Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

Who’s having the best week ever? This girl! I had the pleasure of attending the Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013 last weekend thanks to an invitation from my friends at KitchenAid. (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!) Two days of noshing, imbibing, and celebrity food demos…who wouldn’t enjoy this spectacle of gluttony!?

Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

VIP baby! My cohort Jasmin and I arrived a little before 10 AM and set out immediately for the vino. L’chaim!

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

I could only attend the event Saturday since I worked Sunday, but definitely enjoyed myself!

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

After we whet our palates, the demos were set to begin! Here are the lovely and always energetic Susan Feniger sharing a global approach to food and the studly and stylish Brian Malarkey wowing the crowd with his unpretentious but still impressive dishes. 

Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

And freaking adorable Marcus Samulsson bring the sexy back to leftovers.

Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

I didn’t participate in Tim Love’s interactive Tailgate Time grill demo, which admittedly looked awesome. Though I considered manning a grill for an hour and a half in the hot Texas sun learning how to cook a perfect steak, Veuve Clicquot trailer was calling my name instead.

Austin Food & Wine Festival

Austin Food & Wine Festival

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Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

Suddenly we realized we were famished! Which you would think would be impossible at a festival with enough food to feed nearly the entire fine country state of Texas and enough wine to tranquilize a heard of donkeys. Bring on the Grand Tasting! The first thing you notice when entering the tent is a rainbow of KitchenAid mixers. Hello heaven! If you close your eyes slightly, you can almost see Jewnicorns frolicking about. Here I am auditioning for the role of mixer model. Fingers crossed!

Austin Food & Wine Festival 2013

Onto the food!

These Smoked Beet Tacos with Goat Cheese from Hickory Street must be recreated on my blog soon! The crunch sunflower seeds and tangy grapefruit vinaigrette made it.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

Pâté de Campagne from Letelier Food Company.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

Crispy Chicken Skin, Mushroom Puree and Dried Cherry from Simi Winery in my belly! A winning mix of sweet and savory.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

These fried brisket fritters from the Austin Sheraton were insane! Only in Texas, people.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

More mixer porn! Bow chicka wow wow.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

Lemon Shortbread from Cake & Spoon.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

Strawberry ice cream.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

Strawberry Panna Cotta from Vespiao/Enoteca. Creamy and subtle in flavor!

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

Tim Love signed my friend Lisa’s arm. Never wash that arm again!

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

So much fun! Thanks to C3 and Food & Wine Magazine for putting on an awesome show and again to KitchenAid for letting me participate! Please ignore my cray cray hair here. Humidity and Jewfros are not friends! But wine and Jews are. Let that be a lesson to you.

Austin Food & Wine  Festival 2013

I attended the Austin Food & Wine Festival on behalf of KitchenAid, but was not required to blog about it and all opinions are my own. And my opinion is that this festival was freaking awesome. 

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  1. This looks like it was fun! My brother lives in Austin (me in Beaumont) and is in the Granger Smith Band. Great pics. Thanks for sharing this.

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