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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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Farmgrass, Foodways & Farm to Plate: May Texas Food Events

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April showers bring May flowers and Central Texas food events. From the Texas Foodways Symposium, an annual event highlighting Texas food culture to San Antonio’s Culinaria Festival Week, get out and enjoy!

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Lenoir, host of the 3rd Annual Crawfish Boil benefitting Urban Roots.

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

2015 Foodways Texas Symposium
May 7 – May 9

Join Foodways Texas for this years Symposium in San Antonio “The Texas Mexican Table.” The discussion will cover Mexican food in Texas in its many forms with two full days (May 8-9) of speakers broaching myriad topics. As usual, there will be seven meals included through the weekend. Chefs, artisans, and restaurants from around the state will join in the celebration by preparing meals that connect back discussions. Grab tickets and learn more about speakers and chefs participating in this years Foodways Symposium!

Culinaria Festival Week
May 13 – May 17

Culinaria’s Festival Week features 18 distinct events over the course of five days. From food trucks to haute cuisine, beer to champagne, Festival Week truly offers something for everyone.

SFC Farm to Plate
Thursday, May 14

Enjoy the bounty of spring with SFC at their annual fundraiser at the historic Barr Mansion. Enjoy food from Central Texas chefs dedicated to sourcing locally paired with handmade cocktails, biodynamic wines and local microbrews. This annual fundraising event raises critical funds for SFC programs, empowering families to feed themselves for a lifetime and to change the course of agriculture to support environmental, cultural and economic health. This event is known to sell out so grab your tickets today!

Texas Olive Festival
May 28 – May 31

Held at Texas Hill Country Olive Company, experience olives galore along with food, wine, chef demos and educational activities surrounding olives and olive growing. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit St. David’s NeuroTexas Institute. Get tickets here and head out to the Hill Country.

 

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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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Our Favorite Things: 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival Preview

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Can you feel the excitement? Have you started the countdown calendar? I have! It’s almost time (22 days and counting) for my annual food holiday weekend – the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival on April 24-26. Woo hoo!

Kim Crawford Prickly Pear Punch and Kim Crawford Citrus Wine Slush from Kelvin Natural Slush Co.

It’s hard for me to pick what I most excited about it. I love the demos by superstar chefs who I’ve only admired on TV. I’m intrigued by Jenn Louis’ tartare 101 with three types of raw dishes and the mystery basket challenges with Graham Elliott and Andrew Zimmern promise to be spectacular as the chefs demonstrate their improvisation skills. But, the double-header paella class with Jamie Bissonnette Ken Oringer of Toro may be the highlight of the demo sessions for me. Paella was one of the first complex dishes I learned to make and I can’t wait to learn masterful tips from these creative East Coast chefs.

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Salt and Time talking about the art of salumi at 2014 festival

Of course the beverage side of the house is stacked with great talent as well. Mark Oldman’s tasting session on pairing wine with spicy foods is a perfect match for our Texas cuisine, and I’m delighted that we have three of our local wine pros (Craig Collins, Devon Broglie and Vilma Mazaite) each leading separate tastings. I can’t wait to see how  David Alan Rescues the Rita as well. If anyway can teach us to make a perfect margarita, The Tipsy Texan can.

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Sparkler session at 2014 festival

The festival is bringing rising stars from across the state in for the sold out Taste of Texas event on Friday night and a few of the chefs are sticking around for demos and the fire pit. Hearing from Matt McCallister of Dallas’ FT33 and Chris Shepherd of Houston’s Underbelly without having to travel out of town is a real treat. And, I can’t even imagine what kind of hi jinx Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner of Pass and Provisions (Houston) will get into at the Fire Pit.

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First bites from Gardner at 2014 festival

Both the Fire Pit and the Chef Showcase are expanded this year with more chefs and some sneak peeks. I’m looking forward to finally having a bite from Wu Chow, the Swift’s Attic team’s new Asian adventure.

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And not to be overlooked, the Grand Tasting tent is going to be busting at the seams with sips and nibbles. The festival has a attracted a whole slew of new vendors as well as old favorites.

High Brew Coffee, cold-brew in a can

High Brew was just one of the new vendors introduced at the 2014 festival

I’m so excited! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, now is the time. You do not want to miss this!

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