Cochon555 has been one of my favorite foodie blowouts in Austin. They skipped us last year and the closest one was in Houston. I was very sad 🙁
They are back in Austin with not only the grand pig buffet but also 2 fabulous local celebrity chef dinners that have me drooling already. Which one should I go to?? All three if I can. Yay gluttony!
Click on pics below for tickets and details. Hope to see you there.
Two Charity Dinners
On Friday November 18th, at 9:00PM, Host Chefs Paul Qui of Kuneho, Thai Changtong of Thai Kun, Philip Speer of Bonhomie, and James Dumapit of Old Thousand will host a Cochon555 pop-up dubbed ‘A Late Nite Asian Speakeasy.’ Family-style dishes will be paired with Silver Oak wines and prepared by guest chefs celebrating the flavor-forward, spice-driven Asian fare so many industry, chefs, and line cooks indulge in after their restaurants close.
On Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m., Chef Ben Runkle of Salt & Time will host a luxury guest chef dinner we call ‘Chef’s Course.’ Guests will enjoy a refined three-hour culinary experience and a savory climax of Bone-In Tomahawk Steaks, all paired with magnums of Faust Cabernet Sauvignon. Immediately following the meal, guests are invited to attend a concert featuring legendary rapper Kool Keith performing with special guest Mac Mall and friends, upstairs at The Swedish American Hall. Each dinner features a portfolio tasting of sophisticated scotches from Glenfiddich before and during dessert. A portion of each ticket benefits our charity of choice, Piggy Bank. Discover who the guest chefs are by clicking the links below.
Yeehaw! I am not really a country music fan. Like most little girls, especially in Texas, I did grow up with a fondness for horses but I was never really drawn to the rodeo. Until I discovered free beer and barbecue at the BBQ Cook off at the Star of Texas Rodeo. I have to say it again, FREE BEER AND BARBECUE. I love Texas!
In addition to the livestock show, roping competitions, and carnival rides, a couple dozen teams compete in the annual barbecue cookoff. They set up their smokers and in a few cases elaborate tents meant to draw in the public to taste their wares. There are actual judges for different categories such as best brisket and best beans but the public gets to vote as well with their dollars into tip jars that go towards the Austin Rodeo Scholarship fund. Many of the venues hand out beer, wine, even jello shots to raise money.
This Saturday a final bitter winter wind blew into Austin on the first day of Spring. The whipping wind may have discouraged some from attending but by 3:00PM most of the tents were packed with patrons enjoying the live music as well as the food and drinks. The La Pasadita tent pictured above is always one of the favorites. Maybe it was all the free beer but I found myself returning again and again to this tent for the tasty brisket, crispy fried catfish, and the great entertainment from LC Rocks.
Despite the chill in the air, the rodeo means spring festival season in Austin is upon us. Look for me at Reggae Fest, Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Fest, and, of course, Eeyore’s Birthday Party. And for those of you visiting for SXSW, try and make it out of downtown and come to the rodeo next year!