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The Black Farmers Tackling Food Insecurity

Adrian González
Adrian González
Posted on July 6
Late pitmaster LeAnn Mueller rubs seasoning on a trio of BBQ meats.

Late pitmaster LeAnn Mueller works her magic. (Courtesy of La Barbecue)

⛽ The Best BBQ in Houston Comes From a Gas Station

Brisket & Rice opened just a year ago inside a former Church’s Chicken and it’s been so popular that pitmasters Hong and Phong Tran are regularly selling out and closing early. (KHOU 11)

📵 QR Codes Are a Pandemic Relic

The pixelated matrix saw a resurgence during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the use of QR codes in the United States has dropped 27% since 2021. Restaurants like Houston’s Pastore are ready to embrace paper menus again. (Houston Chronicle 🔒)

🫶 Honoring A BBQ Legend

LeAnn Mueller was the co-owner of one of Austin’s most popular restaurants and highly regarded out-lesbian in an industry dominated by men. Following her sudden death in June, the Texas barbecue community is honoring her memory by sharing personal messages and stories of the pitmaster. (Eater Houston)


Black Farmers Tackle Food Insecurity in Sunnyside

The Fresh Houwse Grocery Store was founded by Ivy Walls and Jeremy Peaches to help underserved communities like Sunnyside by providing access to fresh food and a food box delivery service. (Houston Public Media)

Go deeper: The City Cast Houston team spoke to Ivy Walls in 2022 about farming our way out of a food dessert.

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