Protein deficient? Lucky for you, an opportunity to make good on meat eating lies in wait just around the corner. The Austin Food and Wine Alliance (AFWA) will host the encore of its Live Fire! fundraising event on April 26, which debuted last year to pleased palates and rave reviews.
Noted as the chosen "legacy event" carried from the original Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival and into the inaugural Austin Food & Wine Festival, Live Fire! pits (pun intended) master meat-cookers and barbecuers against one another to raise money for AFWA's grant programs for chefs, farmers, artisan producers and other culinary innovative non-profits.
Twelve chefs from Austin, San Antonio and Portland, OR will stoke the flames, including well-known names like Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Ned Elliot of Foreign & Domestic and John Bullington of the Alamo Drafthouse. Live Fire! leads into the three-day Austin Food & Wine Festival which will bring a slate of national and internationally recognized chefs to Austin.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 21 and cost $75. Upon entrance into the The Salt Lick on April 26, ticket-holders will be showered with live music and mountains of masterfully cooked meat, as well as wine, craft beer and premium spirit tastings.
The icing on the metaphorical meat cake? Live Fire! also will feature a selection of winners from the first ever CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
, a competition recognizing and celebrating the best of Austin’s culinary and cocktail scene, held at The Driskill Hotel on April 12.
Full list of the heavily-decorated, participating chefs:
Aaron Franklin - Franklin Barbeque, named best barbecue in the U.S. by Bon Appétit Magazine;
Naomi Pomeroy - Beast in Portland, OR, Bravo's Top Chef: Masters competitor, James Beard 2012 nominee
Adam Sappington - Country Cat in Portland, OR, James Beard 2012 nominee
Jason Dady - Jason Dady Restaurants, San Antonio, James Beard 2012 nominee
Ned Elliott - Foreign & Domestic, Food & Wine Magazine The People's Best New Chef: Southwest Finalist
Josh Watkins - The Carillon, Star Chef Austin-San Antonio Rising Star Winner
Andrew Wiseheart - Contigo, Star Chef Austin-San Antonio Rising Star Winner
John Bullington - Alamo Drafthouse
Reece Lagunas - Whole Foods Market, finalist in the company’s Best Butcher 2011 competition
Scott Roberts - Salt Lick BBQ
Jonathan Gelman - Driskill Hotel
Damian Mandola - Mandola’s Italian Market and host of PBS-TV’s Cucina Amore
Jesse Griffiths - Dai Due Supper Club & Butcher Shop, winner of Edible Communities 2012 Local Hero/Food Artisan Award
Live Fire! will take place on April 26 at The Salt Lick from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 21.