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Real Weddings 50 I Love You So Much 64 Romance at 11,000 Feet 76

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Column: Kristin Armstrong

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Editor's Letter

The impossibly cool Steven Visneau shooting our “I Love You So Much” feature on location at La Barbecue.

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have always been in love with the idea of love. It’s why I relish the promise of a first date, read Jane Austen novels, karaoke almost exclusively to Patsy Cline songs, and watched Steel Magnolias so much growing up that my parents had to replace the tape. And, of course, I am not alone. Love, in one form or another, has been the muse of many, and was our single source of inspiration for the February issue. When we began conceptualizing this year’s Love Issue, it was with an understanding that love stories come in many forms. While you will still find our trademark “Real Weddings” feature (page 50), we also had some fun celebrating the universal things that everyone loves about our city in “I Love You So Much” (page 64). Former editor Lauren Smith Ford returns to the pages of TRIBEZA to share her own love story and show us the splendid and wondrous wilds of Colorado’s Dunton Hot Springs in “Romance at 11,000 Feet” (page 76). We also pay visits to a wedding photographer, chocolate maker and the women of buzzed about dating app Bumble. But perhaps the most timely meditation happened in Dan Gentile’s piece, “Love Now” (page 42). As we all know, when the Love Issue was released last year, gay marriage was not legal in Texas. We wanted to honor the Supreme Court's momentous decision by profiling three couples and asking them what that historic moment back in June meant to them, both as individuals and as partners. When we return in March for our annual Music + Film issue, TRIBEZA will look a little different. In honor of our 15th anniversary, Art Director Ashley Horsley has been hard at work on a redesign that looks fresh, thoughtful and utterly TRIBEZA. Expect new departments, new ways of storytelling (both in print and digital) and even a new cover design. We can’t wait to share it with you.

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Fashionistas celebrated the grand opening of South Congress’ newest boutique, COVE, on January 14 at a VIP party. The stylish guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers from Winebelly and left with swag bags featuring goodies from the brand new women’s shop.

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Kalologie 360 Spa Grand Opening

Kalologie 360 Spa in the Lamar Union celebrated their grand opening on the evening of January 13 with bites and tunes from DJ B-Stee. Guests were treated to complimentary spa treatments and a tour of the inviting new space, which features nine treatment rooms and a spacious wet room and sauna.

COVE: 1. Erica Louie & Jordan Ramirez 2. Jenny Young, Duncan Jones & Melinda Perez 3. Cristina Facundo, Meghan Bevill & Kelly Bridges 4. Trevor Hussey & Jeff Bevill 5. Melissa Bradley & Jill Mirostaw Kalologie: 6. Marion Clendenen & Carolina Baumanis 7. Brittney Eguakun & Lauren Mirelles 8. Tracy Brennan, Wedad Jaber & Nadeem Eleyan 9. Shane Tavolino & Shannon Young 10. Jessica Ford & Claire Mangrum

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For the January Art BREAK event at CAMIBAart, Art Alliance Austin members enjoyed drinks and bites courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Brown Distributing and High Brew Coffee while viewing a one-night-only exhibition and presentation from artist Lance Letscher. In addition to the special exhibition, guests were given the chance to watch a trailer for in-progress documentary The Secret Life of Lance Letscher and meet the film’s director, Sandra Adair.

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On Friday, January 8, Studium, a nonprofit that supports the arts and education, hosted an intimate preview party of their new east side space on Rosewood Avenue. Guests enjoyed sips from Austin Beerworks while mingling at the co-disciplinary space, which houses Punctum Records, Human Sciences, Forever Wet Paint Co. and Punctum Books.

Art Breaks: 1. Nyla Spooner & Lisa McGiffert 2. Holly & John McDaniel 3. Charles Barnett & Kristi Frazier 4. Brent Howell & Jean Rather Studium: 5. Hallie Taylor, Adam Torres, Jared Bullis & Aisha Burns 6. Heather Hoot & Oz Castellanos 7. Tony Pedraza, Lauren L’Amie, Julio Correa & Sunny Sone

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Over 250 government, business and civic leaders, including Senator Kirk Watson and Mayor Steve Adler, celebrated the groundbreaking of The Independent on January 11. In addition to a ceremonial dig, a $250,000 check was presented from the development team to the Shoal Creek Conservancy for creek improvements. Once completed, The Independent will stand at 685 feet, making it Austin’s tallest structure.

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“God and Man” David Bowie Tribute

In honor of the late and great rock icon David Bowie, Alamo Drafthouse partnered with Austin Music Hall for a celebration of his life. Fans gathered at the Austin Music Hall on January 16 for a raucous sing-along party featuring a special pre-show screening and a live set by Austin’s Bowie cover band Super Creeps. A performance of The Alamo Drafthouse’s David Bowie Music Video Party closed out the festive evening.

The Independent: 1. Sue Edwards & Dave Stauch 2. Krystle McCarley, Ryan McCarley & Kelly Martin 3. Delaney Brown, Kaylee Edgecombe & Maria Ybanez 4. Kyle Peco & Josh Lickteig 5. Monica Yamada & Mario Lopez David Bowie Tribute: 6. Ansley Colclough 7. Angela Perkins 8. Elia Inglis, Hollie Schacherl & Liv 9. Leila Henley & Adam Sultan 10. Kathy LaRosa, Kelly Hilton & Natasha Calvert

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Good, Better, Best BY K R I S TI N A R M S TRO NG I LLU S TR ATIO N BY JOY G A LL AG H ER WE RENTED A SUBURBAN because his Yukon doesn’t have a middle bench seat. I found a house sitter for my three dogs and he got a kennel reservation for his. We had a cooler full of drinks and two bags of car snacks, but we still had to stop at Whataburger. We made another stop to pee, and yet another to quell the infighting over seating arrangements. We added a booster seat for his son. My son Luke’s size 14 feet stretched across the console between our front seats. Top 40 blasted on XM Radio, while Luke’s rap music thumped from his Beats headphones. The entire back of the car was stacked to the roof with luggage. Teenage girls Snapchatted every second of the drive, making phones bleep and ping. Charger cords swam like tentacles from every outlet. This is reality, people. This is middle-aged romance with six collective children on a road trip to meet his family. This is what baggage really is: a luggage cart at the Houstonian, overloaded with stacked suitcases and hanging bags and purses, drooping heavy like overripe fruit. For one night (yes, a single night’s stay), the poor valet shook his head and smiled wearily, leaning all his weight to push the cart to our adjoining boy and girl rooms. For some, this may not sound romantic. When I was younger I’m sure I looked at “old people” like us with a vast brood of children, and questioned their sanity. Especially the valiant variety trying to blend a family and give love another try. In this case, there are exes and custody schedules, juggling sports, school performances and travel plans, traditions and holidays to consider, and old patterns of fear and freedom to understand and adjust. Truthfully, it isn’t like falling in love in your twenties, when you are relatively unburdened by responsibility and time is always on your side. It’s better. I can’t recall any young love glance that ever held as much meaning or appreciation as the smile shared with my beloved, over my son’s feet, in the din of the Brady Bunch family road trip. When you are young, you

think true love will automatically last forever. Later you understand that you have to get up every single day and say, “I do.” When you are young, you can’t imagine that children could ever own your heart and rule your world. Later, you understand that they have empowered you to transcend your selfishness and truly be all in for another human being. You don’t make a relationship work around them; it works because of them, and because they have changed you. When you are young, you are looking for someone to sweep you off your feet. Later, you understand that you are looking for the person you want to have dinner with, for the rest of your life. When you are young you think, “I’ll be happy when something changes.” Later, you realize if you aren’t happy now, you have to change. When you are young, you place high value on what you have, where you are going, and what other people think. Later, you care more about who you are and who you are becoming. When you are young, you are untethered. Later, you have roots. When you are young, you think you can change people or you let them change you. Later, you know better. When you are young, you want to hurry through every phase to get to what’s next. Later, you realize that the magic is only and always right now. Falling in love again is more of a do than a do-over. It’s the first time for all time, because you begin fully-grown, inhabiting your true self. You have done the arduous work of knowing, accepting, and loving yourself, allowing you to know, accept and love another. It requires more courage to try again, knowing what you know. Experience trumps naiveté, but at the same time reverence and respect fuel commitment. If you know what it is to lose love, you may be more dedicated to keeping it. Love is still the wondrous, tingly, magnetic, inexplicable thing it always was. If you get the lucky chance to find it again, hopefully you are wise enough to be careful and brave enough to leap.

I L LU S T R AT I O N BY J OY G A L L AG H ER For a limite d- e dit i on p r int , c onta c t jo ygall agh e r@g m ail .c om .

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Ashley Garmon

Photographer Ashley Garmon didn’t end up behind a camera by accident. After shooting on her own for a few years as a student, she became a live-in nanny for a pair of Austin photographers keen on spreading the bug. Garmon received room and board as payment, and in exchange, they taught her everything they knew. Two decades later, she’s still behind the lens and loving it. As principal of Ashley Garmon Photographers, Garmon has established herself as one of Austin’s most notable wedding photographers, shooting nuptials all across Central Texas and beyond. And when she’s not capturing newly-minted marital bliss, you can find her taking aerial shots at Austin’s music festivals, or on a private plane, scouring the depths of Big Bend National Park to add to her Far West Texas series, currently on display at South Lamar’s Spartan boutique. Here she talks to TRIBEZA about the wedding business, what makes a great photo, and why she likes to slow things down. M. FLOYD

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WHY WEDDINGS?

immediate and loud and bright and fast. With this, you have to be very deliberate

When my friends and I were in college, wedding photographers were

with what you shoot and slow way down. It’s really about getting back to the ba-

terrible. I mean, they were really bad, but there weren’t any better op-

sics of no filters at all. It’s a very pure way of shooting — straight from the camera.

tions. So when our friends star ted get ting married, we star ted shooting their weddings, because we couldn’t bear it anymore. And it was so much fun.

