Some of Our Favorite Plates (So Far) From Hot Luck
Food photos from the fest to feed your fomo
By Melanie Haupt and Rod Machen,
11:40AM, Fri. May 26, 2023
The first food event of Hot Luck, Aaron Franklin's three-day food and music fest, kicked off on Thursday night with Hi, How Are You? in the parking lot of Franklin Barbecue. Our man on the street, Rod Machen, was first in line and has much to report from the first night of the three-day food and music fest.
Attendees enjoyed lovely weather, not too hot but maybe a touch humid, and it was busy, but the lines were manageable.
Among the highlights, says Machen, were an emphasis on Alaskan seafood, including grilled Alaskan crab with potato salad from Mashama Bailey of Diner Bar and interesting desserts, including chicken fried ice cream and high-end popsicles.Feges BBQ, Distant Relatives, and LeRoy and Lewis.
Phoenix-based pizzaiolo Chris Bianco, a perennial favorite, boasted the longest lines, as his pizza not only slaps, but attendees also had a chance to win an autographed Gozney dome pizza oven. (P.S. You don't have to have attended Hot Luck to win. You can enter right here.)
Hot Luck continues tonight with Big Top, a carnival-themed extravaganza with bites from chefs including Bianco, Marc Vetri, Becky Masson, and a host of Austin faves. Tickets are still available as of this writing.
The final food event of the season is the live fire-focused Al Fuego at Wild Onion Ranch on Saturday night. A few tickets remain.
Keep scrolling for more of Rod's shots from Thursday night.
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