UP NEXT: ACL in Austin and Sneak Preview of Austin Food & Wine

Austin FOOD & WINE Festival Presents Chef Showcase
at Austin City Limits Music Festival
“Austin Eats” Food Court to Host Texas Chefs as Preview to 2015 Austin FOOD & WINE Festival

After coming down from my high on life, at the fabulous bon appetit presents, FEAST Portland. It was a pleasure to find out that Austin City Limits is combining forces with The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival (www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com).  This weekend enjoy the first-ever Chef Showcase held at Austin City Limits Music Festival, October 3-5 and October 10-12, 2014. Taking place in the dedicated Austin Eats food court at Zilker Park, alongside Paul Qui’s East Side King and Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival Chef Showcase will give attendees the chance to meet some of Texas’ most acclaimed chefs and taste their signature dishes.

The Austin FOOD & WINE Festival Chef Showcase will feature a different chef each day of ACL. It kicks off Friday, October 3, from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. with the following daily schedule:

Friday, October 3: Bryce Gilmore & Jack Gilmore (Odd Duck & Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Austin)
Baja Fish Tacos – two for $9
Kolache with Goat Sausage – $8
Grilled Whole Quail – $12


Saturday, October 4: Jason Dady (Umai Mi, San Antonio)
Classic Texas BBQ Chopped Beef Frito Pie with Cherry Tomatoes, Cheddar, Sour Cream and Scallions – $8
Bacon Frito Pie with Braised Pork Belly, Crispy Bacon, Jack Cheese and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa – $9
JBG Organic Farms Chili Frito Pie (vegetarian) – $7
Nutella Frito Pie with Marshmallow, Nutella Ganache and Graham Cracker Nougat – $8


Sunday, October 5: Blaine Staniford (Grace Restaurant, Fort Worth)
Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Applewood Bacon, Charred Pepper Sauce and Arugula Salad – $8
Organic Chicken and Apple Sausage on a Potato Bun with Cabbage and Pickled Mustard Seeds – $9
Green Chili Frito Pie with Queso Fresco and Radish (vegetarian) – $7


Friday, October 10: Andrew Wiseheart & Ben Edgerton (Contigo & Gardner, Austin)
Charred Broccoli with Toasted Garlic, Crispy Onions and Lemon – $5
Red Beets with Urfa Chili and Mint – $8
Grilled Chicken Thigh with Cucumber and Dill – $9


Saturday, October 11: David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen, Austin)
Pork Belly Banh Mi with Chili Mayo, Carrot Slaw, Nam Pla, Cilantro and Mint – $8
Grilled Portobello Banh Mi with Chili Mayo, Carrot Slaw, Nam Pla, Cilantro and Mint (vegetarian) – $8
Truffle Pomme Frites with Parmesan and Truffle Aioli (vegetarian) – $6


Sunday, October 12: Alexis Chong (Sway, Austin)
Salt-n-Pepper Tofu – $6
Salt-n-Pepper Shrimp – $9
Vermicelli Chicken Salad – $7
Ice Cream Sandwich – $5


Join me as I continue to Eat, Drink and Define Delicious.



Saving-Savvy Ways to make it to FEAST Portland

In just a few short weeks I will be venturing to Portland for the first time to FEAST in more ways than one. The festival looks spectacular and well-worth the trip from Texas. I have been thinking lately about how much fun food festivals really are, yet, are they accessible?  I get that traveling thousands of miles away and spending thousands of dollars doing so is just not available to everyone.  In that spirit, I have made a fun trip itinerary for you all saving-savvy food lovers, as some things are worth breaking a bit of the budget for.

The Flight.

Portland is a great airport hub to begin with, and not only that but they are offering 10% off your trip if you fly with Alaskan Airlines HERE (round-trip around $500)



Air B & B

I love Air B & B, I have stayed from the ocean shores to asheville’s mountains and have yet to have a bad experience. Places tend to be funky and at great locations, not to mention, it’s always fun to stay with a local, get some of the scoop from a different prospective and of course, save your dollars. (I booked a 4 night stay for $333).



Must-get FEAST Portland Tickets:

You don’t have to go crazy and go to every hands-on class and everything in between to enjoy the festival. The nation’s top-chefs are offering their creative bites at these three events and there are still tickets left.

Don’t Miss: Thursday’s Sandwich invitational: My favorite Dallas based Chef, Matt McCallister of FT33 will be there, he made an incredible dish at Austin Food and Wine this year, I can only imagine what sandwich he will whip up for this. Other chefs include:



Hugh Acheson, Empire State South (Atlanta, GA)
Dustin Clark, The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR)
Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb (San Francisco, CA)
Scott Dolich, The Bent Brick (Portland, OR)
Rick Gencarelli, Lardo (Portland, OR)
Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood, Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR)
Derek Hanson, Broder Nord (Portland, OR)
Eric Joppie, Bar Avignon (Portland, OR)
Paul Kahan, Avec (Chicago, IL)
Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, Marché (Eugene, OR)
Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw (Portland, OR)
Bonnie Morales, Kachka (Portland, OR
Cathy Whims, Nostrana (Portland, OR)


You also get to be the taste tester, sampling all the sandwich’s and selecting your favorite, is one of the many eating perks.  Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Friday and Saturday Grand Tastings are looking delightfully Delicious too.

I love tastings at festivals, sure it’s no sit-down 7-course meal, but it is always fun to eat and meet people along the way, grab a glass of wine and find some festie-besties. I have met some of my favorite food-blogger-writer friends at festivals. Of course, the chefs, wineries, and food purveyors are the highlight, but don’t worry about jumping into this solo, there are plenty of people to meet along the way.

Total Festival Budget: $200

In between, coffee shops, wine tours, and around the town fun, my last post was full of great stops even if just for a sip of something. You can enjoy the flavor of the city, in a variety of ways (and with a budget around $200)

Total Spent: around $1200 for a great three day trip, you can’t beat that.

Now Go Get Those Tickets….

And as always if you are what you eat, make it Delicious,



(Full Disclosure: I am being honored with a media pass for Feast Portland, however, all opinions are my own).