Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (CDT)
The Bridges Ranch at Wimberley
Wimberley, Texas 78676
Cost: See Below
There’s nothing that says Texas more than an outrageously big outdoor barbecue in the Hill Country, and that’s where you'll find Austin chefs Larry McGuire and Lou Lambert roasting an entire 1,200-pound steer at the second-annual Vaca y Vino celebration on April 21. Set on Bridges Ranch, a private venue on a thousand acres dotted with oak trees and Longhorns just outside of Austin, Vaca y Vino promises to be one great five-hour dinner party, with delicious food, fine Argentine wine and local craft beer, and live tunes by Doug Strahan and the Good Neighbors.
Vaca y Vino is not your average Sunday afternoon get-together. The event, which is sponsored by Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, was inspired by South American chef Francis Mallmann and a recipe for Una Vaca Entera (“the entire cow”) that appears in his cookbook Seven Fires. “Having both a family cattle operation and a passion for barbecue, we had to try it,” said Will Bridges, a co-founder of Lamberts. McGuire and Lambert will follow suit in the same Argentine style as they prepare the massive piece of meat for the three hundred or so guests lucky enough to secure a ticket. Carving is a big production. In fact, at last year’s shindig, according to an article in the New York Times, the cooking crew “did a practice run with a 350-pound half cow.”
In addition to the roasted meat, the menu also includes empanadas stuffed with ricotta and Swiss chard; spring vegetable caldo; grilled lettuces, escarole, and red onion salad; warm new potato salad with parsley, mustard, and capers; Lamberts sausages; chimichurri; and chocotorta. Fine Argentine wines will be served as well as local craft brews including Pedernales, Live Oak, Austin Beerworks, and Rogness.
All proceeds from Vaca y Vino will be donated to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), a national organization that supports independent farmers and protects a healthy food supply for American consumers. Tickets are $100 per person (no transportation) or $120 per person (includes transportation from downtown Austin to and from the event) and can be purchased at vacayvino2013.eventbrite.com.