FAVORITE AUSTIN WEDDING VENUES As far as weddings go, I’d say that the most beautiful church in town is Central Christian Church [on Guadalupe Street]. But I’d say my favorite

WHAT MAKES A GREAT PHOTO?

A great moment. When everything comes together, stylistically, it’s great. But it really is the matter of the moment. Everything else could be terrible, but if the moment is good, that shows.

venue would have to be 1102 East [on East Cesar Chavez]. It’s just got a really cool vibe about it. And of course Hotel Saint Cecilia is always lovely. Otherwise, I love the Federal Courthouse off 5th Street. Repeating lines are always appealing. THE BEST PART OF SHOOTING WEDDINGS I love telling the stories. The stories are still so interesting to me. As wedding photographers, we show up knowing exactly what’s going to happen

BRANCHING OUT BEYOND BRIDAL I’m really proud of my Far West Texas series, all large-scale landscapes shot with film on a toy plastic camera that has a lot of light leaks. You have to be really careful. So it’s kind of a reaction to the idea that everything today is

For her Far West Texas series, Garmon used a plastic toy Holga camera. The slow, light-filled process is what creates the dreamy images.

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that day — often more than the bride and groom. So we can kind of anticipate reactions, but the story — although the layout is still the same, the players are always different — so it’s still very unique. You may have tears, you may have joy, elation, nerves. But, ultimately, people are really happy and it’s so much fun.

Garmon's Instagram is full of beautiful landscape shots, many of them captured while working on her latest series, on display now at Spartan on South Lamar.

1102 East, an east side event space, is Garmon's favorite wedding venue in town.

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On view at the Jones Center: February 13 – April 17, 2016

MARK MOTHERSBAUGH: MYOPIA Also on view at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria: February 13 – May 22, 2016 LISE HALLER BAGGESEN: MOTHERNISM

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Mark Mothersbaugh, 1964 – Monument to the conquerors of space (detail), 2012. Ink jet on paper. 43 x 65 3/10 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Mark Mothersbaugh Support: American Genre Film Archive, Horizon Bank, Vision Fund Leaders and Contributors This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department; a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts; a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.


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Entertainment Calendar Music JESS GLYNNE February 2, 7pm The Parish AN EVENING WITH TRAVIS TRITT February 4, 8pm Paramount Theatre MAGNA CARDA February 5, 9pm The Belmont I LOVE THE ‘90S February 5, 8pm Cedar Park Center TEXAS! A HORSE OPERA February 6, 7pm Stateside at the Paramount JASON ISBELL February 11-12, 8pm ACL Live at Moody Theater JIMMIE VAUGHAN February 12, 8:30pm Antone's LOS LOBOS & BALLET FOLKLORICO MEXICANO February 11, 8pm Bass Concert Hall WANDA JACKSON February 18, 8pm The Continental Club

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TY SEGALL February 19, 8pm The Mohawk CARLY RAE JEPSEN February 20, 8pm ACL Live at Moody Theater AUSTIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: LIGHTS, CAMERA...THE OSCARS! February 20, 8pm Long Center O.A.R. February 20, 7pm Stubb’s Outdoors RECKLESS KELLY February 20, 7pm Scoot Inn RJD2 February 20, 7pm Empire Garage AMERICA February 25, 8pm Paramount Theatre MUTEMATH February 25, 9pm Emo’s CHIPPER JONES February 26, 8pm The Mohawk HUNTER VALENTINE February 29, 8pm Stubb’s Indoors

Film ADELE AND THE NEW POWER BALLAD SING-ALONG February 4, 10pm Alamo Drafthouse Ritz PARIS, TEXAS February 5, 8pm Marchesa Hall & Theatre GOD BLESS THE CHILD February 24, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall & Theatre BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB February 26, 8pm Marchesa Hall & Theatre BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL RADICAL REELS TOUR February 29, 7pm Paramount Theatre

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MEDEA February 17-March 6, showtimes vary Rollins Studio Theatre at The Long Center THE SOUND OF MUSIC February 23-28, showtimes vary Bass Concert Hall TWELFTH NIGHT February 26-March 6, showtimes vary Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Comedy DONNELL RAWLINGS February 3-6, showtimes vary Cap City Comedy Club MICHELLE BILOON February 5-6, showtimes vary The Velveeta Room GREG WARREN February 10-13, showtimes vary Cap City Comedy Club

TRIBES January 27-February 28, showtimes vary ZACH Theatre

AN EVENING WITH BOBBY BONES February 20, 8:00pm Paramount Theatre

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO February 3, 7:30pm The Long Center

TRUMP VS. BERNIE - CLASH OF THE TITANS February 29, 6:30pm Stateside at the Paramount

BEY MY VALENTINE February 5, 8:30pm Stateside at The Paramount

Children PIPPI LONGSTOCKING February 6-28, showtimes vary Scottish Rite Theater TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY Through February 14, showtimes vary ZACH Theatre JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH February 19-April 10, showtimes vary ZACH Theatre

Other TEXAS ROLLERGIRLS SEASON OPENER February 13, 5pm Austin Convention Center AUSTIN MARATHON & HALF MARATHON February 14, 7am-2pm Downtown GO RED FOR WOMEN SUMMIT February 26, 9am JW Marriott CARNAVAL BRASILEIRO February 27, 8pm Palmer Events Center


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Golden Dawn Arkestra: S H OW A N D A L B U M R E L E A S E PA R T Y

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hile there are countless talented artists in Austin, awe-inspiring, truly memorable live performances are a little harder to find. Golden Dawn Arkestra, however, produces a show that, in terms of size, sound and, well, strangeness, is definitely one of a kind. The collective, composed of about 20 artists, boasts a unique style featuring elements of Afro, psych, surf, disco and jazz. Music combines with a powerful visual element (costumes and masks are involved), making for a stunning, over-the-top live experience that inspires even the most stoic of audiences to get moving (and, more importantly, look away from their screens). “People are so attached to their phones and their media, so it takes a little more to draw people out. Dancing helps people to be present,” explains band leader and manager Topaz McGarrigle. “Really, I judge the success of a show based on how [few] pictures there are, not on how many.” There’s also an Austin-appropriate weird factor that differentiates the band from most other acts, and it’s exemplified by each band member’s alternate identity and backstory. “We come from outer space,” says McGarrigle, whose Golden Dawn character is named Zapot Mgawi, “and we all have our own stories of where we came from and our superpowers.” Interest piqued? Experience Golden Dawn Arkestra live at the release party for their album Stargazer on February 26 at Fair Market. For a behind the scenes look at the band, check out their art exhibition “Prophets of Synesthesia,” which is currently on display at DEN Property Group on West 3rd Street. Find more information about Golden Dawn Arkestra and their album, exhibit and event at Facebook.com/TheGoldenDawnArkestra. S. SUMPTER PHOTO BY COURTNEY CHAVANELL COLL AGE BY MISHK A WESTELL


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Arts Calendar PROSE ON THE PLAZA: INFINITE JEST

February 3, 12pm Harry Ransom Center

WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

Julia Lucey | Upstairs Gallery Through February 13

BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART CON CARINO: A POSTCARDMAKING WORKSHOP

February 4, 6pm Mexic-Arte Museum ARTIST TALK |

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Carnaval Brasileiro

arnaval in Brazil is a spectacle worthy of a spot on everyone’s bucket list, but if jetting down to South America isn’t an option this year, Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro — a crazy, one-night dance party at the Palmer Events Center — comes pretty close to the real deal. The local take on Brazil's massive festival has humble roots. Bummed to be missing the annual celebration, Brazilian students at UT held the first local version of the fest in 1975 in one room of Austin’s Unitarian Church. Fast-forward about four decades, and Carnaval is easily one of the biggest parties in the city. Every year, hoards of Austinites decked out in sequins, feathers, headdresses and masks (or occasionally nearly nothing at all) revel the night away at what’s described as a “peculiar winterfest of flesh and fantasy.” While smaller than, say, São Paulo’s, the festival prides itself on authenticity. Patrons can expect live Brazilian beats, played on Brazilian instruments, and songs in the country’s primary language, Portuguese. And don’t be ashamed if your Samba skills are a little subpar; just wear one of those masks, and no one will recognize you. Carnaval will take place at the Palmer Events Center on February 27th. For tickets and more info, check out Sambaparty.com. S. SUMPTER

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PHOTOGRAPHER PENELOPE

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UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM

Jesús Moroles: A Tribute Through March 13 LADYBIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER

Crystal Orlando “Passion for Nature” Through March 20

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February 23, 7pm Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece Through April 3

BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM

CAMIBAART GALLERY

Orna Feinstein Through February 14

FLATBED PRESS AND GALLERY

Centennial Impressions from the Fort Worth Modern Through February 6

Life and Death on the Border: 1910-1920 Through April 23 HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Shakespeare in Print and Performance Through May 29

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ART SPACES

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hether you’re a fan of the actor or simply appreciate the art of film, the Austin Film Society’s back-to-back events featuring the Academy Award-nominated Ethan Hawke are worth checking out. On February 17, take in a screening of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, the last feature film from Sidney Lumet, which stars Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman as brothers plotting a jewel heist that, as heists in movies are apt to do, goes terribly wrong. There will also be a Q&A following the screening during which Hawke will answer audience questions and discuss the making of the movie and his experience working with the two late industry legends. During the AFS Artist Spotlight the next evening, the Texas Film Hall of Fame member will be joined onstage by director and Austin icon Richard Linklater. There, the friends and frequent collaborators will hold a conversation providing insight into Hawke’s process and craft, showing clips from his career and touching on both his well-known works and under-the-radar accomplishments. “Ethan is such an interesting artist, not only because of his incredible work as an actor but his work as a writer,” says AFS associate artistic director Holly Herrick. “He’s had a lot of success as an artist on screen [and] onstage as well. Additionally, he’s a film director. He’s very comprehensive in his work as an artist, and that’s what we’re excited to show.” Events will take place February 17th and 18th at the Marchesa Theatre. For details and tickets, visit Austinfilm.org/EthanHawke. S. SUMPTER

