Celebrated New American restaurant Café Josie is proud to announce its new executive chef, Todd Havers. Chef Havers, an integral component of Café Josie’s success over the past five years, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and holds the unique distinction of having honed his skill set alongside both longtime chef / founder Charles Mayes and former executive chef Brandon Fuller. Accordingly, Café Josie has unveiled its spring menu, which highlights Havers’ cooking style that emphasizes fresh, new and artistic plates.Originally from West Texas, Havers spent much of his early years outdoors, hunting and fishing. He found a passion in food at an early age, cooking with his mother and grandmother; avid cooks who relied heavily on their garden for produce, long before farm-to-table became a term. After moving to Austin, Havers began working at Café Josie, furthering his passion for true local cuisine. Five years later, he’s now creating a playful, Texas-inspired menu using the best locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

   In the continued progression of a restaurant that is almost 20 years old, Todd Havers has played a key role in both the development of the cuisine, and the style of food that we create and serve,” says Café Josie owner Cody Taylor. “His tenure here has provided him with invaluable insights to who we are and where we are going. The excitement and inspiration that is moving through the cafe is unlike anything I have felt in my ten years here, and I couldn’t be more confident in the overall experience that our patrons — whether long time regulars or first-timers — will enjoy when they dine with us.”

   New additions to Café Josie’s dinner menu include small plates such as Beet Terrine ($10), with frosted hazelnuts, chèvre, orange and baby greens; Smoked Trout Salad ($12), with couscous, greens, red onion, feta, harissa and candied grapefruit, and Fried Gulf Oysters ($14), served with cilantro lime aioli, honey chipotle, manchego cheese and house-made tortilla strips. Just-unveiled entrées include Seared Grouper ($29), with roasted fingerlings, grilled beech mushrooms, potato purée, chives and Meyer lemon crème fraîche; Smoked Brisket ($25), with charred onion purée, molasses jus, green garlic potato salad and Grilled Bok Choy ($17), plated with charred eggplant purée, Meyer lemon emulsion, baby carrots and confit cherry tomatoes.
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 Café Josie Executive Chef Todd Havers
Photo: Eat Your Heart Out Photography 
  Chef Havers‘ tasteful touch also amplifies Café Josie’s revamped lunch menu, with new selections such as the Pork Jowl Taco ($12), alongside house-made kimchi, fish sauce caramel, sweet potatoes, compressed apples and a maple cumin glaze; Wagyu Burger ($16), topped with Gruyere, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, plus roasted red pepper mayo, served with house chips, and Redfish Taco ($14), featuring purple cabbage, pickled jalapeño, cilantro-lime aioli, feta and red beans, proving both dedication to the restaurant’s renowned history and his drive to push it forward to new and exciting heights. Café Josie also offers daily lunch and dinner chef specials. View Café Josie’s full menus at this location.Happy Hour at Café Josie runs MondayFriday 3 PM to 6 PM, featuring half off all wine and beer. Take in the current beverage list here.

Those yearning to experience chef Havers’ off-menu creations won’t need to wait long as Café Josie has announced a special beer pairing dinner in conjunction with Houston’s Karbach Brewing. On Monday, April 20, the restaurant will roll out a five course prix fixe party, styled after its monthly Wine Me Dine Me dinner series. Tickets are $60 per person, tax and gratuity included. View the menu for the event at this location. Reservations can be made by calling (512) 322-9226.

Additionally, chef Havers and the Café Josie team will showcase at the 2015 Farm to Plate fundraising event, set for Thursday, May 14 at Barr Mansion, the nation’s first certified organic special events venue. One of Austin’s most popular annual food events,Farm to Plate 2015 celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Sustainable Food Center and features acclaimed Austin chefs preparing delicious, locally-sourced bites in benefit of a multitude of programs including Sprouting Healthy Kids. For full details, visit this location.

 Café Josie, located at 1200B W. 6th St. in Austin, is open MondayThursday 11 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday 11 AM to 10 PM and Saturday 5 PM to 10 PM.  For reservations call(512) 322-9226 or book online via OpenTable.

 Follow Café Josie on social media:

Facebook: /CafeJosie
Instagram: @CafeJosieATX
twitter: @CafeJosie

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