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June 7, 2012

Vino y Virtuosos

Sip on wine and listen to the lovely music from Vivo Trio all while raising money for Hospice Austin. Viva Trio will perform at the beautiful, natural setting of Austin Museum of Art’s Laguna Gloria from 6:30 to 9:30 pm to help raise funds for Hospice Austin.

In addition to the finest food and music and an exciting silent auction, this year’s event will feature the reprise of the fabulous “Stock Your Cellar” wine raffle! Four lucky winners will each win 25 bottles of fine wine to start their own wine cellar or stock an existing one!

At Hospice Austin, the emphasis  is on living each day to the fullest, in a comfortable place, free of pain and in the company of loved ones.  Hospice Austin has provided compassionate end-of-life care to patients and their loved ones for more than 30 years.

As Austin’s not-for-profit hospice, all resources go back into caring for our patients and their families.

This is a fabulous event for not only wine and music lovers, but those wishing to give back to the community.

Start:June 7, 2012 6:30 pm
End:June 7, 2012 9:30 pm

May 26, 2012

Foreign & Domestic Bake Sale and New Picnic Menu

Ned and Jodi Elliot, owners of Foreign & Domestic Food & Drink

Following the success of their first-ever bake sale last week, neighborhood eatery Foreign & Domestic will continue hosting a bake sale most Saturdays. The weekly bake sales begin at 10am, and will last until the last of the goods has been sold. And, psst, a word to the wise: be sure to get there early, as their first bake sale sold out by 11:15am! Join the F&D mailing list to find out in advance what small treats to expect.

This week’s bake sale items include cinnamon rolls, turtle brownies, chocolate chip pecan skillet cookies, carrot cake slices, chocolate cupcakes with caramel buttercream, chocolate trifle, plain croissants, bacon and gruyere croissants, roasted vegetable and feta croissants, tomato and herb danishes, strawberry and cream cheese buttercups, sausage and onion quiche, whole buttermilk pies, and black pepper and gruyere popovers. How gourmet for a bake sale!

Starting this Friday, F&D will begin serving their new picnic menu option each evening for dinner. This chef”s menu will feature four courses – three savory, one sweet –  for just $34 per person. Wine pairings may be added for just $12, and will include a glass with every course. The dishes on the Picnic Menu will change often, and will be different from the items on our regular menu. Please note that the entire table must choose this option for dinner. While the Picnic Menu itself will not be vegetarian, F&D can definitely create some vegetarian options as needed!

From the design of the restaurant to the seasonal and frequently changing menu, owners Ned and Jodi Elliot have developed a neighborhood eatery that encompasses their passion for bringing inventive culinary creations to the table in an accessible yet sophisticated way.

Chef and Owner Ned Elliott grew up gardening in a home where food played an integral role in daily life. Ned was raised by two women, his mothers Sandra and Linda, who shared their love of gardening, cooking, and baking with him. Sandra, the cook, taught Ned about the importance of fresh ingredients. From Linda, the baker, Ned learned patience. Both taught him that life should be about continuous learning, a philosophy that was reinforced by Chef Ducasse and his mentor, Chef Doug Psaltis.

“My mantra is attention to detail,” says Elliott. “Chef Psaltis instilled this in me and it is an important part of how we define Foreign & Domestic.”

It was at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park in 1999 that Ned met his future wife, Jodi. Eager to further his career outside of his schooling, Ned left the CIA and began staging at various restaurants in New York City, eventually landing a job at Tabla Restaurant. He continued building an impressive resume as he worked for such prestigious New York restaurants as the Essex House under Chef Alain Ducasse, Picholine, Country, and was on the opening team at Thomas Keller’s Per Se.

Pastry chef and owner Jodi Elliot’s love of baking developed at an early age in the kitchen with her grandmother, affectionately called “Meme.” A picky eater, but a sweets lover, Jodi enjoyed the playfulness and nostalgia that went along with baking. With the encouragement of her mother, she started her pastry career at age 16 at a local café in San Antonio.

“I was lucky to find my passion early on even before I knew what a pastry chef was,” comments Jodi.

Following her high school graduation, Jodi attended the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, where she met Ned. While earning her culinary degree, Jodi worked at Gramercy Tavern under highly-acclaimed Pastry Chef Claudia Fleming. After graduating from the CIA in 2001, Jodi moved to London and took a position at the Savoy Hotel. After a year in London, she returned to New York and continued her culinary career at such heralded restaurants as Bouley, Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Peacock Alley in the Waldorf Astoria, and Michael Symon’s Parea. It was during Jodi’s time as the Pastry Chef at Parea that the restaurant earned a two-star review from the New York Times.

