Where There's Smoke

Austin's top chefs bring the heat to smoky James Beard Foundation affair

Austin chefs bring the heat to smoky James Beard Foundation affair

James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Monique Karabach ATX Eats and Treats Joel Karabach
Monique Karabach of ATX Eats and Treats and Joel Karabach. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table
Emmer & Rye. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Emmer and Rye
Caviar topped these bites from Emmer & Rye. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Loro
Loro's fried pork sandwich was a hit. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Allyson Silver Brandon Silver Taylor Hughes Chelsea Hughes
Allyson Silver, Brandon Silver, Taylor Hughes, and Chelsea Hughes. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Fermin Nuñez Suerte
Chorizo molotes, charred green onion salsa, avocado, and sesame seeds. Created by Fermin Nuñez of Suerte. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Evan Leroy Leroy and Lewis
Confit beef tongue, big red onions, and Thai basil. Created by Evan Leroy of Leroy and Lewis. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Jake Maddux Alison Tozzi Liu
The Brewer's Table founder Jake Maddux and Alison Tozzi Liu of The James Beard Foundation thank guests. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Mathew Peters Bocuse D'or Winner
Smoked duck leg "takoyaki," scallion, pickled cucumber, and toasted nori tempura. Created by Mathew Peters, Bocuse D'Or winner. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Wayne Miller Louie Miller BBQ
Slow smoked lamb chops braised in a tomato/honey base, accented with fresh and pickled jalapeño, garnished with fresh parsley leaf. Created by Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller BBQ. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Amanda Sprague Margaret Burke Kelly-Ayn McKay Taylor Droddy Xyclali Nuñez Anna Tabakh Cultivate PR
Amanda Sprague, Margaret Burke, Kelly-Ayn McKay, Taylor Droddy, Xyclali Nuñez, and Anna Tabakh of Cultivate PR. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Mezcal Union Cocktail
Mezcal Union Cocktail made with fresh lime juice, agave syrup, and Sal de Gusano. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Zach Hunter The Brewer's Table
Fall squash barbecue, apple-saison marmalade, sunchoke cream, candied seeds and grains. Created by Zach Hunter of The Brewer's Table. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Jesse Deleon Rosewood
Chicarron guisada with squash agnolotti, queso fresco, and toasted pumpkin seeds. Created by Jesse DeLeon of Rosewood. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Lucas Felak Anna Rash
Lucas Felak and Anna Rash. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley Foreign and Domestic
Beef cheek pastrami tartine, sauerkraut, spicy mustard and herbs. Created by Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table P. Terry's
P. Terry's cheeseburger and fries. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table JD Valdez Tori Finlayson
J.D. Valdez and Tori Finlayson. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Elaine Garza Tavel Bristol Courtney Knittel
Elaine Garza, Tavel Joseph-Bristol, and Courtney Knittel. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Angel Castillo Shore Bar and Grill
Local sweet potato crémeux, pumpkin cake, maple sugar powder, fermented milk foam, spiced Texas pecans with Chameleon Cold Brew-pecan reduction. Created by Angel Castillo of Shore Bar & Grill. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Michelle Voss Donna Ingram
Michelle Voss and Donna Ingram. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Courtney Mohl Francey Grund Chris Massara
Courtney Mohl, Francey Grund, and Chris Massara. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table New Belgium Single Foeder Oscar No. 65
New Belgium's Single Foeder Oscar No. 65. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Jackie Venson
The night ended with a performance by Jackie Venson. Photo by Shelley Neuman
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Monique Karabach ATX Eats and Treats Joel Karabach
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Emmer and Rye
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Loro
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Allyson Silver Brandon Silver Taylor Hughes Chelsea Hughes
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Fermin Nuñez Suerte
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Evan Leroy Leroy and Lewis
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Jake Maddux Alison Tozzi Liu
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Mathew Peters Bocuse D'or Winner
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Wayne Miller Louie Miller BBQ
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Amanda Sprague Margaret Burke Kelly-Ayn McKay Taylor Droddy Xyclali Nuñez Anna Tabakh Cultivate PR
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Mezcal Union Cocktail
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Zach Hunter The Brewer's Table
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Jesse Deleon Rosewood
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Lucas Felak Anna Rash
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley Foreign and Domestic
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table P. Terry's
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table JD Valdez Tori Finlayson
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Elaine Garza Tavel Bristol Courtney Knittel
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Angel Castillo Shore Bar and Grill
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Michelle Voss Donna Ingram
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Courtney Mohl Francey Grund Chris Massara
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table New Belgium Single Foeder Oscar No. 65
James Beard Foundation Smoke Session at The Brewer's Table Jackie Venson

What: James Beard Foundation's Taste America Austin 

Where: The Brewer's Table

The lowdown: The James Beard Foundation kicked off a weekend of epic events with a special welcome reception on November 15. Held at the oft-lauded Brewer's Table in East Austin, attendees stayed warm on the chilly night with smoke-infused dishes from some of Austin's hottest chefs. (The warming lamps and specialty brews helped, too.)

Dishing up the bites was the who's who of Austin's restaurant scene including Page Pressley of Emmer & Rye; Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller BBQ; Angela Castillo of Shore; Jesse DeLeon of Rosewood; JB Gross of Loro; Fermin Nunez of Suerte; Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley of Foreign & Domestic; Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis; Zach Hunter of the Brewer's Table; and Mathew Peters, 2017 Bocuse D’Or winner.

Guests drifted from table to table, sampling bites and sipping wine and ales from New Belgium and the Brewer's Table. The P. Terry's food truck ensured everyone was well satiated during the impromptu games of cornhole held in the restaurant's parking lot. Austin's own Jackie Venson ended the evening with a special performance under the stars. 

Who: J.D. ValdezTori FinlaysoElaine GarzaTavel Joseph-BristolCourtney KnittelLesley TaylorJake MadduxAlison Tozzi LiuMichelle VossDonna IngramCourtney MohlFrancey GrundChris MassaraLucas FelakAnna RashAllyson SilverBrandon SilverTaylor Hughes, and Chelsea Hughes.