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New York's Beloved Ivan Ramen Is Coming to Austin for Hot Luck Festival

Along with a whole slew of chefs, including recent James Beard Award winners

Ivan Ramen
Ivan Ramen
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Hot Luck Festival, hosted by Austin’s favorite pitmaster Aaron Franklin, added a few more chefs to its already-stacked lineup.

This means newly-minted James Beard Award winners Greg and Gabi Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Portland's Ox, Ivan Orkin, the ramen king behind Ivan Ramen, Peter Cho of Portland’s Han Oak, Sara Kramer from Kismet in Los Angeles, Isaac Toups of his namesake meatery in New Orleans, and San Antonio chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli.

These chefs join the killer program filled with talented chefs like Roy Choi, Alex Stupak, Nong Poonsukwattana, and Austin chefs spanning Franklin himself, Miguel Vidal from Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ, to Callie Speer, Sarah McIntosh, and many others.

Orkin, Cho, and Kramer will cook at the Hi, How Are You Party at Franklin Barbecue; the Dentons and Toups will appear at the Al Fuego event; and Galicia and Torres will roast up something for the Hawaii, Texas tiki party.

Along with the marquee events, what's unique to Hot Luck is its music and food-themed concerts and parties, like Japanese pop-up band Shonen Knife paired with sushi and other Japanese bites from Yoshi Okai from Otoko.

The festival takes place from Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21. Tickets are available for individual events, as well as the overall package.