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Week of March 19th

The Austin Food + Wine Festival has announced the Chef Showcase schedule for the seventh annual festival and can be found here: The Chef Showcase will feature a dynamic roster of 40 local chefs and restaurants serving samples of signature dishes to festivalgoers in the Grand Taste Pavilion at Auditorium Shores on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018.

On Sunday, March 25th, 16 chefs from the hottest restaurants in town will duke it out for the title of Lamb Jam Austin Champion. From lamb belly ramen to lamb ham cubanos, these chefs will take food lovers on a culinary tour across the globe as they compete in 4 cuisine categories: Asian, Latin, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. And the gastronomic experience doesn’t end there; bartenders, winemakers, brewers and culinary artisans of all sorts will join in on the fun. Whose American lamb dish will reign supreme? Attendees and local food media will decide. Austin is the first stop on this multi-city cook off that bring together the nation’s top culinary talent to celebrate the 80,000 family operated farms and ranches raising lamb across the nation. Victors are named in each global flavor category and a “Best in Show” champion will advance to the finale later this year to compete with Lamb Jam winners from Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, for the ultimate title of “Lamb Jam Master.” Available tickets include VIP ($125) and Main Event ($75) and can be purchased online here. For more information visit or follow the Lamb Jam Tour on Facebook or Instagram. Event details:  Lamb Jam: Sunday, March 25th, 2018 from 2pm-6pm at the Van Zandt Hotel

Austinites can look forward to getting their fresh produce and other local or handmade items more often, as the Texas Farmers’ Market (TFM) will launch a weekday market in Mueller starting in May. Due to high demand, TFM is expanding to provide a convenient opportunity for those who live, work and play in East Austin to purchase a wide selection of local fare. The market will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 Mueller’s Browning Hangar, rain or shine. It will be the only weeknight market within the City of Austin.

Live Fire!, Austin’s most anticipated celebration of all things beef, returns this spring with a sizzling hot lineup of top-notch chefs from across the U.S. and Mexico. The annual meat fest is Thursday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Camp MabryTickets go on sale today at, and the first 150 tickets sold will be discounted to $85, thereafter available for $95 online. Fanning the flames at what is regarded as one of the country’s foremost celebrations of beef will be nationally recognized chefs and local favorites Aaron Franklin of Franklin BarbecueMiguel Vidal and Modesty Vidal of Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, and Rick Lopez of La Condesa. Joining the Texas lineup from Mexico is Joaquin Cardoso and Sofia Cortina Camargo of Hotel Carlota (Mexico City, Mexico),  and Susana Trilling of Seasons of My Heart, Cooking School & Gourmet Store (Oaxaca, Mexico) and Kaelin Ulrich Trilling of Bajo Sexto Taco and Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge (Nashville)Food & Wine’s Best New Chef 2017, Val Cantu of Californios (San Fransisco, California), will also be featured at Live Fire!

Chameleon Companies is excited to announce the hiring of Swift’s Attic Executive Chef Rene De Leon, the newest addition to their experienced culinary team. Chef De Leon brings a unique combination of casual-meets-sophisticated cuisine to Swift’s, and he recently launched a new seasonal menu that will add to Swift’s Attic’s reputation for serving creative and whimsical dishes. To usher in the warmer season, Chef De Leon has created new brunch, lunch, and dinner menus that focus on the light and fresh flavors of spring. Dishes include his take on fish & chips; hamachi tartare with black sesame tuile, avocado puree, and Vietnamese dressing; a new spin on pozole verde with mussels, radish, crispy onions, hominy, and crème fraiche; and more coming soon. The new menu items complement the restaurant’s R&D approach—a menu of modern American farm-to-table offerings that proudly showcase a melting pot of flavor and influences.

Mattie’s will play host this month to two intimate wine dinners featuring major influencers on wine today – respected wine expert Jon Bonné on Wednesday, March 21, and lauded winemaker Ted Lemon of Littorai Wines on Thursday, March 29.  On Wednesday, March 21, guests will enjoy a special evening with Jon Bonné, senior contributing editor at Punch, author of The New California Wine, winner of the Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year and a leading American voice writing on wine today. Bonné also served as the wine editor and chief wine critic of the San Francisco Chronicle for many years, where he won two James Beard Awards for his work. The second wine dinner on Thursday, March 29, will spotlight Littorai Wines, a small, family-owned and operated winery producing world-class, vineyard-designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the true north coast of California. Founder and winemaker Ted Lemon, who is rarely found away from the vineyard, will be present at the event and hand-selecting wine pairings for the four-course dinner and cheese course. For more information about An Evening with Jon Bonné or Littorai Wine Dinner with Ted Lemon hosted by Mattie’s, please or call 512.444.1888An Evening with Jon Bonné | $100 per seat; purchase tickets here, Littorai Wine Dinner | $160 per seat; purchase tickets here.

Newk’s Eatery, known for its culinary-driven menu, open kitchens and blue-ribbon ingredients, has opened its second Austin restaurant Saturday at 408 Congress Ave. Operated by franchise partner Austin Eateries, the new 5,161-square-foot restaurant will offer multi-level dining for more than 170 guests, including a rooftop patio with sliding garage doors to transition the space from outdoor to indoor. At Newk’s, every dish is prepared in open-view kitchens with premium ingredients, such as petite tenderloin steak, Atlantic salmon, all-white meat chicken breast and sushi-grade ahi tuna. All ingredients – including dressings, fruits and vegetables- are hand-prepped, and all meats are hand-sliced and flame-grilled so every Newk’s meal is truly served fresh. Newk’s also serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, entrée salads, kettle-batch soups and hand-crafted pizzas for lunch and dinner, as well as homemade desserts such as signature 12-layer cakes.

In celebration with Domain NORTHSIDE Abloom Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE will be offering half off Raventos Conca del Riu Anoia Brut Blanc de Blancs by the glass or bottle from March 24 through March 31. Plus, closing out Abloom with their inaugural Oysters & Bubbles event on March 31. Complete with a complimentary glass of Raventos upon arrival, and a selection of raw & grilled oysters and additional sips for purchase via vouchers. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and includes eight vouchers for food & drink.

That’s all I have for you this week, make sure to check back next week, and feel free to email me at in case I’m missing anything important going on this week.


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