Chef Auction 2015


Our 2015 Chef Auction allows guests to bid on exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime dinner packages prepared by Austin's hottest chefs in order to raise money for nonprofits Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots. 

 Enjoy fabulous food while doing good! 

Bid on priceless food experiences 

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THE EVENT: Thursday, October 8

On Thursday, October 9, mingle over hors d'oeuvres prepared by our Auction Chefs, wine by Alexander Vineyards, beer by ABGB and cocktails by Paula's Texas Spirits, Republic Tequila and Treaty Oak Distilling at the historic Allan House (1104 San Antonio St.) from 6–9 p.m. Live Music by Priscilla Badhwar. 

Live Auction: 

Live Auction package bidding starts at 7:30 p.m.  

Silent Auction: 

Packages from Deer Lake Lodge, Stella San Jac, Slate, Natural Epicurean, Merry-Go Experience, LaV, Austin Food & Wine Alliance's Wine & Swine, Pop Austin, Austin Fermintation Festival, SFC Farmers Market with Jack Gilmore and The Paramount Theatre. 

The Cause:

To generously support two nonprofits dedicated to providing access to healthy, nutritious food for all while also encouraging the next generation of Texans to take interest in where their food comes from.

Let's do our part to give back to the Austin community! 

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The Chefs


Tatsu Aikawa and Tako Matsumoto:
Ramen Tatsu-ya

Live Auction Package:
An omakase-style multi-course dinner for 8-10 guests prepared by the chef duo at the winning bidder's home.

About the Chefs: Chefs Tatsu and Tako met while working in Austin's nightlife scene as DJ's. Today, they are the proud pair behind Ramen Tatsu-ya, a local favorite with lines consistently out the door. They currently have two locations, the original North shop on Research Blvd and the new shop on South Lamar. 




Benjamin Baker: 
Travaasa Experiential Resorts

Live Auction Package:
A luxurious and restorative weekend package for two at Travaasa Experiential Resort including a two-night stay, a private cooking class with Chef Benjamin Baker, a tour of the Travaasa Farm and two breakfasts and one dinner at the Travaasa restaurant. And we've included a large terrarium from Slavonk & Hortus Terraria to bring a little of the outside in at your home. 

About the Chef: Chef Benjamin Baker brings to the Travaasa kitchen a good attitude, a great set of knives and a 167-year-old sourdough starter. He has a passion for baking breads and pastries and a dedication to seasonal, local and organic ingredients. 




Ji Peng Chen and Ling Qui Wu: 
Wu Chow

Live Auction Package:
A multi-course dinner for 8-10 guests in the winning bidder’s home featuring Chinese favorites and dumplings. And tomake sure you have everything you need for the dinner we've paired this dinner with a $100 Gift Card to Treehouse, the sustainable home improvement store. 

About the Chefs: Chef Ji Peng Chen was born in Fuzhou, China and has cooking in NYC and Virginia before making his way to Austin. His favorite thing about Texas so far are the chilies. Chef Ling Qui Wu is a stellar dim sum chef who was also born in Fuzhou, China. Look out for her amazing soup dumplings. 




Tyson Cole: Uchi / Uchiko

Live Auction Package:
A rare private dining experience for 8-10 guests prepared by Tyson Cole at the winning bidder’s house. Package includes an incredible custom made knife with a leather case by Weige Knives. 

About the Chef: Tyson Cole is a passionate student of the Japanese tradi­tion. He has trained for more than 10 years in Tokyo, New York, and Austin, under two different sushi masters. He continues his path of study and exper­i­men­ta­tion at Uchi, devel­oping unprece­dented, multi-cultural combi­na­tions using his impec­cable knowl­edge of tech­nique.




Sonya Coté: Eden East

Live Auction Package:
Enjoy a private farm tour of Springdale Farm followed by dinner for 10-12 at the private chef's table on the farm with cocktail pairings. And we've included a large terrarium from Slavonk & Hortus Terraria to bring a little of the outside in at your home. 
Must make reservations 2 weeks in advance. Not available on Valentines day. 

About the Chef: For Chef Sonya Coté, cooking is more than just putting food on a plate - it’s about creating "edible pieces of art", utilizing locally-grown and raised ingredients for freshness and nutrition, and educating future generations. Coté can be found splitting her time between her two restaurants and the Homegrown Revival supper club series and combing the fields of Springdale Farm for menu inspirations for Eden East.




Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher:

Live Auction Package:
Husband and wife team Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher will make sure you brunch in style at LENOIR for 8-10 people with wine pairings. 
Not applicable on Mondays.

About the Chefs: Todd and Jessica met in New York City in 2003 while working towards a future in the restaurant business. Both shared a commitment to sourcing sustainable local foods from reliable, quality producers and using those ingredients to make seriously tasty food. They also shared a dream of opening a family restaurant and knew Austin, Texas, in Todd’s home state and where Jessica attended the University of Texas, would be an ideal match. It took 5 years of hard planning and developing a relationship with Austin’s food community, but when LENOIR opened in January of 2012, their dream came to life.




Aaron Franklin: Franklin Barbecue

Live Auction Package:
Have a backyard barbecue with Aaron Franklin at your home for 20-25 of your closest friends. Package includes a copy of Aaron's book "Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto" and a Yeti Tundra 65 quart cooler. 

About the Chef: Aaron Franklin's interest in BBQ started with the backyard cookouts that he and wife, Stacy, would throw. When they opened up a small barbecue trailer on the side of an Austin, Texas, interstate in 2009, they had no idea what they’d gotten themselves into. Today, Franklin Barbecue has grown into the most popular, critically lauded and obsessed-over barbecue joint in the country (if not the world) — and Franklin is the winner of every major barbecue award there is. Six days a week, crowds stand in line for hours for a taste of his mouth-watering brisket.




Michael Cerrie and Amanda Lindquist: Stella San Jac

Live Auction Package:
Private Chef's Table for 8 on the rooftop pool deck at tThe Westin Austin Downtown. 

About the Chef: coming soon!




Casey Wilcox: Justine's Brasserie

Live Auction Package:
An exclusive, multi-course dinner for 8-10 guests prepared by Casey Wilcox at Justine's Secret House on the East Side with cocktail and wine pairings. An opulent French experience!

About the Chef: Casey Wilcox has worked in kitchens all over the nation and now prides himself on executing precise, French-inspired dishes at Justine's using a number of local ingredients. Much like Justine's Brasserie, the Secret House is ornately designed with dark, beautiful touches to create a romatically enchanting atmosphere. 


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Profits from the Edible Austin Chef Auction are donated to two nonprofits that greatly impact the Central Texas food community by providing access to healthy food and food education. 

SFCwebSustainable Food Center
The Sustainable Food Center strives to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Their programs include the SFC Farmers' Markets (Downtown, Sunset Valley, the Triangle and East), Grow Local (empowering children and adults to grow their own food by offering education and resources), Farm Direct (connecting local growers with schools, urban residents and institutional food service operations) and The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre (offering nutritional education programs to Austinites that nurture skills in food selection and preparation). 


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Urban Roots uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. They provide paid internships to Austin youth between the ages of 14 and 17 to work on their 3.5 acre urban sustainable farm in East Austin. The program allows youth interns a stable, supportive work environment along with a variety of workshops on sustainable agriculture, healthy lifestyles, life and job skills and food justice issues. The Urban Roots farm donates 40% of their harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries. 


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We'd like to thank the following Edible Austin Chef Auction Sponsors for helping to make the event a success each year and continuing to support our fundraising goals: 


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