EAT THE HEAT is the nationally recognized and award winning annual fundraiser hosted by the Austin Chapter of NACE, the National Association for Catering and Events.  Each year NACE-Austin partners with a local charity and produces an event that showcases Austin’s finest culinary talent and their favorite ways to beat the grueling Texas summers, in an event featuring a progressive cocktail style party that moves through an exciting themed venue as guests are treated to specialty cocktails,small bites and live entertainment with a grand finale featuring a Chef’s Showcase and Silent Auction!

This year’s theme tore a page right out of your favorite comic book, as attendees experienced an amazing super hero themed atmosphere filled with all of the best bites and cocktails from some of the best catering chefs in Austin!  Attendees came dressed in some of their best heroic costume since Halloween from their childhood days. From Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batman and the Joker, the party seemed like a scene from the Justice League, with much better food!

Keeping with the “Eat the Heat” theme, chefs brought in their tasty hot renditions of finger foods, sweets, skewered nibbles and even cheese grits! There were the star studded hot-shots like Pink Avocado and Alfred’s Catering, as well as Jacoby’s and Southern’s Kitchen. While there were so many bites to enjoy and indulge on, we certainly weren’t short on our favorites.


After attendees stuffed their hungry mouths full of savory goodies, they turned to the desserts where the local catering heroes brought in more than their A-game.  It was a dreamland of desserts as we saw everything from bite sized desserts, sweet gelatin cups of cream and blackberries,  to bite sized watermelon concoctions from Pink Avocado.


There was also a super special silent auction with amazing prizes from local restaurants, hotels and businesses around Gotham City and Metropolis.  Okay, well maybe actually from a famous comic book series, but Austin is so majestic and beautiful that superheroes would most likely appreciate the items being auctioned during the big event. The lucky and generous few that opened up their wallets won items like golf packages, luxury hotel stays, movies and entertainment tickets, jewelry, wine packages and so much more!  All proceeds benefit Keep Austin Fed , a volunteer based nonprofit organization that gathers wholesome and nutritious surplus food from commercial kitchens and distributes it to area charities that serve hungry people in need.



NACE is the oldest and largest professional association that addresses all aspects of the catering industry. The Austin Chapter of NACE is comprised of our local event professionals. Membership includes representatives from all facets of the event industry: caterers, event planners, décor rental companies, DJ’s, Photographers, Florists and many more. This event is produced each year through the generous donations of our membership who provide not just their products and services but their time.


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