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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–Su 10-4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 thecontemporaryaustin.org THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN: JONES CENTER

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: T-Sa 11-7, Su 12-5 thecontemporaryaustin.org BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org

BULLOCK MUSEUM

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com ELISABET NEY MUSEUM

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver HARRY RANSOM CENTER

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org

MEXIC–ARTE MUSEUM

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. HENRY MUSEUM

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5 THE THINKERY

1830 Simond Ave (512) 469 6200 Hours: T-Fri 10-5, Sa-Su 10-6 thinkeryaustin.org UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: T-F 10-4, Sa–Su 12–4 umlaufsculpture.org

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Museums


Galleries ART AT THE DEN

317 W. 3rd St. (512) 222 3364 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-6, Su 12-5 artattheden.com ART ON 5TH

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com ARTWORKS GALLERY

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com

AUSTIN GALLERIES

5804 Lookout Mountain Dr. (512) 495 9363 By appt. only austingalleries.com AUSTIN ART GARAGE

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351 5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com AUSTIN ART SPACE GALLERY AND STUDIOS

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com BIG MEDIUM GALLERY AT BOLM

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 Tu-Sa 12-6 bigmedium.org

BIG MEDIUM GALLERY AT CANOPY

916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #101 (512) 939 6665 Hours: Tu-Sa 12-6 bigmedium.org

CAPITAL FINE ART

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com

CO-LAB PROJECTS: N SPACE

905 Congress Ave. at Nelsen Partners (512) 300 8217 Hours: W 5:30-8 co-labprojects.org CO-LAB PROJECTS: PROJECT SPACE

613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By event and appt only co-labprojects.org DAVIS GALLERY

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4000 Hours: M-Th 10-9, F 10-5:30, Sa 10-2 austintexas.gov/department/ dougherty-arts-center EAST SIDE GLASS STUDIO

3401 E. 4th St. (512) 815 2569 Hours: Tu-Sa By appointment only eastsideglassstudio.com FAREWELL BOOKS

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 473 2665 Hours: M-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 farewellbookstore.com FIRST ACCESS GALLERY

2324 S. Lamar Blvd (512) 428 4782

Hours: Tu-Sa 10-7, Su 12-5 firstaccess.co/gallery

Hours: Sa-Su, 11-4 linkpinart.com

FLATBED PRESS

LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com GALLERY 702

702 San Antonio St. (737) 703 5632 Hours: Tu-Su 10-6 gallery702austin.com GALLERY BLACK LAGOON

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com GALLERY SHOAL CREEK

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 galleryshoalcreek.com GRAYDUCK GALLERY

2213 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702 (512) 826 5334 Hours: Th -Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com JULIA C. BUTRIDGE GALLERY

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–2 austintexas.gov/department/ doughertygallery LA PEÑA

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org LINK & PIN

2235 E. 6th, Ste. 102 (512) 900 8952

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com LOTUS GALLERY

1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com MASS GALLERY

507 Calles St. (512) 535 4946 Hours: F 5-8, Sa-Su 12-5 massgallery.org MONDO GALLERY

4115 Guadalupe St. (512) 296 2439 Hours: Tu-Sa 12- 6 mondotees.com

PUMP PROJECT ART COMPLEX

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org ROI JAMES

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com RUSSELL COLLECTION FINE ART

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com SPACE 12

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org

STEPHEN L. CLARK GALLERY

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com STUDIO 10

1011 West Lynn Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 (512) 236 1333 studiotenarts.com TINY PARK GALLERY

1101 Navasota St. #2 (512) 809 3242 Hours: Sa 12-5 and by appt. TESTSITE

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By appointment only fluentcollab.org VISUAL ARTS CENTER

2300 Trinity St. (512) 232 2348 Hours: Tu–F 10–5, Sa 12-5 utvac.org WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com

WOMEN & THEIR WORK

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org YARD DOG

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com

Fredericksburg AGAVE GALLERY

208 E. San Antonio St. (830) 990 1727 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 agavegallery.com ARTISANS AT ROCKY HILL

234 W. Main St. (830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 artisansatrockyhill.com FREDERICKSBURG ART GALLERY

314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 fbartgallery.com INSIGHT GALLERY

214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 insightgallery.com LARRY JACKSON ANTIQUES & ART GALLERY

209 S. Llano (830) 997 0073 Hours: M-F 9:30-5, Sa 10-5 larryjacksonantiques.com THE GALLERY AT VAUDEVILLE

230 E. Main St. (830) 992 3234 Hours: M 8-6, W-F 8-6, Sa 8-9, Su 8-5 vaudeville-living.com WHISTLE PIK

425 E. Main St. (830) 990 8151 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 whistlepik.com

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I found

inspiration at the Blanton. –Tim League

I found

community at the Blanton.

I found

beauty at the Blanton. –Kendra Scott

What will you find?

–Kate Perez

MLK at Congress / 512.471.7324 / www.blantonmuseum.org


TRIBEZ A TALK

LOC A L LOV E

A N I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E TO A U S T I N ' S H I D D E N G E M S . BY N ICO L E B ECKL E Y

TAKES THE C AKE When you find a sweet thing you love, you can’t help but talk

NEW MAIN SQUEEZE

about it. Thanks to some effusive word of mouth, praise for

Walk into the Burnet Road smoothie and juice shop O’Joy and you’ll be

started collaborating with the confectioner last fall. On the heels

met with a colorful mural highlighting some of Austin’s notable landmarks — think the Capitol, 6th Street, the Congress Avenue bridge — surrounded by a flowing river of juice. The mural, designed by artist Jarrett

of their uber-successful Snowman Holiday Cake Ball collection, Austin Cake Ball designed an elegant Valentine’s Day offering,

Leger, correlates to O’Joy’s juice menu, which features Austin-inspired

exclusive only to Neiman Marcus. “They decided to go with a riff

items like “Mount Bonnana.” For each menu item sold, O’Joy donates

on the dozen roses, which is sort of your classic Valentine’s Day

funding to No Kid Hungry and Rice Bowl, charities that provide meals

approach, box of chocolates and a dozen roses,” Austin Cake Ball

for children. “I’ve always been interested in sustainable food and farm to

owner Ben May says. The 12-piece set includes chocolate, red

table initiatives and the one-for-one movement,” says O’Joy founder Mi-

velvet and salted caramel flavors topped with a pink rose. Thanks

chael Ramos-Lynch. Collaborating with his wife, Ghena, and childhood

to the collaboration, our very own Austin Cake Ball is furthering

friend Steven Jolly, Ramos-Lynch left his law firm job to start the venture, aiming to pay it forward. “I have a lot of love for Austin,” Ramos-Lynch says, “What I wanted to do in the shop was reflect that appreciation.” For more information, visit ojoygives.com

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PE T PROJ EC T After relocating from North Carolina to Austin, Kurt and Kelly Seigler decided to make pet care a priority. In January they held the official grand opening for Phydeaux And Friends, their pet-focused shop on Burnet Road that aims to offer high quality food and unique items like electric litter boxes, Tempur-Pedic pet beds, and cat yoga mats that contain catnip. Prioritizing local and Texas made goods, the “doggie deli” features all-natural treats, including some Valentine’s-themed tapiocacovered creations. Stop in on February 13 and get your pet groomed, or possibly adopt a new one, during the store’s inaugural “Puppy Love” event. For more information, visit phydeauxandfriends.com

OPEN BOOK

When it comes to sharing true tales of love, lust, and sexuality, BedPost Confessions producers Julie Gillis and Mia Martina agree on what makes for the most compelling stories: “Vulnerability,” they answer in unison. “We wanted to be able to humanize a topic and allow people to feel more comfortable talking about it, even if it’s just going back home and talking to themselves in the mirror,” Gillis says. The quarterly sex-themed storytelling show has been stimulating Austin audiences since 2010, and has sparked a forthcoming anthology, BedPost Confessions: The First Five Years, due out in March. The 35 selections in the book include some of BedPost’s early pieces, like an erotica story set in a mall food court and a self-revelatory screenplay that ultimately ended in a marriage proposal. The confessions too are a staple. “The confessions started out in our first year kind of timid and now we cannot keep people from bragging. It’s to the point where it’s like, is this real, did this happen?” Martina laughs. tribeza.com FEBRUARY 2016

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Three couples on what it means to be married in the age of equality by Dan Gentile photographs by Kenny Braun


Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann at home on their East Austin farm, HausBar Farms.


Susan Hausmann

and

Dorsey Barger

HAU SBAR FAR M S stirs into action before

sunrise each morning with Asher the African

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of humor,” she quickly adds. As marriage equality gained momentum,

grey parrot chirping, “Mom.” Which mom

the couple were wed a second time in Califor-

he’s talking to isn’t always clear.

nia for legal purposes, but it still felt symboli-

The wake-up call sends Susan Hausmann

cally important to have a real Texas wedding.

off to her longtime job at the Texas Depart-

In 2015, on Barger’s 52nd birthday, they held

ment of Transportation, while former East-

a cowboy boots and blue jeans affair on the

side Cafe owner Dorsey Barger tends to an

farm. It took three ceremonies in total, but

extended family that includes an ark’s worth

their marriage finally felt official.

of dogs, donkeys, geese, rabbits and chick-

“I really do feel like with the Supreme Court

ens on two acres of urban farmland off Gov-

decision there is a respect for our relation-

alle Avenue in East Austin. Later in the day,

ship that I didn’t feel before. The relationship

she’ll harvest herbs and vegetables for upscale

hasn’t changed, but it feels legitimized now,

restaurants like Qui and Uchi.

which is a great feeling,” says Barger.

