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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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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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October Texas Food Events

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Image from Green Corn Project, 2013 Fall Festival.


Edible Austin Chef Auction
Thursday, October 9

Get your paddles up! Every year Edible Austin hosts an auction to raise money for non-profits Urban Roots and Sustainable Food Center. For the auction packages, Edible Austin works with local celebrity chefs to imagine an experience that you can’t buy anywhere else. Packages are great for intimate occasions with friends, office holiday parties, or great family affairs. Vote on your favorite chefs in town!

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Auction Chefs, cocktails created by mixologist Bill Norris of Midnight Cowboy and Paula’s Texas Spirits, world-renowned wine by Trimbach and chocolates served by Chef Nicole Patel of Delysia Chocolatier. Live music by the Commerce Street Ramblers. Learn more and grab your tickets here.

2014 Les Dames d’Escoffier “Food Fight”
Monday, October 13 – Saturday, October 25

The Food Fight! Online Charity Auction is the primary fundraiser for the Austin Dames Chapter. The funds raised from this auction directly impact our community funding culinary scholarships and farm-to-table initiatives. Due to the success of the 2013 Food Fight! auction, Dames were able to give a record number of scholarships to women pursuing culinary careers amounting to $4,000. Bid on culinary experiences, gift cards and special events. The auction will be hosted on Bidding for Good.  More information here.

Green Corn Project 16th Annual Fall Festival 
Sunday, October 26

Join the Green Corn Project at Boggy Creek Farm for their Grow Locally, Cook Globally Fall Festival. As always, enjoy an amazing cast of local restaurants, beverage vendors, live music, a silent auction, and chef demos.  Purchase your tickets today!



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