December 5, 2022


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Austin Meals and Wine Pageant Reveals Chef Lineup and Occasions

Austin Meals and Wine Pageant Reveals Chef Lineup and Occasions

One of many metropolis’s greatest meals occasions, the Austin Meals & Wine Pageant, is occurring once more this fall, and the total occasion and chef lineup are right here. It takes place from Friday, November 4 by means of Sunday, November 6.

A selected out-of-towner chef spotlight is Shota Nakajima of Seattle Japanese restaurant Taku, who additionally was a finalist within the Portland season of Prime Chef. He’ll cook dinner on the hearth pit and the taco competitors. The latter additionally options Atlanta’s Ford Fry, Chicago’s Sarah Grueneberg, and California’s Brooke Williamson.

In any other case, the total chef’s lineup may be very heavy on Austin cooks, with a very good exhibiting of San Antonio cooks, and only a few Dallas cooks, one Lubbock chef, and no Houston cooks.

New to this 12 months’s schedule is the Wurst Weekend Kick-Off on Friday, the place chef Tim Love and Jesse Herman now of Koko’s will cook dinner up sausages, bratwursts, and pork dishes over reside hearth paired with wines and beers from the realm. This replaces Love’s earlier grilling cook-along.

The solo returning occasions embrace the Rock Your Taco competitors, although in a brand new location. As an alternative of its traditional Republic Sq. Park locale, it’ll occur at Auditorium Shores as a substitute. Final 12 months’s winner was Tatsu-ya’s Shion Aikawa, who’s competing once more this 12 months.

The principle pageant occasion — stuffed with tastings, hearth pits, demonstrations, and wine/beer samples — continues to be occurring at Auditorium Shores. This 12 months’s chef demonstrations (the place cooks cook dinner on stage, however attendees don’t get to essentially eat their meals) embrace Austin Prime Chef contender Jo Chan, Dallas chef Tiffany Derry, Austin chef Kevin Fink, Chicago chef Sarah Grueneberg, Austin chef (and Eater Austin chef of the 12 months in 2018) Fermín Núñez, who will most definitely preview one thing from his forthcoming Mexican coastal seafood restaurant Este, amongst others.

The pageant sometimes occurred in April, however after pandemic-related delays, it shifted to November as of 2021. Tickets are on sale now. It looks as if single-day and VIP passes are already bought out, however weekend and all-in passes are nonetheless accessible.

A person’s hand grating cheese onto dishes in cardboard trays.

A Caspers Fermentables staffer making ready a dish at Austin Meals & Wine 2021.
Charles Reagan for AFW Fest 2021

Hearth Pits

Saturday and Sunday, November 5 to six, daytime, Auditorium Shores

  • Sonya Coté (New American restaurant Hillside Farmacy, Austin)
  • Jason Dady (Jason Dady Eating places, San Antonio)
  • Jorge Luis Hernandez (Resort Emma, San Antonio)
  • Andy Knudson (New American restaurant Tillie’s, the Hill Nation)
  • Jesse Kuykendall (taco restaurant Milpa and Latin lodge restaurant Ocho, San Antonio)
  • Shota Nakajima (Japanese restaurant Taku, Seattle) [he also was a Top Chef finalist in 2021
  • Kristina Zhoa (Sichuan restaurant Dashi Sichuan Kitchen and Bar, San Antonio)

