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Eat.Drink.Empower
Participating chefs collaborate during the event.  Photo by Spectra Photography
Eat.Drink.Empower Angel Begaye The W Hotel Austin
Angel Begaye, pastry chef of TRACE, with her team.  Photo by Spectra Photography
Eat.Drink.Empower Callie Speer Lisa Siarkowski
Callie Speer and Lisa Siarkowski picking flowers. Photo by Spectra Photography
Eat.Drink.Empower Executive Chef Erica Beneke and Mason Rodgers MAX’s Wine Dive
Executive Chef Erica Beneke and Mason Rodgers of MAX's Wine Dive. Photo by Spectra Photography
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Guests enjoy the event at Max's Wine Dive.  Photo by Spectra Photography
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Guests peruse the evening's unique menu. Photo by Spectra Photography
Eat.Drink.Empower Jessica Sanders
Drink.well.'s Jessica Sanders poured a Southern Exposure, a stirring after-dinner cocktail that showcases a spicy small batch Bourbon whiskey against rich flavors of cacao, cherries and a hint of ancho chili spice.
 

 

Photo by Spectra Photography
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The night kicked off with a delicious cocktail hour.  Photo by Spectra Photography
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Sarah McIntosh's house-cured copa with lightly pickled peaches, rye toast, gaeta olive, basil mousse. Photo by Spectra Photography
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Kerstin Bellah's Elderflower milk sphere with crispy angel food cake, strawberry caviar, compressed strawberries, whipped elderflower cremeux. Photo by Spectra Photography
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Eat.Drink.Empower Angel Begaye The W Hotel Austin
Eat.Drink.Empower Callie Speer Lisa Siarkowski
Eat.Drink.Empower Executive Chef Erica Beneke and Mason Rodgers MAX’s Wine Dive
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Eat.Drink.Empower Jessica Sanders
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What: Eat.Drink.Empower. 

Where: Max's Wine Dive Underground

The lowdown: Austin's top female culinary talent joined Max's Wine Dive Executive Chef Erica Beneke for the second annual Eat.Drink.Empower. event on August 21. A lively cocktail hour — featuring such specials as Jessica Sanders' Southern Exposure — kicked off an evening that was about more than just indulgent food and drinks.  

During the event, guests enjoyed a special 12-course feast that highlighted the chefs' individual talents, while showcasing the collaboration in Austin's culinary scene and supporting local women. A portion of the proceeds from the event go directly to SafePlace's domestic violence and sexual assault programming. 

Who: Erica Beneke of Max's Wine Dive, Callie Speer of Swift's Attic, Angel Begaye of TRACE, Lisa SiarkowskiMason Rogers

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