In the heart of Austin, where barbecue smoke meets the vibrant spirit of culinary innovation, a unique celebration is set to unfold. “You Grill Girl! 2024” returns for its fourth installment, promising an evening of gastronomic delights, community camaraderie, and unwavering support for women and non-binary chefs.

Hosted by the esteemed Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, this event isn’t just about grilling—it’s about igniting passion, fostering talent, and making a meaningful impact in the culinary world. As Stacy Franklin, the event chair, aptly puts it, “If you get a group of talented and creative women together, there is nothing they can’t accomplish in service of a great cause.”

Set against the backdrop of Franklin Barbecue’s iconic parking lot, “You Grill Girl!” invites guests to immerse themselves in a culinary journey like no other. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 25th, attendees will have the opportunity to sample smoked and grilled creations from twenty of Austin’s most acclaimed female chefs. Each dish tells a story, reflecting the diverse culinary landscape of the city while showcasing the skill and creativity of its talented chefs.

From Jess Pryles’ Sonoran Style Hot Dogs with Smoked Sausage to Laura Sawicki’s Chocolate Silken Tofu Pudding with Coffee Coconut Soil & Whipped Coconut Cream, every bite is a testament to culinary excellence and innovation. And let’s not forget the refreshing cocktails, the pulsating beats of DJ Cassandra, and the lively Disco Cowgirl Dance Party awaiting upstairs—all adding to the vibrant atmosphere of the evening.

Yet, beyond the gastronomic indulgence lies a deeper purpose. “You Grill Girl!” serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring women in the culinary, wine, and hospitality industries. Through scholarships and grants, the Austin Dames chapter has already made a significant impact, awarding over $257,000 to date, with $50,000 distributed in 2023 alone. By attending this event, guests not only treat themselves to an unforgettable culinary experience but also contribute to the empowerment and advancement of women in the industry.

As the evening unfolds, guests will have the opportunity to participate in raffles and bid on exclusive silent auction packages—all in support of the scholarship program. And none of this would be possible without the generous support of sponsors like Whim Hospitality, Tito’s, YETI, and others, whose contributions help make this event a reality.

In the words of the organizers, “You Grill Girl!” is more than just a culinary event—it’s a celebration of resilience, creativity, and community. It’s a testament to what happens when passion meets purpose, and when women come together to support each other in their pursuit of excellence.

So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and join us on April 25th for an evening of culinary delight, entertainment, and philanthropy. Let’s celebrate culinary excellence, support women in the industry, and make a difference—one grill at a time.