Live Fire!, Farm to Plate Debut Lineups

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The Jack Allen's Kitchen team goes fishing, Gardner says goodbye, and more afternoon bites.

Aaron Franklin (photo by John Anderson)
The Austin Food and Wine Alliance have announced the lineup for their annual beefy fundraiser Live Fire! on April 7. The sixth year is bringing out major talent including Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki of Fresa’s Al Carbon and Launderette, John Tesar of Knife (Dallas), Cody Sharp of Filament (Dallas), Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate (DFW), Kevin Fink of Emmer & Rye, Miguel Vidal of Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, Jason Stude of Boiler Nine, Evan LeRoy of Freedmen’s, Ryan Shields of Bullfight, Christopher Wilson of The Carillon, Christina Cheng of SPUN Ice Cream, Jodi Elliott of Bribery Bakery, Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca D’Oro, Zack Northcutt of Swift’s Attic, Kristine Kittrell of Weather Up, Scott Roberts of The Salt Lick BBQ, Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler of Salt & Time Butcher Shop, Becky Masson of Fluff Bake Bar (Houston), Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurants (San Antonio), and John Brand of Supper (San Antonio), and Josh Kaner of Pieous (Dripping Springs). The event will be retuning to the The Salt Lick BBQ Pecan Grove Pavilion. Tickets available here.
David Bull (photo by John Anderson)
Not to be outdone, the Sustainable Food Center also released their lineup for their annual Farm to Plate and it looks equally delicious. This year the bites will be from from Erica Beneke of Asti (a little bit of buried news that she is no longer at Max's Wine Dive), Bryce Gilmore, Bradley Nicholson, and Charles Zhou or Barley Swine, Tony Oppie or Bespoke Food, David Bull of Boiler Nine, Todd Havers of Cafe Josie, Scott Kaplan of Cantine, Tom Pederson of Cocoa Puro, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo, Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due, Sonya Cote of Eden East, Sarah McIntosh of épicerie, James Robert of Fixe, Rob Snow of Greenhouse Craft FoodAndrew Curren of Italic, a TBA chef from Jacoby’s, Jacob Weaver of Juliet, Nicholas Yanes of Juniper, Rick Lopez of La Condesa, Rene Ortiz of LaunderetteAnthony Sobotik of Lick, Jennifer Bartos of Make It SweetSusana Querejazu of Odd Duck, Shawn Cirkiel of Olive & JuneJared Conoley of Olivia, John Lichtenberger of Péché, Michael Paley and Amanda Rockman of the South Congress Hotel, Martin Wilda of Sway, Joel Fried of Tacodeli, Jam Sanitchat of Thai Fresh, Chris Hurley and Jennifer Costello of The Bonneville, Angel Begaye and James Zoller of Trace, and Michael Castillo of Uchi.

Drinks will be provided by Tipsy Texan David AlanSaint Arnold Brewing CompanyIndependence Brewing CompanyThirsty Planet, Hops & Grain BrewingThe Austin Wine Merchant, Argus Cidery, and Zhi Tea. VIP ticketholders will get a pop-up experience  hosted by Juniper, chef Nicholas Yanes. Tables for the May 11 event at the Barr Mansion can be purchased here.


Central Standard, the subject of this week’s Chronicle restaurant review, is now open for lunch on weekdays between 11am-3pm. The menu features a French dip sandwich, pan roasted chicken, gulf oyster soup, and other classics from chef Michael Paley.


Jack Gilmore and Tom Kamm, the team behind perennial favorite Jack Allen’s Kitchen, is debuting a new concept in Round Rock. Salt Traders Coastal Cooking will feature approachable cuisine form Gilmore and Chef Chris Ten Eyck, a fresh beverage program from David Toby, and a interiors from LEVY Architects.


photo source: Cafe Josie/ FB

Like Kick-Ass actor Chloë Grace Moritz and lippy Kardashian Kylie Jenner, Cafe Josie is was born in 1997. To celebrate their last year as a teen, the restaurant will be handing out slices of birthday cake and bubbles to all guests who dine with them this Friday, March 4. Chef Todd Havers will also be making his popular baby back ribs. Singing the Chili’s jingle is probably discouraged.


Gardner’s last service is March 12 (sad face emoji, crying emoji, weird gloomy cloud emoji), but owners Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart will be ushering in their new concept, Chicon, by offering $25 in food at that eatery to dinner guests and a free Chicon drink to happy hour guests to diners eating at Gardner one more time. If you want to take a piece of the Scandinavian minimalist design home, the restaurant is also selling furniture, lighting, and wall hangings through an Etsy shop. Sorry, the Keith Kreeger pitchers are already sold out.
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