The holiday season is officially here. With Christmas only two weeks away, we want to make sure you have your plans in order.
Since the pandemic began, holidays have been a bit different. With busy grocery stores, social distancing in place and the unimaginable stress of having to make another holiday meal at home, holiday meal kits are the way to go.
Here are some Austin restaurants offering Christmas and Hanukah menus to help make your holiday a little merrier:
Stella San Jac, 5th St. & San Jacinto
Stella San Jac is offering a ready-to-heat meal kit filled with delicious goodies: oven-roasted beef tenderloin, half roasted chicken, potatoes au gratin, mashed sweet potatoes with brûléed marshmallow, Boursin-creamed green beans and a special curated salad with cider vinaigrette. You can finish off your meal with pumpkin or pecan pie and add a bottle of Chardonnay,or Merlot, among other options, for $30.
The Stella San Jac meal kit serves four guests and is $149. The meals come in oven-safe containers so you can heat it up in the comfort of your own home and enjoy your holiday with a little less work. Pickup for Stella San Jac's Christmas meal is available Dec. 22 and 23 between 11 a.m. and 9 pm. You can find more information on the Christmas menu package here.
Ruth's Chris Steak House, 107 W. 6th St.
A celebration feast is in order after the year we've all had, and that's exactly what Ruth's Chris Steak House is offering. Their "Celebration Feast" includes roasted beef tenderloin, salad, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and personal cheesecakes. This holiday meal is $180 and serves four.
For anyone planning on having a small holiday dinner, the restaurant is also offering a Christmas Eve dinner for two. This meal package excludes the roasted beef tenderloin in favor of your choice of entrée with a side and a shareable dessert for $99. Orders must be placed 24 hours ahead of pickup time.
The celebration feast is available for pickup every day from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, and the Christmas Eve dinner for two is available for pickup from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 24. You can find more information on the Christmas menu packages here.
Aba, 1011 S. Congress Ave.
Craving some Mediterranean food this holiday season? Order your Christmas menu from Aba. The new restaurant is offering a unique holiday meal featuring wild mushroom hummus, grilled chicken kebabs with lemon dill rice, braised short ribs, crispy Brussels sprouts, and roasted carrots with labneh. The restaurant meal also includes dessert: Stracciatella with persimmons and a double chocolate cake.
This Christmas feast costs $48.95 per person and is available for groups of two, four or six. Orders must be placed by Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. and pickup is on Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can place an order for Abas Christmas Eve meal package here.
Along with this Christmas dinner menu, Aba is also offering a special Hanukkah meal for pickup through Dec. 18.
Contigo Catering, 3709 Promontory Point Dr.
This year, Contigo Catering is offering a festive menu that will put all past holiday dinners to shame. It is $628 and serves 10 people. It features charcuterie and cheese to help start off your dinner, four different dips and spreads, four appetizers and three desserts.
Contigo Catering is also offering other packages this year, including a dinner party-themed one for $785, which includes port-braised brisket with fennel and a cinnamon-rubbed whole chicken, and a holiday cocktail menu for $732, which comes with a grazing station as well as tarts and turnovers. Both menus feed 10.
Orders must be placed four days ahead and are available for pickup or delivery. You can place an order for your holiday meal here.
Sala & Betty, 5201 Airport Blvd.
Although Christmastime is beloved for its traditions, switching up your menu might be the right call this year. Sala & Betty is offering three different types of Christmas menus: "The Feast of 7 Fishes" features scalloped oysters; salmon rillettes; citrus shrimp; tomato-poached cod; bay scallops; mussels; crawfish; tomato broth; an orange, beet and kale salad; and a goat cheese pasta. It is $240.
The restaurant is also offering two individual plate offerings: one with short ribs for $35 or the other with turkey for $30; both includes sides and dessert.
Lastly, Sala & Betty is offering a Christmas Eve turkey meal with mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, citrus salad, cranberry compote, rolls and dessert. The small order serves four to six people and is $225, while the large meal serves six to eight people and is $325.
Orders must be placed by Dec. 21 and picked up on Dec. 24 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can place an order for these holiday meals here.
Walton's Fancy & Staple, 609 W. 6th St.
Walton's Fancy & Staple is offering pre-made dishes to make your Christmas dinner a little easier. The deli is offering a thyme-rubbed turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and macaroni and cheese, as well as pies and cheesecakes to help finish off your dinner. The turkey meal is available for $10 for one serving or $50 for 10. Sides range from $6 to $28.
Orders must be placed by Dec. 18 and picked up between Dec. 21 and Dec. 24. You can place your order with Walton's Fancy & Staple by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 512-391-9966.
You can find the full menu options here.