After 18 years together the couple has a

Hausmann admits that she might be a little

knack for finishing each other’s sentences, but

oblivious, but at this point her sexual orien-

that type of domestic affectation didn’t always

tation doesn’t feel out of the ordinary. Even

seem like a possibility.

when the farm faced overly harsh zoning pro-

“I really do feel like with the Supreme Court decision there is a respect for our relationship that I didn’t feel before. The relationship hasn’t changed, but it feels

“We weren’t in the closet, but the gay crowd

tests from neighbors and was nearly forced

was underground,” recounts Barger of Aus-

to shut down, it didn’t cross her mind that it

tin’s queer culture in the ‘90s. “I remember a

might’ve been a response to her sexuality. “I

legitimized now.”

time when it felt scary to be out as a business

really don’t think about being gay. I’m not in

owner, but I didn’t want to live a life of hiding

La-La Land, but I just don’t think about it ev-

- D O R SE Y B A RG E R

our secrets, so I never did.”

ery day,” says Hausmann.

The couple says they did lose a few friends

Hausmann and Barger know that not every

when they came out, and their 1999 commit-

couple has the luxury of that peace of mind,

ment ceremony at Laguna Gloria was diffi-

but hope that unions like theirs can serve as a

cult for some family members, but the only

counter-example to some of the stereotypes and

overt discrimination they’ve faced since was

fears about LGBT lifestyles. “For a long time

from the court system. “Our lawyer said that

there really was this fear of gay people being

if anything happened to Dorsey, I couldn’t

depraved, and there still is,” says Barger. “But

sell any of her property, but I could pull the

then you take a look at us, and it’s this boring old

plug. I thought, ‘Isn’t that interesting!’” says

couple that just wants to get up to take care of

Hausmann, laughing. “I have a ribald sense

animals in the morning and have a fire at night.”

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Evan Garza and Michael Brodeur in front of a piece entitled, “Black Hole II” by Chris Bogia. Garza, Assistant Curator at the Blanton, has amassed an incredible modern art collection which is displayed throughout the couple’s home. To see more, including a snap of their perfect gallery wall, head to TRIBEZA.com.

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“Right after we talked and flirted, immediately I texted a friend and said, ‘I swear to God I just met the love of my life at 6th and Red River.” - E VA N G A R Z A

Evan Garza

and

Michael Brodeur

SOME OUTSIDERS see Austin as a progres-

“Right after we talked and flirted, immedi-

buttoned-up and more rooted in the type of

sive blue bubble inside a red state, but despite

ately I texted a friend and said, ‘I swear to God

counter culture weirdness that is fading from

the city’s reputation for tolerance, Evan Gar-

I just met the love of my life at 6th and Red

the city’s identity at large. It makes an act like

za and Michael Brodeur had real fears about

River,’” says Garza.

wearing gender neutral clothing feel both

moving from Massachusetts. In 2014, same

That original Southby fling led Garza to

sex marriage had already been legal there for a

move to Boston to be with Brodeur, who

decade, so Texas had a lot of catching up to do.

worked on staff for Boston newspapers for

“That’s why Austin’s great. If you’re gay

transgressive against the city’s weird-washing and inspired by its greater ideals.

“It had been normal for so long in

years and currently writes a column remotely

or straight, it empowers you to do your own

Massachusetts that I had sort of stopped

for the Boston Globe. Garza proposed at the

thing and let others do their own thing,” says

thinking about it,” says Brodeur. “It was a

tip of Cape Cod in a Provincetown harbor,

Brodeur.

little crazy coming from a state where gay

where they later held a short ceremony cen-

Same sex marriage equality doesn’t just

marriage was about as commonplace as EZ-

tered around the Walt Whitman poem “Of the

encourage the couple’s personal sense of

Pass on the highway.”

Terrible Doubt of Appearances.”

empowerment, they also see it as having a

The couple moved after Garza accepted a

“When the minister said, ‘I now pronounce

transformative effect on straight culture.

job on the curation staff of the Blanton Mu-

you husband and husband’, the entire room

Rituals like rehearsal dinners and wedding

seum of Art. The opportunity to focus on mi-

erupted like the Red Sox just won the World

ceremonies help families relate to each oth-

nority artists in exhibits like “Come As You

Series,” says Garza.

er. Joining those traditions places gay iden-

Are: Art of the 1990s” (opening February 21)

Once in Austin the pair began exploring the

tity in a much more relatable context, but

wasn’t the only draw; the couple had a histo-

city’s LGBT scene by attending events like Gay

it’s also disruptive in showing that relation-

ry with Austin. Garza and Brodeur originally

bi Gay Gay and Queerbomb, as well as becom-

ships and lifestyles don’t need to follow a

met by chance at SXSW in 2007 and devel-

ing regulars at Cheer Up Charlie’s. They’re

mainstream path.

oped a quick chemistry by bonding over then-

hesitant to generalize Austin’s gay community

buzz bands like Beach House and Deerhunter.

compared to Boston’s, but so far it seems less

“Liberation is liberating,” says Garza, “and not just for the people who are being liberated.” tribeza.com FEBRUARY 2016

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Kris Swift

and

Adam Jacoby

FAMILY TRADITION is as much about adapt-

his work ethic, as well as instilling a desire to

ing to the future as it is about celebrating the

have children of his own. The couple, who got

past, a concept exemplified by Kris Swift, de-

engaged in 2015, plan to explore alternative

signer, and Adam Jacoby, owner/operator, be-

routes to parenthood once they’ve officially tied

hind Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile. Their

the knot.

restaurant and retail space is a modern update

“Me and my brothers joke about the race to

of Jacoby’s family’s cafe and feed store in the

have the first grandkid,” says Jacoby. “We’re at a

West Texas town of Melvin. But unlike Austin,

slight disadvantage.”

with a population of 150, residents in Melvin

The pair had envisioned themselves marrying on

would be hard pressed to find a vegetarian

the pier of Swift’s hometown thanks to his Cana-

meatloaf or a neon hand-blown glass vase. You

dian citizenship, but the announcement of same-

also wouldn’t find an openly gay couple.

sex marriage equality in Texas changed that.

“There wasn’t much of a gay community in Melvin. I was the gay community,” jokes Jacoby.

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“Both of our moms texted us within three minutes of each other,” recounts Swift. “There

Despite preconceptions about rural Texas in-

[are] not very many times in life when I can say

tolerance, the town couldn’t have been more ac-

I was overcome with emotion, but I absolutely

cepting when Jacoby chose to come out in 2012.

was. We laughed and we cried.”

Swift’s family, Canadians transplanted to South

The Supreme Court decision paved the way

Lake, Texas, were equally supportive. Shortly af-

for Jacoby to propose to Swift under the stars

ter the couple met at a mutual friend’s birthday

at the Oohla Bean resort in Driftwood. “He

party at 219 West, it became clear that family was

asked me to marry him and I said absolutely, of

an important part of both of their identities.

course, 100 percent yes.”

“When Adam and I started talking to each

Their ceremony will be held on the bluff

other, something that we had in common was

behind their restaurant later this year, and al-

that our families are our rocks. It was some-

though the details are far from set, they expect

thing that could be read on the surface, but was

Adam’s grandmother’s strawberry cake from

very deep,” says Swift.

the restaurant’s dessert menu to make an ap-

In many ways the couple serve as contem-

pearance. For wedding gifts, a guest couldn’t

porary representations of those families. Adam

go wrong picking just about anything off the

carries on the Jacoby stable-to-table legacy

shelves of the Mercantile, whose candles,

by feeding their ranch’s antibiotic-free beef to

trinkets, and practical design objects could

hungry Austinites under a roof built with wood

be considered a de facto registry of Swift and

from the family barn. The son of a general con-

Jacoby’s favorite things.

tractor, Kris’s father instilled in him a practi-

“Other than our families, there’s nothing that re-

cal side of interior design and his mother’s ca-

flects the two of us more than Jacoby’s,” says Kris.

reer as a child development author influenced

“So it only makes sense that we get married here.”

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“There [are] not very many times in life when I can say I was overcome with emotion, but I was absolutely was. We laughed and we cried.”

- K R IS SW IFT


Adam Jacoby and Kris Swift stand in the backyard of Jacoby’s overlooking the Colorado River. The couple will take their vows in this same spot later this year.


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L D D I N G S


C R I S TA L L E V O L P I & J E F F B A R A JA S O C TO B E R 1 7 For Cristalle Volpi and Jeff Barajas, it was work that brought them together. Well, kind of. Interior designer Cristalle was having trouble with a remodel she was working on, and invited architectural designer Jeff out for lunch at Walton’s Fancy & Staple to ask his advice. “Jeff asked me [years later] if I called for help for real or just wanted to go out,” laughs Cristalle. “It was strictly professional!” Soon after that lunch in downtown Austin, Cristalle and Jeff began dating. Four years later, during a trip to California’s Big Sur, Jeff proposed with a custom ring from Franzetti Jewelers. When it came time for their wedding, the couple knew they wanted to return to Big Sur. And so, along with 30 close friends and family members, Cristalle and Jeff embarked on a two-week wedding/honeymoon to Glen Oaks, a luxe motor lodge and campsite nestled among the spectacular redwoods. Says Cristalle, “We love nature and you feel submerged in nature there. Austin is so bustling and lively and

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this is the exact opposite. No cellphones, no computers, no TVs. It was like the ultimate relaxation.” Cristalle and Jeff decided on a morning wedding, and exchanged vows among the trees. “We got up at 8 and showered and had coffee. Then I started getting ready. It was just really small and simple,” explains the bride. After an afternoon reception at the nearby Roadhouse which included biscuits and gravy and a celebratory mimosa toast, guests returned to their rooms to change before joining the bride and groom on the nearby Pfeiffer Beach to watch the sunset and pay tribute to the newlyweds.

