Today launches day one of Confituras’ Kickstarter campaign to support their most ambitious venture to date: a community kitchen, a women-in-food educational incubator program, and a Jam & Biscuit retail showcase…all in one.
Building community – Here in Austin we are part of a vibrant, local food community – we are proud members of Slow Food Austin, the Austin chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, and have been voted local heroes by the readers of Edible Austin in 2011, 2014, and 2015. We have also been recognized by the food community nationally, winning 4 Good Food Awards over the past 5 years for our seasonal preserves. The Austin Food & Wine Alliance awarded confituras a culinary grant in 2013 for our ‘Preserving Austin’ project, which is an emerging oral history program that refers to both preserving the local, seasonal bounty and preserving our own local canning history and heritage. We have cultivated meaningful relationships within our little food community and we’re making big plans to stick around and put more roots into it.
Join Confituras tonight to start off their Kickstarter fundraiser with a bang!
Hosted by Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria
at 1912 East Seventh Street, Austin
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-7 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Payne, 347-933-0403 firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Fermentation Festival, October 25th, 2015, Austin, TX
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen
October 25, 2015 (AUSTIN, TX) – Texas Farmers’ Market and Presenting Sponsor Barr Mansion announce the 2015 Austin Fermentation Festival with keynote speaker, blogger, author, and traditional foods advocate Jennifer McGruther.
The Austin Fermentation Festival is an educational event that celebrates all things fermented in Central Texas and will run from 9am – 4pm at Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle Road, Austin, TX 78754). Proceeds from this event will benefit the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund, which offers financial assistance to TFM farmers and ranchers in times of environmental, personal or other crisis.
The day will include a series of fermentation workshops (covering topics such as kimchi, kefir, cheese making, charcuterie, beer, sourdough, vinegars and lacto-fermented vegetables); a community culture swap; a kraut mob; fermented foods and product vendors; book sales; festival-inspired lunch for purchase from local purveyors; fermented beverages and alcohol; a mini farmers’ market; and live music.
Attend by securing general admission or VIP tickets at http://fermentatx2015.eventbrite.com, where online donations to this fundraiser event are also accepted. Vendor applications are accepted here bit.ly/AFFVendorApplication2015 and workshop presenter applications accepted here bit.ly/AFFWorkshopApplication2015.
For more information, please visit http://texasfarmersmarket.org/austin-fermentation-festival/.
By Bob Benenson and Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed
Chicago on Monday hosted the annual James Beard Foundation culinary awards ceremony for the first time, and Rick Bayless — one of the city’s most decorated and highest profile chefs — was frequently on the stage as one of the event’s co-chairmen.
He has a long-running public television show (Mexico: One Plate at a Time), won the Bravo network’s Top Chef Masters competition in 2009, and has written several cookbooks, including More Mexican Everyday, which was just released on April 27.Famed for popularizing regional Mexican cuisine in the city at his Frontera Grill and Topolobampo restaurants, Bayless won his first James Beard award — Best Chef Midwest — at the organization’s inaugural ceremony in 1991, and his most recent this year for Best Podcast (The Feed, which he co-hosts with Chicago food critic Steve Dolinsky). In between, he received James Beard medallions as National Chef of the Year in 1995 and Humanitarian of the Year in 1998, and Frontera Grill received the organization’s Outstanding Restaurant award in 2007.
Yet it is Bayless’ role as a pioneer in helping establish a market for local, sustainably produced — and delicious — food in the Chicago region that, to advocates of the Good Food movement, is one of his greatest lifetime achievements.
INDIE CHEFS WEEK ANNOUNCES
FIRST ROUND OF TALENT FOR 2015 AUSTIN EVENT
ALL-STAR LINEUP OF 30 UP-AND-COMING CHEFS
FOR FIVE NIGHTS OF CREATIVE COLLABORATION
JANUARY 6 – 10, 2015
Austin, TX (December 2, 2014) – Ned Elliott, Chef of the critically acclaimed restaurant Foreign & Domestic and Founder of INDIE CHEFS WEEK, today announced the first round of chefs that will be participating in the culinary series’ return to Austin. Indie Chefs Week, curated by Elliott, brings up-and-coming chefs from across America and Toronto to showcase their talents at a pop-up style event. Elliott will host the 2015 installment Tuesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 10 at Foreign & Domestic in Austin, Texas.
Indie Chefs Week 2015 will gather 30 of the industry’s most innovative chefs for a dining experience that will showcase an array of expertly prepared multi-course meals. This year’s event features an eclectic group of the most lauded and progressive epicurean talent.
“We are excited to kick off Indie Chefs Week in Austin. I love hosting this event because it creates an environment for chefs to collaborate in an unusual way while also providing an opportunity to show off among their peers,” says Elliott. “This year, we have a lineup of very creative talent and diners can expect some pretty incredible dishes.”
The Indie Chefs Week series will boast five distinct events. Each night will introduce a unique lineup of seven or more chefs, allowing guests to socialize with the visiting cooks and enjoy a multi-course menu, specially prepared for the event, along with a selection of beverages. The series will culminate with a final event, on Saturday, January 10, that will feature the entire roster of chefs showcasing an elaborate 15-plus-course tasting menu.
The first round of 15 participating chefs are included below, with the complete lineup of chefs to be revealed at a later date.
Featured chefs include:
● Eric Gabrynowicz | Restaurant North | Armonk, NY
● Carlos Salgado| Taco Maria| Costa Mesa, CA
● David Santos | Louro| NYC
● Richie Nakano | Hapa Ramen | San Francisco, CA
● Matthew Gaudet | Westbridge Restaurant | Cambridge, MA
● Kristen Essig |Meauxbar | New Orleans, LA
● Johanna Ware |Smallwares | Portland, OR
● Jessica Perez | Hot Joy | San Antonio, TX
● Aaron Hoskins |The Rogue Gentlemen| Richmond, VA
● Justin Carlisle | Ardent | Milwaukee, WI
● Matt Masera + Michael Thiemann | Mother | Sacramento, CA
● Trevor Kunk |PRESS |St. Helena, CA
● Scott Vivian | Beast | Toronto, ON
● Giorgio Rapicavoli | Eating House and Taperia Raca | Miami, FL
● Josh Jones | Salt & Time | Austin, TX
There are two dining options each evening that include counter and table seating. Prices range from $195 per person for dining at a table and $225 for counter seating on Tuesday – Friday. For Saturday’s finale, tickets are $275 for table seating and $315 per person for dinner at the counter. Seating will be limited, and tickets can be purchased at http://www.indiechefsweek.com.
Indie Chefs Week was created as a platform for emerging chefs to collaborate, inspire, and share their epicurean vision with the food world. The 2015 event marks the Indie Chefs Week’s fourth installment overall as it recently expanded to Southern California in 2014 with plans to debut in additional cities throughout the year.
Foreign & Domestic opened on at 306 East 53rd Street in May of 2010. Owned by Chef Ned Elliott, the 47-seat restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite, and has been featured on The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and The Travel Channel.