Part of the Fusebox Festival, Digestible Feats is a series of events that combine food and art and features some of Austin's best bartenders and restaurants working alongside graphic designers, sound engineers, writers, DJs and more.
The events start Thursday with a kickoff lunch at the East Side King at the Grackle and highlights include what they're calling "Austin’s first pop-up craft cocktail bar" at the Seaholm Power Plant, a dinner with music pairings from Fino, and some sort of cocktail noir theater event from The Tigress Pub. Some of the events are pretty small (20-30 people) and surely reservations will go quick, so get on it.
Opening lunch at The Grackle
Thursday, April 21 from 12:00 to 2:00pm
1700 E. 6th Street
Come help us celebrate the first event of the first Digestible Feats series! Video artists Lee Webster and Matti Sloman are joined by musician Josh Duke as they light The Grackle with projections laced with watercolors and shadow puppetry that echo the grill-charred and complexly flavored meats and vegetables by Chef Eric Ting of East Side King’s Japanese Grill. Join us; we’ll pack a lot of wonder into a lunch hour.
Cocktail Lounge #1: One Night in Seaholm
Sunday, April 24 at 9:00pm
Free admission, cash bar
Seaholm Power Plant
Austin’s first pop-up craft cocktail bar, standing for one day in the concrete bosom of an art-deco behemoth: Barmen extraordinaire Houston Eaves and Adam Rose will lead a team of four bartenders in presenting cocktails designed to excite and educate any palate from timid to adventurous, from cocktail novice to cocktail nerd.
This bar will exist for one night only; in the morning, you’ll wonder whether anything so fine could have actually existed, and you’ll find no evidence that it ever did.
Eat, Drink, Listen
Monday, April 25 at 9:00pm
$75 General Admission, $95 Donor Level, 30 seats available
2905 San Gabriel Street #200
Join us at FINO as Graham Reynolds (composer/musician), Josh Loving (bartender), and Jason Donoho (chef) present three courses of music, cocktail, and tapas pairings, all specially composed out of this unique collaboration. There are only 30 seats available to this one-night-only event. Vegetarians and vegans are especially welcome at this event.
Composer and pianist Graham Reynolds will be joined by bass player Utah Hamrick and drummer Jeremy Bruch.
Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00pm
$35 Artist Ticket, $75 General Admission, 40 seats available
755 Springdale Road
Springdale Farms hosts Chef Sonya Cote of East Side Showroom, sound engineer and Foley artist Buzz Moran, and musician and composer Ben Webster AKA Butcher Bear as they mic and mix the entire process, from food prep to the sighs and moans of satisfaction, creating tantalizing tastes for the ears. Chef Cote’s feast will feature only locally sourced, happily raised produce and meats. Locavores and sound nerds unite!
Cocktail Lounge #2: The Martini Glass
Wednesday, April 27 from 5:00 to 7:00
Free admission, cash bar
200 Congress Avenue
The martini glass, the most persistent survivor of the Art Deco movement, has become emblematic of the entire world of cocktails. Adam Bryan of Bar Congress, one of Austin’s foremost drink designers and mixers, will explore the design roots of the martini glass through a series of cocktails that have been served in that glass and known by that name. Experience how much this simple yet sophisticated drink is capable of.
Streets of Latin America
Thursday, April 28 and throughout the festival
4800 Burnet Road
La Sombra’s Chef Julio-Cesar Florez has collaborated with Michelle Benaim Steiner and Lope Gutierrez-Ruiz of Gopher Illustrated to create a street-food-level tour of Peru, Venezuela, and Mexico. Luscious rustic snacks served with hand-inked wrappers custom designed for each country’s food: the pieces are funny, insightful, and delicious. Visit La Sombra any time during the festival to try these treats. A portion of the proceeds from each sale go to the Fusebox Festival.
Bottled-in-Bond: The Decline and Fall of a Thug as Told in Five Drinks
Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm
$40 General Admission, $60 Donor Level, 20 seats available
100 W. North Loop Blvd
A dark bar at mid-day. Safes cracked. Bullets bounced. Scores settled.
Playwrights Steve Moore and Zeb L. West of Physical Plant Theater and bartender Jason Stevens of The Tigress and East Side Showroom have created a noir tale for The Tigress Pub. Only 20 people will have the opportunity to drink this utterly unique piece that stirs cocktails and theater into something strong and dangerous. And funny.
Featuring Zeb L. West, Costumes by Benjamin Taylor Ridgway, and Lighting by Megan Reilly
· Digestible Feats [Official Site]