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Dallas Chefs Represent at Austin Food & Wine FestivalBy Farah Fleurima
January 21, 2014 By Farah Fleurima | January 21, 2014
Hot off the e-presses, we’ve gotten the lineup announcement for the third installment of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, a three-day gathering of master chefs for some cooking, grilling, wine and cocktail tasting, competing and eating. Dallas chefs will be representing in a big way by participating in several of the more-than-40 events going down in the state capital. First off, the presence of Tim Love of Fort Worth’s Lonesome Dove Western Bistro is a given, since he’s one of the festival’s founders. Also invited to present are chef Omar Flores (Driftwood, Casa Rubia), Matt McCallister (FT33), Blaine Staniford (Grace in Fort Worth) and Andre Natera (Village Kitchen and Toko V), who’ll showcase their culinary creations at the Taste of Texas downtown.
Chef Love and Dallas celebu-chef Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s) will spar among fellow titans of the kitchen Richard Blais, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai in the friendly Rock Your Taco competition, and fire master Tim Byres (Smoke, Chicken Scratch) will be among a select few chefs cooking at the fire pit stations that’ll make for prime chef watching.
A full list of programming, panel chats and cooking demos will be announced in late February, so we may see even more Big D representation at the AFW, but as it stands, the lineup of local chefs has us excited to take a bite out of ATX. Enjoy a taste of the action by securing tickets, which went on sale today. The general-admission Taste and the priority-access Savor tickets will set you back a bit ($250 and $850, respectively), but from what we’ve heard (which, of course, will also feature music - it’s the Live Music Capital of the World, after all), it’s well worth the investment. You wouldn’t deny your tummy and taste buds, would you?