Foreign & Domestic Chef Ned Elliot is spearheading a first-of-its-kind indie chef event to celebrate rising chefs from around the country whose hard work and creativity in the kitchen are making waves in their respective communities. Not surprisingly, the four-night event sold out in a flash, but thankfully, there are several other food-centered events taking place, providing ample opportunity to break all those good intentioned New Year’s resolutions…
1/12/2013 – On Saturday, January 12, R.L. Reeves, Jr. of The Scrumptious Chef is back at it again with the 7th installment of his popular Chef Pop-Up series. For his first feast of the New Year, Reeves, Jr. is celebrating the “Wild Foods of Texas” with a menu featuring wild game such as boar and antelope from Broken Arrow Ranch. The pop-up will take place at Tamale House East (times TBD, will update soon) located at 1707 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702. More details here and here! UPDATE: Pop-up kicks off at 6:00PM!
1/13/2013 – This Sunday, January 13, Swift’s Attic will kick off a new monthly dinner-and-a-movie series with a screening the golf comedy classic Caddyshack. Happening every second Sunday of the month, the Movies in the Attic event will feature a screening of classic flick paired alongside with an optional prix-fixed dinner. For those who would prefer to just snack and sip, opt instead to pair one of Swift’s Attic’s craft cocktails with a treat off of the special menu of concession stand-inspired eats. Because no movie is complete without a bowl of buttery goodness, Swift’s will also serve complimentary popcorn. Movies in the Attic kicks off at 8pm this Sunday. For more information, check out Swift’s Attic Facebook page. Tickets can be ordered here.
1/14/2013 – Why not start the week with a little Monday Night Fever? Head to Swan Dive on Monday, January 14 for a special ‘Farm to Disco’ edition of Chef Sonia Cote’s Homegrown Revival Dinner Series in support of the Sustainable Food Center. The evening will help raise funds and awareness for the SFC by throwing 70’s themed Fondue. In addition to an all you can eat spread of local meats, cheeses, veggies, and bread, DJ Chingo Casino will be spinning tunes to ensure guests boogie the night away. Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner, dancing, and two Dripping Springs vodka cocktails. More information and tickets can be found here.
Homegrown Revival + Sustainable Food Center Farm to Disco Dinner will take place from 7-10PM on Monday, January 14 at Swan Dive (615 Red River, Austin, TX 78701).
1/17/2013 – The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is hosting the first of its exclusive Chef Wine & Dine Series on Thursday, January 17 featuring Chef David Bull (Congress/Second Bar + Kitchen). These special fundraising dinner events are designed to offer a bird’s eye view into what inspires each featured chef as highlighted through the evening’s décor, menu, and dinner details. For his part, Chef Bull invites guests to enjoy a special five-course dinner with premium wine pairings. As a cherry on top, the dinner will be held on the top level of the Austonian so guests may enjoy picturesque views of Austin. Cost is $150/pp with proceeds benefiting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. More details and ticket information can be found here.
1/27/2013 – Save the Date for Jo’s Coffee Shop on South Congress will celebrate the return of the 7th Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, January 27 from 12-3pm. In addition to a chili showdown, this year’s event will also include a two-stepping dance competition set to live music by Jeff Hughes & Chapparal. Entry fees for the dance competition and chili cook-off are $10 and $20 respectively, with proceeds benefiting People’s Community Clinic which is the only area clinic dedicated to providing health and wellness to the uninsured.