Executive pastry chef and native Texan Janina O’Leary, who has worked at Per Se, Del Posto and Trace at the W Hotel, will join several other chefs for the festival’s unofficial kickoff event, Feast Under the Stars, on Thursday for a family-style al fresco meal.
Most overrated/underrated food?
Fried chicken sandwich is both underrated/overrated. They are everywhere, but they are pretty darn good when they are made right.
Just home from a long night in the kitchen, what are you drinking?
A margarita or a glass of wine.
What’s the next buzzy food coming to restaurant menus?
New Orleans-style food.
Last meal in America (not at one of your restaurants), where do you go?
I would stay home and eat anything my husband cooks or go to Tia Pol in NYC … We can eat the whole menu in one sitting.
Neapolitan or New York-style pizza?
New York-style pizza that’s been sitting on the counter and reheated to order. (Great memories.)
Cake or pie?
I wouldn’t dare choose.
Dream four-person dinner party?
My husband and two sons. The only thing better than a great meal is enjoying it with loved ones.
Bagel or breakfast taco?
Breakfast taco. Chorizo and eggs, please.
The Austin Food and Wine Festival takes place April 22-24 at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park. For tickets and more information, visit austinfoodandwinefestival.com.