Cochon555 2016


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.





Johnny Mueller Back AGAIN!


John Mueller Meat Co

Continuing the revered institution of Texas meat markets, John Mueller Meat Co is bringing the traditional butcher and smokehouse back to Austin, Tx.

John Mueller Meat Co will be opening up shop on February 20th on the East Side, sharing a lot with Kellee’s Place at 2500 E. 6th St. Boasting a trailer setup, picnic tables and Texas music streaming from the speakers, customers will also be able to purchase beer from Kellee’s and are welcome to eat their meals inside.

Traditional smoked meats of brisket, beef ribs, sausage, pork ribs, pork shoulder and turkey will be available, as well as classic sides such as baked squash, potato salad and pinto beans. In addition to meals, John Mueller Meat Co will also serve as a butcher shop and artisan grocery, selling handcrafted sausages, seasoned meats, homemade relishes and barbecue sauces.

JMMC takes it’s name from talented meat master John Mueller, a legend amongst the barbecue circuit and a third generation Texan meat merchant. Though, don’t dare call him a pit boss: “I’m not a pit boss. I’m not a pit master. I’m a cook, I cook for a living” says Mueller.

Eating at John Mueller Meat Co will be reminiscent of a great cookout at your buddy’s house; says Mueller: “We’re gonna offer you the biggest backyard BBQ in Austin. Y’all c’mon down and stay a while”. The location is mere minutes from the Downtown area, and was selected for it’s nostalgic connection to Mueller; “I first came to Austin and set up on the East Side. It just made sense to go back”.

Operating hours for John Mueller Meat Co will be Tuesday thru Saturday, from 10.30am until sold out. With large capacity pits, they hope to ensure the meat is available for purchase as long as possible.

Though the location and experience is new, meat fans can still expect to encounter Mueller’s trademark crotchety brand of “customer service”, and of course, he’ll still be handing out free beers to those waiting in long lines. Some things never change.


BBQ Cookoff

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!

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