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I used to think gluten-free foods were like fat-free cheese: why would you eat something that’s had its very essence removed? But for those who suffer from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, gluten-free is the only way to roll. Jason Dady’s Tre Trattoria on Broadway is offering a variety of gluten-free pastas, like the signature Bolognese, wild mushroom and thyme, and butter with cracked pepper. GF pasta doesn’t grow on trees, so ask if it’s still available before ordering.

Summer South Texas staple Alamo Beer is teaming up with another summer mainstay: Kiolbassa Sausage. You and 20 friends could win a Backyard Barbeque full of beer, sausage, Alamo Golden Ale T-shirts, pint glasses, a grill kit, and more. The contest runs through August 2. Enter at alamobeer.com. Happy grilling!

It’s summer – farmers markets abound. The Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market opened just a couple weeks ago, and now there’s another market on the horizon. It’s literally on the horizon if you’re in Southtown, because it’s outside 1604 North. Ripe at the Éilan Hotel & Spa is hosting a series of preview days this summer, in preparation for their official weekly market offerings in September. On the third Sunday of July and August, Ripe will offer cheeses, eggs, breads and more on the Promenade at Éilan. The market will be curated by chef Stephan Pyles (of Éilan’s Sustenio restaurant) and cookbook author Paula Disbrowe. Given the opulent surroundings, this farmer’s market will have plenty of bells and whistles. Sustenio will host a market dinner featuring visiting chefs on the Saturday preceding the Sunday market in July and August. In addition to food and live music, there will also be a food truck rodeo. Perhaps you’ll be able to wrassle up some organic greens there. The market will switch to a weekly schedule on Sunday, September 8.

We all know that SA food trucks are pretty badass, but it’s always good to get some outside affirmation. Food blog thedailymeal.com recently posted their top 101 food trucks in the country, and Rickshaw Stop made the Top 10. Number 7, in fact. The Pakistani-inspired truck serves kebabs, paratha bread, and samosas. Truck owners Meagan and Sameer Siddiqui work with Sameer’s family to get every recipe perfect. As a result, the marinated and seasoned meat is some of the best you’ll ever taste. Check their schedule at risckshawstop-sa.com to find out where you can get some kebabs.

And this isn’t new, but everyone should check it out at some point – NAO at the Pearl serves up late night fare for the night owls. Every Saturday night, the restaurant is open until 2 a.m. with cocktails, beer, wine, and small bites. Recent food specials have included a beef rib salad, chili and waffles, and a Dominican burger.

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