Cochon555 2016

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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 ūüôĀ

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.

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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 ‚ÄėA Late Nite Asian Speakeasy.‚Äô 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‚Äôs 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.

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Trader Joe’s

2014-01-14 15.28.13I hate lines. Seems like every time something new opens in Austin, the whole city goes at once. So now like Pavlov’s dogs we believe if it is really cool, we have to stand in line for it. Deep dark secret, I have never stood in the usual 9am line for Franklin’s. The first time I went was before the lines started and I’m probably one of the damn bloggers that talked about it so much you soon had to queue for the ‘cue. I apologize. I’ve had it a dozen times since then but either at a special event where lines are much shorter or one time I sent an intern. He was always sexting with his girlfriend instead of working anyway. Might as well do it while picking me up some meatopia!

2014-01-14 15.30.03Anyway, the lines a month ago were outside the new Trader Joe’s. As the city gets ready to focus its queue-mania on the new Whole Foods opening at the Domain tomorrow, I took it as an opportunity to check out the much-less-busy but still-very-shiny Trader Joe’s. My one visit prior to today was at a location in Chicago. I was already late to a conference but had to stop in to see the fabled store for myself as well as pick up a couple of bottles of the 2 buck chuck when I ran across it on the way to the hotel.

2014-01-14 15.30.21In case you are not familiar with Trader Joe’s, it is a chain of grocery stores that started in the late 60’s in California. They started dressing the employees in Hawaiian shirts and leis when Tiki fever had gripped the nation and it stuck as the Trader Joe laid back style. They are most famous for high quality, organic and fresh, especially with their in-house brand of products. Many of the Trader Joe’s brand are manufactured under super-secret contract in the same factories where the more expensive, well-known brand name goods are made. Many of the creations are their own and they are not the generic crap. The list of the top 25 Trader Joe’s products is a much anticipated list for those looking for the hottest trend to join in or copy. The Triple Ginger Snaps that tops this years list edged out the fabled Speculoos Cookie Butter that has ruled for several years. Other exotic sounding top products include the Cranberry Goat Cheese Log and the Rosemary Marcona Almonds.

2014-01-14 15.40.58Always popular on the list are the Charles Shaw line of wines launched in 2002. Its easy drinking reputation and $2 price tag soon earned it the nickname 2 Buck Chuck. While it is not a wine you will ever see aging in the cellar of your favorite wine snob, for the ridiculously low price, originally $1.99 now $2.99, you get a not-too-terrible table wine in your favorite hue. It is worth having on hand just for the next time friends drop by that might not appreciate that bottle of Northstar you have been saving for a special occasion.

2014-01-14 15.42.17As you can see from my cart, I picked up goods from each of the food groups: Fruit, Wine, Chocolate, Cheese and Butter. That is what I get for going with no list just to look around. I couldn’t help it. Everything in my basket except the bananas was a house brand at shockingly low prices. It is like shopping at Whole Foods with HEB prices. They also carry a large selection of excellent produce, meats and check out the wall of cheeses!

2014-01-14 15.33.10The current Rollingwood location is on the opposite side of Austin from me but fortunately 2 more possibly bigger stores should be opening downtown and in the Arboretum area sometime in 2014. So while I am waiting on stores to open and the lines to die down at the oyster bar at the new Whole Foods, I guess I will try to figure out which wine goes with cookie butter. I’m guessing the answer is any.

La Dolce Vita 2013

LDV_WebOne of my favorite foodie events of the year is coming up this week. They always sell out, so get your tickets fast if you want to meet me there. I will be volunteering as usual.

October 24, 2013

Laguna Gloria
3809 W. 35th Street

Event Time: 6-9pm

TICKET INFORMATION
$150 General admission

$200 General admission + access to exclusive Cocktail Lounge (limited tickets available)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

FREE PARKING & SHUTTLE SERVICE
(Available Between 5:30-9:30 PM)

There will be no onsite parking for La Dolce Vita 2013.

Please park at the TXDot remote lot and use shuttle service.

La Dolce Vita Parking:
TxDot Lot: Camp Hubbard Campus
3500 Jackson Ave
Austin TX, 78731

All Inquiries:
La Dolce Vita

Spend an evening on the shores of Lake Austin benefiting The Contemporary Austin’s education programs at the Jones Center, Laguna Gloria and The Art School.  Sip and savor the best Texas has to offer at the 24th La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival.  Enjoy food and libations from more than 50 of Austin’s top restaurants and Texas wineries.

COCKTAIL LOUNGE‚ÄĒSOLD¬†OUT!!
$200 ticket holders will enjoy access to an exclusive cocktail lounge curated by The Tipsy Texan, featuring an all-star cast of Austin mixologists.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Stay up to date with La Dolce Vita happenings and updates on Facebook (La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival) and Twitter (@LaDolceVitaATX), and join the conversation using the hashtag #ladolcevita2013.

 

Red, Red Wine

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The "Good" Condesa
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"Not as Good" Condesa

Hi.¬† My name is Christy and I am a wine racist.¬† I know there are good whites out there and I have had a few of them.¬† But I prefer the deep, luscious, velvety reds. ¬†Even in the dead of summer, I might choose a lighter pinot noir but you can bet it will be a red. ¬†I’m not some wine snob that describes wine as scented with the sweet, sweet aroma of orphan’s tears with a hint of unicorn piss. ¬†But I have had enough wine to know what I like. ¬†My all time, price is no object wine is a Brunello. ¬†At around $80+ a bottle I don’t get to drink much of that. ¬†My favorite finds are the ones you can get for around $10 a bottle. ¬†¬†The absolute go to house wine has been the Condesa de Leganza Crianza 2001, from the La Mancha region in Spain. ¬†Light enough for pork and complex enough for spicy foods, this jammy jewel has been served at many a dinner party with rousing success. ¬†Lately I have only been able to find the 2004 which comes in a much spiffier bottle but the wine seems paler in comparison. ¬†Beware the pretty label. ¬†That is pretty much a truism in wine as in life.

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