Endless Eating at Austin Food & Wine Fest

Austin Food & Wine Festival was three weekends ago, so this recap is definitely a little later than I would like, but to be honest, it took about three weeks to recover! I attend a lot of food events these days, and AFWF is the mother lode of all food events here in Austin. I ate and drank more in those three days than I did in the rest of 2014, I swear. There wasn’t a moment I wasn’t stuffing some sort of caloric goodness into my mouth. So much wine, specialty cuisine, celebrity chefs, fanciful tacos, sugary sweet macarons… I could go on, but you get the idea.

Austin Food Wine Fest Republic Square Park

I’d rather show than tell, though. Here are some highlights from my three days of gorging:

Georgia Pellegrini Rock Your Taco

Georgia Pellegrini‘s “Dough a Deer” taco from the Rock Your Taco competition. Green plantain tortilla with parsnip puree, venison tossed in a Cuban oregano vinaigrette, pickled jicama and carrot, tomatillo salsa, smoked Adobo sauce and pickled mustard seed. SO creative and delicious.

Jeni's Ice Cream Sundae

The “Not Enough” (salted caramel ice cream, pecans, and bittersweet chocolate) ice cream sundae cup from Jeni’s. Have you had Jeni’s ice cream? It’s seriously some of the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. It’s a little pricey, but worth hunting out. You can find it in upscale groceries and specialty markets.

TRACE Croque Madame Austin Food Wine Fest

Croque Madame from Chef Lawrence Kocurek of TRACE, made with duck bacon and quail egg. Disclaimer: I work for TRACE, too! But my completely unbiased opinion is that this was one of the best bites I had in the entire Grand Tasting inside the fest.

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La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival

La Dolce Vita Laguna Gloria

It’s common knowledge that Austin’s culinary scene has been blowin’ up. We have Top Chef Texas winner Paul Qui and his Asian fusion empire, Austin Food & Wine Festival, and the flagship Whole Foods. Not to mention the wonderful restaurants constantly cropping up, and all the famous barbecue.

And of course… LA DOLCE VITA. I’ve always wanted to attend La Dolce Vita since I moved to Austin and first heard about this glorious event. The magnificent Laguna Gloria, an absolutely beautiful outdoor venue, is swarmed by over 50 of the hottest Texas restaurants and wineries, and attendees are tasked with the stressful chore of tasting everything. And by “stressful” I clearly mean “AMAZING.”

Whoever said the best things in life are for free has obviously never attended a high-end culinary event, because tickets to La Dolce Vita will set you back $150 (or $200 for a VIP ticket including access to an exclusive cocktail lounge) but it’s worth it if you want to sample the cooking of some of the region’s best chefs. If you, unlike me, don’t like throwing large sums of money at indulgent dining opportunities, you’ll be happy to know that the ticket price also goes to support the arts—all proceeds go to The Contemporary‘s educational programs.

By the end of the event, I was Thanksgiving-level full. (And we all know I can EAT on Thanksgiving.) Seriously, I just kept stuffing myself until it was over. I felt like I was walking through one of those big, elegant Top Chef elimination events where all the cheftestants are vying for best dish and shoving beautiful plates of food at the judges. Just call me Padma!

Read on for some photo highlights of my oh-so-delicious evening:

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ES Local: What’s Eating DC

Our weekly roundup of the best eating and drinking events going down in Washington, DC.

Event of the Week: Urbana celebrates its 4th birthday with $4 small plates and a $40 4-course menu all week (July 19 – 25). Be sure to try the delectable crab beignets or the duck meatballs, and rinse them down with a cilantro-infused Far Land Fare cocktail.

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Event of the Week: The Argonaut on H St recently suffered major fire damage and as a result has shuttered its doors. Its gracious neighbor The Rock & Roll Hotel is hosting a benefit in support of the staff and owners of The Argonaut on Wednesday, June 30.
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Event of the Week: With all the amazing Father’s Day events happening it almost makes me want to be a parent. I said almost. I have to give a notable mention to Co Co Sala’s Scotch & Chocolate tasting this Sunday, luckily you don’t have to be a dad for that one!


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Event of the Week: Whichever way you swing there’s something for you this weekend, whether it’s World Cup watching at AGAINN or pre-pride brunching at POV, head out and enjoy the balls.
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Event of the Week: National Fucking Doughnut Day is tomorrow. The two best places that serve these suckers have specials going on: Birch & Barley and Eatbar.

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