1. Cristalle and Jeff’s beloved dogs, Tula and Whitley, were not able to come to the wedding, so the couple honored them with a photograph placed on a primo seat. 2. Kevin Stewart, an Austin-based architect, officiated. 3. For the ceremony, the couple opted to keep it simple and forego a traditional wedding party. 4. Detroit native Cristalle had never really seen kitschy pink plastic flamingo yard ornaments until she moved to Austin. Says Jeff, “Cristalle came across the toppers randomly like a week after we got engaged and we decided to just go for it!” 5. Cristalle’s dress, a Tadashi Shoji from BHLDN, was the only dress the bride tried on, and was actually picked out by Jeff.

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BETHANY MCCULLOUGH & AARON ROSS O C TO B E R 2 4 Sometimes, sisters know best. When Chelsea McCullough met BMX pro Aaron Ross, she had an inkling he would get along with her sister Bethany. “When I showed interest,” says Aaron of Bethany, “it sparked in [Chelsea]’s head and [she] kinda forced us into going on a date.” The pair exchanged numbers and began chatting. Following a flurry of “get-to-know-you” texts, they had their first date on the basketball court of a Lifetime Fitness. “Bethany is really good at basketball,” says Aaron. “She showed up in her workout gear, I showed up like I was going on a date. I got beat bad,” he laughs. After a game of HORSE (Bethany won), the two sat on the floor of the court and talked until the wee hours of the morning. A year and half into their relationship, Aaron decided to propose. He brought Bethany back to the basketball court, this time at the University of Texas, a special place for the Longhorn fan and native Austinite. With a custom ring featuring his grandmother’s diamond, Aaron asked Bethany to marry him and then surprised her again with an impromptu engagement party at Austin Land and Cattle. When it came time to plan their wedding, the couple, aided by Bethany’s mother, decided to make everything from the invitations to the wooden place cards. Six months into their engagement, the pair married on October 24 in front of friends and family at the Prospect House in Dripping Springs. “We wanted a venue that reflected our style.

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We’re all about less is more,” says Bethany, a commercial real estate developer. For their first dance, Bethany, in a Kira Kouture gown crafted with lace from her grandmother’s wedding dress, and Aaron, wearing a J.Crew suit and custom belt from Noah Marion Quality Goods, were serenaded by the bride’s sisters and brother. For dinner, guests enjoyed fare from Burro Cheese Kitchen (which Aaron co-owns), Tacodeli and Austin Land and Cattle, as well as a four-tiered gold and white cake from Sweet Treats Bakery. After an emotional mother-son and father-daughter dance, the party moved to the dance floor thanks to tunes from The Royal Dukes.

1. The couple paid homage to their first date with wedding rings inscribed with “HORSE.” 2. Just a few weeks into dating, Aaron was smitten. Says the groom, “One of my good guy friends was like, ‘You’re gonna marry this girl.’” 3. Cakes from Sweet Treats Bakery. 4. Though remnants of Hurricane Patricia kept the party inside, Bethany says she wasn’t fazed by the torrential rain. “I came to terms with it mid-week. I was like, ‘I’m marrying my best friend and the man that I love.’” P H OTO G R A P H Y BY J E F F Z I E L I N S K I tribeza.com FEBRUARY 2016

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AMANDA BRAND & A NA N D V E N K AT R AO APRIL 5 After “clicking” at a mutual friend’s birthday party, Amanda Brand and Anand Venkatrao agreed to go out on a date. Midway through their second date, Amanda knew she had met the man she wanted to spend her life with. “My family always gave me grief for not dating enough or writing people off too soon, but my mother always told me growing up ‘You’ll know when you meet the right one,’ and I did.” On their one-year anniversary, Anand took Amanda to Laguna Gloria, a place special to Anand and where he used to volunteer in high school. “We walked down to a gazebo that was lit up with cafe lights, and once we walked in it, I told her that if you look close on the walls of the gazebo, people have inscribed their names,” says Anand. “While she was looking up, I kneeled down.” When it came time to plan their wedding, the couple knew they wanted a celebration of both Christian and Hindu traditions. Says the couple, “It was important to us and our families to honor both sides’ traditions and cultures, so we had an intimate, low-key

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backyard Christian ceremony in February, and a big, colorful Hindu ceremony in April.” For their April ceremony, Amanda and Anand chose the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa to set the stage for the elaborate celebration. The morning of, Amanda woke early to remove the wrapping and paste from her mehndi (henna ink applied to the bride’s hands), and dressed in a custom gown by the Los Angeles-based Fashion by Rohini. She met her groom for a first look, and together they began the shortened traditional Hindu ceremony. Though rich in tradition, the moment was not without a sense of humor. “[Amanda] started to put the ring on my right hand, someone in the crowd yelled ‘wrong hand!’” says Anand. Guests then moved into the reception area where they were entertained by the bride and groom themselves. “We danced a lively choreographed number after months of secretly practicing with a great instructor named Indu,” says Anand. Continuing with the melded traditions, the wedding dinner included traditional Indian food, chips and queso and, of course, barbecue. 1. Says the couple of their wedding: “The day was about us in theory, but it really felt bigger. It felt like the marrying of two cultures and two families.” 2. Amanda slept with her mehndi coated in lemon juice and sugar, and wrapped in tissue paper in order to get the rich henna color. 3. The couple secretly took dance lessons with a private instructor leading up to the wedding. 4. Though traditionally they can last hours, Amanda and Anand opted for an abbreviated Hindu ceremony. 5. For their celebration, the couple chose Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. P H OTO G R A P H Y BY S O N G B I R D W E D D I N G S

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LARKIN GEYER & B R I A N YA N U L I S O C TO B E R 1 7 Though Larkin Geyer and Brian Yanulis met in San Diego, there was never any question they would get married in Texas. “It was the venue,” says Larkin of the reason the couple married in the Lone Star State. On a ranch belonging to the bride’s aunt and uncle in the tiny town of Star, Larkin and Brian said “I do” under an ancient live oak, surrounded by friends and family. Following the ceremony, which took place under a handmade garland crafted by Larkin’s artist-mother, Ginger Geyer, the newlyweds took a horse and buggy ride around the property. Says Larkin, “I didn’t know it was part of the plan. We did this really beautiful lap while everyone was still sitting down in front of the tree. That was a highlight.” Dressed in a Willowby by

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Watters gown, the bride danced the first dance with her new husband to an original song by Shara Worden, who performed live in the family’s barn turned reception area. Wedding guests also joined in, ringing bells procured by Larkin and Brian’s mothers on eBay and in vintage shops. At tables adorned with florals sourced from Austin Flower Market, guests dined on fare from the Turtle Restaurant in Brownwood, a groom’s cake from Simon Lee Bakery and desserts from Austin-based 34th Street Cafe, Chez Zee, Russell’s Bakery and Whole Foods. Meanwhile, Larkin and Brian snuck off to enjoy a few moments in the farm’s chicken coop. “There is a two-story chicken coop on the property near the ceremony site,” explains Larkin. “We had 20 minutes of alone time … where we could just eat.” After the cake cutting ceremony (Larkin’s mother also made the 4-foot-tall wedding cake), guests danced away the night under a blanket of stars. 1. Larkin and Brian got engaged while playing a game of chess on a San Diego beach. Brian said he “was going to make the biggest move of his life” before presenting the ring to Larkin. 2. The horse and buggy that drove the couple from the ceremony to the reception was a surprise, but ended up being one of the highlights of the day. 3. The live oak under which Larkin and Brian got married has special meaning. Says Rick Geyer, Larkin’s father, “[We have] taken annual pictures of Larkin on a branch in this tree since she was two years old.” 4. Mothers of the bride and groom procured dozens of vintage bells on eBay. 5. The custom cake was created by Ginger Geyer, Larkin’s mother. P H OTO G R A P H Y BY S A R A H J A N E R E M A D

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STEPHANIE SACK & MARCUS PEVERILL FEBRUARY 15 Stephanie Sack and Marcus Peverill knew pretty early on they wanted to spend their lives together. Though the couple had first met years earlier when they both attended a wedding in the bride’s hometown of Austin, neither remembers meeting the other. Flash forward to 2014, and the pair were set up by mutual friends in Washington, DC, where Stephanie lived and Marcus was visiting from Tajikistan, where he worked for the State Department. “He was leaving to go back that Saturday,” explains Stephanie. “So a couple days later he says, ‘I would love to take you out on Friday’ but my parents were coming into town.” Half joking, Stephanie asked Marcus if he would like to spend their second date meeting her parents. To her surprise, he agreed, and the foursome

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spent the night getting to know one another. The couple’s third date was spent in Istanbul, the halfway point between DC and Tajikistan. “I got to Turkey, and we had this great whirlwind romance … [It was] like, ‘We’re getting married, you’re the one. I know it.’” Just a few months later, the pair did marry in Tulum, Mexico in front of close friends and family. “I did not want one of those weddings where I had to get ready all day,” explains the bride, who spent the morning swimming in the ocean with her guests. Clad in a Mikaella Bridal dress from Blush Bridal Lounge and a custom turquoise necklace from Rustic Grace Trading Company, Stephanie walked down the aisle while three friends sang an acapella version of “Multiplied” by Needtobreathe. After a 30-minute Christian ceremony and the exchanging of vows, the party, led by a Mariachi band, moved to the stunning reception site where guests feasted on, among other things, fresh seafood, ceviche and

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a guacamole bar. Together with their party, Stephanie and Marcus danced the night away before walking down the beach to a private hotel room.

