New To Austin Food + Wine Festival In 2017

We’re so excited for Austin Food + Wine Festival 2017! We’ve got a new evening event and so many festival first-timers. We love welcoming back returning favorites, but we’ve also got a lot of new chefs showcasing their talent this year — and we wanted to highlight a few.


Ludo Lefebvre is a Chef at Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, and LudoBird. In December 2015, Ludo became a “knight” when he received the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres award from his home country of France. He has also been named one of the 50 Greatest Chefs in the World by Relais & Châteaux, and was a James Beard finalist for Rising Star Chef. Additionally, he has received the prestigious Mobil 5 Star Award at two different Los Angeles Restaurants, L’Orangerie and Bastide. Additionally, Ludo produces and stars in the Ludo à la Maison, a home cooking series which brings accessible French cooking to its audience.


Alon Shaya is Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya, a modern Israeli restaurant. In 2016, Shaya won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best New Restaurant” and GQ named Shaya among their “12 Best New Restaurants of 2016.” Additionally, Food & Wine included Shaya in its coveted “2016 Restaurants of the Year” list. Based in New Orleans, you can find him dodging potholes on his Vepsa en route to the farmers market, grooving to live music at a festival, or fishing and hunting on the bayou.


Amanda Freitag is an award winning chef, TV personality and cookbook author, and she is the co-star of Food Network’s hit series, Chopped and Chopped Junior. She has battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, competed for the title of America’s Next Iron Chef, co-hosted American Diner Revival alongside Ty Pennington, and contributed to Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats. Her first cookbook, The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chefs Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking, was released in September 2015. When she is not in the kitchen, Amanda enjoys traveling the world and collecting restaurant menus to add to her ever-growing collection.


Matt Bolus is the Executive Chef at The 404 Kitchen. Bolus attended Le Cordon Bleu in London where he received the Grand Diplôme in 2003. Bolus takes a hands on approach to his cuisine, insisting upon seeing, smelling and tasting every ingredient that comes through the door. The 404 Kitchen has been named Best Restaurant in Nashville by Eater Nashville, the writer’s choice Best Restaurant in Nashville Scene, one of the 25 Best Restaurants in Thrillist and The Tennessean, and one of the Best Whiskey Bars in America by Travel + Leisure.


Jimmy Bannos, a third-generation restaurateur, is the Chef/Owner at Heaven on Seven. Bannos’ bustling New Orleans-style Heaven on Seven restaurants have been some of the most popular eateries in Chicago for 35 years. Serving a highly personalized interpretation of New Orleans and Southern cooking, Bannos has smartly reinvented his food and his restaurant over the years to keep his concept fresh and vibrant. Jimmy is a leading figure in the community, and has donated his time and efforts to such causes as Hurricane Katrina relief, Meals on Wheels and March of Dimes.


Jimmy Bannos Jr., a fourth-generation restaurateur, is the Chef/Partner at The Purple Pig. After a six-month excursion to Italy to immerse himself in the culture, foods and wines, Jimmy then spent three and a half years in New York City under Mario Batali. Jimmy returned to Chicago in 2009 to open The Purple Pig, showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece and Spain. Jimmy was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef in 2013 and 2014, winning the prestigious award in 2014.

Plus, we’ve got plenty of other amazing Austin Food + Wine Festival first timers:

Joe Anguiano, VOX Table

Jeff Balfour, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

Stephen Bonin, Geraldine’s

John Brand, Supper at Hotel Emma

Taylor Chambers, Justine’s Brasserie

Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye

Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie

Kazu Fukumoto, Fukumoto: Sushi and Yakitori Izakaya

Albert Gonzalez, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

Zach Hunter, The Brewer’s Table

Mia Li, Kuneho

Geronimo Lopez, Botika

Harold Marmulstein, Salty Sow

Michael Paley, Central Standard

Marco Silverstrini, Dolce Neve

Anthony Sobotik, Lick Honest Ice Cream

Eddie Solis, Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ

George Thomas, Unit-D Pizzeria

Jim Tripi, Eberly

Carmen Valera, Tamale House East

Jacob Weaver, Justine’s

And don’t forget…

We’ve got a whole new evening event, too – Lone Star Nights! Spend your Friday night mingling with Texas chefs, enjoying their take on global street market food. Go All-In to enjoy this exclusive event — and find out more about it here.

This article was posted on January 6, 2017