The James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Taste America cross-country culinary series, visiting Austin November 15-17 has released the menu and entertainment for Smoke Session, take place on November 15. Traveling to ten cities this fall, Taste America celebrates the country’s diverse culinary culture and the important role that chefs play in advocating for a more delicious, sustainable, and equitable food world.

Smoke Session includes an evening of BBQ, brews, and blues co-hosted by legendary pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, TX.  She will be joined host chef, Zach Hunter, at the celebrated East Austin brewery and locally sourced restaurant, The Brewer’s Table for an evening of featured tastings from 11 of Austin’s most popular chefs and an open bar offering beer, wine and cider.  Drew Durish, the head brewer at The Brewer’s Table, will be showcasing a commemorative Smoke Session Lager brewed specifically for guests at the kick-off event.   Musical entertainment will be provided by break-out artist Jackie Venson, who will perform throughout the evening.

A limited number of tickets for Smoke Session are now available to the public for $75, and include a tasting reception, open bar, musical entertainment, yard games, and interactive activations from event sponsors including Chameleon Cold Brew’s DIY BBQ rub station with recipes sourced from LeRoy &Lewis pitmaster, Evan LeRoy.

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Jesse DeLeon, Rosewood, Austin

Chicharron Guisada with squash agnolotti, queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds


JB Gross, Loro, Austin

Pork Katsu Sandwich, shishito aioli, pickled onion, cabbage


Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley, Foreign & Domestic, Austin

Beef Cheek Pastrami Tartine, sauerkraut, spicy mustard and herbs


Zach Hunter, The Brewer’s Table, Austin

Fall Squash BBQ, apple-saison marmalade, sunchoke cream, candied seeds and grains


Wayne Mueller, Louie Mueller BBQ, Taylor, TX

Slow Smoked Lamb Chops braised in a tomato/honey base, accented with fresh and pickled jalapeno, garnished with fresh parsley leaf


Fermín Nuñez, Suerte, Austin

Chorizo molotes, charred green onion salsa, avocado, sesame seeds


Mathew Peters, Bocuse d’Or Winner, Austin

Smoked Duck Leg “Takoyaki,” scallion, pickled cucumber, toasted nori tempura


Page Pressley, Emmer & Rye, Austin

Grilled Nukazuke Beet Root, ikra, will trout roe, burnt onion


Angel Castillo, Shore, Austin

Local sweet potato crémeux, pumpkin cake, maple sugar powder, fermented milk foam, spiced Texas pecans, with Chameleon Cold Brew-pecan reduction



Event sponsor, New Belgium will provide additional brews alongside the house lagers served by The Brewer’s Table in addition to the complimentary bar.

 Tickets for A Night of Culinary Stars, a complementary gala benefit dinner taking place on Friday, November 16 at W Austin, are also available and start at $250. Taste America benefit dinner VIP ticket holders and table purchasers will also have access to the Smoke Session event and an exclusive meet and greet with the All-Star chefs at the gala.

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