The Wild World Natural Wine Festival takes place again this month in the Hill Country. The event features wild-fermented wineries and breweries from around the world. It takes place at Jester King Brewery on Saturday May 14 from 1-6 p.m., then Sunday May 15 from 12-6:30 p.m. It’s $95 for two-day access. Tickets for shuttles from the Carpenter Hotel to the Brewery are available for $12.50 each way. The first festival took place in 2019.
And before the event, the famous Basque chef Iñaki Aizpitarte of the Parisian restaurant Le Chateaubriand is preparing a launch dinner with Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria on Friday May 13. The prix fixe menu will be paired with optional wines from participating wineries. It’s $75 and runs from 6-8 p.m. at the East Austin Restaurant.
Austin Chefs Mix
Major Mexican restaurant Allandale Fonda San Miguel has hired two new chefs after co-founder and chef Miguel Ravago, who opened the restaurant with Tom Gilliland in 1975, died in 2017 of lung cancer. Blanca Zesati will be in charge of sourcing ingredients with the aim of creating foods that include the diet. She previously worked at Miraval Resort & Spa in Austin as an executive sous chef. Carlos Monroy, originally from Mexico City, studied at the culinary school Colegio Superior de Gastronomia and worked at the catering company Servido as an executive chef.
Austin Restaurant Award Winners
The winners of the CultureMap Tastemakers Award were announced last week. These include food truck Cuantos Tacos as Restaurant of the Year, Edgar Rico from Nixta as Chef of the Year, Tiki Tatsu-ya as Bar of the Year, Amanda Turner from Olamai as as Rising Chef of the Year and many more.
Upcoming Attractions in the Austin Area
Austin Tso’s Chinese delivery restaurant will open a fourth location in Round Rock in the fall of 2022. It will be at 2000 North May Streets, Suite 108.
Steakhouse chain Perry’s Restaurants is opening a second Austin location, Carve American Grille, in the Allandale neighborhood later this year. The restaurant is in the Gove development on West 45th Street and Bull Creek Road.
The Austin-based chain Pluckers is expanding with three new restaurants in Texas in 2023. The first will open in the Brooks neighborhood of San Antonio in the first quarter of next year, then in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston, then in the Southpark Meadows neighborhood of Austin in the third quarter.
Texas supermarket HEB is opening a location in Georgetown in the spring of 2023, with its True Texas BBQ restaurant and barbecue. It is located at 1010 West University Avenue.
Another Texas Wine Dinner
Stonewall, Texas Winery Kuhlman Cellars is hosting a five-course spring wine dinner on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are $180 for wine club members and $180 otherwise. It starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and dinner at 7:30 p.m.