1. Stephanie and her father, Vance, printer and principal of TRIBEZA. 2. The couple rented three houses on the beach for their guests. Says Stephanie, “We wanted to make sure it was a retreat and a vacation.” 3. Marcus and Stephanie following the ceremony. 4. By their third date the couple knew they were destine for the altar. 5. Stephanie woke up early the morning of the wedding in order to write and spend time reflecting. 6. The couple wrote their own vows for the ceremony, which was officiated by their Virginia-based pastor.

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the dancefloor to “My Girl,” with the bride in a custom Anne Barge gown and the groom in a handsome Brooks Brothers suit. And while wedding band The Pictures kept everyone on the dance floor, Khaki said one of her most precious moments took place when she stepped away from the crowd. Says the bride, “Someone told me to walk away, grab a glass of Champagne and look out at everything. I made a point to do that.”

1. Khaki on the decision to marry in Austin: “I’m from San Antonio, but ... Austin just makes me happy.” 2. Though Khaki admits planning a wedding can be stressful, it’s worth the pay off. “I looked at my mom [that night] and said, ‘This is 10 times more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.’” 3. The wedding’s motif was decided upon after Khaki saw green and gold napkins in a magazine and fell in love with them. 4. For the couple’s first song, they chose The Temptations’ “My Girl.” 5. The couple only looked at one venue, Villa del Lago, and decided immediately it was the perfect place for their big day. P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y H E AT H E R R O W L A N D tribeza.com FEBRUARY 2016

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A NIGHT OF BLUES AT THE NEWLY-OPENED ANTONE ’S, A PLATE OF RIBS AT LA BARBECUE, A DAY SPENT OUTDOORS — THESE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THIS TOWN

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For this shoot, our friends at Austin Pets Alive! introduced us to Phantom, one of APA!’s senior dogs. This sweet gentleman was the epitome of style as he strolled South Congress in a Dog + Bone collar, and leash from Bark ‘n Purr. When these two local companies found out we were working with Phantom and APA!, they graciously donated their products for the shoot. As of press time, Phantom was still available for adoption. To learn more about Phantom and to see a video of his fashion debut, head to Tribeza.com.


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ROMANCE AT 11,000 FEET

Just one of the romantic and awe-inspiring scapes you will stumble upon in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado.


TO P: T H E D O LO R E S C A B IN IS AN ORIGINAL FROM T H E 1 8 0 0 ’ S . B OT T O M : EACH SEASON BRINGS A D I F F E R E N T M O U N TA I N TO P E X P E R I E N C E.

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met my husband, Bennett, through

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construction project in the works.

a mutual friend when I was 22 years

We have travelled on both the east and west

old. He was an intriguing introvert

coasts, and spent vacations at the beach and

who was always tinkering—build-

in the desert, but we continually long for the

ing wooden boats, or welding in the

mountains. I have been ogling photos of Dun-

driveway. I still remember the first thing he

ton Hot Springs, the dreamy former mining

said to me. My best friend Jenny and I were

town built in 1885 that had been transformed

hanging out with his roommate, making late

in to a luxe resort on 183 acres, for years. We

night breakfast tacos and Bennett was work-

opted for the scenic route and flew into Al-

ing on one of his projects in the driveway. As

buquerque, driving north through Durango.

she and I were leaving, he asked, “Do y’all

I didn’t mind the three-hour drive along the

need something fixed?” In that moment, he

sweeping San Juan Forest. The last part of

looked like a young Ryan O’Neal, complete

our trek was down a dirt road with just a few

with a white T-shirt and Wrangler jeans

houses or other signs of civilization.

– his signature look at the time. It was a

We arrived at our home for the next four

whirlwind romance, and we were married

days, which sits at 11,000 feet elevation, and

almost exactly 18 months after the night we

our initial tour of the property left us pinch-

met. As we drove deeper into Southern Col-

ing ourselves that we actually got to stay at

orado’s San Juan Mountains towards Dunton

this picturesque place as we discovered one

Hot Springs for our 10 year wedding anniver-

surprise after the other. From the outside,

sary trip, we reflected on the last decade and

our hand-hewn log cabin (one of only 13 on

how we grew up together—two baby girls,

the property) looked unassuming, but inside

three house moves, four job changes, and a

it felt incredibly inviting, hitting all the right


notes of an authenticity that honored the historic bones of the structure along with touches of an understated luxury in its stunning textiles and beautiful antiques. Outside our cabin, the main source of the natural hot springs and bath house was just steps from our front door, and hiking paths offered routes to a 100-foot waterfall one direction, or up to scenic views the other way. This theme of understated luxury carried through every part of our experience. I spied a grand, four-story modern home hidden in the trees that was markedly different from the other structures on the property. The house, which looked straight out of the pages of Architectural Digest (turns out it actually ran in the magazine in 2008), was the home of the German billionaire Christoph Henkel, who bought the property in 1994. Even though Henkel was not at the hotel while we were there, over our stayI became fascinated with his story and his impeccable taste. In the main building where you have all your meals, the Saloon (that boasts a supposedly authentic wood

I N S I D E T H E R E S TO R E D 1 9 T H C E N T U R Y B AT H H O U S E T H AT WA S O N C E U S E D BY M I N E R S TO R E S T A F T E R A L O N G DAY.


THE ORIGINAL GENERAL S T O R E AT D U N T O N H A S B E E N T R A N S F O R M E D I N TO A LUXURIOUS CABIN WITH A P R I VAT E S OA K I N G P O O L .

carved signature in the bar by Butch Cassidy), we paged through photos of Henkel alongside his family and friends as they renovated the former mining town into a five star resort. The library he built as a gift to his wife was one of my favorite spaces on the property and enjoying a fire in the two story, floor-to-ceiling book-filled room, was the best way to end the day. Henkel’s wife even offered some of her personal recommendations for books to read during our stay at Dunton, making it feel like we were friends visiting on holiday rather than tourists. We started most days in the restored 19th century bathhouse, hoping to soak up the Hot Springs’ therapeutic powers and high mineral content that is said to open blood vessels and improve circulation. Visitors can enter the Springs at several different places around the property, and temperatures range from 85 to 106 degrees. Activity options were

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endless: private guided hikes in the San Juan

ed squash, leeks and herbed farro, or mush-

in crime for the week and now dear friends

Mountains, rock climbing, horseback riding,

room risotto with black truffles. (And, we still

who will be visiting us in Austin soon, hon-

fly fishing, heli-skiing (in the winter), yoga,

swear the homemade granola at breakfast was

eymooners from NYC, Leland and Tim.

Pilates, or day trips to Mesa Verde, a unique

hands down the best we have ever tried.)

Over just four nights, they all became our

To be honest, I was nervous about the

friends. We talked around the fire wrapped in

The staff hit all the right notes of service,

communal dining aspect of the hotel (most

Pendleton blankets while making s’mores

somehow always knowing what we wanted

guests have all their meals together at the

(with organic marshmallows no less) until

(sometimes even before we did). When Ben-

30-foot long antique table at the center of

late in the night, we delighted in hearing each

nett started asking about ideas for which four-

the Saloon). I was sure awkwardness would

other’s plans for the day, and, when Bennett

teener hike he should do, they packed him an

ensue, but could not have been more wrong.

finally made it back from his hike up Mount

elaborate picnic lunch and a walkie-talkie in

Each person we met was more fascinating

Wilson, our new friends gathered around to

case he got lost before we even thought to ask.

than the next: a retired couple from upstate

cheer. We became our own little eccentric

When the bartender learned one of the guests

New York traveling the world for six months

community in the solitude of the majestic

only liked sake, there were three options

and heading to New Zealand next; a couple

beauty that surrounded us in every direction,.

waiting for her at the next evening’s compli-

from Denver who owned an extremely rare

And we missed it, and the way time slowed

mentary cocktail hour before dinner.

vintage Mercedes and was at Dunton with

down in the stillness of Dunton, the moment

The resort is all-inclusive, so most every-

a German photographer to shoot the car in

we drove away. Our four day trip, where it was

one has meals together in the Saloon. For

the mountains for a Mercedes Benz owners’

easy to let go of everyday worries, reminded

being in such a remote location, we were

magazine; a newlywed couple who was just

us of our bond and how much fun we have to-

always surprised by how fresh everything

married at the hotel the weekend before (she

gether. We will always be grateful to Mr. Hen-

was and each meal brought new, unexpected

is an actress on The Walking Dead and he

kel for letting us experience a glimpse of the

flavors. Think venison tenderloin with roast-

is Katy Perry’s guitarist), and our partners

stunning escape he created in the mountains.

archeological preserve.

L E F T: A P E E K I N S I D E T H E L I B R A R Y T H AT WA S A G I F T FROM THE OWNER OF DUNT O N T O H I S W I F E . R I G H T: E A C H C A B I N F E AT U R E S A MIX OF TEXTILES, ANT I Q U E S A N D T R I B U T E S TO T H E A M E R I C A N W E S T.

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Wedding Guide UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN 605 Robert E Lee Rd. | (512) 445 5582| Umlaufsculpture.org Surround yourself with tranquil beauty at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. The natural beauty surrounding the terrace and sprawling lawn provide a peaceful setting for a one-of-a-kind celebration. GREEN PASTURES 811 West Live Oak St. | (512) 444 1888| Greenpasturesrestaurant.com Green Pastures Restaurant offers fine event catering and a beautiful location to host your wedding day. Say “I do” on the manicured lawn and dine inside the historic Victorian home.

