Austin’s most anticipated celebration of all things beef, returns this spring and once again brings a sizzling hot lineup of top-notch chefs ready to battle the flames and raise funds for culinary grants. The annual meat fest is Thursday, April 9 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale today at, and the first 100 tickets sold will be discounted to $70 and thereafter available for $85 online.

The beef-centric live-fire cooking event, hosted by the Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA), debuted with the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival in 2011 and has continued to attract a sold-out crowd as one of Austin’s most popular and provocative culinary events. In this unforgettable all-beef immersion, Live Fire! features the best in sizzling proteins and cooking craftsmanship alongside impressive wines, craft beers and premium spirits tastings.

In its fifth year, Live Fire! will showcase a chef congress featuring protein royalty from all over the Lone Star State, including Scott Roberts of The Salt Lick and Tom Micklethwait of Micklethwait Craft Meats in Austin; San Antonio favorite Jason Dady of Jason Dady RestaurantsPatrick Feges of Feges BBQ and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar in Houston; and more.

Texas culinary firebrands that will be featured at Live Fire! include the following: Jeff Martinez of Alcomar; Janina O’Leary of laVFiore Tedesco of L’Oca D’Oro; David Uygur of Lucia in DallasJessica Maher of LenoirDiego Galicia of Mixtli in San Antonio; Erica Waksmunski of Red Star Southern; Joshua Jones of Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria; Brandon Martinez of Noble SandwichesKristine Kittrell of Weather Up; Page Pressley of St Philip Pizza Parlor & Bakeshop; Alexis Chong of Sway; Azhar Mohammad of The Carillon; Joe Anguiano of VOX TableScott Higby of TRIOJohn Philpot of The Monterey in San Antonio; Eric Lucas of Whole Foods Market.  

The famed Salt Lick’s Pecan Grove Pavilion again will host Live Fire!, providing a pristine Hill Country backdrop along the banks of Onion Creek. Live Fire! attendees will enjoy live music, curated wine, spirits, and craft brews, along with a dazzling menu of innovative hot-fire cooked beef dishes prepared by these celebrated chefs. Attendees will also get the opportunity to sip and savor GARAGE’s Indian Paintbrush cocktail, that was recently proclaimed the 2015 Official Drink of Austin. Tickets are expected to sell out again this year and are available for online purchase now.

Attendees will have the opportunity to skip the 25-minute drive from downtown Austin and be chauffeured with champagne to the event in a charter bus for an additional $20 fee. For more information, please visit

Live Fire! is a fundraising benefit for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance, the culinary nonprofit dedicated to fostering awareness and innovation in the Central Texas food and beverage community. Proceeds from the sizzling tasting event will help the AFWA give back to the local culinary community through a vibrant grant program for chefs, farmers, artisan producers, and nonprofits by funding projects focused on culinary innovation. The AFWA hosts engaging culinary events throughout the year to raise funds for the grants, the nation’s first grant program based on culinary innovation.

As the key beneficiary of the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, April 2426, the AFWA features educational programming and culinary events showcasing Central Texas’ chef talent along with artisan and local producers, world-class wine and spirit makers, and craft brewers.

The AFWA enjoys tremendous community support with Whole Foods Market® as presenting sponsor and other key supporters including the Austin Food & Wine Festival, Texas Beef Council, Texas MonthlyAT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, Premiere Events, Texas Pork Producers Association, Twin Liquors, Republic National Distributing Company, Glazer’s, ABC Bank, FreshPoint, CultureMap Austin, Giant Noise, Max Photography, Texas Tea, Freeman, Field Branding & Design, Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon, Hess Collection, Balcones Recycling, Treaty Oak Distilling, R&R Limousine & Bus, American Lamb Board and Star Hill Ranch.

For more information about the AFWA, visit, call 512.348.6847, or email Stay up to date with Austin Food & Wine Alliance happenings on Facebook and Twitter

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