Wednesday, June 29 2022

Summer Camp for Chefs is coming to Austin, TX on Memorial Day weekend with the highly anticipated return of Hot Luck Fest. This laid-back food and music festival last took place in 2019 and was put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now organizers are promising a full epic return of the locals’ favorite event.

Founded by James Beard Award winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit manager and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Feast Portland co-founder Mike Thelin, Hot Luck is more like a backyard barbecue than another big festival. of music and gastronomy.

Hosted entirely by Franklin, Hot Luck brings together some of his favorite chefs, cooks and musicians from across the country in a celebration of unpretentious food and music without borders.

The Hot Luck formula is simple: fun food events by day, Austin nightlife with live entertainment at some of Austin’s most iconic clubs, including Mohawk and Antone’s. It’s where some of America’s most celebrated chefs can cook as they would for their friends and family. With a relaxed vibe, they can share tips and stories with attendees, hop into each other’s stations to lend a hand, and close out the evening by seeing live bands at night.

Joining Franklin are local favorites like Yoshi Okai of Otoko, Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro, and guest chefs like Alon Shaya of Saba in New Orleans, Christina Tossi of Milk Bar, and many more.

Music artists include indie rock superstars Superchunk, garage punk savants Shannon and The Clams, hip-hop icon DJ Jazzy Jeff with DJ Mel, Cam Cole (perhaps best known as the busker of blues that save the day on Ted Lasso) and the Joe Marcinek Band with George Porter Jr. (of The Meters), among others.

Hot Luck and the Southern Smoke Foundation joined forces in 2019 in a forward-looking partnership focused on helping people in our industry when they need it most; the foundation is the charitable beneficiary of this year’s festival.

“I’m super happy that we’re able to bring Hot Luck back this year,” Franklin said. “I invited a lot of my friends to come to Austin to cook. We’ve all been through a lot over the past year and a half, and it will be fun to all come together and catch up, and help out our friends at Southern Smoke, who continue to serve our industry steadfastly.

Founded by award-winning chef James Beard and Houstonian Chris Shepherd, Southern Smoke is an emergency relief organization for people in the food and beverage industry, providing funds directly to people in need battling health crises. , damage caused by winter storms, natural disasters, mental illness. health needs and people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide a crucial safety net for an industry that often lacks one.

Events taking place over the weekend of May 26-29 include the Hue, the Thursday night industry welcome pizza party, the Hi how are you? Friday event at Franklin Barbecue and Al Fuego at the Wild Onion Ranch main event on Saturday.

The Whole Enchilada Pass, which offers a chance to enjoy Hot Luck nose to tail, is the only way to access the industry launch Giddy Up at Mohawk and provides access to all music shows.


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