Trace restaurant and the W Hotel are hosting several events in anticipation of the upcoming Austin Food & Wine Festival. First, New York pastry chef Pichet Ong and Trace’s own Executive Pastry Chef (and former protégé of Ong), Janina O’Leary will be reuniting to host a dessert event at Trace: Late Night Sweet Treats. Author of “The Sweet Spot” Chef Ong has been named one of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America by Pastry Arts & Design.
The courses include Barely Buzzed (a delightful crema panna cotta, lavender & round rock honey biscuit); Cream Soda (a market berry vanilla swirl ice cream, black pepper geniose and Dr. Pepper reduction) and finally a Smoked Chocolate Cream Beignet consisting of dulce de leche and caramelized white chocoloate chili ice cream.
The W’s in-house libationist Joyce Garrison will be pairing drinks with each course include her signatures: a deconstructed aviation and the pineapple kid. Then the night will finish with assorted petite fours.
WHEN: Thursday, April 26 at 9 p.m.
Trace at the W Hotel
200 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701
TICKETS: $25 per person, or $40 per person with cocktail pairings. Call 512-542-3660 for reservation.
The food and drink lifestyle website Food Republic is hosting a Test Kitchen and interview lounge at The Living Room at the W. The site, launched in spring 2011 and co-founded by Chef and James Beard winner Marcus Samuelson, explores a unique side of food conversations by showcasing a variety of content and unique interviews with not just food persoalities but musicians, athletes and actors that are interested in the culinary world.
The lounge will give guests the opportunity to speak to chefs, musicians and entertainers all in town for the weekend’s Food & Wine Festival. The Food Republic team will also be on hand to film cooking demos in Trace’s kitchen with noted chefs and Austin culinary personalities.
WHEN: Friday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Food Republic’s Test Kitchen
The Living Room at the W Austin
200 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78703
Free but limited number of spots (recommend arriving early)