Rebecca Rather, also known as the Pastry Queen from her bestselling cookbooks, is opening the Pink Pig in Fredericksburg today. (The name stems from her pink pig shortbread cookies as well as a lifetime love of pet pigs.)
Visitors can expect Southern favorites like the Fried Oyster Nachos, Stuffed Mac ‘N Cheese Chile Rellenos, Duck Fat Popcorn, Indian Fry Bread, Bacon and Cheddar Scones, and the from-scratch baked goods that are Rather’s signature. Breakfast will be counter service, with lunch and dinner a sit-down affair. A continuously changing chalkboard will feature seasonal food and drink specials.
Patrons can also expect dishes featured in all three of Rather’s cookbooks, including “Pastry Queen Parties” and “The Pastry Queen Christmas.” She plans to source as many of her ingredients as possible from the area.
“I’m having a lot of fun drawing upon my years of cooking—it’ll be a mix of Southern, Mexican and Texan cuisines. And since we’re in the middle of the Fredericksburg wineries, we’ll be serving cheese plates, wine and to-go picnic baskets for al fresco picnics,” says Rather.
The Pink Pig is housed in a rustic 19th century log structure, complete with a back patio overlooking the Hill Country landscape. Outdoor fireplaces, leather loveseats, and a 20-foot wine bar will seat as many as 80 guests where they can relax under the Texas sky. Inside, the vintage display cases anchor the interior, accented by rustic seating for 50 and plenty of Rather’s pig paraphernalia on display.
The Pink Pig will be open Wednesday for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 6266 U.S. 290 (just past Wildseed Farms) in Fredericksburg. For further information, call (830) 990-8800 or visit www.pinkpigtexas.com.