Austin: live music, food and wine festival

Everyone knows Austin, TX is a music town, it is known as “Live Music Capitol of the World”. The secret is slowly getting out, Austin is a food town. It seems like overnight this breakfast taco and BBQ loving city has turned into a culinary destination. You can’t walk or bike 5 feet within seeing a food trailer. Not sure if you would ever eat at a food trailer: current Top Chef winner Paul Qui,  is the chef of the  East Side King food trailers.

If you weren’t convinced of Austin’s food scene: Last week, we were invaded by celebrity chefs, tv personality’s and foodies from all over for the  first annual Austin Food and Wine Festival.

To kick-off the festival- The Food Republic (co-founded by Marcus Samuelson) set-up an Interview Lounge and Test Kitchen at the W Austin. I was lucky enough to be Food Republic’s still photographer.

Here are a selection of portraits from the W.

Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods

(L-R) Chef Pichet Ong and Trace Executive Pastry Chef Janina O’Leary. Matt Hines, musician/ The Eastern Sea

La Condesa Pastry Chef Laura Sawicki and Executive Chef Rene Ortiz

Brad Orrison, Black Angels/The Shed BBQ.

Team Uchi/Uchiko Chef’s: Tyson Cole, Paul Qui (Top Chef Winner) and Philip Speer.

Food Republic co-founder Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Food Republic co-founder Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Gail Simmons, Top Chef judge

Chef Tim Love of Woodshed


About Jo Ann Santangelo

Austin based freelance multimedia documentary photographer and storyteller.
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