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Want to still enjoy the bounty of spring before the impending heat brings on a blistering summer? Max’s Wine Dive is the place to do it. In addition to the regular menu featuring Nacho Mama’s Osysters, a decadent fried egg sandwich, and the best fried chicken you’ll ever put in your mouth—ever—Chef Jean Pierre Lacoste has also worked up a special Spring Menu that’s worth trying out.
Favorite downtown wine bar, Mulberry, reveals a new Monday night dinner series. In an effort to test out new flavors and recipes with diners, Executive Chef Jacob Weaver and Sous Chef Chris Kirby will be scouring the local farmers markets for the best seasonal foods to use in each menu. Beginning Monday, April 4, the dinner series will be a three-course meal at $35 per person with $15 wine pairing option. Bon Appetit!
Twice a year, La Condesa hosts the perfect way for Austinites to sample the talent from the city’s top chefs with the Sustainable Food Center’s "Autumn Harvest" and "Spring Bounty" Chef Series. "Spring Bounty" 2011 is just around the corner and will feature a multi-course tasting menu including fresh meats and produce from the Austin Farmers’ Market, as well as local area farms and suppliers. The dinner will also include pairings from Austin’s most innovative mixologists.
Congrats to La Condesa GM and Mixologist Nate Wales for winning the US Bartenders' Guild "42 Below" Cocktail World Cup National Finals a couple of weeks ago! Wales will join fellow mixologists Michael Callahan and Jennifer N. Contraveo to rep the US at the Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand this week.
Here's the recipe for his winning drink:
42 Boba Tea Recipe:
1.5oz 42 Below
1oz Balche (an ancient Mayan pineapple spirit)
1oz Jackfruit/Lychee Puree
1oz Vanilla Black Tea
With Fresh Young Coconut Water/Thai Herb Pearls to complete the bubble tea effect!
Good Luck Nate!
Last night I had a chance to check out the talent of Lakeway Resort and Spa’s new chef, Jeff Axline. (Yes – it’s a long drive west, but it’s a great place to see the sunset, and now, have some delicious food as well.) Before coming to Austin, Axline made his mark in the Houston restaurant scene where he helped launch The Glass Wall Restaurant in 2006 and then joined The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa as Executive Sous Chef in 2008. Axline won Up-and-Coming Chef of the Year at the My Table Magazine 2008 Houston Culinary Awards before bringing his culinary talents to the Texas Hill Country.
Tyson Cole has had his hands full in 2010... He opened a new restaurant, Uchiko, welcomed another daughter to his family, maintained the four-star quality of his first concept, Uchi, and secured space in Houston for a third sushi restaurant for later in 2011. And this week, he launched his first ever cookbook - Uchi: The Cookbook. Designed by Julie Savasky and DJ Stout of Pentagram design firm, photographed by myriad photographers including Jennifer Davik, Jen Helo, and Rebecca Fondren, and distributed by UT Press, the book is a beautiful anthology of the story of Uchi. (Full disclosure, I co-authored it with him, so I'm a little biased on how great the book turned out....)
If Austin isn’t recognized as a food city, then someone should notify media and culinary outlets! Food & Wine Magazine, The James Beard Foundation, and even Eater.com, have swooped through town bestowing a number of well-deserved awards and nominations among Austin’s top chefs.
Food & Wine magazine annually reveals their picks for Best New Chef in America. This year, they’re also adding a component for the general public to vote and a few Austin chefs landed on the ballot. Congrats to: James Holmes (Olivia), Andrew Curren (24 Diner), Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine and Odd Duck), and Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due Supper Club). Click here to cast your vote!
Even though we’re only half-way through February, it’s time to start gearing up for one of Central Texas’ most celebrated events: The Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. (March 31 – April 3).
For 25 years, the festival has been one of the premier epicurean celebrations in the southern region of the United States and has created its own unique brand presence that has reinforced the reputation of Austin and Central Texas as top food and wine destinations. This year, you won’t want to miss a wide selection of wine and spirits from around the world as well as chef tastings from Austin favorites Tyson Cole, David Bull, Shawn Cirkiel, Larry McGuire, Rebecca Rather, and Rene Ortiz as well as a few other acclaimed chefs such as Jason Dady of The Lodge and Bin 555 in San Antonio, Brad Farmerie of NYC’s Public, and even an evening with actor Kyle MacLachLan.
Parkside Pastry Chef Steven Cak's 'Smores' - cinnamon marshmallow, dark chocolate ganache, white chocolate cream, graham cracker ice cream
Ok, all of you last-minute lovers out there, if you haven’t made plans to celebrate St. Valentine with your loved one, you may just be too late! But just in case, we’ve got a quick Top Pick Round Up of where we’d go if we could still snag a spot.
If you haven’t been yet, Haddington’s is worth a visit. Located at the corner West 6th Street and Nueces in what used to be Thai Tara (and a dozen other places before that). But from the looks of it, this rustic American Tavern a la English gastro-pub is here to stay. Featuring a menu from Executive Chef Zach Northcutt (of Mulberry fame) with traditional tavern entrees that range from Scotch eggs, roasted game birds, British meatballs served with braised vegetables, and fish and chips, Haddington’s certainly doesn’t disappoint in the stick-to-your-ribs kind of food we all know and love.