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The three things you need to know today in Austin: Wed, May 9

Farm to Plate
Photograph: Kayt Johnson

Tonight's Farm to Plate is an annual benefit for the Sustainable Food Center, featuring local food and drinks prepared by some of Austin's best chefs, all of whom are dedicated to sourcing local and sustainable food from Austin-area farmers. This year, more than 30 chefs and many local wineries, breweries and spirit brands will be on deck to cater to your wining and dining whims. Chefs include Sonya Cote from Eden East, Bryce Gilmore from Odd Duck and Zach Hunter from The Brewer's Table; tickets also include live music and a silent auction. 

Nearly five years have passed since Franz Ferdinand last played in Austin. Tonight, the enigmatic indie rock Scotsmen returns on the heels of highly danceable fifth album Always Ascending, which marks the first release without founding guitarist Nick McCarthy. No matter: Frontman Alex Kapranos’ impossibly high jumps and other amped-up stage antics have never failed to thrill, and with badass art-punks Priests in tow, a full night of frenetic fun is sure to unfold.

Looking for a solid comfort food spot tonight? Hopdoddy just rolled out a brand new menu that includes a new shareables section (bring your buds!), new milkshakes, revamped cocktails and more. Try the Buffalo Fries topped with buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, chives and ranch, or the Hot Honey and Sage Fries featuring sweet potato fries smothered with sweet-spicy honey, fried sage and rosemary. A new s'mores milkshake and a tropical pineapple daquiri will have you feeling like it's almost the weekend.

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