The restaurant is serving tacos, gumbo and any other foods that can feed the community and support mutual aid organizers
As the Texas winter storm continued and people were trapped without electricity, heat and food, Austin’s restaurants began to support themselves and provide food to nearby areas.
Cajun Cherrywood restaurant Vic&Al’s has been making and giving away gumbo on a regular basis this week. This effort is in line with the spirit of the co-owners and cousins Nicholas and Matt Patrizi, who used the space as a community kitchen for workers in the early stages of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t have any power, so I just live in a restaurant and eat all my salted eggs,” Nicholas Patrizi said. “So I think I’d better make some people feel happy and full when I come.” This restaurant has prepared the food on hand, which is a specialty of Mardi Gras, but Vic&Al’s also wants to provide it to people A space. He told Yi Te: “It feels like people need some food, purpose, dialogue, and a channel for happiness.”
Partizi first launched gumbo on Tuesday, February 16, and is expected to hold up to 30 people. On the contrary, there were about 60 people in the first hour. He kept going, adding 250 meals of butter beans, red beans and rice to the menu the next day, and switched to 350 meals of mixed rice on Thursday. The plan for Friday is tentative because there is currently no water in the restaurant.
In East Austin, the top taco spot Discada, Nixta Taqueria and Cuantos Tacos teamed up to give away free breakfast tacos and tacos this week. Anthony Pratto, the co-owner of Discada, is going to drive the truck this week and has already prepared a dish of the same name (beef, pork and vegetables cooked in layers with a plough pan) over the weekend. “Why do we waste this food when many people in our community can’t go to the store, don’t have enough tap water, can’t afford the fare, or can’t take the car to get food? In general?” “Why don’t we do our best to cook everything we have?”
There is already a large amount of food, including meat for about two normal working days. Pratto mixes with 15 eggs in his hand; Nixta’s co-owner and chef Edgar Rico shares a kiosk kitchen with Pratto, He cooked duck and dried chili as a spare. Pratto said that in addition to tacos, you can also make tacos: “It’s very easy. We can make big stock pots and divide them into cups.”
The Nixta team that went out of power that night stayed in line with Pratto. “We thought, why waste our food when we can feed some people who need it?” Rico and co-owner Sara Mardanbigi told Eater via Instagram messages.
A further effort is for friends to help in the kitchen, including Tony Curet of the pizza truck Doughboys, and donated food, including 30 dozen eggs from the Southwest Austin Brewery. Larger brands, including Deep Eddy Vodka, Bumble, Made In and Blue Norther, also provided financial contributions. Pratto shared that they used some brand money to buy and give away hoodies.
This is all about the work of restaurants through food and anything else that can help and provide food to their communities.
Prato said: “We will continue to use this money to withdraw it in the community,” he added that they plan to buy gift cards for gas stations, and HEB will also give gifts.
Most of the food prepared by Discada, Nixta and Cuantos today will be distributed to places where it is needed, such as hospitals, nursing homes and heating centers. Nixta will distribute fifty tortillas to the public, and this free food service will continue on Friday and Saturday. These restaurants are accepting donations through Venmo (@sara-mardanbigi) of co-owner Sara Mardanbigi or Venmo (@atxfreefridge) through the on-site ATX Free Fridge program.
Vic&Al’s, Nixta, Discada and Cuantos are just a few restaurants that provide free hot meals for those in need. Many restaurants, including Southside Flying Pizza, Hestia and OMG Squee, have prepared and distributed meals to hospitals, heating centers and shelters with the help of brands, companies and local hotel groups such as Deep Eddy Vodka, Kendra Scott and A. Koko/365 Things Austin / MYLK collective taste.
There are also restaurants that provide their own food while donating money to local groups in exchange for money. Via 313 sells pies from the North Campus and asks for donations to Austin Mutual Aid. Seoul State presented free boxed chicken and rice, and asked for donations to Austin Pets Alive.
Under the guidance of Adam Orman, co-owner of L’Oca d’Oro, Good Works Austin has carried out a lot of this kind of work behind the scenes. The organization consists of several restaurants including Colleen’s Kitchen and Baby Greens, and has been providing meals for institutions and organizations such as Austin Public Health and EL Buen Samaritano through donations. The team has been coordinating and organizing meals and delivery based on daily needs.
When help is urgently needed, the Austin restaurant community gathers. Prato said: “Anything we get will be taken back as a boat, because there are many people in need, especially in the east of us.” It’s about doing as much as possible for the community.
Update, Friday, February 19, 12:23 PM: This article originally published on Thursday, February 18 has been updated to clarify the relationship and name of one of the co-owners of Vic & Al’s
Post time: Apr-19-2021