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Austin Food & Wine 2014: What’s on the Menu?

By Emily Reynolds

The third annual Austin Food & Wine Festival, April 25-27 is coming up fast and tickets are on sale now.

Austin foodandwine 2The festival promises some delectable events that will please your palate, offering more than 40 events over the course of three days in downtown Austin. And, you can also come and support our San Antonio chefs who will be participating.

Attendees can experience grilling demonstrations, interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of Texas chefs, panel discussions, Grand Tasting tents offering food, wine and cocktail tastings, live music, book signings, and much more. Expect to see celebrity chefs like Graham Elliot, Tim Love, Tyson Cole, Andrew Zimmern, Rick Bayless, Richard Blais, Paul Qui and Monica Pope. Taste some of their award-winning foods without having to travel far and wide. An hour-plus drive and a “Taste” or “Savory” pass in hand, will get you a great stay-cation.

This year there is a brand new addition of a Feast Under the Stars, hosted at Austin’s Butler Park.  This pre-Festival dinner will be a separately ticketed event, held Thursday, April 24.  Feast Under the Stars is an intimate, outdoor celebration featuring five Texas chefs preparing an al fresco dinner.  The collaborative, family-style menu will be prepared by chefs Tim Love; Tyson Cole; Kent Rathbun (Abacus); Chris Shepherd (Underbelly); and Jodi Elliott(Bribery).

Also, we San Antonians can support our local chef’s like Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group), Jesse Perez (Arcade Midtown Kitchen), John Russ (Luke) and Stefan Bowers (Feast), all representing the Alamo City with pride and plates that are sure to make us proud.

The complete list of programming, including panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and more, will be announced on February 25, 2014.  Please visit the festival website here.

Tickets for the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival are now on sale. They are $250 for a Taste pass, and $850 for a Savor pass.  All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.  Follow the festival also on Twitter @austinfoodwine, Instagram @austinfoodwine and


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Pop-Up at Bin 555; Thai Meets Chinese

By Emily Stringer

Is the bridge between Austin and San Antonio getting smaller? Or, is San Antonio getting weirder? Being that San Antonio is a hop, skip and mini-jump to Austin, it is a wonder we don’t have more collaborative dinners on our map

This year, the Austin Food and Wine Festival (or, at least its marketing team) visited San Antonio chef/restaurateur Jason Dady’s BIN 555. Dady had created a one-of-a-kind, Chinese-inspired pop-up meal called Umami Mi, meaning, “a savory taste” in Thai.

Umami Mi Red LightsFifty diners joined food-loving forces from the city inside a transformed BIN 555 dining room. The crowd included many food enthusiasts, including chefs, food writers, bloggers and caterers. The setting, in a transformed Bin 555 dining room, called up the ambience of a Nuevo American wine bar leaning toward red light-district dive.  Yet, the food was a far reach from anything a dive could put out and more like just “plain” fine dining.

An aperitif of Bombay Sapphire Gin and tonic with a hint of kefir lime started the meal off. The food, served family-style,  was a sumptuous spread with such items as Spicy Chicken Wings with fresh red curry paste, and a kick of lemongrass, and Wood Oven Mussels in a sea of lamb broth sprinkled with Thai herbs. Dady saved the best for last, ending the evening with a deconstructed brisket “taco.” Also owner of Two Bros. BBQ Market, the chef put his taco together using Asian-style brisket with a tamarind glaze paired with crisp scallion pancake,  topped with spicy peanuts.

Spicy Chicken Wings with a lavish garnish of fresh cilantro.

Spicy Chicken Wings with a lavish garnish of fresh cilantro.

Dady will be the only San Antonio-based chef featured this year at the Austin Food & Wine Festival.  He said Umami Mi was inspired by a recent trip to New York City and an 18-course meal at Mission Chinese.

“We were crammed into a packed house, and my most memorable bite was the spicy cumin lamb dish,” Dady said. “I wanted the cumin lamb to be one of the last flavors people (here) tasted so they could experience the pleasant fullness that I did in New York.”

Diners left “pleasantly full,” indeed.

Dady will be traveling to the Austin Food and Wine Festival April 26-28. The event features nationally known chefs, including New York’s Marcus Sammuelson, Austin’s Paul Qui, and Los Angeles’ Susan Feniger, along with a full schedule of events. Click here for tickets, more information.

Jason Dady

Jason Dady





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