Festival Chefs

Saturday and Sunday, November 5 to 6, daytime, Auditorium Shores

  • Alma Alcocer (Tex-Mex restaurant El Alma, Austin)
  • William Ankeney (bakery mini-chain Tiny Pies, Austin)
  • Junior Borges (Brazilian restaurant Meridian, Dallas) [the restaurant was named Eater Dallas’s restaurant of the year in 2021]
  • Daniel Brooks (Mexican restaurant Licha’s Cantina and new Oaxacan restaurant Chapulín Cantina, Austin)
  • Jeff Brown (Chinese language-American restaurant Outdated Thousand, Austin)
  • Raul Castillo (New American restaurant Honey Moon Spirit Lounge, Austin)
  • Ji Peng Chen (trendy Chinese language restaurant Wu Chow, Austin)
  • Jakub Czyszczon (New American lodge restaurant Garrison, Austin)
  • Todd Duplechan (Goan lodge restaurant Vixen’s Marriage ceremony, Austin)
  • Javier and Judith Equihua (Mexican restaurant Ma’Coco, Austin)
  • Nick Erven (lodge bar and restaurant Wax Myrtle’s, Austin)
  • Roberto Espinosa (taco chain Tacodeli, Austin)
  • Jacob Euler (French restaurant La Vacher, Dripping Springs)
  • Joseph Gomez (taco truck Con Todo, Austin)
  • Jesse Herman (Texas-German beer corridor Koko’s Bavarian, Austin)
  • CJ Jacobson (Mediterranean restaurant Aba, Chicago and Austin)
  • Justin Klajbor (brewery Central Machine Works, Austin)
  • Enma Lopez (Austin Beerworks’s meals truck ABW Can-Tina, Austin)
  • Geronimo Lopez (Chinese language- and Japanese Peruvian restaurant Botika, San Antonio)
  • Liz Everett and Stephanie Everett Martin (taco truck Ensenada ATX, Austin)
  • Brad McDonald (forthcoming lodge restaurant Nido and previously of London-born doughnut pop-up 1235Donuts, Austin)
  • Jason McVearry (Hawaiian spot Poke Poke, Austin)
  • Anne Ng & Jeremy Mandrell (French-ish Bakery Lorraine, San Antonio and Austin)
  • Andre Molina (New American wine restaurant Aviary Wine & Kitchen, Austin)
  • Kyle Mulligan (French bistro 1417, Austin)

A man and woman behind a table full of cooking tools.

Chef Daybreak Burrell cooking at a demo at Austin Meals & Wine 2021.
Alison Narro for AFW Fest 2021

  • Eric Nathal (French rooster and baguette store Austin Rotisserie, Austin)
  • Brian Olenjack (Texas restaurant Lonesome Dove, Dallas and Austin)
  • Pedro Quevedo and Alex Swenson (ice cream mini-chain Gelato Paradiso, California and Austin)
  • Phoebe Raileanu (fermented items firm and bagel/sandwich store Casper Fermentables, Austin)
  • Blake Ransome (lodge bar and restaurant Guidelines & Regs, Austin)
  • Berty Richter (Israeli restaurant TLV, Austin; forthcoming Mediterranean restaurant Ladino, San Antonio)
  • Jeramie Robinson (lodge restaurant Catbird, Dallas)
  • Ryan Samson (Italian restaurant Vespaio and new Oaxacan restaurant Chapulín Cantina, Austin)
  • Shun Shiroma (Japanese restaurant Sazan Ramen, Austin)
  • Krystal Craig and Ian Thurwachter (Italian restaurant Intero, Austin)
  • Leanna Valenti (Japanese spot Bento Picnic, Austin)
  • Finn Walter (West Texas restaurant the Nicolett, Lubbock)
  • Jessica Winters (Mexican restaurant Cruzteca, Austin)
  • Ling Wu (Chinese language eating places Lin Asian Bar and Qi, and a bunch of forthcoming ones, Austin)
  • Kristina Zhao (Sichuan restaurant Dashi Sichuan Kitchen and Bar, San Antonio)

Wurst Weekend Kick-Off

Friday, November 4, 7 to 9 p.m., Auditorium Shores

Rock Your Taco

Saturday, November 5, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Auditorium Shores

  • Shion Aikawa (Tatsu-yas, Austin and Houston)
  • Nicola Blaque (Caribbean eating places the Jerk Shack and Mi Roti, San Antonio) [Jerk Shack was also an Eater Best New Restaurant of 2019]
  • Jo Chan (previously of New American restaurant Eberly, Austin) [she also was a Top Chef contender in 2022]
  • Tiffany Derry (high-quality eating restaurant Roots Southern Desk, Dallas)
  • Ford Fry (Tex-Mex restaurant Superica, Atlanta)
  • Sarah Grueneberg (Italian restaurant Monteverde, Chicago)
  • Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley (New Texan restaurant International & Home, Austin)
  • CJ Jacobson (Mediterranean restaurant Aba, Chicago and Austin)
  • Steve McHugh (New American restaurant Cured, San Antonio; forthcoming Texas lodge restaurant Luminaire, Austin)
  • Shota Nakajima (Japanese restaurant Taku, Seattle) [he also was a Top Chef finalist in 2021
  • Laura Sawicki (pastry chef formerly of New American restaurant Launderette and casual Mexican restaurant Fresa’s, Austin)
  • Brooke Williamson (coastal California restaurant Playa Provisions, California) [she also was a Top Chef finalist in 2013 and winner in 2017]