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Celebrate Father's Day with Vegan Barbecue and Cupcakes

By Alisha McDarris, June 16, 2018, 2:05pm, On the Range

As far as parent-centric holidays go, Father’s Day sometimes gets the short end of the stick. Don’t make your dad cook his own celebratory meal this year. Treat him to a barbecue feast he won’t forget.

The fine folks at Wicked Healthy and Skull & Cakebones, together with local shroom growers Hi-Fi Mycology, are coming together to throw a big bash west of Austin at the Dripping Springs bakery (3991 E. Hwy 290, Unit A) on June 17, 10am-3pm. It takes place on Father’s Day, but you can attend even without a parental unit in tow.

“Everybody’s invited, whether you have a dad, you know how to spell dad, if your dad’s out of town, come on down,” said Sascha Biesi, executive chef and co-owner of Skull & Cakebones. “It’ll be fun even if you don’t have family.”

The plant-based bakery is hosting the first (hopefully annual) party with Wicked Healthy’s chef Chad Sarno, their self-proclaimed brother from another mother, and finally putting that patio of theirs to good use. There will be yard games, music, beer and cider, caricatures, and tons of plant-based food.


Sarno is grilling up chili dogs and mouth-watering mushroom brisket using recipes from his newly released cookbook, Wicked Healthy. Biesi and Yauss Berenji, Skull & Cakebones co-owner, are whipping up your favorite sides: potato salad, mac & cheese, coleslaw, and cobbler. All of the regular sweet Skull & Cakebones treats like cupcakes and macaroons will be for sale, too. “It’s great to be able to share vegan food with people,” Berenji said. “We want to be able to spread the love.”

Not vegan? “If you’re not plant-based you’ll still have a good time,” Biesi added. “We’re making food even meat-eaters can enjoy.”

Copies of the Wicked Healthy Cookbook will be available for sale and Sarno will be signing. This event will replace the usual Sunday brunch at Skull & Cakebones this week, so if you were planning on showing up for French toast and coconut whipped cream, expect more barbecue. Sarno added, “It will be great to celebrate the day and relax with some good food, friends, and music.”

Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 5-12 are $10, and under 5 are free. See the event page for more details.

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