Vegetarian chef Amanda Cohen, the woman behind New York City's Dirt Candy and author of North America's only graphic novel cookbook, will be in Austin this Sunday night to screen Hong Kong comedy The God of Cookery while patrons enjoy a selection of Dirt Candy classics at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
"We're going to do some of our classic dishes," Cohen tells Eater Austin, planning a portobello mousse, jalapeno hush-puppies and smoked cauliflower and waffles, which "seemed appropriate to do in Texas." She says she's excited to see what the Drafthouse can do with her recipes.
"It's fun going to other places and giving my recipes to the crew there and seeing how they interpret it," says Cohen. "The recipes work, and so however they turn out it's always fun to see. They should grow. There should be new additions. I should be inspired by what other people do."
Cohen says she's particularly looking forward to "being in a city that's fully powered," since her restaurant is in lower Manhattan, one of the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week and she's had to decamp to a hotel for now.
And because of the storm, Cohen hasn't had a chance to figure out just what she'd like to do in Austin while she's here. It'll be her first time to visit the city, and she's looking for suggestions. This is where you come in.
E-mail Eater Austin with three suggestions for where Cohen should eat and drink while she's in town, and we'll pick a winner at random to receive two free tickets to the sold-out dinner on Sunday night and a copy of Cohen's cookbook. The contest will be open until tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., after which we'll announce the winner.