Food and Music Talent for Hot Luck Festival 2020 Announced

Tickets are on sale for the backyard bash

Four years running and Hot Luck Festival just keeps getting better. The best backyard party of the year is back this Memorial Day weekend, May 21-24, featuring celebrity chefs, live music, and one-of-a-kind bites and sips.

Hot Luck Festival 2019: Al Fuego at Wild Onion Ranch (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

For the first time, all food events are all-ages, so you can be the coolest parent ever and traipse down to sip and stroll the main event, Al Fuego, at Wild Onion Ranch with your lil foodies with the Family Pack Ticket – buy two adult passes and get two free passes for kids under 12. The Whole Enchilada Pass (likely to sell out) grants access to all the shenanigans.

Hot Luck is co-founded by James Beard Award-winning Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Guerilla Suit principal/Mohawk owner James Moody, and Feast Portland co-founder Mike Thelin, and the trifecta of fun masters have just announced the initial chef and musical lineups. Yet again, it’s a doozy. Billed as a live music and food festival, the multiple events across the city feature larger than life personalities and entertainers – from the hot rod vintage car shop brunch vibe at Coupe de Grille to the packed and buzzworthy industry kick-off party. This year’s musical headliners include Dinosaur Jr., Hayes Carll, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and others, and more announcements are sure to come.

To tide you over until the big event, check out last year's photos here.


Aaron Franklin (Franklin and Loro); Kevin Fink and Tavel Bristol-Joseph (Emmer & Rye, Henbit, Hestia); Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo); Callie Speer (Holy Roller); Bradley Nicholson (Lutie’s Garden Restaurant); Chris Schaefer (Geraldine’s at Hotel Van Zandt); Yoshi Okai (Otoko); Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher (Vixen’s Wedding); Edgar Rico (Nixta Taqueria); Taylor Hall (Apis Restaurant & Apiary); Fermín Núñez (Suerte); Fiore Tedesco (L’Oca d’Oro); Gabe Erales (Comedor); Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due); Sarah McIntosh (Épicerie); Laura Sawicki (Launderette); Melissa Carroll (Le Politique); Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie); Philip Speer (Comedor); Jason Stude (East Austin Hotel); Rick Lopez (La Condesa)


Houston’s Chris Shepherd of Underbelly and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar; Dallas chef, Donnie Sirisavath (Khao Noodle Shop); San Antonio’s Jorge Hernandez of Veramendi House


Matty Matheson, celebrity chef; Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef; Gregory Gourdet (Departure); Ashley Christensen, (Poole's Diner, Death & Taxes, Beasley's Chicken + Honey); Sarah Grueneberg, (Monteverde Restaurant and Pastificio); Joe Beddia, (Pizzeria Beddia); Alon Shaya, (Saba); Jose Enrique, (Jose Enrique Restaurante, Miel, Capita)l; Andy Ricker, (Pok Pok Restaurants); Reem Assil, (Reem’s, Dyafa); Chris Cosentino, (Cockscomb, Jackrabbit); Chris Bianco, (Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, Tratto); Gabriel Rucker, (Le Pigeon); Maneet Chauhan, celebrity chef, Chopped; Bonnie Morales, (Kachka, Kachka Lavka); Arlin Smith and Andrew Taylor, (Eventide Oyster Co., Hugo’s, The Honey Paw, Eventide Fenway); Blaine Wetzel, (The Willows Inn); Chris Pentzlin, (Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa); Chris Kronner, (Kronnerburger); Earl Ninsom, (Eem); Elias Cairo, (Olympia Provisions); Howard and Anita Hsu, (Sweet Auburn BBQ, Amar Bien); Jordan Sanchez, (Fontainebleau); Mason Hereford, (Turkey and the Wolf); Pat Martin, (Le Cordon Bleu); Steve McHugh, (Cured)

Tickets are now on sale at

[Editor's note: We corrected Jason Stude's restaurant affiliation.]

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