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January Texas Food Events

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San Antonio Cocktail Conference
Thursday, January 15 – Sunday, January 18

The first of its kind in Texas, and now in its fourth year, the San Antonio Cocktail Conference brings together top bartenders and cocktail aficionados for educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties. Houston Street Charities and the Conference will once again donate 100 percent of all money raised during the Conference to benefit four children’s charities. Check out the schedule and purchase tickets!

Somms Under Fire
Sunday, January 18

Enjoy a cocktail tasting followed by the Somms Under Fire Wine & Food Pairing Competition featuring wine from all over the world and food prepared by Chef David Bull—Restaurant Congress and Chef Jason Stude—Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. Learn more about the Sommeliers competing and get tickets here.

Austin Bacon and Beer Festival
Sunday, January 25

It’s all about bacon and beer during the The 2nd Annual Bacon and Beer Festival presented by Edible Austin in partnership with Eat Boston. This bacon and beer centric event will once again bring together area restaurants and breweries to offer creative bacon-based dishes and fine brews. Proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. Purchase tickets now.

2015 TOFGA Conference
Thursday, January 29 – Saturday January 31

The Texas Organic Farm and Gardeners Conference is back and will be loaded with organic farming, gardening, health, farm to chef, and sustainable agriculture sessions from engaging speakers in the food community. More information here.


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Wine & Swine by the pictures

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It was a delicious day at the Austin Food & Wine Alliance‘s 3rd Annual Wine & Swine event. What a terrific day and a great way to raise money for their culinary innovation grants.

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All in from Contigo
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Swift’s Attic inside out taco

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Kristine Kittrel of Mulberry and her rillette

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Braised pork, morcilla & chicharron from TRACE

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Chili cheese ramen from Ramen Tatsu-ya

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Chef Jason Dady working the fire

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The pit, emptied

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Cubano from Max’s Wine Dive

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The last of the pig from Franklin’s BBQ

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Twisted X Dripping Springs Grand Opening

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I’m constantly amazed by what it takes to be a food or beverage artisan. The long hours and sacrifices are enough to make the average person go screaming for the hills. Fortunately, there are those among us who are tough enough to make it through, and we get to be the beneficiaries of their delicious dedication.

For the last three years, I’ve watched this process from the inside as my brother-in-law, Shane Bordeau, and his business partner, Jim Sampson, have worked insane hours to build Twisted X Brewing Company.

Jim and Shane hard at work in the brewery

Jim and Shane hard at work in the brewery

For the first two years, they both had day jobs, so brewery business happened on nights and weekends. They missed time with their wives, events for their kids and a lot of sleep.  But, they were living their dream and making great beer, so it was all worth it.


Now, the day has come for them to leave behind the small warehouse in Cedar Park  and open the doors to “the big brewery”  – a 10,000 square foot destination brewery with ten times the capacity they had before. Tex Mex beer for everyone!

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Come join the Twisted X crew for the big grand opening on Saturday, November 23rd. For $25 you get a Twisted X logo string backpack, 2 beer tokens, 16oz plastic logo stadium cup and, if you are one of the first 1,000 tickets sold, a t-shirt.


In addition to the beer, Salt Lick, Phil’s Ice House and Amy’s Ice Cream will be selling tasty treats and there will be water, cola and lemonade for folks who prefer not to imbibe.  The event is kid friendly with fun music, jugglers, magicians and the works.

It’s going to be a great day and you know you want to be there, so I’m going to make it easy for two lucky folks to join us. Comment on this post with the names of three bars where Twisted X delivered beer this week.  I’ll pick a winner of the two tickets at random from the correct entries at 5 pm on Friday, November 15th.

I can’t wait to see everyone in Dripping Springs and, until then, always drink upstream from the herd!

Twisted X Brewing Company Dripping Springs Grand Opening Party
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 / 11am-5pm
23455 W. FM 150 Dripping Springs, TX 78620
corner of RR12 and RR(FM) 150 – 2 miles south of the Dripping Springs city center

Price: $25.00 includes Twisted X logo string backpack, 2 beer tokens, 16oz plastic logo stadium cup, free t-shirt to the first 1000 tickets sold. Must be 21 years of age to purchase or use a ticket, kids under 18 are free accompanied by an adult

Buy tickets here

Food Trucks, Snacks, Water, Cola, Lemonade are NOT included
Additional Tex Mex Beer can be purchased by the glass to celebrate the new Texas Legislative Law changes for $3.00 per pint

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Two local food magazines debut in Houston and San Antonio

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It’s been an exciting month for the local food word in Texas with the debut of two new magazines.


Edible San Antonio debuted (the digital issue isn’t online just yet) with their Fall Harvest issue.  I’m looking forward to following the growth of the farmers markets, local sourcing restaurants and food artisans in the Alamo City, and am thrilled that another Edible magazine will be helping tell those stories.  Edible San Antonio is publishing on a six times/year rotation and offers a $35/year subscription.



The magazine launch that has had me circling my mailbox in anticipation is Sugar & Rice from Houston.  My friends Chris Cusack, who you may know from his days as a co-owner at Thunderbird Coffee, Benjy Mason and David Leftwich have conspired to create a beautiful, thoughtful journal focused on the Gulf Coast region.  It’s gorgeous, inspired and I haven’t been this excited to get a magazine in the mail since I received my first issue of Garden & Gun.  Sugar & Rice is publishing quarterly and subscriptions are $30/year.



I love that there is now a magazine focused on local food stories in four of Texas’ major cities (Edible Austin, Edible Dallas & Fort Worth, Edible San Antonio and Sugar & Rice).  Getting a subscription to each will guarantee that you have one of the best informed libraries in the state. See you at the magazine stand!

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