The Grand Tasting Pavilion is many things to many people – a buffet of mouthwatering morsels and thirst-quenching libations, a discovery-driven tour, a mix-and-mingle event with likeminded foodies. In addition, however, the Grand Tasting also provides artisans and small culinary businesses the opportunity to interact with new and returning fans alike, to share their story and the fruits of their passion-filled endeavors directly with you! As part of our mission to highlight the bevy of talent at this year’s Festival, we’ll be giving you an advanced look at a number of these exhibitors in our ongoing Artisan Spotlight series. First up is Pâté Letelier. Founded by Jackie Letelier, this Austin-based company prides itself on using traditional family recipes and Texas ingredients such as pecans, lavender and honey. Another upside? As often as possible, Jackie makes her delicious pâtés in small, handmade batches and she sources from area producers whenever possible (such as chicken livers from Dewberry Farms). She is an active participant in the area’s many farmers markets and values the interactions she’s able to have with fellow vendors and market-goers alike.