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Hatch Exclusive: Cody Sharp will be top chef of Matt McCallister’s Filament restaurant

FT33 chef/owner Matt McCallister has confirmed that super talented chef Cody Sharp will leave his top chef post at The Standard Pour to lead the kitchen at Filament, McCallister’s new Southern-inflected restaurant under construction in Deep Ellum.  McCallister and Sharp have been traipsing across the South and wide swaths of the U.S., researching menus and Continue reading →


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Velvet Taco expanding to Austin with its globally inspired tacos

The team behind Velvet Taco has confirmed that they will open a branch of their widely acclaimed taco shop in Austin’s The Domain shopping center next year, adding to VT locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Chicago and the just-opened VT in Houston. Velvet Taco is best knows for its globally inspired tacos, which veer far from Continue reading →


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Hot Date: Texas Monthly BBQ Festival tickets go on sale Friday, September 11. Here’s what you need to know to snag one.

If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about at Franklin Barbecue or Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, here’s your chance to find out — in one place. Texas Monthly’s sixth annual TMBBQ Festival brings together the top pit masters in the state for an afternoon of blue skies, cold beer, live music and smoked Continue reading →


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Addison-based Fogo de Chao expanding again, adding to its 26 restaurants

Addison-based Fogo de Chao will open five new company-owned restaurants in the US, adding to its portfolio of  26 locations across 16 states and the District of Columbia. Over the next five years, Fogo plans to grow the company-owned restaurant count by at least 10% annually, with the long term goal of at least 100 additional churrascarias in the Continue reading →



Grace Restaurant chef Blaine Staniford teaching cooking class at Dallas Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 5, as part of U.S. “Plate” tour

EscapeHatch favorite Blaine Staniford, the chef at Fort Worth’s Grace Restaurant, will be teaching a free thirty-minute cooking class at the Dallas Farmers’ Market tomorrow morning, September 5, at 11:00. He’ll be demonstrating his technique for cooking pan-seared scallops with sunchoke puree and brown butter-caper emulsion. The demo is part of Plated‘s  9-city, nationwide cooking tour that focuses on sustainable ingredients and home Continue reading →


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Hard Rock Energy Drinks reboots with new flavors, available now at 7-Eleven

If you’re looking for a new(ish) energy drink — my preference is coffee — then you might want to stop by 7-Eleven to pick up a few tall cans of Hard Rock Energy Drinks. The brand has relaunched reformulated blends for Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio and promise “a quick energy boost without the post-crash often Continue reading →