick Honest Ice Creams
Noble Pig Sandwiches
Pasta & Co.
Quality Seafood Market
Zhi Tea

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The full list of TakePart.com’s Tastemakers can be found starting November 1 at  www.takepart.com/Tastemakers. The Web series will premiere on November 13. For more information on the Social Action campaign, please visit www.takepart.com/Tastemakers/action.

MEDIA CONTACTS
Shannon Swallow:
sswallow@takepart.com
310-246-7753

Shannon Leigh Turbeville:
shannonleigh@triple7pr.com
615-254-9389

CSA Pizza

Local pork sausage tossed with red pepper flakes & wild boar seasoning, just-milled grape tomatoes with heirloom garlic, fresh oregano and balsamic vinegar, roasted gypsy peppers, green onions, olive oil, Asiago & Manchego cheese, torn arugula and a crisp, thin wheat crust..

Killer Pizza (Austin CSA Edition)

Roast tomatoes and gypsy peppers in a 500 degree oven until charred.  Set both aside until cool enough to handle.

Slips the skins from the peppers and remove the stems and seed clusters.  Coarsely chop the flesh and set aside.

Pass 3/4 of the tomatoes through a food mill and place into a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium low heat. Add garlic, balsamic and the rest of the tomatoes and cook until thick, about 25 minutes.  Add fresh oregano about 5 minutes before the pan comes off the heat.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

Fry coarsely-ground fresh pork in a hot skillet.  Season with wild boar spices and cook until well browned.  Add green onions, toss and set aside.

Drizzle pizza crust with olive oil and place on a pre-heated pizza stone and bake 4 minutes at 500 degrees.  Return stone to oven and set the crust aside.

Working from the center out, spread tomato sauce around the partially-baked crust.  Scatter cooked sausage and green onions over the top.  Follow with roasted peppers and cheese and finish with arugula tossed with a little olive oil.

Sprinkle a little more boar seasoning over the top if desired, then slide pizza onto the stone and bake at 500 degrees until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crisp, about 7 minutes.   Cut and serve immediately.

Ingredients from

Ground pork (Richardson Farms)
Grape tomatoes (CSA)
Heirloom garlic (JBG)
Fresh oregano (my garden)
Balsamic vinegar (Texas Olive Ranch)
Gypsy peppers (CSA)
Arugula (Montesino Ranch)
Green Onions (Acadian Family Farm)
Cheese (Antonelli’s Cheese Shop)
Pizza crust (Pie Fixes Everything)
Greenling Organic Delivery
Farmhouse Delivery