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Hot Luck Fest Reveals 2019 Chef Lineup & First Wave of Music Acts

By Emily Beyda and Jessi Cape, March 4, 2019, 4:26pm, On the Range

Hot Luck Fest is bringing their signature backyard hangout good time celebration of celebration of fire, food, music, and camaraderie back to the streets of Austin during Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.

Yesterday the fest hosted a one night-only screening of The Three Amigos at Community First! Village, catered by the folks at Franklin Barbecue and Eldorado Cafe in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow. After the screening, they revealed the festival’s chef and music line-up.

Hot Luck’s Whole Enchilada ticket – most popular fest pass – is on sale for an early bird price of $500 (regularly $550) and includes early entry to all food events, priority access to all music shows, and is also the only way to get into the industry kick-off on the opening day of the fest. Other event tickets start at $10.


Founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, Hot Luck Fest celebrates the best in Austin food and music in a convivial atmosphere inspired by the all for one and one for all community spirit of the best tailgates, family reunions, get-togethers, and potlucks. It’s a ruthlessly unfussy eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience where guests can feast on pit-grilled meat and dance to live music until they’ve burned off enough of that meat to go back for more. The festival features the country’s top culinary talent in a series of culinary and live music experiences that will take guests all over the city exploring the best of Austin.

Hot Luck donates a portion of the proceeds to SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace which works to serve survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.


Confirmed music acts – set to play at Austin’s beloved music venues like Mohawk, Antone’s, and Barracuda – include Lucero, Leftover Salmon, Archers of Loaf, The Suffers, PJ Morton, Sunflower Bean, Robert Ellis, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Naughty Professor, New Breed Brass Band, Harlem, El Tule, and more are on the horizon.

The 2019 chef lineup is as follows:


Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ; Alex Manley & Jen Tucker, Swedish Hill; Andre Natera, Garrison & Revue;Andrew Wisehart, Contigo; Austin Rocconi, Hotel Ella; Bryan Butler & Ben Runkle, Salt & Time; Callie Speer, Holy Roller; Chad Dolezal, The Hightower; David Norman, Easy Tiger; Fermín Núñez & Sam Hellman-Mass,Suerte; Fiore Tedesco, L’Oca d’Oro; Gabe Erales; Ivana & Yamila Maldonado, Cuyo; Jason Stude, East Austin Hotel; JB Gross, Loro; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Max Snyder, Pitchfork Pretty; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex Mex; Philip Speer, upcoming restaurant; Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley, Foreign & Domestic; Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie; Tatsu Aikawa, Tatsu-Ya; Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Emmer & Rye; Todd Duplechan & Jessica Maher, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Uchi; Yoshi Okai, Otoko; Zach Hunter, The Brewer’s Table.


Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice (Chicago); Alon Shaya, Saba (New Orleans); Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix); Doug Adams, Bullard (Portland); Elias Cairo, Olympia Provisions (Portland); Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon (Portland); Greg & Gabi Denton, Ox (Portland); Jason Vincent & Ben Lustbader, Giant (Chicago); Jeremiah Stone, Contra (New York); Katie Button, Button & Co. Bagels (Asheville); Mason Hereford, Turkey and the Wolf (New Orleans); Matty Matheson, TV Host, Just A Dash; Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson, Kismet (Los Angeles).


Chris Shepherd, Georgia James (Houston); Justin Yu, Theodore Rex (Houston); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); Rico Torres & Diego Galicia, Mixtli (San Antonio); Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).


Thurs., May 23

The Giddy Up: Mohawk (7pm) Presented by YETI, the welcome party for Hot Luck family hosts Matty Matheson and local luminaries such as Callie Speer, Chad Dolezal, and Yoshi Okai for this industry shindig, with tunes furnished by Texas Piano Man, Robert Ellis, and more.

Fri., May 24

Hi, How Are You?: Franklin Barbecue (7-10pm) This East Side backyard block party get-together features Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Portland heroes Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon) and Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions), and Texans Chris Shepherd, Rebecca Masson, Sarah McIntosh, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Luigi’s mom, and more.

Sat., May 25

Al Fuego: Wild Onion Ranch (7-10 pm)

Al Fuego is Hot Luck’s main event with a live-action, flame-fueled, open-air global cooking celebrations where chefs cook for friends in their own backyards.

Sun., May 26

Couple de Grille: Austin Speed Shop (11am-2pm)

Cure that hangover with an auto-brunch at a vintage garage shop in town, with bites served ZZ Tapas style.

There’s also the Fan of Lamb ATX Tour where, during regular service hours on Hot Luck weekend, Cisco’s, Kebabalicious, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Salt & Time will each have a special lamb dish. Local heroes like Home Slice Pizza, Scholz Garten, and Dean's One Trick Pony will provide snacks at select music events.

Check for tickets and more info.

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