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Tomato Dinner, Kitchen Sale & Citywide 86’d: June Texas Food Events

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2015 Tomato Dinner 
Tuesday, June 9

Celebrate the flavors of vine-ripened tomatoes at the height of the season with a feast on the farm. The Tomato Dinner will begin with a seasonal cocktail and appetizers, followed by entree courses and a plated dessert, all with a focus on Springdale Farm tomatoes. Check out the great list of participating chefs and artisans and purchase your tickets here. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture and Slow Food Austin.

The Austin Dames Kitchen Sale 
Sunday, June 14

The Austin chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier are hosting their spring fundraiser, the Austin Dames Kitchen Sale. Donate gently used kitchen items to a great organization and find bargains at the sale!  All proceeds go to support the educational and philanthropic programs of the Les Dames. Learn more about the Les Dames Kitchen Sale.

Citywide 86’d Competition
Monday, June 15

Austin’s Chopped like cooking competition will come to a close when the final four chefs face off and create three courses with mystery bags of ingredients. Cheer on the chefs and enjoy bites and beverages from some of Austin’s favorite restaurants. Purchase tickets now.

2015 Community Lunch Series
Friday, June 19, June 26 & July 3

This summer’s Community Lunch Series is a set of three delicious, summertime meals on the Urban Roots Farm. At each lunch, a group of Urban Roots Youth Farm Interns will team up with a different local chef to prepare and share a seasonal, multi-course meal  with the Austin community. Each meal incorporates fresh produce, grown and harvested from the Urban Roots Farm. This event will sell out so grab your tickets!




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Fire, Farms, and Mud Bugs: April Texas Food Events

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Springtime ushers in wildflowers and Texas food events galore. Get out your calendar because there is great line-up of local food events coming up. Here are a few of our favorites this month.

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Live Fire!
Thursday, April 4

Experience Austin’s favorite meat- centric live-fire cooking event in it’s fifth year. Head out to the Texas hill country for live music, premium wines, craft beers, and chef mastery over open flame. Benefitting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance culinary grants. Check out the full line-up and grab tickets here.

East Austin Urban Farm Tour
Sunday, April 12

Spend the afternoon strolling through the fields of four urban farms and learn about their growing crops, share their experiences and get answers to your gardening questions. At each farm, chefs will provide bites using the freshest farm ingredients while local brewers, wine merchants, and mixologists offer sips. More on the farms and tickets here.

May events just around the corner…

3rd Annual Crawfish Boil
Sunday, May 3

Join Tipsy Texan and L-Style/G-Style in supporting local heroes, Urban Roots and enjoy a sunny afternoon with friends, music, food & fun at Lenoir. Crawfish and all the fixins with drink and raffle tickets at the door. Get your tickets now!

Farmgrass Fest
Sunday, May 3

Celebrate local farmers with a  beautiful day of bluegrass, food and fun on the Simmons Family Farms. All of the proceeds from the festival will go to an emergency medical fund for farmers in central Texas. More information and tickets here

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Local Food Fun at SXSW

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Dine out at the French Legation and watch a Michelin-starred Chef at work  or support local non-profits while listening to great music. Check out a few of our favorite foodie events you can’t miss this SXSW.


Image from French Tech Club.

French Bistro Pop-Up
March 15-20

2015’s French Bistro is going to be even better: Chef Rémi Fournier has invited the Michelin-starred Chef Gérard Bossé to create a pop-up version of his Angers restaurant ‘Une Île’. Gérard is Rémi’s mentor and one of the godfathers of the natural approach to cooking in France.

The Chefs will be cooking in an open kitchen at the French Legation with locally sourced ingredients to share their art and demonstrate every step of the performance that cooking is. These two Chefs are going to offer a unique experience: bringing their most delicious food and talented teams to Austin for 50 lunches and 50 dinners. Book your seat now!

Freebirds Live Music Fundraiser
March 18-21

Freebirds World Burrito returns to the St. Vincent de Paul stage for their sixth annual four day celebration of live music, fresh food and fundraising. Browse local artisan booths and enjoy Freebirds fare while listening to a music lineup featuring local Austin favorites and more. Funds from donations, food and beverage sales at the showcase will go towards a new a mobile store and distribution center that will supply clothing and household necessities to underserved parts of Austin. Check out the lineup here.

Music By the Slice
March 20-21

Come enjoy some great bands, hot pizza, cold drinks, and big time fun for the whole family at Home Slice Pizza! The event is free, open to all ages, and no RSVP is necessary! All proceeds benefit Urban Roots, a youth development organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. Schedule here.

Not headed to SXSW, check out…

Paella Challenge
Sunday, March 15, 11am-4pm

Watch as chefs and high school teams go head-to-head in competition to create the most impressive paella dishes cooked right before your eyes. All of the proceeds to benefit the Culinary Institute of America’s San Antonio campus. The ticket price is all-inclusive – meaning it includes entry into the event, sampling of amazing Paella and other tasty bites from the chefs as well as beverages (Beer, Wine, Sangria, Sodas & Water) and the entertainment for the day. Purchase tickets here!

Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair
Sunday, March 29, Noon-4pm

The annual Edible Austin Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair focuses on the wellness of future generations by encouraging healthy habits in children! This free event showcases local artisans, games, tastings, cooking demonstrations and live music. Learn about participating vendors and more.

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For the Love of Pork, Lamb & Cocktails: February Texas Food Events

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Cochon 555
Sunday, February 8

Cochon 555 is coming to Houston, Texas to celebrate family farms, heritage breed pigs and today’s emerging chef community with 5 chefs, 5 pigs and 5 winemakers. Embark on a journey to the new hyper-local culinary landscape, one whole pig at a time. The tour is aligned with the modern-day good food movement — notable chefs, barrier-breaking women, artist-like butchers, spirited bartenders, top winemakers, brewers, distillers and brazen pastry talent working together to prepare an epic feast celebrating responsible family farming. Tickets and more information here.

Lamb Jam
Sunday, February 22

The American Lamb Jam is an epic tasting event and competition that brings together 16 talented local chefs to compete for your vote and the honor of Best Lamb Dish in Austin. Joining the chefs will be local breweries, winemakers and other local food artisans serving up tasty treats. Between bites, attendees can watch butcher demos, play in the interactive photo booth, meet local shepherds and concoct their very own lamb spice rub. Proceeds from Austin Lamb Jam will benefit The Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Purchase tickets now!

Official Drink of Austin
Thursday, February 26

Hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and Tipsy Texan. Six bar teams from local bars and restaurants will be selected in a rousing citywide competition to raise funds for culinary grants while trying to capture the title of Austin’s official drink. Information and tickets here.

Looking ahead to March…

Toast & Roast
Sunday, March 1

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is thrilled to partner with Texas Monthly and Jessica Dupuy for an exclusive tasting of Texas Monthly’s Best Texas Wines of 2014! Join them to taste the twenty best Texas wines produced last year. Following an hour-long sip and stroll tasting, Chef John Bates of Noble Sandwich will roast up a feast of pig, goat, and lamb. Toast & Roast is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Texas Independence Weekend and to support our states growing wine industry. Purchase now.

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