The JW Marriott Austin’s Burger Bar on Congress has received rave reviews since opening with the hotel in February. Locals, visitors— and even group attendees—line up at lunchtime and in the early evening for burgers, shakes and fries. The grab-and-go joint has a walk-up food truck-style window, a nod to the food trucks that occupied the space before the hotel was built. “Food trucks are a big part of Austin’s culture, and the JW Marriott Austin wanted to celebrate this aspect of our city in a unique way,” says Jay Spurr, director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott Austin.

 

Puttshack, a tech-infused mini golf experience, is coming to The Shops at Houston Center. The venue is expected to open late 2022 and joins Puttshack's growing list of upcoming locations, including Oak Brook (Chicago), Miami, Boston and Nashville. Puttshack opened its first U.S. location in Atlanta in April 2021. 

 

Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch.

 

If you’ve spent time in noon board meetings or luncheon team strategy sessions, you’ve likely suffered through the traditional buffet of cold cuts and stale cookies that have seemingly become the norm for these occasions. But rejoice: Like all things Texas, boxed lunch options in our state are far from standard. Here are a few standout caterers that offer creative menus, seasonal fare, and a commitment to satisfying every palate by offering gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly and vegan selections. 

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