Indulge in a 5-course meal prepared by an elite group of the finest female chefs in Austin!



MAX’s Executive Chef Erica Beneke is creating a special culinary celebration featuring some of Austin’s most talented, up-and-coming female chefs! Guests are invited to enjoy Eat.Drink.Empower., an evening of great food, celebrating the growing community of female chefs throughout the Austin area.

The Eat.Drink.Empower. event includes a lively cocktail hour and a decadent five-course menu with wine pairings. A portion of the proceeds benefit SafePlace, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for individuals and families suffering through incidents of domestic or sexual violence.



Eat.Drink.Empower. features:

  • Erica Beneke, Executive Chef – MAX’s Wine Dive Austin
  • Abby Yates, Sous Chef – Swift’s Attic
  • Alexis Chong, Chef de Cuisine – Sway
  • Bridget Bishop, Sous Chef – Westwood Country Club
  • Kenzie Allen, Sous Chef – Searsucker
  • Jodi Elliot, Pastry Chef & Co-Owner – Foreign & Domestic
  • Hannah Love, Pastry Chef – Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar and Clark’s Oyster Bar

EAT. DRINK. EMPOWER. 5-Course Menu

Hors d’oeuvres by Bridget Bishop

Balsamic Braised Short Rib

Rosemary Crostini, Shaft Blue Cheese, Pickled Figs

Slow Roasted Pork Belly and Watermelon Skewers

Grilled Green Onion Chimichurri

Pappadew Peppers

Basil Goat Cheese Custard


1st Course by Kenzie Allen

Crispy Quinoa Salad

Roasted Carrot Marshmallow, Corn Crema, Beet Powder, Okra Chips


2nd Course by Alexis Chong

Melon Soup

Coconut Cream


3rd Course by Abby Yates

Miso Cured Redfish

Edamame-Horseradish Puree, Grilled Cucumber,

Pickled Grapes, Shaved Radish


4th Course by Erica Beneke

Braised Lamb

Chorizo Spiced Foie Gras, Yellow Mole, Sweet Potato, Cherry Pickle


5th Course by Hannah Love

Dessert Trio

Raspberry Tartlet – Layered Flourless Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Buttercream, Brûléed Banana – Pistachio Profiterole, Caramel, Meringue

Tickets are either $150 per person or $1,500 per table of 8.*

RESERVATIONS: secure a seat via PayPal for a table of eight guests or a single reservation. Reservations can also be made by calling MAX’s at 512.904.0111.

Reservations required. Tickets can be purchased online or call us at 512-904-011.


About The Author

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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