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Austin police lifted the shelter in place order after searching the area around 9600 block of Great Hills Trail near the Arboretum for a 41-year-old man named Stephen Broderick, who they believe is responsible for shooting and ultimately killing three people in Northwest Austin
As of 5 p.m., the suspect is still at large and considered to be armed and dangerous, though police do not believe he is actively targeting anyone else. During a press briefing at 4:45 on Sunday, APD Interim police Chief Joseph Chacon said they are switching the search from the immediate area to a fugitive search as they have exhausted all the leads they currently have.
Chacon confirmed during the briefing that Broderick was a former Travis County Sheriff's Office deputy. Chacon said they will remain on the scene for "several hours" and there were 75 FBI agents on the scene as of the briefing.
APD @Chief_Chacon provides updated media briefing in relation to Great Hills Trail incident. - PIO8 https://t.co/47siNWhARI
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) April 18, 2021
Police believe the victims, who have been identified as two Hispanic women and one Black man, knew their assailant. Chacon said a child was involved but is now safely in police custody. Broderick was described as 5 foot, 7 inches with a medium build and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap.
"We're very sorry that obviously that this has happened and we continue to try and locate this individual, we are transitioning from a search in this area to a fugitive search and those efforts will continue until this person is located," Chacon said. "I don't want anyone to think that we're packing up and going home. We're going to continue to look for this individual because he continues to pose a threat to this community."
At a 2:30 p.m. press briefing, Chacon said APD responded to a "shoot, stab, hot shot" call on Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway at 11:46 a.m. to find the three victims with gunshot wounds. APD was joined by the Austin Fire Department. ATCEMS, the local chapter of the FBI, the U.S. Marshals, Department of Public Safety, and the Round Rock Police Department for support.
Though Austin Travis-County EMS originally reported it as an active shooter situation, police now believe the incident was an isolated domestic event.
"This is still an ongoing and active investigation and we do not have this individual in custody yet," Chacon said during the first press briefing. "We would ask if you have your neighbors, phone numbers, call or text them check on them and make sure that they're okay. We are concerned that he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave."
At this time the Great Hills Trail scene is still active. We are still asking residents to shelter in place and report suspicious activity. While a suspect is still at large it appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated and there is no risk to the general public. -PIO8
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) April 18, 2021
Three helicopters and SWAT teams were sent to the area, as well as 18 ATCEMS response assets. According to Austin Police, the incident occurred at an apartment complex near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway.
#texasshooting #masshooting Arboretum shooting Austin. pic.twitter.com/SkIsgDoYHt
— Jamie Hammonds (@jamie_hammonds5) April 18, 2021
APD announced at 1:02 p.m. that Loop 360 will be shut down in both directions from Spicewood Springs to 183 due to the incident. The roads will remain closed until law enforcement is able to wrap up the crime scene and units demobilize.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Loop 360 will be shut down in both directions from Spicewoods Springs to 183 due to ongoing incident. - PIO8
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) April 18, 2021
This is a developing story.
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Formula 1 is returning to Florida for the first time since 1959, announcing that the brand-new Miami Grand Prix will join the calendar in 2022 and Austin will no longer be the only F1 race in the U.S.
Held at the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens, this will be the first race in the Sunshine State in 62 years. With a new track setup, F1 will loop the stadium, home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins.
Excited for @F1 @f1miami @HardRockStadium - a Global Entertainment Destination. This event will bring opportunities for so many and will be world-class. Thank you to @gregmaffei #chasecarey #stefanodomenicali @MayorRHarris @Ogilbert @CommishDiaz @MayorDaniella pic.twitter.com/n6dDDD1cPX
— Tom Garfinkel (@TomGarfinkel) April 18, 2021
The new 3.36 mile circuit has 19 corners, three straights and potential for three DRS zones, with expected top speeds of 198 mph.
Now with two races in the U.S., F1 President Stefano Domenicali said they will avoid having back-to-back events by keeping the Miami Grand Prix separate from the U.S. Grand Prix, which is held at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.
The date of the race has yet to be confirmed, though Domenicali said he expects the first race in a 10-year deal to take place in the second quarter of 2022. Austin's race will take place on Oct. 24 this year.
"The USA is a key growth market for us, and we are greatly encouraged by our growing reach in the U.S. which will be further supported by this exciting second race," Domenicali said.
Miami will mark the 11th race location in the U.S. since the Championship began in 1950: Circuit of The Americas in Austin; Dallas, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Sebring, Florida; Riverside, California; Watkins Glen, New York; Long Beach, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Detroit, Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona. COTA was first opened in 2012.
Domenicali said F1 will be working with the FIA and the Hard Rock Stadium to leave a lasting impact on the community: discounted tickets for residents, a program to support local businesses and a STEM education program through F1 in schools.
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