Olamaie welcomes some of country’s best female chefs for special dinner Monday

The restaurant Olamaie, my number one restaurant in Austin two of the last three years, is named after several generations of women in chef-owner Michael Fojtasek’s family, and Monday night the Texas native will welcome five of the country’s top female chefs to cook a collaborative dinner at his Southern restaurant. Entitled “SXSW Cook Out Loud: How to Create the Shift for a Better Restaurant Culture,” the event Monday night is part of South by Southwest’s Soutbites programming and is open to the public.

The evening will feature a cocktail hour, passed apps and five-course meal with pairings prepared by chefs Ashley Christensen of Poole’s in Raleigh, N.C. (2014 James Beard Best Chef Southeast); Sarah Gruenberg of Monteverde in Chicago (2017 James Beard Best Chef Great Lakes); Alex Raij of El Quinto Pino in NYC (five times Beard semifinalist); Ashleigh Martin, culinary assistant to Vivian Howard at the Chef and the Farmer; and multiple James Beard winner and pastry wizard Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar. Alba Huerta of Houston’s Juniper and wine expert Carla Rza Betts will offer cocktail and wine pairings.

Author: Matthew Odam

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

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