DRIFTWOOD — The Austin Food & Wine Alliance has announced the full lineup for their Live Fire! event next Thursday, April 17 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Salt Lick Pavillion. Tickets are $75, and proceeds support the Alliance's culinary grants program. Check out the full menu and list of chefs below. [Eaterwire]
CAMPUS — Newly opened boutiquey Hotel Ella has a new executive chef, Cory Untch, who is completely revamping the menu. Per the hotel's Facebook page, the new menus will be "comprised of progressive American cuisine infused with high-quality ingredients sourced primarily from local growers and purveyors." [Eaterwire]
ROSEDALE — Apothecary is hosting a spring wine and menu tasting this Saturday April 12 from 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved via email. [Eaterwire]
The menu for Live Fire! promises the best in beef skillfulness from Mongolian Beef Jerky, Spicy Mexican Beef Stew and Beef Taquitos with Ribeye to off-the-charts Brisket and Short Ribs. Chef specialties include:
Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue (Austin)
Named the best barbecue in the U.S. by Bon Appétit Magazine, Franklin will make his fourth appearance at Live Fire! and attendees will be treated to his famed Beef Plate with Ribs & Smoked Pimiento Cheese.
Matt McCallister of FT33 (Dallas)
Recently named among Food & Wine magazine's Top 10 Best New Chefs, McCallister makes his first appearance at Live Fire! with Beef Morcilla, Tallow Fried Potatoes with Smoked Beef Fat Aioli and Pickled Wild Onion Puree.
Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurants (San Antonio)
One of the original chefs to participate in this event, along with every signature Alliance event since the organization began, Dady makes his fourth appearance at Live Fire! and will prepare New York Strip Tiger Cry Salad with Fresh Red Curry Paste, Cucumber, Mint and Red Boat Fish Sauce.
Timothy Rattray of The Granary 'Cue and Brew (San Antonio)
With Esquire magazine citing Rattray as the "future of BBQ," The Granary is being recognized among the best barbecue restaurants in the state. Rattray will feature Smoke-Grilled Beef Cheeks, Plantain and Chimichurri.
Rene Ortiz & Laura Sawicki of Angry Bear (Austin)
Introducing their newest culinary venture, Ortiz and Sawicki will debut Angry Bear at Live Fire! with
Tien Tsing Beef & Tofu with Yellow Rock Sugar and Daikon Numbing Salt.
Ronnie Killen of Killen's Barbecue (Pearland)
One of the Houston-area's most anticipated openings, Killen's Barbecue opened in February with continuous long lines attesting to the popularity of its brisket. Live Fire! attendees will get to sample Killen's Beef Ribs & Brisket.
Jesse Perez of Arcade Midtown Kitchen (San Antonio)
One of San Antonio's most acclaimed chefs, Perez will serve Toasted Chile and Garlic Skirt Steak with Jalapeno Jelly, Cherry Tomato Relish and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.
Josh Watkins of The Carillon (Austin)
Watkins and his award-winning team will wow Live Fire! crowds with Sugar Cane-Skewered Beef Tongue, Jalapeno Chutney, Fish Sauce Laquer, Black Garlic BBQ & Thai Basil.
Rick Lopez of La Condesa (Austin)
From Austin favorite La Condesa, Lopez will feature Beef Taquitos with Ribeye, Carrot Top Chimichurri served with Bacon Fat Tortillas.
Kendall Melton of Contigo (Austin)
Contigo Austin returns to Live Fire! with Buckwheat Biscuit, Charred Lardo Marshmallow and Texas Blackberries.
Lawrence Kocurek of Trace (Austin)
A proponent of using all local ingredients when available, Kocurek will create Beef Tongue & Sweetbread Skewers with Pickled Vegetables.
Brandon Fuller of Café Josie (Austin)
For the first time at Live Fire!, the popular Café Josie will be represented and serve Braised Short Rib and Sweet Potato with Chili Aioli.
Kristine Kittrell of WeatherUp (Austin)
A favorite at Live Fire! Kittrell will prepare Beef Torchon with Escargot and Grilled Green Garlic Butter.
Ben Runkle, Bryan Butler and Josh Jones of Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria (Austin)
An Austin Food & Wine Alliance 2013 Grant Winner, Salt & Time will present Premium Rotisserie Cuts.
Mari Soto and Mark Morales of Whole Foods Market (Austin)
Whole Foods Market chefs will feature Roasted Bone Marrow with Sriracha Vinaigrette and Mongolian Beef Jerky.
Scott Roberts of Salt Lick Bar-B-Que (Driftwood)
Cookbook author and famed owner of the Salt Lick, Roberts will share his celebrated Moist Brisket served on Fresh-patted Flour Tortillas roasted over the Brisket Fire.
Jeff Martinez of El Chile Café y Cantina (Austin)
From Austin's favorite, El Chile, Martinez will prepare Mole de Res with Charred Jalapenos and Epazote.
Monica Glenn of Qui (Austin)
From one of the nation's most celebrated restaurants, Glenn will create Champurrado (chocolate-based drink) with Chocolate Mousse, Coconut Rice Pudding and Charred Orange Peel.
Callie Speer of Swift's Attic (Austin)
Acclaimed pastry chef Speer will present Banana Cream, Malted Chocolate Stout, Hazelnut Beer Brittle and Banana Bubbles.
Premium wines are a signature of Live Fire! and this year's offerings include selections from the Hess Family Collection, Lapostolle (Chile), Becker Vineyards (Texas), Marchetti Verdicchio (Italy), Palama Salice Salentino (Italy), La Quercia Montepulcino (Italy,) The Seeker Malbec (Argentina), St. Francis Chardonnay (Sonoma), Llano Estacado (Texas), William Hill Estate Winery (Napa), Rotari (Italy), Stemmari (Sicily), Goosebump (Sicily), Alexander Valley Vineyards (Sonoma), Brady Vineyards (Paso Robles), Picket Fence Vineyards (Sonoma), Clayhouse Wines (Paso Robles), Rainstorm Winery (Oregon), Coyam (Chile) and Bolla (Italy).
Sommelier Paula Rester of Congress Austin will be providing a special collection of wines to complement the variety of flavors at Live Fire! – Hahn Family GSM 2011, Robert Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel 2011, A to Z Rose 2013, Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Bandol Coeur de Grain Rosè 2012 and Duchman Family Dolcetto.
Spirit makers will be on hand to pour Treaty Oak Distilling spirits, Dripping Springs Vodka, White Hat Rum, Dulce Vida Organic Tequila and Paula's Texas Orange & Lemon.
Live Fire! will feature two cutting-edge craft breweries including Twisted X Brewing Company and Saint Arnold Brewing Company. In addition, Argus Cidery, winner of an Austin Food & Wine Alliance grant in 2012, will sample premium ciders.