Pay it Forward Returns for Fifth Year

Benefit is highlight of Austin culinary calendar

Daniel Curtis speaking at last year's event (photo courtesy of Giant Noise)

What will you be doing on the evening of August 6?
A. Organizing your Caboodle by color and texture?
B. Making a dream collage with old issues of the Chronicle?
C. Creating a puff paint portrait of Fetty Wap? (Admittedly, that would be kind of awesome.)


You will be at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, dressed in your most reasonable approximation of slacks. Pay it Forward with Daniel Curtis is returning for its fifth year of raising funds for the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation.

For those new to town, Pay it Forward started after Curtis, The Carillon’s former food and beverage director, sustained a serious spinal cord injury in a diving accident. To help with the rising medical bills, Curtis’ colleagues, friends, and family organized a very successful benefit with the help of LSPF. After such an outpouring of support, Curtis committed himself to giving back, and now the event is a major fundraiser for the foundation.

There are still tickets available for this year’s event, which promises to be better than ever. The culinary lineup reads like a who’s who of Austin cuisine. Deep breath: Chris Wilson (The Carillon), Kenzie Allen (Searsucker), Joe Anguiano (VOX Table), John Bates and Brandon Martinez (Noble Sandwich Co), David Bull (Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill), Shawn Cirkiel and Justin Rupp (parkside, Olive & June, Bullfight, and the backspace), Tyson Cole (Uchi Restaurants), Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine and Odd Duck), Jack Gilmore (Jack Allen’s Kitchen), Chris Hurley and Jennifer Costello (The Bonneville), Harold Marmulstein (Salty Sow), Ben Nathan (Café Blue), Zack Northcutt and Callie Speer (Swift’s Attic), Philip Speer (Fork & Taco), Rob Snow and Rich Taylor (The Scarlet Rabbit), Stacey Bridges (Austin Cake Ball), and Joel Shuler (Casa Brasil).

Want more? There’s also an open bar with cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling and Patrón Spirits, wine, beer, and hopefully plenty of water. There’s music by “Latin grooves funk blues orchestra” Hector Ward & The Big Time. There's a live auction, a silent auction, and a chance to look fancy in front of your friends.

This year’s goal is $65,000, but we think y’all can do better than that. $75 general admission tickets and $125 VIP tickets available here.

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