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Meatopia Heads to Texas; Eataly's Third Birthday Party

SAN ANTONIOJosh Ozersky's meat orgy Meatopia will make its first-ever visit to San Antonio during the two-day Meatopia Texas. Austin's Paul Qui, Houston's Chris Shepherd, and Dallas's Tim Byres are among the 30 chefs joining the all-meat celebration, which will feature an ode to beefsteak on Saturday, November 2 — considered the appetizer to the main event, scheduled for November 3. Tickets and more information here. [EaterWire]

NEW YORK CITYMario Batali and Joe Bastanich's Italian megastore Eataly celebrates its third anniversary in early September, and hey, everyone's invited to its official birthday party. On September 6, the duo will host a festival-style event inside the Eataly walls, offering more than 30 a la carte food and drink options, dished from "stands" set up throughout the store. Bites will cost "tickets" that can be pre-purchased in advance; packages start at $40. [EaterWire]

FOOD TV— The Food Network's new season of Iron Chef America returns in early September, and a couple upcoming battles intrigue: Iron Chef Jose Garces will face off against Boston chef Jamie Bissonnette in the September 1 season premiere. On September 15, meanwhile, Iron Chef Marc Forgione will team up with his father, Larry Forgione, to challenge "close family friend" Jonathan Waxman. [EaterWire]

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