Ned and Jodi got married in New York City in 2003 and moved to Portland, Oregon a few years later to settle down and start a family. Together, they both worked at Genoa and helped open The Nines Hotel. Upon the birth of their daughter, Billie Van, in 2008, they realized they wanted to be closer to family, and Austin’s warm weather and emerging food scene was an enticing draw. Ned and Jodi moved to Austin in May 2009 and opened Foreign & Domestic Food & Drink in May 2010.

Call for a reservation or just walk in to sit at their vibrant bar. Enjoy hand-mixed champagne and even beer cocktails or their extensive wine list. Call (512)459-1010 for reservations. This innovative fine dining restaurant meets neighborhood eatery can be found at 306 East 53rd Street.

Start:May 26, 2012
End:May 26, 2012
Venue:Foreign & Domestic
306 East 53rd Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78751

May 25, 2012

The White Party


The year’s hottest and most anticipated party kicks off this Memorial Day weekend, as The White Party is back again with even more thunder than in preceding years. With the past four years resulting in sellout crowds, expect this party, presented by LifeWorks, to be white hot. Since debuting at the Long Center, record crowds of over 700 of Austin’s social and philanthropic elite gather to meet, mingle, and give back by supporting LifeWorks’ mission.

Complete with cabanas and a tasting grove set amid the downtown city views, this is a don’t-miss event. So don your finest white attire, and get ready to dance the night away. Enjoy Grey Goose cocktails and fare from some of Austin’s finest eateries.

The White Party will take place at the Long Center City Terrace on Friday, May 25 from 8 pm to midnight. The after party will be held on the terrace of Trace.

Tickets are $175 until May 24. For more information on tickets, exclusive cabanas, tables, or sponsorships, click here.

Photo by John Pesina

LifeWorks strives to transition youth and families from crisis to safety and success. Currently LifeWorks operates 17 programs spanning housing, counseling and youth development; touching the lives of over 10,000 families each year. It is Austin’s only non-profit organization to provide a continuum of services to youth and families, addressing critical needs to achieve lasting, positive change.


Start:May 25, 2012
End:May 25, 2012
Venue:The Long Center City Terrace
701 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX, United States, 78704

May 19, 2012

Art Bra Austin

Art Bra Austin is a tribute to the fighting spirit of breast cancer survivors. Clad in eclectic art bras, breast cancer survivors strut their stuff down the runway to raise funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas (BCRC). One-of-a-kind live and silent auction packages, including several art bras, are second in allure only to the models themselves. The evening promises to be as funky, fierce and feminine as the breast cancer survivors it serves.

Austin Music Hall will play home to this year’s event, which is set to take place on Saturday, May 19 from 7pm – 11pm. Attendees will enjoy live music by Audioroad and Cover Girls, and delicious treats from Cover 3, J. Black’s, Olive & June, Opal Divine’s, Moonshine, NXNW, NoRTH and Vivo. Ticket information is available here. All proceeds remain in the community to support the 2,600 clients BCRC serves annually throughout the 10-country service area.

A distinguished panel of art and fashion professionals – Gail Chovan, Dean Fredrick, and Daryl Howard – will jury this year entries. Take a peek at some of this year’s inspiration!





Start:May 19, 2012 7:00 pm
End:May 19, 2012 11:00 pm
Venue:Austin Music Hall
208 Nueces Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78701

May 18, 2012

AMOA Celebrates International Museum Day

In celebration of International Museum Day on May 18, Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) will be opening its doors to all with free admission at both of its locations. AMOA-Arthouse will be offering a special discounted price to play the artist-designed miniature golf exhibition, Art on the Green, at the Laguna Gloria location, only two days before the exhibition closes on May 20, 2012. The museum’s downtown location, the Jones Center, encourages the public to come by, take advantage of the free admission, and view Texas Prize, the triennial juried exhibition that awards one Texas-based artist $30,000.

Art on the Green is an outdoor installation, a social event for all ages, and a new type of art experience. Austin artists, architects, and landscape architects designed the ten interactive, miniature golf holes, which range from playful to smart, humorous to sophisticated. Visitors can play the nine-hole course while exploring Laguna Gloria’s formal and picturesque grounds and outdoor sculptures. A bonus tenth hole encourages play in the downtown lobby of the Jones Center.

