Sunday, April 20, 2014

La Condesa Hosting Sixth Annual Cinco De Mayo Block Party Presented by Univision



La Condesa is announcing today the Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., in celebration of the rich heritage and culture of Mexico. The annual downtown festival covers the entire block of West 2nd Street between Guadalupe and San Antonio, and will feature an array of food and beverages provided by La Condesa and other local vendors.

This year's Block Party is again all ages and welcomes guests to participate in a variety of free activities for the whole family: face painting, balloon makers, dancing and live music from Este Vato, Bombasta, Dj Chicken George & Chorizo Funk, Celsius, Vitera, and more. Last year's festival grew to more than 5,000 in attendance, and is expected to continue that growth again this year.

"Last year's event was so spectacular falling on a Sunday, that we decided to do it again," says La Condesa owner Jesse Herman. "We're so proud to steward this community event and can't believe it's been six years already."

La Condesa will be serving their popular Mexican street food including grilled Mexican street corn, a selection of tacos along with their famous margaritas, aqua frescas and beverages from event sponsors Cazadores Tequila, Dos XX, and Tecate.

This neighborhood party is ideal for the whole family, with ample activities to enjoy. Area shops will also participate in the festivities featuring special gifts, novelties, and sweets to go along with the fun. Parking will be available at all downtown garages.

La Condesa
400A West 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 499-0300

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Foreign & Domestic Announces Indie Chefs Table with Jason Vincent on April 21

On Monday, April 21, Foreign & Domestic will present Indie Chefs Table, featuring Jason Vincent of Nightwood Restaurant in Chicago for a special culinary evening for guests. Created by Chef-Owner of Foreign & Domestic Ned Elliott, Indie Chefs Table events are designed to bring together the country’s top aspiring chefs to cook, collaborate, and inspire.

As an extension of Foreign & Domestic’s highly anticipated Indie Chefs Week, the event will feature monthly showcases highlighting different chefs from some of the best restaurants in the country. Jason Vincent from Nightwood Restaurant in Chicago will kick off the evening with a 45-minute lecture followed by a 7-course dinner, including courses from both Ned Elliott and Jason Vincent.

Tickets are $175 per counter seat (12 available) and $135 per table seat (35 available) including gratuity. Tax will be added via PayPal. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Seating will be limited. To purchase tickets to Indie Chefs Table, visit

“We are really excited to launch Indie Chefs Table and could not be more pleased to have Jason Vincent as the first guest chef to participate in the series,” says Ned Elliott, chef-owner of Foreign & Domestic. “Our hope is that Indie Chefs Table will start a conversation and bring new culinary ideas and inspiration to Austin.”

Indie Chefs Table will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Foreign & Domestic, located at 306 E. 53rd Street, Austin, Texas 78751.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shawn Cirkiel's chavez to Serve Special Brunch on Easter Sunday

Restaurateur Shawn Cirkiel’s chavez, the city’s newest it spot on Lady Bird Lake, will be serving a special brunch on Easter Sunday, April 20. Cirkiel, one of Austin’s most lauded chefs, has developed an innovative menu that features more than 70 sweet and savory offerings. Housed inside the newly renovated Radisson Hotel, chavez, with its sleek design and floor-to-ceiling windows, is the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy a leisurely Easter Sunday sipping on mimosas and noshing on modern Southwestern cuisine.

The Easter brunch menu features four different egg dishes, including made-to-order omelets; three salad offerings; homemade waffles, pancakes, and other traditional breakfast fare; meats from a carving station; and Southwestern classics such as empanadas, sopas, and chilaquiles. More than ten homemade treats from pastry chef Steven Cak and thirteen specialty desserts will be showcased as well. A mimosa and an additional brunch cocktail to be named are included in the price, which is $49 per person ($19 for children 12 and under). Easter brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a similar brunch menu will be offered on Mother’s Day, which is May 11.

The regular breakfast menu features everything from huevos rancheros farm eggs with crispy tostadas ($10) and chicken-fried steak with farm eggs, crispy potatoes, and white gravy ($12) to Texas French toast with pecan butter, orange sugar, and maple syrup ($9) and an egg white omelet with pasilla chili and fruit ($10). Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends). Cirkiel sources meats, fish, and produce from local purveyors when possible and combines them with the flavors he grew up with to create true Texas fare.

Spend the morning at chavez.

Chavez, located in the Radisson Hotel & Suites at 111 Cesar Chavez, is open for breakfast 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (7 a.m.-11 a.m. weekends), lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (limited menu 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and dinner 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (5 p.m.-11 p.m. weekends). For more information, call 512-328-3935 or go to