The first event of the Austin Food and Wine Festival was the Friday night Taste of Texas event. Special guests chefs this years included:
- Tim Bryes (SMOKE, Dallas)
- David Bull (Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen, Austin)
- Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurants, San Antonio)
- Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue, Austin)
- Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Austin)
- Sarah Grueneberg (Top Chef Texas, Spiaggia, Chicago)
- Rene Ortiz (La Condesa, Napa, Austin)
- Monica Pope (T’afia, Houston)
- Paul Qui (Top Chef Texas, Uchiko, Austin)
- Philip Speer (Uchi/Uchiko, Austin)
- Laura Sawicki (La Condesa, Austin)
- Gabe Thompson (dell’anima, New York City)
- Andrew Weissman (Sandbar, Il Sogno Osteria, San Antonio)
- Nate Wales (La Condesa, Austin).
Just prior to the festival, Josh Ozersky had a Colonel Sanders and the American Dream book signing at Lucy's Fried Chicken. A big thanks to UT Press, Lucy's Fried Chicken and Austin Beer Works for the crunchy chicken afternoon.
This was on one of the tables at the festival. I thought it was pretty darn interesting.
This festival also marked the anniversary of when I first had Franklin BBQ. Happy Franklin BBQ Anniversary to me!
As you can see, the Barbecue Jesus draws a line of disciplines where ever he goes.
@TimBrynes brought an amazing show of three whole porkers. This is just one of the babies.
Here's Laura Sawicki's dessert. That woman is a genius, and her pastry chef of the year honor is well deserved. If you see her, give her a hug and eat her dessert!
@ChefSarahJayne Grueneberg brought mackerel on grilled pumpernickel toast with black almond tapenade. Salty + crunchy = win!
And here's the lovely chef!
Here's Chef @MonicaPope and Chef Stephen Cash. I loved her offering of mushroom dumplings!
And what's a wine festival without Devon Brogile (@dbrogues) of Whole Foods? Nothing, I say. Nothing.
This was a really interesting and entertaining station. Chef Gabe Thompson of @Lartusi cooks up pork belly on a griddle using bricks as a makeshift stove. That's so Texas. That's also so awesome!