OLIVE & JUNE

SALT LICK

3411 Glenview Ave. | (512) 467 9898 | oliveandjune-austin.com

(512) 894 3117 | Saltlickbbq.com

The deck under Olive & June’s heritage oak tree offers the

Enjoy the best in Texas barbecue in the heart of Hill

perfect romantic backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

Country with Salt Lick. Choose to celebrate under mag-

For receptions, their third-floor event space includes a

nificent pecan trees or inside of an old stone mansion

lovely private room, bar and attached patio tucked under

— Salt Lick offers several idyllic venue choices and many

the shade of the tree.

diverse catering options, allowing you to create the wedding of your dreams. CAMP LUCY 3509 Creek Rd. | (512) 894 4400 | Camplucy.com

LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER 4801 La Crosse Ave | (512) 232 0200 | Wildflower.org With magnificent gardens, a stone courtyard and an indoor library, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers an idyllic setting for couples searching for a natural, yet elegant wedding venue. PROSPECT HOUSE 12745 Silver Creek Rd. | (512) 850 2884 | Prospecthousetx.com Situated atop 20 acres of native grasses, the modern and lightfilled Prospect House provides a simple backdrop for any wedding and offers striking views of the Texas Hill Country.

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VILLA ANTONIA 19039 Adrian Way, Jonestown, Tx 78645 | (512) 689 2157 villaantonia.com Just outside of Austin, Villa Antonia is known for its oldworld charm and stunning Hill Country views. Two terraces and a lush rose garden, chapel, and wine cellar ballroom provide an unforgettable setting for your event. To ensure your day is perfect, every couple receives support from an experienced venue coordinating team. Venue amenities: use of the entire Villa and its grounds, venue coordinating team, tables and chairs. Private tours by appointment.

The splendor of this spot cannot be beat, with its idyllic 19th Century chapel, sprawling oak trees and Hill Country views. Choose from two venue options and enjoy on-site catering and accommodations. LAGUNA GLORIA 3809 W. 35th St. | (512) 458 8191 | thecontemporaryaustin.org This Italian-style villa and its immaculate grounds make for a grandiose setting for a variety of elegant celebrations. Overlooking Lake Austin, Laguna Gloria also offers simply stunning views and sunsets.


THE BRODIE HOMESTEAD 5211 Brodie Ln. | (512) 439 2981 | Brodiehomestead.com The newly-renovated historic barn offers a contemporary spin on rustic charm. Complete with stone walls and crystal chandeliers, the space provides the ideal setting for an elegant affair. DEEP EDDY DISTILLERY 2250 E. Hwy. 290 | deepeddyvodka.com A short drive from Austin, the Deep Eddy Distillery is a picturesque wedding venue, featuring a 30,000 square

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AUSTIN 98 San Jacinto Blvd | (512) 685 8040 | Fourseasons.com/austin

foot distillery, indoor and covered outdoor space and

THE PLANT AT KYLE

sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country.

(512) 689 6777 | theplantatkyle.com The Plant at Kyle, a rustic limestone and steel architec-

Situated just steps from Lady Bird Lake, Four Seasons

tural landmark set on 17 acres in the Texas Hill Country, is

Hotel Austin offers an unparalleled location for weddings

just 30 miles from downtown Austin. Designed by award-

and events. The hotel features a beautiful back lawn for an

winning Lake|Flato Architects, the house and grounds

outdoor ceremony or reception, as well as the convenience

can accommodate up to 300 people for weddings, recep-

of downtown Austin, making it the ideal spot to say, "I do."

tions, banquets, corporate meetings, reunions, and birthdays. (Photo by Lisa Woods.)

THE DRISKILL

MANDARIN DESIGN LAB

604 Brazos St. | (512) 439 1234 | Driskillhotel.com

(512) 300 3163 | Mandarindesignlab.com

The ultimate in elegance and romance, The Driskill Hotel

Mandarin Design Lab is a creative sister duo, offering

hosts weddings and events in its magnificent, historic ball-

full event and floral design. They specialize in creating

rooms and provides couples with the option of full service planning. PALM DOOR 401 Sabine St. | 508 E. 6th St. | (512) 391 1994 | Palmdoor.com Choose from two contemporary venues in downtown Austin, both of which boast indoor and outdoor event options in an industrial setting. Let your unique style shine in these open, airy spaces while enjoying delicious bites by Palm Door's own Pink Avocado catering.

MA MAISON 2550 Bell Springs Rd. | (512) 777 1642 | themamaison.com Ma Maison, French for "My House," is a wedding venue

spectacular and unique settings for weddings and social gatherings.

like no other in the Austin area. Old World meets the

ROSEHIP FLORA (512) 917 6513 | Rosehipflora.com

Texas Hill Country at Ma Maison, which expertly blends

Rosehip Flora has been creating organic and beautiful

beauty, intimacy and tradition in a stunning, secluded and

floral arrangements for Austin weddings and events since

unforgettable setting. Here, the possibilities for your event

2002. The Rosehip team is also available for full event con-

are limited only by your imagination.

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MARQUEE RENTS 4616 W. Howard Ln. #400 | (512) 491 7368 | Marqueerents.com From table linens and dinnerware to lighting and reception tents, Marquee Rents offers an endless array of wedding and event necessities. Personalize your next soirée with this variety of custom rental options. AZTEC EVENTS & TENTS 7801 N. Lamar #126A | (512) 821 1994 | Azteceventsandtents.com Aztec Events and Tents lets you cover your event in style, while also providing designer accessories and party essentials. Let this wide selection of rentals be your go-to guide

FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM

for creating an effortless gathering.

KISS N’ MAKEUP

802 San Marcos St | (512) 472 8180 | Frenchlegationmuseum.org

4402A Burnet Rd. | (512) 388 1150 | kissnmakeup.com

Boasting the title as the “oldest house in Austin,” the French

Kiss N’ Makeup specializes in makeup artistry and natu-

Legation Museum provides your wedding day with plenty

ral brow shaping. Their artists are available on location for

of history and a touch of classic romance. The venue offers

your special day, or to host you and your bridal party at

a carriage house loft and several lawns to let you have your

their cozy bungalow studio. Bridal tutorials are also avail-

very own garden party or charming outdoor celebration.

able for destination weddings.

UNBRIDALED 701 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 444 2743 | Unbridaled.com

BLO BLOW DRY BAR

This bridal boutique specializes in providing unique selec-

1611 W. 5th St. #145 | (512) 355 1256 | Blomedry.com

tions for bridal gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses. With a

Blo offers group styling for brides and her party. The sig-

wide variety of couture gowns, Unbridaled offers the “cure for the uncommon bride.”

BOUQUETS OF AUSTIN (512) 257 2395 | bouquetsofaustin.com

nature Blo On The Go bridal service is available in-bar or brings the styling to your hotel, reception or other location for guaranteed flawless pictures.

BLUSH BRIDAL LOUNGE 1815 W. 35th St. | (512) 407 9236 | Blushbridallounge.com

Bouquets of Austin has built a reputation in the industry

Specializing in gowns, accessories, and creating a

ordinary. And while they start with beautiful flowers and

ADORE MAKEUP BOUTIQUE + SALON 1709 W. Koenig Ln. | (512) 355 1256 | Adoremakeupsalon.com

peaceful and pleasant shopping experience, Blush Brid-

exceptional design, they don’t end there. Bouquets of Aus-

This central Austin boutique is a creation of makeup artist

al delights in sharing every bride's journey to find the

tin is committed to creating relationships with their cou-

Rhea McCarther, an award winning airbrush makeup art-

perfect dress.

ples — and to creating wedding flowers you’ll never forget.

ist specializing in wedding event makeup.

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for creating wedding flowers that go above and beyond the


PREMIERE RENTALS 8868 Research Blvd. | (512) 870 8552 | Premeireeventsonline.com Use the Premiere Events online virtual showroom to create a perfect vision for your wedding day. Browse selections of linen, decor and furniture rentals before you decide what is uniquely you. MONARCH EVENT RENTALS 8863 Anderson Mill Rd. #119 | (512) 219 6666 Monarcheventrentals.com Boasting high quality pieces at affordable prices, Monarch Event Rentals provides everything you need for your ideal

POLISH 1605 W. 35th St. | (512) 551-9148 | polishatx.com

gathering. The North Austin showroom is the perfect place to see the inventory and make your selections.

JANET ST. PAUL STUDIO FOR HAIR 830 W. 3rd St. | (512) 474 5000 | janetstpaul.com

This stylish, natural nail salon in Central Austin provides

Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair feels that there is no greater

the premier manicure and pedicure in town. POLISH’s

honor than providing hair styling services for a bride and

river rock foot massages, warm towels, organic prod-

her family. Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and

ucts and hospital grade sterilization make it a unique

The Knot, Janet and her team work through consultations

Austin experience.

to ensure that the hairstyles are a beautiful fulfillment of the bride’s vision for that special day.

WHIM EVENT RENTALS

ANNIE RAY PHOTO BOOTH

28000 Ranch Road 12 | (512) 894 4555 | Whimeventrentals.com

(214) 507 0619 | Annieray.net

Find every last place setting and linen napkin for your

Photographer Annie Ray puts a unique spin on your wed-

wedding day or special event at Whim Event Rentals. Offering an exhaustive assortment of options, from the funky to the classic, Whim has every detail your event demands.

ding day with her photo booth rentals, where she directs

LIP SERVICE (917) 246 7080 | lipservicexo.com

ILIOS LIGHTING DESIGN 4009 Commercial Center Dr. #650 | (512) 440 7045 Ilioslighting.com Specializing in event production and lighting design for over 10 years, Ilios can plan and execute anything from a live concert to an intimate wedding.

guests to be themselves and captures countless candid moments in the process.

you with a seasoned hair and makeup professional that

THE NICHOLS (512) 585 9786 | Nicholsphotographers.com

will create a customized look for your big day. Whether

As husband and wife photographers, the Nichols create a

you’re after a classic look or something a little more dar-

story out of your wedding day through their contemporary

ing, the Lip Service artists will help you achieve the look

imagery and creative approach. They are available for work

of your dreams.

throughout the globe.

