Austin a city that appeals to just about everyone. A city incredibly diverse and unique, it is a place creative people flock to. With a focus on Music & the Arts, it is a city that has certainly set itself apart. Known once as a University town, Austin has since become knows as one of the most alive, beautiful, and inspiring cities in the United States.
With Events such as the Austin Film Festival, Art House Cinema, City Limits Music Festival, extraordinary Exhibits, a plethora of restaurants, remarkable Chefs, and Hotels/Resorts that are both lavish and boutique, Austin is a city you cannot afford to miss.
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The Food Truck Frenzy in Austin is no doubt a Food Writer’s Dream. Not only is there an incredible selection of global fare, but the story and authenticity is unmatched. Recently, a favorite among the Food Trucks gave in to “brick and mortar” and opened it’s doors as a unique and “Trailer-style” restaurant: Cazamance. Cazamance is the vision of Co-Owner and Head Chef, Iba Thiam’s, who has a West African upbringing and has managed to integrate his experiences of living and creating in France, New York, and Austin.
“On our menu you will find a few authentic, only prepared healthier, West African dishes like the Yassa Chicken, Mafe, and the Dakar boy’s lamb burger, but you will also find a variety of delicious and unique collaborations that Iba and the kitchen team have dreamed up.” – Cazamance Official Site
Cazamance | 96 Rainey Street | Austin, TX 78701 | (512) 844-4414
Where do the Chefs Go?
An in-depth article about where the Chefs go: Chefs Night Out
February 4, 2012 Palmer Events Center | For Tickets and Info: Official Site
This is the party of the Winter. Do NOT miss an opportunity to dance until your feet give in and enjoy a Cultural Experience you can’t get anywhere other than Brazil itself.
For Wine & Food Enthusiasts, look into becoming a part of the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas. Memberships begin at $50 per year.
Bess is an authentic bistro in the Stratford Arms building at 500 West Sixth Street, Austin’s Old Pecan Street. Originally the Stratford Apartments built in 1918, the vintage building’s old bank vault is Bess’ kitchen, a treasury of great food, today. Where coins and currency were once counted out, carefully selected beers, wines and liquors are served from a stunning pewter bar custom-made in Montbazon. The menu deliberately defies classification. Creole inspired Shrimp Bess beckons comfortably beside Croque Monsieur. Natural, organic and light offerings are right at home with old fashioned Mac & Cheese and Steak Frites. The menu’s common thread is the passion of the chef.
American cuisine with subtlety, sophistication, and an understated menu. Serving Breakfast, Dinner, and an impressive selection of wine, Executive Chef Josh Watkins of brings a new dimension to simplified elegance through a unique combination of ingredients and a blend of contemporary and classical cooking techniques. Chef Watkins’ passion for farm fresh, ingredient-driven food led him to open The Carillon Restaurant at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in June of 2008. His unique approach to traditional foods and emphasis on using local, sustainable ingredients has caught the attention of food critics across the state.
The Carillon | The University of Texas at Austin | 1900 University Ave. | Austin, TX 78705 | (512) 404-3655
Wink has consistently been ranked in Austin as one of the best fine dining venues in town. Year after year our cuisine is praised by critics far and wide for our clarity of purpose and consistency of service and quality. But what does this mean for you, the “eater?”. Wink Restaurant stresses the innovative use of the freshest ingredients. Seafood is flown in daily from both the east and west coasts, local farmers supply produce, herbs, and cheeses, and small local purveyors are constantly on the lookout for fresh, new product. YES, you can eat at the Wine Bar! To go with our extensive winelist, we prepare a special Bar Menu of light pub bites. You can also order anything from our restaurant menu and we can bring it over to the bar, where service is more laid-back and lively. It’s a more casual way to have the Wink culinary experience. Chefs: Mark Paul | Stewart Scruggs
Wink | 1014 North Lamar, Ste. E | Austin, TX 78703 | (512) 482-8868
“James Holmes is a new generation of chefs who wants to make Austin a great restaurant city. ” – WSJ
“With Olivia’s menu changing nightly, your Yellow Brick Road will lead to different places, but it’s a road worth taking .” – Austin American Statesman
“The latest arrival to Austin’s burgeoning food scene has attracted every who’s who in town. The entire menu is a culinary gauntlet challenging diners to expand their flavor palates. .” – Fodors
Olivia | 2043 S. Lamar | Austin, TX 78704 | Phone: 512.804.2700
Uchi: Japanese cuisine with a Contemporary spin in presentation, design, quality, and innovation. Executive Chef Tyson Cole is a passionate student of the Japanese tradition. He has trained for more than 10 years in Tokyo, New York, and Austin, under two different sushi masters.Combining local seasonal ingredients with an infinite spectrum of seafood from around the globe is the basis for Uchi’s culinary philosophy. We invite our diners to explore their gastronomic boundaries by pairing traditional Japanese offerings with new and refreshing flavors and textures. The essence of Japanese cuisine is the ingredients; at Uchi we prepare our dishes using innovative food combinations for the most unique dining experience in Austin. Visit
Uchi | 801 South Lamar | Austin, TX 78704 | (512) 916.4808
Uchiko | 4200 North Lamar | Austin, TX 78756 | (512) 916-4808
Located in Southwest Austin. In 1967, Scott Thurman, who was known for his delicious barbeque at family reunions, decided he would cook meat for paying customers. Thurman and his two sons built a huge barbeque pit. Thurman would go to the pit on Thursday night and start cooking. He stayed for the weekend, sleeping on a cot, until all the meat sold. He kept coming home earlier and earlier. After a few months, the boys and Thurman built a little screen porch around the pit. The Salt Lick has grown from there. The Roberts family now serves mouthwatering barbeque to thousands of folks each week. In addition, the property itself has hosted weddings, Special Events, and more … (Keep in mind this is a CASH ONLY restaurant.)
