Central Texas’ Chefs Go Hog Wild for

4th Annual Wine & Swine, November 23

Charity Pig Roast Benefits Austin Food & Wine Alliance Culinary Grants; Tickets on Sale Today with Early Purchase Discount

 

AUSTIN, TX (October 16, 2014) -Some of Texas’ top chefs will go whole hog for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s 4th annual Wine & Swine Pig Roast on Sunday, November 23, 1-4 p.m. More than twenty-three chefs will prepare their best sweet and savory dishes for the yearly pig roast that raises 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 event that includes live music, premium wine tastings, and plenty o’ pork bites. Early purchase discount tickets are available to the first hundred ticket purchasers for $70 beginning today. Then, advance purchase tickets are $85. Tickets will be sold at the door for $100.

Typically a sold-out event, the much-anticipated 4th Annual Wine & Swine takes place at the beautiful and historic Star Hill Ranch, just twenty-five minutes west of downtown Austin in the Texas Hill Country. For the first time, Star Hill Ranch will host the pig roast at its historically re-created 1900s Texas Hill Country community in Bee Cave. All of the twenty-two buildings have been relocated from around the state and carefully restored, providing the backdrop for one of Austin’s most authentic and popular food events.

 

As a perfect complement to the setting and menu, the Bacon & Bubbles Saloon will feature handcrafted bacon from Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler of Salt & Time Salumeria and Chef Steve McHugh of Cured in San Antonio – perfectly paired with sparkling wines. At 1:30 p.m. during the event, a champagne chandelier will be featured in the Bacon & Bubbles Saloon.

Also putting their best pork forward will be featured chefs Alma Alcocer-Thomas of El Alma Cafe; Jeff Balfour of Southerleigh; John Bates of the Noble Sandwich Co.; Angel Begaye of Trace; Mat Clouser of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow; Michael Fojtasek & Grae Nonas of Olamaie; Brandon Fuller of Café Josie; Josh Jones of Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria; Ronnie Killen of Killen’s BBQ; Kristine Kittrell of Weather Up; Peter Maffei of Finn & Porter; Robin Mayo of The Carillon; Steve McHugh of Cured; Harold Marmulstein of Salty Sow; Mari Soto of Whole Foods Market®; Tara Royer Steele of Royer’s Pie Haven; Jason Stude of Congress; and Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo Austin.

Sommeliers Scott Ota and Joelle Klist of Arro will be providing a special collection of curated wines to complement the variety of flavors at Wine and Swine in addition to more than three dozen premium wines from some of America’s top winemakers.

And to get the competition squealing, the Texas Pork Producers Association 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 $30,000 in grants in 2014 for chefs, farmers, artisan producers, and culinary nonprofits for projects focused on culinary innovation and community giveback.

As the key beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, the Alliance 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 for its first three editions 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, an amazing sampling of extraordinary wines and live music for a full-blown party o’pork. Tickets are available for online purchase now.

The Alliance is gaining 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, Greenling, Texas Monthly, Twin Liquors, CultureMap, Premiere Tents & Events, Butler Wood, Max Photography, Texas Tea, Freeman AV, CFO by Design, Fresas, The Hess Collection, Balcones Recycling, Terlato, and Field Branding & Design.

For more information about the AFWA, visit AustinFoodWineAlliance.org, call 512.348.6847512.348.6847 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.

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The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming and events. Guided by an all-volunteer board of directors and committees made up of culinary-and-community-minded professionals, the Alliance’s commitment is to promote Texas food, wine, spirits and craft brews and to increase appreciation of Texas’ culinary impact. The AFWA is the designated beneficiary of theAustin FOOD & WINE Festival. For more information about the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, visit AustinFoodWineAlliance.org.