Central Austin Edition | April 2020

DINING INNOVATIONS

BY JACK FLAGLER

W hat started as an idea to give away a fewmeals transformed into a social media campaign and has since exploded into weekend food drives at the Tso Chinese Delivery location on Research Boulevard handing out hundreds of meals to families. Co-owner Min Choe said the campaign has raised $18,700 as of April 6—including an $8,000 dona- tion from Alpha Paving—and Tso is donating $3 of food for every $1 raised, meaning $56,100 of food has been donated. The drives are going to continue every weekend through at least the end of April. “Right now the plan is we’re going to keep doing it as long as we can,” Choe said. Tso ChineseDelivery Aboretum: 9333 Research Blvd., Bldg. E, Ste. 402, Austin Cherrywood: 3909 N. I-35, Ste. E-5, Austin 512-774-4876 www.tsodelivery.com Tso Chinese Delivery

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Salt and Time co-owner Ben Runkle said bout 90% of its business now comes from grocery sales— including fare from other local restaurants that have closed or are only open for takeout, including: • Barbecue sauce from Leroy and Lewis • Pizza dough and pizza sauce from Bufalina Pizza • Pasta from L’Oca D’Oro

Tso Chinese Delivery co-owner Min Choe said Tso Giving—the restaurant’s eort to feed those in need—has become a weekly food drive to help hundreds of people. Tso Giving food drives Every Saturday and Sunday through at least April 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 9333 Research Blvd., Austin How to donate: Venmo @TsoGiving

• Ice cream from Lick Honest Ice Creams • Finishing salt and hot sauce from Lenoir

W hen customers enter the doors at Salt and Time, they may notice the names of some other prom- inent local restaurants as they pass through the store—Leroy and Lewis, Lenoir, Bufalina Pizza and L’Oca D’Oro—the labels in the shop on products such as barbecue sauce, pizza dough and pasta read like a tour through some of Austin’s more well-known restaurants. Co-owner Ben Runkle said he has always treated the two sides of his business—the butcher shop Salt and Time

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and the restaurant—with equal care since Salt and Time opened in 2013. But since closing dine-in service at the restaurant, Runkle has put most of Salt and Time’s resources into the market side—transitioning servers to grocery clerks and increasing the amount he buys from local growers. “It’s a simple gesture, a way to remind our customers we’re part of a bigger community,” Runkle said.

$18,700 raised as of April 6

Salt and Time 1912 E. Seventh St., Austin 512-524-1383 www.saltandtime.com

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