Art on the Green Exhibit at Laguna Gloria

The Texas Prize recognizes innovation, talent, and a marked contribution to a thriving Texas artistic community.  A diverse group of Texas-based professionals nominates several contemporary artists. A separate international jury of artists, curators, and scholars then selects three finalists for an exhibition and full-color catalogue. One finalist receives a $30,000 prize — the most significant ongoing initiative supporting emerging and under-recognized professional artists working in the state.

2012 Texas Prize Finalists:

Jamal Cyrus is a mixed media artist whose work addresses revisionist history, radical politics, and the various uses of sound throughout the African Diaspora. (Houston)

Will Henry’s paintings combine austere West Texas landscapes with Minimalist art to achieve mysterious effects and dry humor. (Houston)

Jeff Williams uses natural phenomena and industrial materials to create site-specific sculptural works that intervene in a structures architecture. (Austin)

On Friday, May 18, visitors to Laguna Gloria will be able to play the Art on the Green course for a discounted price of $4 adults/$2 children for non-members, and $2 adults/ $1 children for members. Also on view at Laguna Gloria during this time are Collection Selections: The Barrett Collection in the Driscoll Villa, and the perennial Seeing Special Things Student Art Exhibition in the Gatehouse GalleryAt the Jones Center, the aforementioned Texas Prize is on view, in addition to Amie Siegel’s exhibition Black Moon, plus Julia Oschatz’ film Odds and Ends: Venus, and Ezra Wube’s Amora on the Congress Avenue screen.

In recognition of the important role museums play in their communities, AMOA-Arthouse invites visitors to share their museum experiences during Art Museum Day on a special printed form (available at both locations, and via social media) with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay in a collective public response. Participation in the international event highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and record their encounters with works of art.

"A Burning Man" by Will Henry, part of the Texas Prize display at the Jones Center

“With our recent merger behind us, we are extraordinarily pleased to be invited to participate in this international event,” said Jack Nokes, interim executive director of AMOA-Arthouse. “By showcasing our two architecturally-significant locations on this special day, our hope is that more people from across Central Texas will become familiar with the museum, our exhibitions, public programs, and education initiatives…whether that be through viewing the work of our three Texas Prize finalists at the Jones Center, or spending an afternoon playing our phenomenally-successful miniature golf exhibition, Art on the Green, at Laguna Gloria.”

In 2011, more than 100 other museums across North America participated in International Museum Day.

Start:May 18, 2012 8:00 am
End:May 18, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue:Various locations
Austin, TX, United States

May 16, 2012

Bark For a Cause

Come join in on some Texas fun while helping to support Austin’s largest no-kill, non-profit pet adoption center, the Austin Humane Society. The Winfield Inn and The Simplifiers are hosting Bark For A Cause on Wednesday, May 16th from 6 to 9 pm. This fundraising event is sure to be a casual, family- friendly evening of socializing and fun that will build awareness of the opportunities to contribute to a long-standing organization and cause.

This Texas Country Fair themed event includes a silent auction, appetizers, BBQ, cocktails, and a dessert bar. Guests will enjoy fair games, a photo booth, and live music as they mingle with a community of like-minded pet lovers and raise money for a good cause!

Leaders in the Austin events industry, including The Simplifiers, Premiere Party Central, Say Cheese Photo Booth, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Cory Ryan Photography, Central Market, The Lemonade Co., D Zine Graphics, Sweet Stuff, Texas Pie Company, and Simon Lee Bakery are banding together to provide an unforgettable evening under the stars.

Tickets run $25 for an individual, $40 for a couple, and $175 for a table (8 guests). All proceeds benefit the Austin Humane Society.

All ages are welcome to attend Bark For A Cause. Click here to purchase tickets.

About the Austin Humane Society

Formed in 1952, AHS is the largest no-kill, non-profit pet adoption center in Austin. The Austin Humane Society is dedicated to saving Austin’s homeless cats and dogs, educating the Austin community about responsible pet ownership and reducing pet over-population. The Austin Humane Society is a community resource that promotes compassion toward animals.

