Monday, May 23, 2011

Susan Tran Named Winner of the 4th Annual Pastry Competition

Congratulations to Susan Tran of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin for taking home the top prize of $5,000 in the 4th Annual Pastry Competition. The two runners-up, Andrea Morgan and Lauren Ortiz took home $1,000 each. Choosing the winner was a tough decision for our three judges led by Chef Mark Paul of Wink Restaurant, Pat Sharpe of Texas Monthly Magazine and Chef Almar Alcocer of El Chile Restaurant as all three contestants showed off amazing skill and talent!  

Friday, May 20, 2011

4th Annual Pastry Competition

Three students will battle it out this weekend competing in the 4th Annual Pastry Competition at Le Cordon Bleu Austin! Each finalist will be creating a compossed dessert, traditional Texas dessert (this year Tres Leches), a standard technique dessert, mignardises plate and basic yeast bread to showcase their skills.

Swing on by Le Cordon Bleu this Sunday from 11:30am - 2:30pm to watch the competition and see who gets crowned the winner!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


We’re kickin’ up our boots and gearing up for The Wine & Food Foundation’s first-ever Cowboys + Gauchos!  It’s sure to be a rip roarin’ good time showcasing Texas and South American BBQ and wine, so mount your caballo and mosey your way down to famed Salt Lick PAVILION to join us on May 15th at Noon.

We’ll be chowing down on the fare of cowboys and gauchos provided by local favorites La Sombra Bar & Grill, Fogo de Chao, Fleming's Steakhouse, Cafe Josie, Judges' Hill Restaurant & Bar, Pit Master Arturo Ramirez, and Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill, in addition to the Salt Lick BBQ.  Delysia Chocolatier will also be tantalizing our senses with wine-infused truffles – yum!

But don’t forget the wine! We’ll be serving up whites and reds from Texas and South American producers Fall Creek Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, McPherson Cellars, Stone House Vineyards, Lapostolle, Terrazas de los Andes, Fin del Mundo, and RJ ViƱedos. Austin’s own Thirsty Planet Brewing will be providing ice cold beer as well!

The Spirit of Flamenco performers will be there dancing and clapping a passionate rhythm and The Alvin Crow Band will provide boot scootin’ country tunes throughout the event.  Cowboys + Gauchos is a not-to-be-missed event; can’t wait to see you there!