Another Austin Food & Wine Fest has come and gone, and each year just gets better and better. To check out some of the highlights, read the rundown I wrote for Thrillist:
However, there were many more things I didn't mention-- for instance, my interview with the legendary Rick Bayless or the several hours I chatted with Monica Pope at the Toms Shoes coffeeshop. Monica is a gem and I can't wait to visit Sparrow Cookshop in Houston next month!
There were countless delicious bites of course-- I could fill pages with photos, but I'll spare you and just mention a few.. like this take on the already-orgasmic marinated egg at Ramen Tatsu-ya:
A finger-lickin-good lamb rib from the duo behind The Pass & Provisions:
Barbecued pork tongue and pickled papaya from qui:
Tyson Cole's take on a puffy taco (which this city needs more of anyway), this one with coconut poached sea bass, corn, and tomatoes:
Angel Begaye, the newish pastry chef at the W's Trace, had an entirely edible dessert booth, from the sugar paste sculpture to the chocolate letter banner!
Graham Elliot, looking amazing (at 150 pounds lighter!)-- most impressive, Chef!
There were lots of laughs, lots of toasts, and lots of good times with fellow foodies and writers. The Austin food scene just keeps getting better and better, and it gives me warm fuzzies to be a part of it all! :)
And, as per tradition, the fest ended with a full throttle dance party under the Grand Tasting Tent, which had become a steam bath by Sunday afternoon. And per usual, Tim Love was in the middle of it all, signing limbs, chugging champagne, and being the smiley party animal he always is!
But! It's not over til the fat lady.. I dunno, collapses?? So I found myself at a crawfish boil on Sunday evening, at epicerie. And let me tell you, chef/owner Sarah can throw a crawfish boil! You can't see it in this photo, but there were mushrooms and artichokes in the mix! And the most delicious remoulade for dipping!
At least we can all take comfort in knowing that the 2015 Austin Food & Wine Fest will be here before we know it (as if life in this town isn't a constant food fest. I mean, really!)