Austin Entertains 2017

The Junior League of Austin proudly presents Austin Entertains

A culinary experience led by Austin’s greatest female chefs to be held at Brazos Hall on May 4, 2017. The evening event will combine tastings from the women who are leading Austin’s culinary scene, libations from local mixologists, and a live music showcase. All funds raised through this event will benefit The Junior League of Austin and its mission of developing the potential of women and improving the Austin community.
While the talent showcased at Austin Entertains will cover a variety of fields within the hospitality industry – chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists and sommeliers, all will have one thing in common – being women. Austin has emerged as a foodie mecca with a thriving food scene that has been heralded nation-wide. This event is a one-of-a-kind look at the women that are behind it all.

A pre-event, Macaron & Merlot, will be held on April 30, 2017, at Juliet Ristorante. Female pastry chefs will compete for the best macaron while Austin’s most experienced sommeliers pair these delicious creations with delightful sips of their favorite merlot.

Both events hosted by The Junior League of Austin, which is made up of more than 2,500 members that actively serve the community by volunteering a total of more than 150,000 hours of service through Coats for Kids, FIT-Food In Tummies, and at more than 30 local non-profits.

Funds raised at this year’s Austin Entertains will support signature programs of The Junior League of Austin including: 
Coats for Kids, a community project that collects and distributes more than 35,000 coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas. Each year, The Junior League of Austin, Jack Brown Cleaners, 98.1 KVET and KVUE partner to bring the community together to ensure that the children of Central Texas stay warm.

FIT-Food In Tummies, a unique project of The Junior League of Austin designed to provide weekend nourishment to children in economically disadvantaged situations. By feeding an entire student population that is currently experiencing food insecurity, school administrators have seen improved school attendance, improved student health and other benefits.

Guests at Austin Entertains will be treated to the signature flavors that make Austin the entertaining destination it is today.

Austin Entertains 2017 Featured Women include:

Alma Alcocer-Thomas
Executive Chef | El Alma
Originally from Mexico City, Chef Alma Alcocer came to Austin in 1989. Today, Alcocer can be found at both El Alma and a new eatery called Alcomar, concocting new Mexican seafood delights that reflect her own style as well as the evolving palates of Austinites.

Amanda Rockman
Executive Pastry Chef | South Congress Hotel
Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman externed at Farallon in San Francisco, working under Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti. Rockman later moved to Chicago, where she worked at Tru and helped open Laurent Gras’s L20. She is now Executive Pastry Chef at the South Congress Hotel in Austin.

Mandi Nelson
Beverage Director | New Waterloo
As Beverage Director and Certified Wine Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommelier, Mandi leverages her knowledge of wine and spirits to provide quality beverage programs at New Waterloo properties.

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