Red Star Southern chef Erica Waksmunski joins Cirkiel’s Parkside Projects

Erica Waksmunski has joined Shawn Cirkiel’s Parkside Projects as executive pastry chef. (Credit: Ryan Taylor)
Erica Waksmunski has joined Shawn Cirkiel’s Parkside Projects as executive pastry chef. (Credit: Ryan Taylor)

Red Star Southern comfort food trailer chef Erica Waksmunski has joined Shawn Cirkiel’s Parkside Projects as executive pastry chef and will oversee all the dessert programs and menus at Parkside, Olive & June and Backspace, Parkside announced today.

New Orleans-born and Virginia-bred Waksmunski, who has drawn attention to her East Austin trailer on the strength of items like her pulled pork sandwiched and irreverent humor on social media, previously served as executive pastry chef at David Bull’s Congress.

Waksmunski, who has also spent time staging in illustrious kitchens like Thomas Keller’s and Sons & Daughters in San Francisco, will continue to operate her trailer outside the Grackle bar on East Sixth Street.

“Shawn is giving her complete flexibility to make her own schedule appropriately at Parkside Projects so she can still physically be at the trailer, too,” a representative said.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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