The Food Chain
A resort dinner sounds nice, but sampling multiple menus at a resort sounds even better. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is giving Round Rock a chance to do just that at its inaugural Food & Wine Festival on November 20. Along with signature dishes, there will be locally sourced wine, beer, and spirits, plus live music while visitors take their self-guided tours through the event.
Fittingly, the samples are managed through a “tasting passport” that records progress through Kalahari’s seven dining options, plus more than 40 beverages. Of the four restaurants, one is a steakhouse, one is a bar and grill focusing on burgers and shakes, one serves Italian comfort foods, and one serves modern Mexican food with a long list of tequilas. The event also features two cocktail bars and a sweet shop.
In addition to the four restaurants, one special tasting comes from Michelin-starred Dallas chef John Tesar. Tesar’s Michelin recognition comes from his experience in another resort, the Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes in Orlando, and he’s best known for his two appearances as a contestant on Top Chef.
“Everyone will enjoy this festival, from those with the most discerning palate to folks simply looking for a fun day out,” said event organizer and Kalahari assistant general manager Brandon Wise in a press release. “Guests will enjoy everything from handmade burgers at B-Lux to premium steaks at Double Cut and pastries at Last Bite.”
When not hosting food events, the resort entertains visitors in a gigantic 223,000-square-foot water park, an 80,000-square-foot adventure park, bowling lanes, and more. Escape rooms tease the mind, and a spa brings the energy back down.
“The owners and founders of Kalahari Resorts, the Nelson Family, have a true love, passion and commitment to culinary excellence in all four of their resorts,” said Wise. “The Food & Wine Festival further demonstrates that we take food seriously, and opens up the opportunity to taste all we have to offer to the people in the Austin metro [area].”
Tickets ($75, including a wine glass to take home) to the Kalahari Food & Wine Festival on November 20, from noon to 4 pm, are available at kalahariresorts.com. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.