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Vodkas and Skulls: Talking to Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd spends more time than you might guess in Austin. The man known for his comedic masterpieces like Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers, Beldar Conehead, the "wild and crazy" Festrunk boys, Fred Garvin-Male Prostitute, and Julia Child ("Oh, I’ve cut myself!") is also a very smart businessman.

3:48PM Mon. May 10, 2010, Wes Marshall Read More | Comment »

There Better Be Butterbeer on Tap
Intellectualism and trivia bar games don't at first blush seem to have much in common (except, maybe, a bad rap), but the quizmasters at Geeks Who Drink aim to put a shine on both. This weekend, they get quizzy with Harry Potter.

3:09PM Wed. Apr. 14, 2010, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Where's the Wine?
Greg Cobb, an associate professor at Texas A&M University, took the time to map the locations of Texas wineries and the results are fascinating.

12:34PM Mon. Apr. 12, 2010, Wes Marshall Read More | Comment »

World Wide Guinness Day
Today, people around the world will drink over 10,000,000 pints of Guinness. Tomorrow, heaven only knows how many pints will be downed in the name of St Patrick.

4:17PM Tue. Mar. 16, 2010, Wes Marshall Read More | Comment »

Meet One of Burgundy's Great Winemakers
Anyone interested in the great wines of Burgundy should consider the last minute addition of the renowned Jacques Lardiere, director of winemaking at Maison Louis Jadot.

5:16PM Sun. Feb. 28, 2010, Wes Marshall Read More | Comment »

What Oscar Winners Will be Drinking
Wish you could be at the Oscars on March 7? Well, you may not get to walk the red carpet, but you can drink the same concoction being served to the stars at the ceremonies.

4:19PM Wed. Feb. 24, 2010, Wes Marshall Read More | Comment »

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The Carillon: Update
Chef Josh Watkins (who drew national attention as executive chef at the Driskill Grill) unveiled his refreshed “New American Grill” menu at a media party last Thursday at The Carillon. The food was spectacularly good; the downside is the University of Texas restaurant’s academic-institutional feel.

8:28PM Mon. Feb. 1, 2010, Katherine Gregor Read More | Comment »

Lynch Bages Comes to Austin
A group of French wine lovers welcomed Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Lynch-Bages winery, for a celebratory dinner at Aquarelle on April 19. It was a homecoming as M. Cazes had been a graduate student at UT, earning a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering. His visit was from a series of coincidences. Earlier this year, at UT, another French graduate student in Petroleum Engineering was reading an old Wine Spectator. Anne Burgot relates the story: "I saw this article about Jean-Michel Cazes, like me, did an engineering degree like me in Paris, and then came to Austin to do the same Master degree as me in UT in Austin in 1959, just 50 years ago! So many coincidences! I found that it was too much to be random. Since I love organizing events, I wrote him a letter to ask him if he would like to come back to Austin 50 years later and that I would volunteer to organize a wine tasting dinner at a delicious French restaurant I know." She never expected to hear back from him, but "two weeks later he sent me an email letting me know that he would love to come back to Austin and could be here in April." Indeed, Ms. Burgot spent four solid months working on the event, but at the end, she put together a benefit for the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and filled all of Aquarelle's seats. Best for Austin, her newfound interest in wine and organzing have her hooked. Her next program will be to put together a quarterly tasting of wine for women. As for the dinner, food and wine were both loved by all. Aquarelle's five course menu was scrumptious, as were the wines, but the dinner was dominated by Almond Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras and a Cabernet Reduction married with both a 1996 and 1988 Lynch-Bages. The wine of the night, for my purposes, was the 2005 Chateau Villa Bel Air, a dense and rich Graves loaded with violets and lavender. Thanks again to Ms. Burgot for her efforts and for these photos of herself with M. Cazes and of the Aquarelle kitchen team with M. Cazes.

4:06PM Tue. May 26, 2009, Wes Marshall Read More | Comment »

Casino El Camino: Buffalo Burger
Big, juicy patty topped with a heap of blue cheese and slathered in a spicy and flavorful buffalo wing sauce. Yes!

1:53AM Fri. May 22, 2009 Read More | Comment »

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