This year, Rockin’ Star Ranch welcomes chefs from across the state to compete for the Golden Cleaver Award – voted on by the public based on their favorite dish. A couple Austin chefs will be competing this year, Ben Runkle from Salt & Time and Dawn Burrell from Uchiko.


Austinites are invited to the annual meat-focused food and drink event that aims to highlight local ranchers adhering to ethical and sustainable ranching practices while raising money for two nonprofit beneficiaries, Urban Harvest and Foodways Texas. In its second iteration the event will welcome over 40 leaders in all aspects of the culinary industry. For tickets and additional information visit All patrons buying tickets before Aug. 31 will be registered to win a free two-night stay for two at Rockin’ Star Ranch. Guests will eat, drink, dance and learn through a lineup of programming including butchering lessons from Texas’ award-winning butchers and panel discussions focusing on issues facing the food industry featuring an array of culinary leaders.


If that’s not enough, live music from the Texas country legend Dale Watson and His Lone Stars will headline the outdoor stage, with support from White Ghost Shivers, Will Van Horn Trio and Vinyl Ranch – hosted by Craig Hlavaty of Newsfix and the Houston Chronicle.


Tickets for the 2017 Butcher’s Ball are $100 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Reserved VIP tables for 10 are available for $1,500. For tickets and additional information visit

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

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