Live Fire! Austin’s Favorite Meaty Showdown Returns with 24 Chefs

Mastering Fire & Beef April 7

Live Fire! Austin’s most anticipated celebration of all things beef returns this spring and once again brings a sizzling hot lineup of top-notch chefs ready to battle the flames and raise funds for culinary grants. The annual meat fest is Thursday, April 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Tickets go on sale today at and thefirst 150 tickets sold will be discounted to $70. Thereafter online tickets are $85.


The beef-centric, live-fire cooking event debuted with the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival in 2011 and has continued to attract a sold-out crowd as one of Austin’s most popular and provocative culinary events. In this unforgettable all-beef immersion, Live Fire! features the best in sizzling proteins and cooking craftsmanship alongside impressive wines, craft beers, and premium spirits tastings.


For its sixth edition, Live Fire!, regarded as one of the country’s foremost celebrations of beef, is showcasing one of its best chef lineups yet, including Austin favorites Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and Rene Ortiz & Laura Sawicki of Fresa’s Al Carbon and Launderette and Dallas culinary firebrands John Tesar of KnifeCody Sharp of Filament, andKatherine Clapner of Dude Sweet Chocolate.


Additional all-star talent turning up the heat at Live Fire! this year will be Kevin Fink of Emmer & RyeMiguel Vidal at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQJason Stude of Boiler NineEvan LeRoy of Freedmen’sRyan Shields of Bullfight,Christopher Wilson of The CarillonChristina Cheng of SPUN Ice CreamJodi Elliott of Bribery BakeryFiore Tedesco of L’Oca D’Oro, Zack Northcutt of Swift’s Attic, Kristine Kittrell of Weather UpScott Roberts of The Salt Lick BBQ, and Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler of Salt & Time Butcher Shop.


Additional out-of-town guest chefs include Becky Masson of Fluff Bake Bar in Houston, Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurants, and John Brand of Supper, both in San Antonio, and Josh Kaner of Pieous in Dripping Springs.

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The famed Salt Lick BBQ Pecan Grove Pavilion will again be the setting for Live Fire!, providing a pristine Hill Country backdrop along the banks of Onion Creek. Live Fire! attendees will enjoy live music, curated wine, spirits, and craft brews along with a dazzling menu of innovative hot-fire cooked beef dishes prepared by the aforementioned celebrated chefs. Tickets are expected to sell out again and are available for online purchase now.


Shuttles from downtown Austin will be available to transport attendees, giving them a head start on the frivolity with sparkling wine and snacks served en route. Roundtrip shuttle tickets are an additional $20.

Live Fire! is a fundraising benefit for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA), the culinary nonprofit dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and beverage community. Proceeds from the sizzling tasting event will help AFWA give back to the local culinary community through a vibrant grant program for chefs, farmers, artisan producers, and nonprofits by funding projects focused on culinary innovation.


AFWA hosts engaging culinary events throughout the year to raise funds for the grants, the nation’s first grant program based on culinary innovation. Since 2012, AFWA has awarded $115,000 in grants to fund local culinary projects.


As the key beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE FestivalApril 22 – 24, AFWA features educational programming and culinary events showcasing Central Texas’s chef talent along with artisan and local producers, world-class wine and spirit makers, and craft brewers.

AFWA enjoys tremendous community support with Whole Foods Market® as presenting sponsor and other key supporters, including the Austin Food & Wine Festival, Texas Beef Council, Giant Noise, AT&T Executive Education & Conference CenterTwin Liquors, Republic National Distributing Company, Glazer’s, ABC Bank, Freshpoint, CultureMap Austin, Max Photography, Premiere Events, Butler Wood, Balcones Recycling, Culinary Agents, Gardere, RedRoc, Beam Suntory, Austin Foodshed Investors, and Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services.


For more information about AFWA, visit, call 512.348.6847, or Stay up to date with Austin Food & Wine Alliance happenings on Facebook and Twitter

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