Exceptional offerings allow diners to spend time with the family out of the kitchen and into the dining room

Updates By Hayden Walker (Editor in Chief) & Cultivate PR

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28th  3:00 -9:00 pm

Busy families or those on the go will have something else to be thankful this year. From 3:00 to 9:00 pm, TRACE will be serving a four-course prix-fix meals for the holidays. Staying true to the concept’s core philosophy of serving food that’s seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced, diners can expect a menu full of traditional dishes and updated renditions. Creating an inviting feeling for the holidays, guests can feel at home with the four-course menu which includes a soup or salad option, appetizer, entrée and dessert for $65 per person.

Starting off with soup & salad options like “Crème Du Barry” French Cauliflower Soup or the Frisee Salad, the special menu gives families the opportunity to spend time together without laboring in the kitchen all day. Enticing dishes like Ricotta Cappellacci and Duck Confit Risotto are sure to satisfy hearty appetites while entrees including Turkey Breast Stuffed with Turkey Leg Confit, and Red Wine Braised Shortribs, harp on traditional Thanksgiving mainstays.

Playful adaptations of classic desserts like the Candied Sweet Potato Pot de Crème with graham cracker crumble & marshmallow brûlée, or the Pumpkin Cream Cake with Thyme ice cream are a sweet ending to a memorable meal.  Not forgetting about the little ones, the children’s a la carte options include Hamburger & Fries, Spaghetti w/ Turkey Meatballs, and Baked Salmon w/ carrots & broccoli for $15 each. To make reservations, visit http://www.traceaustin.com/holiday.


Wild Mushroom Soup

Roasted Chestnuts, Sautéed Apples

“Crème Du Barry”  French Cauliflower Soup

Crispy Chorizo Bread Crumbs, Caramelized Pumpkin, Herbs

Frisee Salad

Pickled Shallots, Roasted Pear, Duck “Bacon,” Sherry Vinaigrette


Arugula & Endive Salad

Dried Cranberries, Honey Pecans, Blue Cheese




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Roasted Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Garlic Purée

Ricotta Cappellacci

Sage, Brown Butter, Domestic Parmesan

Duck Confit Risotto

Sweet Baby Turnips, Greens, Black Trumpet Mushrooms


Red Wine Braised Shortribs

Roasted Root Vegetables, Cauliflower Purée, Green Kale


Turkey Breast Stuffed with Turkey Leg Confit

Brioche Stuffing, Potato Purée, Cranberry Purée, Giblet Gravy

Prime Filet Mignon

Potato Fondant, Chanterelle, Cipollini Onions, Natural Beef Jus

Wild-Caught Steelhead Salmon

Watercress, Crushed Potato, Roasted Shallots, Citrus Purée


Roasted Fall Vegetables

Almond Purée, Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Beets, Brussels Sprouts


Pumpkin Cream Cake
Thyme ice cream and cream cheese

Chocolate “Turtle”
Baileys mousse, cocoa nib and candied pecans

Candied Sweet Potato Pot de Crème
Graham cracker crumble and marshmallow brûlée

With an eye to embracing the rich and vibrant local culture in Austin, W Hotel’s restaurant, Trace, offers a menu that celebrates local, seasonal ingredients and responsible sourcing on all levels.  Trace’s “Conscious Cuisine” unites culinary talent with sustainable practices to create a memorable dining experience, ideal for sharing. Employing the knowledge of on-staff forager, Valerie Broussard, Trace procures items-whether farmed, foraged, crafted or hunted- that adhere to the strictest standards.     

About W Austin
Situated in the heart of the “Live Music Capital of the World” on Willie Nelson Boulevard , W Austin opened its doors in December 2010.  Named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List in 2011, W Austin amplifies the city’s diverse and creative atmosphere, headlining the vibrant Second Street District of downtown with next door access to the famed Austin City Limits music venue. Passionately committed to thinking green, and recently awarded Silver LEED certification, the hotel is designed to support a sustainable future while enveloping guests in contemporary luxury.  W Austin’s 251 perfectly positioned rooms offer postcard views of the downtown skyline, while the hotel’s exterior plaza faces Lady Bird Lake and its prevailing winds, always staying cool with Austin’s natural “air conditioning”. Diners will enjoy Trace, where conscious cuisine is thoughtfully re-imagined as locavorious gastronomy, bursting with an abundance of flavors derived and inspired by the surrounding central Texas region. Socialize in one of the Living Room’s four spaces, detox and refuel at AWAY Spa, keep fit at SWEAT or take the plunge at WET® pool, W Austin’s Whatever/Whenever service philosophy makes all wishes come true.www.whotelaustin.com

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Hayden Walker
Executive Editor | Co-Publisher

Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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