Lest anyone accuse owner-chefs Ned and Jodi Elliott of Foreign & Domestic of dicking around with their Indie Chefs Week, the culminating event in January's four-day food festival is a $200, 20-chef, 21-course drink-paired dinner. The event aims to put lesser-known chefs in the spotlight:
They may not have a voice in the culinary culture that the public feels is glamorous. They're not celebrities. They don't have a big PR budget. They're just hard-working chefs with great ideas, doing great things in their corners of the industry. At Foreign & Domestic, we're proud of where we've come from and where we are now. We're excited to be able to provide a venue for these chefs as they cook the dishes that inspire them, that tease them, that keep them awake at night.
Over four nights, groups of seven to nine chefs will serve eight-course paired meals at F&D for $125. Participating Austin chefs are: Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo, Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside/Olive & June, Anthony Fusco, Nathan Lemley and Rosie Shipman of F&D, Monica Glenn formerly of Parkside, Mat Clouser of Swift's Attic, Plinio Sandalio of the Carillon and Todd Duplechan of Lenoir. Out of towners include Gregory Gourdet of Departure in Portland and David Diaz of New York City's Brasserie Beaumarchais.
Foreign & Domestic. [Photo: Raymond Thompson/EATX]