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Congress Pastry Chef to Open a Southern Comfort Trailer

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Lauded Congress executive pastry chef Erica Waksmunski has left the fine dining restaurant to strike out on her own. She'll be opening a new trailer outside of The Grackle called Red Star Southern, which will focus on the Southern classics she grew up with; the unofficial slogan is "Fried chicken because 'fuck it.'" According to the press release, the food will be very Austin-friendly:

The trailer will offer classics such as pulled pork on house-made bread, fried chicken, pimento cheese, and of course biscuits and gravy on Sundays, but will also include vegan options such as "beetloaf," vegan poutine, and a seasonal veggie gratin. Erica also plans on utilizing local farms such as Springdale, Windy Hill, and Johnson's Backyard Garden to offer an ever-changing seasonal selection of specials.
The trailer is on Twitter and Instagram, and a website is coming soon. Red Star is slated to open in mid-summer, and Waksmunski tells Eater she'll still be "dabbling in dessert," too. Check out the full (delightful) press release below.
"Fried Chicken, because 'Fuck It'" says Red Star Southern owner/operator

Erica Waksmunski.

Austin, Texas – June 2nd, 2014

Erica Waksmunski is pleased to announce the future opening of Red Star Southern, her latest culinary endeavor which will be operating out of a vintage airstream trailer. The primary focus of her food will be East-Coast southern. This is a throwback to her roots, drawing recipes and inspiration from such places as Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

This is a new concept for Erica, contrasted with the numerous pastry positions she's held at Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants throughout her career. "I was fryin' chicken, makin' gravy and slingin' burgers in a diner in Norfolk, Virginia when I was 18. I'd like to take everything I've learned throughout my career and apply it to the food I grew up knowing and loving."

The trailer will offer classics such as pulled pork on house-made bread, fried chicken, pimento cheese, and of course biscuits and gravy on Sundays, but will also include vegan options such as "beetloaf," vegan poutine, and a seasonal veggie gratin. Erica also plans on utilizing local farms such as Springdale, Windy Hill, and Johnson's Backyard Garden to offer an ever-changing seasonal selection of specials.

"My career has primarily been focused in fine dining. This trailer is essentially what I would do in any brick and mortar, only in a much smaller space. A kitchen is a kitchen, I don't need a building or Michelin stars to serve somebody a plate of food I think they'll enjoy."

Red Star Southern plans to be open mid-summer, and will be sharing the lot with Veracruz Tacos in front of The Grackle, on the corner of 6th and Chalmers. For updates, progress, and all around shenanigans (#confettigun) follow Red Star Southern on Twitter or Instagram @RedStarSouthern, or on her upcoming website http://www.RedStarSouthern.com. See y'all soon!


· All Erica Waksmunski Coverage [EATX]

Red Star Southern

1700 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

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