Thursday- Live Fire at the Salt Lick then Dessert Dinner at Trace by Pichet Ong
Beautiful evening at the Salt Lick. The long line is for Franklin's BBQ. Shocker.
Jester King lineup
A scrumptious pinotage blend from Cape Classics
John Bullington smokes an entire cow for his delicious meaty sandwich
I like pie! Especially if it is from Bud "The Pieman" Royer at Royer's Round Top Cafe
The lovely Paula from Paula's Texas Orange
Trace pastry chef Janina O'Leary (left) with Pichet Ong (right)
Barely Buzzed- creama panna cotta, Round Rock honey, lavender
Cream Soda- market berry vanilla swirl ice cream, black pepper genoise, Dr. Pepper reduction
Smoked chocolate cream beignet, caramelized white chocolate ice cream
Assorted Petit Fours
Friday- Secret Dessert Party at Hotel St Cecilia
Austin's own Philip Speer (foreground) with his pastry chef from Uchiko Andrew Lewis (background)
Sam Mason formerly of wd~50, currently at Empire Mayonnaise
Pichet Ong owner/chef P*ONG, Village Tart, The Spot, Bubble Lounge, and Batch
Christina Tosi from Momofuku Milk Bar
Popping bottles at the Hotel St Cecilia
Sunday- More Morimoto
Morimoto's Japanese fishing song elicited a Grito from the crowd. Texas fusion.
"TEXAS! Very, very hot."
Morimoto makes me dream of sushi.
It took me awhile but I think I am finally recovered from the bacchanalia that came to Austin at the end of April. The inaugural Austin Wine and Food Fest had a few logistical issues like high winds that led to a film of dust that covered everyone and everything and timing for the demos could have been better. But for the most part, it was a success. I was proud to play a role at the fest as the lead in charge of volunteer checkin. I also serve with the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance as Volunteer Coordinator which led to the opportunity. So I spent a good portion of the actual fest at Auditorium Shores working instead of drinking and eating as much as I would have liked to. Fortunately, there were several periphery events before that I was able to enjoy. Plus it was fun to have a behind the scenes view of the first year. It will be interesting to see how they adjust going forward.
Now for my food porn. First up was the fantastic dinner that Columbus Salame sponsored at the Carillon. Columbus is an artisan salame maker out of San Francisco that makes truly stellar handcrafted meats. Each of the courses included some of their product. As always, Josh Watkins and Plinio Sandalio gave me mouthgasms with their delicious dishes. You can find Columbus locally at Central Market and Antonelli’s.
I <3 salame!
Pre dinner tasting
Mache * Watermelon * Secchi * Minus 8 Syrup
Seared Diver Scallop * Fresno * Basil * Granny Smith * Crespone
Hawaiian Blue Prawns * Finocchiona * Charred Tomato * Corn Butter * Cilantro
Smoked Bandera Quail * Cacciatore * Morels * Texas Vinegar
Pork Belly * Felino * Artichokes * Brown Butter * Preserved Meyer Lemon
Almond Cake * Fennel butter * Hot Sopressata Caramel * Fennel Chips * Hot Sopressata Brittle * Olive Oil Ice Cream
Stay tuned for Part 2. Dessert dinner, Live Fire meat and pie, secret dessert party, and more Morimoto.
The beloved Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival has now become the Austin Wine and Food Festival. April 27-29, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era for the Austin food scene. Food and Wine Magazine is teaming up with C3 Entertainment to showcase big name national chef stars like Masaharu Morimoto, Marcus Samuelsson, and Andrew Zimmern alongside Austin luminaries like Tyson Cole, Paul Qui, Bryce Gilmore, and Aaron Franklin. The idea is to make a destination festival along the lines of the South Beach or Aspen festivals. How will the Austin chefs stack up? Will the Austin foodie community support a fest that comes with a $250 minimum price tag? How will the festival organizers deal with unforeseen issues that are bound to come up with a new huge event? I cannot wait to find out.