Aaron Franklin and friend’s Hot Luck has been billed as a food and music festival. What does that mean? Well, there will be live music (with acts like Thurston Moore and Black Lips performing across town, as the Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith reports this morning) and there will be food programming. But there will also be hybrid food-and-music programming. To wit: newly minted Food & Wine Best New Chef in America, Yoshi Okai of Otoko (also a wicked rock frontman) will serve Japanese cuisine at Barracuda while Japanese pop-punk band Shonen Knife rocks out. That is just one of the new food-programming announcements this morning from the festival that takes place in Austin May 18-21.
The Japanese event is just one piece of the new programming announced today by Hot Luck. The festival also announced a Brunch Series (May 21) and released a new roster of participating chefs, which include Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions, Portland), Ben Runkle (Salt and Time), Kristine Kittrell (Weather Up) for “Hawaii, Texas,” Laura Loomis (Two Bros BBQ Market, San Antonio) and others.
The Brunch Series will take places around Austin, as Contigo chef Andrew Wiseheart hosts guest chef Adam Sappington from The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar (Portland); L’Oca d’Oro’s Fiore Tedesco will share his kitchen with chef Joshua McFadden from Ava Gene’s and Tusk (Portland); and Chad Dolezal of The Hightower will team with chef Steve McHugh from Cured (San Antonio).
Tickets for the brunch, the Shonen Knife-Okai combo and other individual programming like The Hi Lo and Al Fuego are for sale on the festival’s site and are also included in the Whole Enchilada package, of which there are only a limited number remaining.
Two events exclusively offered to Whole Enchilada tickets holders are the May 18 kick-off event, “Hi, How Are You?,” where Arron Franklin welcomes Korean barbecue wiz Roy Choi of Kogi, and “Hawaii, Texas,” a tiki-themed cocktail and pig roast party on May 20 at WeatherUp. The list of culinary names added to the fest today
Chefs already announced to participate in Hot Luck include Alex Stupak, Empellón (New York); Andy Ricker, Pok Pok (Portland); Nong Poonsukwattana, Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Portland); Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston); Bryce Gilmore, Odd Duck; Callie Speer, Bombshell; and Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due.
For tickets and more information, visit hotluckfest.com. A portion of the proceeds from Hot Luck will benefit the SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.