Start:May 16, 2012
End:May 16, 2012
Venue:The Winfield Inn
900 Scott Street, Kyle, TX, United States, 78640

May 12, 2012

Art Of The Pot Ceramic Studio Tour

Photo Credit: Suzanne Pressman

Four studios and fifteen artists will be showcased in the ninth annual Art of the Pot Austin Ceramic Studio Tour and Sale this Mother’s Day weekend. Join Austin potters Chris Campbell, Keith Kreeger, Ryan McKerley, Lisa Orr and Claudia Reese as they open up their studios for you to enjoy the art of pottery. The tour is free and open to the public, and runs on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

 Art of the Pot is a collective of Austin-based potters committed to expanding the reach of contemporary studio pottery through studio tours, public lectures and gallery exhibitions.  Each year, Art of the Pot brings some of the top ceramic artists in the country to Austin for the invitational pottery show.

“We’re thrilled to have such high caliber artists in our lineup again this year,” says Kreeger. “The tour has grown in scale and stature in Austin and across the country. Visitors will see the limitless possibilities of our medium in the wide range of work on view.” The ten nationally recognized guest artists come from as far away as New York, California, Maine, North Carolina, Washington state, Missouri and Pennsylvania

Photo Credit: Suzanne Pressman

The tours are complete with eats and drinks. Saturday’s tour kicks off with food from Snack Bar on South Congress and coffee at Lisa Orr studio, and the day ends with “Tacos, Shots & Pots” at Keith Kreeger studio. Sunday’s tour will feature brunch fare at Claudia Reese studio, and pizza from East Side Pies at Ryan McKerley/Chris Campbell studio.

Prior to the weekend’s tour, Art of the Pot is offering you the opportunity to go behind the scenes with some of their artists with a Free Ceramics Workshop on Thursday, May 10, 12-4pm at the Dougherty Arts Center. Guest artists Deb Schwartzkopf (WA), Gwendolyn Yoppolo (NC) and Michael Kline will (NC) will discuss and demonstrate their creative approaches and technical knowledge.

A special  VIP Collector’s Preview Tour will be held on Friday, May 11, 6-9pm. Private bus tour, with cocktails and refreshments at each studio. VIP tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.

Start:May 12, 2012
End:May 13, 2012
Austin, TX, United States

May 11, 2012

Pachanga Festival, Voted “Best of the Fests,” Brings Latin-Themed Music To Austin

Pachanga is a Latin-themed music, cultural arts and food festival dedicated to showcasing the vibrant blend of Latino-created music and art along with the impact it has on American culture today. In Spanish, its translation is literally “a lively party,” and that’s exactly what it is.

The Pachanga Festival — voted “Best of the Fests” by the Austin Chronicle – is Austin’s first Latin-themed music, arts and food festival and has closed out Austin Latino Music Month every May for the past 4 years. In its 5rd year, Pachanga is destined for success.

This year’s festival features 4 stages and over 20 acts from around the world, including Calle 13, Los Lonely Boys, Peligrosa, Chingo Bling, Ana Tijoux, and La Santa Cecilia. The music kicks off on Friday evening at 6:30pm at Fiesta Gardens. It will end on Friday evening around 10:30, and run all all day on Saturday from 1pm to 10:30pm.

Tickets, including single day, two-day passes, and VIP passes,  can be purchased online here. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the FuturoFund Austin, a collective effort to engage the community through philanthropy and leadership.

Check out the full line-up below!

2012 Pachanga Artists

Friday, May 11th

Calle 13 
Chingo Bling 

Saturday, May 12th

Los Lonely Boys
Chico Trujillo
Alejandro Escovedo
Ana Tijoux
Girl In A Coma
Forro in The Dark
Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
La Santa Cecilia
Davíd Garza
Gustavo Galindo
Patricia Vonne
Maneja Beto
Umano Ache
El Dusty
Los Bandidos Cosmicos
Anthropos Musicians Collective


Start:May 11, 2012
End:May 12, 2012
Venue:FIesta Gardens
2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78702

April 29, 2012

Harvest Room at Royal Fig’s Artisan Dinner Series

To launch their new supper club, fresh and seasonal Royal Fig Catering will be hosting an Artisan Dinner Series in their beautiful new Harvest Room. Austin’s favorite cheese shop, Antonelli’s, will be part of the debut dinner, along with Chef Dan Stacy, fresh off the successful launch of Royal Fig’s mobile venture The Seedling Truck.

