Central Texas Chefs Ready for Pig-Out Competition with
5th Annual Wine & Swine November 8
Charity Pig Roast Benefits Austin Food & Wine Alliance Culinary Grants; Tickets on Sale Today with Early Purchase Discount
More than two dozen top chefs will ready their chops to prepare whole hogs and pork dishes for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s5th Annual Wine & Swine Pig Roast on Sunday, November 8, 1–4 p.m. The festive pork-centric event is one of Austin’s most popular and typically sells out, raising funds for culinary grants. Tickets go on sale today at AustinFoodWineAlliance.org.
Many of the chefs will prepare whole Berkshire pigs in their own unique culinary styles for the outdoor party that includes live music, premium wine, beer and spirit tastings, and plenty o’ pork. Early purchase discount tickets are available to the first 125 ticket purchasers for $75 beginning today. After that, advance purchase tickets will rise to $95. Tickets will be sold at the door for $100.
Wine & Swine will take over the historic 1900s town setting of Star Hill Ranch, just 25 minutes west of downtown Austin in the Texas Hill Country, with the festivities spilling out from the saloon and farmhouses onto the time-honored Main Street where chefs will be roasting pigs on site.
Shuttles from downtown will be available to transport attendees who will get a head start on the frivolity with sparkling wine and snacks served en route. Round-trip shuttle tickets are an additional $20.
This year’s edition of Wine & Swine will celebrate five years of smoky pork perfection with a signature Bacon & Bubbles Welcome featuring Gruet Winery sparkling wines paired with Wright Brand Bacon to be enjoyed by attendees as they enter.
Roasting pigs both in-ground and above-ground and providing other pork-centric delicacies are Texas’ most celebrated chefs, including Austin’s culinary royalty Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, named best barbecue in the U.S. by Bon Appétit Magazine; Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas of Olamaie, both celebrated onFood & Wine magazine’s 2015 listing of Best New Chefs; Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki of Launderette, both former semi-finalists for the prestigious best chefs awards by the James Beard Foundation, and Sawicki made Food & Wine magazine’s inaugural list of the five best new pastry chefs in America in 2012. John Bates of Noble Sandwich Co. returns to defend last year’s title of best dish at Wine & Swine.
The AFWA also welcomes a collection of top-chef talent from outside of Austin, including Adam Brick of Apis Restaurant & Apiary (Spicewood); Richard Blankenship and Joel Orsini of CBD Provisions (Dallas); Pieter Sypesteyn of The Cookhouse (San Antonio); Stefan Bowers of Feast Restaurant (San Antonio); and Brandi Key of Punk’s Simple Southern Food (Houston).
Additional celebrated chefs and restaurants from Austin featured at Wine & Swine include Nicole Patel of Delysia Chocolatier; Andrew Wiseheart of Gardner; Leo Silvestrini, Francesca and Marco Ferrarese of Dolce Neve; Alma Alcocer-Thomas of El Alma Café & Cantina; Nicholas Yanes of Juniper; Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic; Todd Duplechan of Lenoir; Nathan Lemley of Parkside; Joshua Jones of Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria; Courtney Whittington of Whole Foods Market; Christopher Wilson of The Carillon; and Ji Peng Chen and Ling Qi Wu of Wu Chow.
Austin singer/songwriter Brennen Leigh, who has gained international acclaim for her country, bluegrass and Americana tunes, will headline Wine & Swine for kick-up-your-heels live music.
Texas Pork Producers Association once again will provide a $1,000 prize to the chef team with the best dish. Additionally, attendees will vote on the “best wine with swine” from among the featured wines.
Wine & Swine is a fundraiser for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, a culinary nonprofit dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and beverage community. Through a vibrant grant program, the Alliance will award $40,000 in grants in 2015 to chefs, farmers, artisan producers, and culinary nonprofits for projects focused on culinary innovation and community giveback.
In addition, the Alliance is the beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, a three-day tribute to world-renown chefs and winemakers, held each spring in Austin. The AFWA features educational programming and culinary events showcasing Texas’ chef talent along with artisan and local producers, world-class wine and spirit makers, and craft brewers.
The annual fall pig roast has attracted a sold-out audience every year and is expected to sell out this year with estimated attendance of 500 enjoying an afternoon in the Texas Hill Country sampling innovative pork dishes and an amazing assortment of extraordinary wines with live music for a full-blown party o’pork. Tickets are available for online purchase now.
The AFWA continues to win tremendous community support with Whole Foods Market® as presenting sponsor and other key supporters including Austin Food & Wine Festival, Texas Pork Producers Association, ABC Bank, Republic National Distributing Company, Glazer’s, FreshPoint, Giant Noise, AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, Twin Liquors, CultureMap, Premiere Tents & Events, Butler Wood, Max Photography, Texas Tea, Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbon, The Hess Collection, Balcones Recycling, Star Hill Ranch, and Gardere.
For more information about the AFWA, visit AustinFoodWineAlliance.org, call512.348.6847 or email Info@AustinFoodWineAlliance.org. Stay up to date with Austin Food & Wine Alliance happenings on Facebook http://facebook.com/austinfoodwinealliance and Twitter http://twitter.com/ATXFoodWineAlly.