Sip and savor with Central Texas’ top chefs and wineries


AUSTIN, TX – The Contemporary Austin is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 24th Annual La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival, presented by Merrill Lynch, which is returning this fall with a dynamic lineup of award-winning chefs, select Austin restaurants and prized wineries from across Central Texas.  Held along the beautiful shores of Laguna Gloria, La Dolce Vita provides guests with an opportunity to sip and savor special culinary presentations on Thursday, October 24th from 6:00 to 9:00pm.


The 2013 Honorary Chef for the event is Executive Chef David Bull of Congress, Bar Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen. At the helm of these restaurants, Bull was named “Chef of the Year 2012” by Austin Monthly, and Congress, among its many accolades, was acknowledged as the “Best New Restaurant in Austin.”

“I am very excited to be this year’s Honorary Chef,” said Chef Bull. “I love that this event combines the culinary community and the art community.  La Dolce Vita is a one of a kind evening that exemplifies what can be achieved when you pull these two communities together. No question, this is one of the best parties of the year with a great venue, great food and a great cause. I am honored to be a part of this and look forward to contributing what I can to support La Dolce Vita.”

During La Dolce Vita, tastemakers will dance to the Flying Turns, a 5-piece ensemble spinning the most eclectic of vinyl.  Renowned restaurants with the likes of celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey’s Searsucker Restaurant and hotspot Ramen Tatsu-Ya, bring a sophisticated bite to tantalize guests palates along with Austin’s favorite Ranch 616, helmed by the colorful Kevin Williamson, while Kome offers Japanese chic to La Dolce Vita. The highly anticipated laV, set to open later this fall, will preview its cuisine for those who have not yet visited the new establishment’s temporary food truck located behind Las Vegas Lounge.

Libations will be equally as satiating with a handcrafted cocktail lounge by Tipsy Texan, David Alan, featuring Midnight Cowboy, Drink.Well., soon to be openedHalfstep and San Antonio’s Bohanans. Recognizable wineries from Pedernales Cellars to long-time favorites such as Becker Vineyards and McPherson Cellars bring their multi-award winning wines to elevate guests’ senses at this vibrant event.  Newcomer 4.0 Cellars from Fredericksburg will also add to the lengthy list of reputable wines atLa Dolce Vita. Multiple wine sampling booths with national and international flare are carefully curated by Twin Liquors.


La Dolce Vita will take guests through a festive evening while enjoying “the sweet life”, as they experience and taste the creations of over 50 bright culinary teams and wineries, each presenting an evocative taste of their establishment. Tickets for the festival are available for $200 per person for access to the exclusive cocktail lounge and $150 per person for general admission. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/2013/la-dolce-vita-2013/.


Laguna Gloria is located a 3809 West 35th Street. Stay up to date with La Dolce Vita happenings and updates on Facebook @LaDolceVitaATX and Twitter @LaDolceVitaATX, and join the conversation using the hashtag #ladolcevita2013.   



Benji’s Cantina

Central Market Catering

Con’Olio Oils & Vinegars

Cuvee Coffee

Dolce Neve

Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Eleven Plates & Wine

Fleming’s Steakhouse


Food Fanatics

Foreign & Domestic


Komé: Sushi Kitchen

laV Restaurant & Wine Bar

Malaga Tapas & Bar

Maudie’s Tex-Mex

MAX’s Wine Dive

Megg’s Café and Hamilton Bread Co

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

Parkside Projects

Pink Avocado Catering


Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Ranch 616

Roaring Fork

Salty Sow

SATAY Restaurant


Siena Ristorante Toscana

Snack Bar

Steiner Ranch Steakhouse

Sugar Circus

Swift’s Attic


Taj Palace Indian Restaurant

Texas Coffee Traders

The Bonneville

The Seedling Truck



Umami Mia Pizzeria

Whole Foods

Winflo Osteria



4.0 Cellars

Becker Vineyards

Duchman Family Winery

Llano Estacado Winery

Lost Oak

McPherson Cellars

Pedernales Cellars

Pleasant Hill Winery

Tranquilo Cellars


The Contemporary Austin provides rich environments for a wide range of audiences to investigate and experience excellence in modern and contemporary art. The museum accomplishes this through innovative programs and direct access to the creative process. Laguna Gloria, the museum’s ancestral home, which includes the restored, 1916 Italianate-style Driscoll villa has been declared a national treasure and is listed on City of Austin, State of Texas and national registries of historic places. The 12-acre site perfectly complements the museum’s award-winning and architecturally-significant downtown space, the Jones Center. A renowned example of adaptive reuse, the recently renovated facility, designed by architects Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, was once an early-1900s movie palace, and later a department store before becoming the museum’s downtown site. For more information, please visit the museum’s online home at www.thecontemporaryaustin.org.

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