The first Artisan Dinner will feature five cheesy courses that will highlight Chef Dan Stacy’s culinary attention to detail, quality and artistry as he showcases a selection of Antonelli’s artisanal cheeses. The meal will also include a cheese commentary by Cheese-monger Paul Kiry.

At Antonelli’s, an artisanal is described as “cheese that’s been touched by hands.” While a “farmstead cheese” is one that is made on a farm that also cares for its own animals, often meaning that the same group of folks who take care of the animals also make the cheese and that the milk doesn’t have to travel far or sit long before being made into cheese.

While the lines can get blurry between artisanal and industrial cheese, Antonelli’s distinctly chooses to focus primarily on artisanal cheese. These cheeses have taken a good deal of human labor to create and can be traced to cheesemakers and the milk source.

Cheese-monger and Wholesale Manager Paul Kiry will talk about the selections and pairings throughout the service. This event is open to the public and is B.Y.O.B. Diners are encouraged to bring their favorite wines, brews, or other beverages to complement the meal.

The Harvest Room has a warmly rich yet rustic atmosphere, and with a capacity of about 40 will serve as a versatile space not only for Royal Fig’s multi-series supper club, but also rehearsal dinners, showers, corporate events and functions of all kinds.

The Artisan Dinner featuring Antonelli’s will begin Sunday, April 29th at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $65 each by contacting Harvest Room Manager Jerod Hruska by phone at 739-3233 or email him at  Due to limited seating, please include the number in the party and secure with a credit card number and expiration date.

Royal Fig prides itself in its use of fresh, seasonal ingredients that come from organic farms throughout central Texas. Each menu is created with seasonality in mind, so that guests will be eating food at the peak of freshness.

Royal Fig is dedicated to providing full service catering with outstanding customer service and attention to every detail. They cater many types of events from the very formal to the relaxed and casual.

Start:April 29, 2012
End:April 29, 2012
Venue:The Harvest Room at Royal Fig
4238 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, United States, 78746

April 22, 2012

Celebrate 78701 with the 8th Annual Downtown Living Tour

This Sunday, experience the city with the 8th Annual Downtown Living Tour, featuring 15 homes, historic landmarks, modern residences, and commercial spaces all located in 78701.

Fans of architecture, exterior and interior design and décor will see the makeup of downtown with historic buildings like the 1882 Graeber house renovated into a 4,600 sq. ft. urban home by the late, renowned architect David Graeber, juxtaposed with newer builds like The Milago Condominiums on Lady Bird Lake, and The Railyard Condominiums. Get inspired by the use of space and experience city living!

Graeber House

Offering a glimpse into downtown, a wide variety of stops are on The Tour for the 8th incarnation including:

The Buttrey Building: 107 W. 6th Street
The Graeber Residence: 410 E. 6th Street (Architect David Graeber)
The 5FiftyFive: 555 E. 5th Street, Unit 2729
360 Condominiums: 360 Nueces Street
604 West 11th Street
The Railyard Condominiums: 4th Street between Brazos and Trinity Street
The Milago Condominiums: 54 Rainey Street, Penthouse 08
The Towers of Town Lake: 40 N I-35
The Shore Condominiums: 603 Davis Street
Residences at the W Austin: 200 Lavaca Street

*Stops for sale on the market are subject to change

For tour-goers who wish to take it up a notch and gain access to exclusive stops, the VIP package includes:

Four Seasons Residences: 98 San Jacinto Boulevard
The Speaker’s Apartment at The Capitol
The Austin Woman’s Club: 710 San Antonio Street
The Austonian: 200 Congress Avenue
Plus, VIP After Party at Bar Louie: 123 W. 6th Street (Drinks, appetizers and live music included with VIP ticket)

General Admission Tickets are $25. General Admission + VIP After Party at Bar Louie are $40. VIP Package (including exclusive stops + After Party) is $75. *Early Bird Prices listed here are valid until April 20. Click here for tickets and more information.

Will call will be located at The Buttrey Building. Tour-goers are encouraged to walk, bike, pedicab or take CapMetro to visit the properties in any order, on the self-guided tour. A portion of proceeds from The Downtown Living Tour will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).

The 8th Annual Downtown Living Tour is presented by The Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA), an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live, work and play downtown. DANA influences decisions that affect downtown, educates and listens to residents and stakeholders about downtown and issues that affect them, and fosters a downtown community through social events.

The W Austin

Start:April 22, 2012 11:00 am
End:April 22, 2012 5:00 pm