25 Best Bites from Austin Food & Wine Festival

April 27, 2015

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Austin Food Wine Festival

Wining and dining at the fourth annual Austin Food and Wine Festival this weekend. Here’s a couple of my favorite bites!


Taste of Texas

Austin Food + Wine Festival kicked off with a bash as big as the Lone Star State — an all-star lineup of talent from the Texas culinary scene that served up dishes that reflect their signature style.


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Allison Jenkins – Executive Chef, laV (Austin)

Housemate ricotta with spring vegetables with puffed quinoa and carrot-top pesto.


Casa Rubia Dallas

Omar Flores – Owner & Chef, Casa Rubia (Dallas)

Hollander mussels esabeche with English pea juice.


Mala Sichuan Bistro

Heng Chen & Cori Xiong – Co-Owners & Chefs, Mala Sichuan Bistro (Houston)

Sichua funky cold noodles with spicy peanut sauce.


Taste of Texas Grace

Blaine Staniford – Executive Chef, Grace and Little Red Wasp (Fort Worth)

Cantonese-style pork jowl char sui


Taste of Texas

Wayne Mueller – Owner & Chef, Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor)

Honey jalepeno lamb chops (right)


Ramen Tatsuya

Tatsu Aikawa – Owner & Executive Chef, Ramen-Tatsu-ya (Austin)

Smoked Ajitama with chicken chicharron and grilled maitake mushrooms.


Hugo's Restaurant

Hugo Ortega, Owner & Chef, Hugo’s (Houston)

Sopecitos de Cachetes de Res, masa pancake with beef cheeks in asalsa de pasilla.


Taste of Texas Hot Joy

Quealy Watson – Executive Chef & Partner, Hot Joy (San Antonio)

Fermented goat laab with coconut sour cream, cilantro and tomatillo jaew.


Rock  Your Taco

We watched the country’s top chefs go head-to-head, adding their own take on the tortilla-wrapped treat.


Rock Your Taco Antonia Lofaso

Antonia Lofaso – Owner & Executive Chef, Black Market and Scopa Italian Roots (Studio City/Venice)

Crispy octopus taco. My favorite taco of the night!


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Paul Qui – Chef & Owner, Qui and East Side King (Austin)

Tlacoyo de lengue de ternera tacos


Rock Your Taco Chef Tim Love

Tim Love – Chef & Owner, Lonesome Dove Western bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie’s Steakhouse, Love Shack and White Elephant Saloon (Fort Worth/Austin)

Fried Beef Tendon


Rock Your Taco Chef Tyson Cole

Tyson Cole – Executive Chef & Owner, Uchi and Uchiko (Austin)

Applewood wood smoked masu sashimi taro taco. Another favorite!



Chris Shepherd – Owner/Executive Chef, Underbelly (Houston)

The tiniest taco there ever was, Indian style curry puffy taco from Underbelly.

The Grand Tasting

Sipped, savored, mixed and mingled our way through an impressively vast number of the country’s top wine, spirits and culinary exhibitors.

The Grand Tasting Pavilion spanned over 25,000 square feet, showcasing over 50 of the finest beverages from across the nation, and more than 40 food artisans from Austin and beyond.


Jack Allen

Meat carousel, only in Texas. With spinning chickens and goat legs at Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s fire pit.


Lonesome Dove Chef Tim Love

Mouthwatering lamb chops from Chef Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove.


Dolce Neve

Double triple scoops of Dolce Neve gelato.


La Condesa

Chicharrón con cápsulas de Salsa Valentina from La Condesa.


Peached Tortilla

Tres cauliflower with nori cauliflower puree, roasted cauliflower, peach pickled cauliflower all topped with nori butter, fried shallots and aonori from Peached Tortilla.

SEE ALSO: 21 Reasons Why Peached Tortilla’s Brick & Mortar is Austin’s Best New Restaurant


Lick Ice Creams

Keeping cool with three scoops of while stuffing my face with Lick Ice Creams. Lady Bird Lavender, dark chocolate with olive oil & sea salt, and fresh mint & chocolate chip.


Tiny Pies

Tiny Pies served up lots of yummy pies!


Wu Chow

Mad carving skills from Wu Chow, can’t wait for them to open!

SEE ALSO: Wu Chow: Sneak Peek of Austin’s Hottest New Dim Sum Spot


Jack Allen's Kitchen Austin Food Wine Festival

Barbecue Texas Gulf head-on shrimp gets a spin by Jack Allen of Jack Allen’s Kitchen.


The Bonneville

Gail Simmons

Saturday brunch at The Bonneville with Gail Simmons.


Austin Food And Wine Festival LaV

This is what sweet dreams are made of ! Marshmallow chandelier, profiterole candelabras, macaron towers, chocolate bon bons, cakes, & more from Janina O’leary of laV.


Trace W Hotel Candyland

TRACE was transformed into a Candyland wonderland with an all-you-can-eat dessert table and more sweets.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.