Hugh Acheson, Alon Shaya and other celebrity chefs to participate in Austin dinner series

The Austin Food & Wine Alliance will raise money for its grant program this year with an impressive series of dinners featuring some of Austin’s top chefs and celebrity chefs from around the country.

The chefs will appear in conversation before preparing multi-course dinners in collaboration with local chefs at various Austin restaurants, and the meal prices will included autographed books from the chefs.

Chef Hugh Acheson

The series kicks off June 28 with Matt Jennings of Boston’s The Townsman at Olamaie in collaboration with chef Michael Fojtasek. Tickets are $225 and can be purchased online.

Other dates include Georgia chef and television celebrity Hugh Acheson cooking with chef Kevin Fink at Emmer & Rye on July 30 ($250); acclaimed New Orleans chef Alon Shaya cooking at Emmer & Rye on Sept. 10 ($250); and famed Italian chef Lidia Bastianich cooking at Italian restaurant L’Oca d’Oro with chef Fiore Tedesco on Nov. 8 ($350).   

Proceeds from the meals benefit the grant program of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance and can be purchased online now at


Author: Matthew Odam

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

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