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"...Before culinary school, Texas native Michael Fojtasek spent time in Austin restaurant kitchens before striking out for New York City and then Los Angeles to gain more professional experience. After he met like-minded chef Grae Nonas, they returned to Austin to open Fojtasek's dream restaurant, Olamaie...."
"...Tuesday night Lenoir hosted the first in a series of pop-up restaurants presented by Olamaie, a Southern style restaurant which will open at 1610 San Antonio later this year...."
"...Local restaurant Olamaie and its Executive Chef Michael Fojtasek, is teaming up with James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen to produce a book dinner on Monday, Nov. 7, that celebrates the release of Christensen’s cookbook and will also benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance..."
"...Kicking off the series tomorrow, June 28, is an East meets South melange. Matt Jennings of Boston’s The Townsman will collaborate with Olamaie’s chef Michael Fojtasek on a dinner that will blend the nouveau New England flavors Jennings specializes in with Fojtasek’s passion for the traditions of Southern food and hospitality...."
"...The third in a troika of Southern-centric restaurants to open this fall, Olamaie was perhaps the most highly anticipated thanks to a series of splashy pop-ups and a long-delayed opening. Tucked into a refurbished cottage that once housed the beloved Mars and Sagra restaurants, Olamaie, the brainchild of chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas, specializes in modern Southern food inspired by a namesake grandmother and local ingredients...."
"...As gifting season sets in in earnest, Olamaie's famous off-the-menu biscuits will be available for pickup for the holidays again this year...."
"...• Hot on the heels of the announcement that Olamaie is a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards and that Grae Nonas is a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef, Olamaie co-executive chefs Nonas and Michael Fojtasek are presenting two nights of pop-up restaurant dinners at the CHEFS CLUB by FOOD & WINE (275 Mulberry St., NYC). The exclusive, 16-seat space is curated by Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin to showcase the signature cuisine of the most talented chefs from across the country..."
"...1) SMOKY HEN OF THE WOODS, OLAMAIE I sampled this dish at an early pop-up, and it's what got me excited about the restaurant. Once Olamaie opened its doors, this hearty, flavor-bomb of a dish didn't disappoint...."
"...1) BISCUITS, OLAMAIE The best $3+ biscuits in town aren't on the menu, but they are well worth the asking price. Skip the schmaltz, go with honey butter...."
"...We've also heard from the owners of Zed's (501 Canyon Ridge) that their bar expansion and dining room remodel is finally in progress and they've hired a new chef; the plan is to reopen in early October... A restaurant called Olamaie, featuring "modern Southern cuisine," is what's up next for the cottage at 1610 San Antonio..."
"...There are some charming trends, sure, like homages to family members (Gardner, Olamaie, Irene's), ill-fated Shakespearean heroines (Ophelia, Juliet), and old ladies both human and fowl (Sophia's, Geraldine's). And every so often something comes completely from left field (Royal Jelly), but for the most part the new additions to our restaurant guide are infuriatingly bland...."
"...Edible weeds like purslane and wild onions grow plentifully in hot weather. Olamaie, Hillside Farmacy, and Eden East all rely on seasonal contributions from pickers and foragers, tailoring their menus to what's available..."
"...As long as the name has a few accents and is suitably cheap, it's authentic. Austinites almost never use that word when they consider a restaurant "fine dining." Olamaie's cooking may not be recognizable to Edna Lewis, but no one argues on whether or not it's authentic...."
"...National media continues to maintain a focus on the Austin food scene. Earlier this week, USA Today published a list of the top 10 restaurants in Austin, spotlighting some newer places (qui, Olamaie) as well as more established standards (Fonda San Miguel)..."
"...• Logan Allender (26), head of production at Cuvée Coffee Roasters • Kerstin Bellah (23), pastry chef at Juniper • Adam Brick (27), chef at Apis Restaurant & Apiary • Laura McIngvale Brown (29), owner, and Phillip Brown (29, owner/executive chef Vince Young Steakhouse • Steven Carson (26), general manager at Olamaie • Kendall Dinwiddie (29), wine sales manager at Max's Wine Dive • Ben Doherty (26), cofounder/CEO, and Zac Maurais (26), cofounder/CMO at Favor • Rob Drennan (27), sous-chef at qui • Brett Esler (27, bartender at Whisler's • Nora Hamerman (28), founder/chocolatier Great Bean Chocolate • Michael Hanan (27) and Lloyd Minick (28, cofounders of Ten Acre Organics • Adam Jacoby (28), owner/operator of Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile • Harman Singh Johar (24), food technology operations consultant Aspire Food Group • Chris Kelly (28), beverage director at Lenoir • Chloe Kennedy (25), general manager at Épicerie • Justin Lavenue(27), owner/beverage director at the Roosevelt Room • Oscar Martinez (24), brewer at Independence Brewing Co. • Christopher McGhee (28, pitmaster at Freedman's • Roman Murphy (28), executive chef/pastry chef at Bess Bistro • Bradley Nicholson (29), sous chef at Barley Swine • Patrick Pierce (29), cofounder of Fleet Coffee • Julia Poplawsky (27), head butcher at Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club • Susana Querejazu (27), pastry chef at Odd Duck • Carly Rossmeissl (26), pastry chef at Juliet Ristorante • Gilberto Solis (28), general manager at The Peached Tortilla • Steven Stanwyck (26), management trainer at the Uchi Group • Ana Torrealba (27), pastry chef at El Naranjo • David Whalen (29), chef de cuisine at Jeffrey's • Bonnie Wright (27), chef de partie at Olamaie • Rania Zayyat (28), lead sommelier at laV Restaurant & Wine Bar..."
"...• Olamaie chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas are Food & Wine magazine cover boys, along with other emerging national chef talent. Be sue to check out their new lunch menu, available starting Wednesday, July 1 and continuing Wednesday-Friday from 11am-2pm and Saturdays from 10:30am-2pm...."
"...Knowlton: Dai Due, I've already been once and want to go again. Olamaie, of course, and Gardner..."
"...3) PRAISE THE LARD Paula Deen may have made us all a little wary of butter, but – dagnabbit – we're not giving up fat altogether. You can even dredge your pickles through lard at Olamaie...."
"...4) THE BIG TICKET The $85 steak (Jeffrey's), the $10 basket of biscuits (Olamaie) or the $22 bowl of pho (Elizabeth Street Cafe). Really?..."
"...Invitations for the friends-and-family soft opening of the long-awaited Southern restaurant Olamaie (1610 San Antonio St.) finally went out over the weekend, which means the actual opening is not far behind...."