The Salt Lick | 18300 FM 1826 | Driftwood, TX 78619 | (512) 858-4959
From the design of the restaurant to the seasonal and frequently changing menu, Ned and Jodi have developed a neighborhood eatery that encompasses their passion for bringing inventive culinary creations to the table in an accessible yet sophisticated way. About The Elliots: Ned and Jodi got married in New York City in 2003 and moved to Portland, Oregon a few years later to settle down and start a family. Together they both worked at Genoa and helped open The Nines Hotel. Upon the birth of their daughter Billie Van in 2008, they realized they wanted to be closer to family and Austin’s warm weather and emerging food scene was an enticing draw. Ned and Jodi moved to Austin in May 2009 and opened Foreign & Domestic Food & Drink in May 2010.
Foreign & Domestic | 306 E.53rd St. (map) | Austin, TX 78751 | 512.459.1010
Our idea was simple—combine great food, great people, and a casual atmosphere. Lively and sociable, our comfortable restaurant features a bustling open kitchen, a social bar, and a simple, warm décor.
At Vespaio, you’ll find authentic antipasti & salads, wood-fired pizzas, pastas from light to robust, extraordinary entrees, and decadent desserts.
We now offer gluten-free pasta.
Vespaio | 1610 S Congress | Austin TX 78704 | 512.441.7672 ph
Harry Ransom Center
February 28 – July 29, 2012
Four hundred years after its first printing, the King James translation of the Bible remains a vital work whose language permeates contemporary music, literature, and everyday speech. The exhibition tells the little-known story of one of the most widely read and printed books in the history of the English language.
Materials from the Ransom Center and Folger Shakespeare Library combine to provide a compelling look at the history of this translation, its English-language predecessors, and the social and historical context in which it was produced. The Center will be the only other U.S. venue for the exhibition following its run at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
The Ransom Center’s rich collections will also offer visitors the opportunity to see the King James Bible’s far-reaching influence on the arts and humanities. From William Blake to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Norman Mailer, the language of the King James Bible has become an integral part of English-language artistic and literary production.
Harry Ransom Center | 21st and Guadalupe Streets | Austin, Texas 78712 | Phone: 512-471-8944
I Have Seen The Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
September 11, 2012 – January 06, 2013
Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who, more than any designer of his era, created and promoted a dynamic vision of the future—streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic. Geddes popularized this vision through drawings, models, and photographs of spectacular vehicles, buildings, and products featured in his books Horizons and Magic Motorways. His most notable effort was his Futurama display for the General Motors “Highways and Horizons” exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, which adopted the motto “I Have Seen the Future.” Futurama’s giant model of a 1960 future American city gave Depression-era Americans genuine hope for a better future within their lifetimes. The exhibition will explore the career of this complex and influential man through approximately fifty projects from the Ransom Center’s Bel Geddes collection. The exhibition will bring together never-before-exhibited drawings, models, photographs, and films.
Harry Ransom Center | 21st and Guadalupe Streets | Austin, Texas 78712 | Phone: 512-471-8944
Austin Art Garage
Austin Art Garage was created to expose talented emerging artists and offer art enthusiasts, from all social-economic levels, an opportunity to invest in art created within their community.
This may be your rare opportunity to acquire beautiful locally made art early in an artist’s career while its still attainable and become a part of their story. Austin Art Garage has something for everyone, from the cash strapped college student to seasoned art collectors looking to invest in new talent. Our website is updated very frequently, so check back often. Enjoy!
Austin Art Garage | 2200 S. Lamar Blvd. (Behind Strut) | Austin TX | (512) 351-5934
Arthouse at the Jones Center
Arthouse at the Jones Center creates meaningful opportunities to investigate and experience the art of our time through exhibitions, programs and commissions of new work.
Arthouse at the Jones Center | 700 Congress Avenue | Austin, TX 78701 | (512) 453-5312