Lip Service, Austin’s premier beauty concierge, will pair

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NOUVEAU ROMANTICS 902 Gardner Rd. #24 | (512) 981 7302 | Thenoveauromantics.com This worldwide event design and planning company provides every beautiful detail you need for your wedding day, from the initial design to the final gorgeous flowers and perfect letterpress invitations. KENNEDY CREATIVE (512) 899 8991 | Kennedycreativeevents.com Let the wedding planners at Kennedy Creative create a thoughtful celebration just for you. From consultations to

SONGBIRD WEDDINGS

wedding day set-up, the Kennedy staff will help you enjoy a stress-free occasion.

(832) 236 7595 | songbirdweddings.com

UPTOWN EVENTS (361) 935 7009 | uptowneventstravel.com As a full service boutique planning company, Uptown

John Pesina is an award-winning photographer who

Events specializes in wedding and honeymoon planning.

blends vibrant, creative imagery with documentary style

Our experienced team works with you to create a person-

storytelling to bring out the true essence of your wedding

alized event and vacation that is completely unique to your

day. He believes photography should accentuate your in-

taste. Let Uptown help you shine on your special day and

dividuality and tell a unique story that is all your own, and

take you on the trip of a lifetime.

strives to capture candid, emotional moments that will live on for generations.

PEACHED TORTILLA (512) 222 8781 | thepeachedtortilla.com

PEARL EVENTS

An award winning mobile food truck and full-service

1206 W. 38th St.| (512) 487 7047 | Pearleventsaustin.com

catering company, offering custom menus for wed-

Specializing in making events distinctive to each client and location, Pearl Events offers expert advice and a widerange of planning options to suit any wedding day needs. THE SIMPLIFIERS Thesimplifiers.com This award-winning, full service event planning firm specializes in unique and non-traditional events ranging from one of a kind weddings to corporate functions.

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ALYSHA RAINWATERS

dings and events.

Alysha Rainwaters is a lifestyle, family and wedding pho-

FIREHOUSE LIBATIONS 605 Brazos St. | (512) 992 5670 | firehouselibations.com

tographer who describes her style as honest, bright and

Firehouse Libations curates portable bars and custom

playful. Alysha loves capturing movement, and is commit-

cocktails for any event in Austin. Work with profes-

ted to creating timeless photos and embracing spontane-

sional event specialists to suit your unique style and

ity. Oh, and she's equally devoted to dancing with you at

preferences.

alysharainwaters.com

your wedding reception.


DELISH 209 W. 3rd St. | (512) 473-4118 | delishaustin.com Delish caters weddings with cakes, cupcakes and bite sized desserts that not only taste great, but add to the overall ambiance of your celebration. LIV BY DESIGN 123 W 6th St | (512) 123 4567 | Livbydesignevents.com Specializing in weddings, Liv by Design takes every detail into consideration when creating events in both Texas and California. With discerning taste, the expert

36TH STREET EVENTS (512) 993 6282 | 36thstreetevents.com

planning team will work with you every step of the way to design a beautiful, personalized and unforgettable occasion.

36th Street Events is an upscale creative planning, event design and production company focused on making the

THE CANDY JAR 12700 Hill Country Blvd. #T-110 | (512) 402 1177 thecandyjartx.com The Candy Jar can help you create the most inviting, col-

world a little more beautiful — one celebration at a time.

orful candy buffet to keep your guests talking long after

36th Street Events provides full service coordination,

the big day. Candy specialists work one-on-one with you

design, styling and everything in between.

to select the perfect sweets, favors or treats for your event.

SOURCED CRAFT COCKTAILS

ROYAL FIG

600 Congress Ave. | (512) 650 6246 | sourcedcraftcocktails.com

4238 Bee Caves Rd. | (855) 547 8863 | royalfig.com

Sourced Craft Cocktails is a service that delivers a classic

Fantastic fresh and local farm-to-table full service and

craft cocktail experience directly to your door. Sourced

limited service catering for weddings, corporate events

brings everything you need to make world class drinks for

and more.

you and your guests. FAIR MARKET 1100 E. 5th St. | (512) 582 0844 | fairmarketaustin.com

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5217 E. Cesar Chavez | (512) 596 2922 | birchandbrass.com

With a landscaped garden, large indoor industrial space

Bird Dog Wedding offers a fresh approach to event plan-

Offering an eclectic mix of speciality rentals with a bohe-

and an outdoor garden house, Fair Market offers a unique

ning and design for savvy clients. Through detail-driven

mian twist, Birch & Brass is the perfect place to find pieces

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ver since chocolate was first discovered by the Aztecs and praised for its aphrodisiac qualities, the delicacy has been associated with love and romance. Austin native Ryan Cheney’s first foray into chocolate making was also a love story. The Raaka Chocolate co-founder was working in tech when the woman he loved informed him of plans to travel out of the country for several months. Disenchanted with his desk job and the digital world, Cheney decided to go on sabbatical, and joined her on an epic journey around the world. The couple made their way to Thailand, and began studying at Agama Yoga School where they learned mindfulness, tantric yoga, and even how to make aphrodisiac chocolate truffles using indigenous herbs. After several months of what he describes as "living in awareness" and learning a new way of life at the school, Cheney returned home transformed by his time in Thailand, and eager to share his growth with others. The raw chocolate he’d been introduced to on his travels was an important part of those experiences, and he had a desire to live in a less processed world moving forward. “I started engaging with life in a way that felt real and honest to me, and it felt natural to work with my hands,” he says. Cheney began playing around with recipes and testing out his chocolate bar creations on friends, polling them for feedback on each flavor. Then came testing out reactions at farmers’ markets, where his enthusiasm was bolstered by people's excitement. Says Cheney, “I was curious if this could be a conversation starter for people: raw chocolate and aphrodisiacs.” Sure enough, it was. Dissatisfied with other raw chocolate options available on the market, Cheney partnered with Nate Hodge, who became Raaka’s head chocolate maker, and the duo officially set up shop in 2010. Based in New York City, Raaka specializes in small batch chocolate, manufacturing it from virgin bean to bar in its chocolate factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Raaka is one of the only pure process chocolate companies out there, meaning that they forego the roasting process to preserve the flavors of their ethically-sourced and carefully attended to cacao beans, often purchased for more than twice what mass producing companies like Hershey’s can pay. Truly a labor of love, it’s a time intensive process to create a bar of Raaka chocolate, handmade, wrapped, and shipped from their factory. Over the past five years, Raaka Chocolate has expanded out of Brooklyn and across the U.S. Here in Austin, the chocolate, which comes in festive,

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handpainted wrappers, is available everywhere from Whole Foods and Central Market to Quickie Pickie and Friends & Neighbors. Cheney says he and his team aren’t in the virgin chocolate business because they care about being on trend, and they’re not out to critique the other chocolates in your stash. Instead, Cheney says, the impetus behind Raaka is all about slowing down and being aware of each moment, each flavor — and that human connection that is so often lacking in the frenetic hustle of Western life and culture. “That’s the human aspect of the business. I care about fair ownership structures, and it feels really ugly to me that so much of the world’s ownership is concentrated in a small fraction of people. I’m interested in business as a way to spread out ownership in a more fair way. I believe labor creates value. People really putting their life energy into it, that’s what really creates value. And I think they should be the owners and taking the benefits of their hard work,” Cheney says. As Valentine’s Day sales spike, Cheney reflects on his philosophy that chocolate “creates loving experiences,” saying that, “For a lot of people, when they eat chocolate, they feel warm and they feel something good inside, and that’s a simple thing but an important thing.” Cheney concludes that chocolate’s sensuality and romance has much to do with its mysterious nature: “Good chocolate can be very bold and can feel luxurious while you’re eating it, and has a flavor that’s kind of complicated. Some flavors are just more simple. I think chocolate has a lot going on, so it simultaneously feels indulgent while at the same time has this effect of being kind of mysterious.” He thinks that mystery and complexity is the romance of eating chocolate, and, “A good piece of dark chocolate can give you the shivers.” Whether you’re looking to treat your mom, your beau, or yourself this Valentine’s Day, Raaka has a myriad of original chocolates to choose from. They’ll be releasing special chocolates for the holiday topped with edible flowers, available with a subscription to the First Nibs monthly series. For other gift ideas, Cheney recommends pairing Raaka chocolates with wine, as the chocolate can have such distinct flavor notes. He says to make it an experience. “It’s a chance to slow down and share what you’re tasting. It’s fun to alternate between the chocolate and wine.” Order Raaka chocolates online at raakachocolate.com, or pick up a bar at several locations around Austin. A. CARNEY tribeza.com FEBRUARY 2016

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n 2012, I reviewed an upstart little restaurant called Lenoir. I liked it a lot. Back then, lots of buzz swirled around its young, married chef/owners who had the chutzpah to leave the Four Seasons and Dai Due to strike out on an ungentrified stretch of South First Street. But the couple was confident, young and talented. And successful. Fast forward four years and I’m just as smitten with Lenoir as I was back then. Its interior is still a romantically funky mix of scrap wood, lace curtains and throwback lighting. Its wine program is still one of the most inventive around. And its delicious three course pre-fixe menu remains one of the best deals in town. But that doesn’t mean chef/owners Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher have remained stagnant. They’ve added an outdoor wine garden serving drinks and nibbles. And opened an adjacent kitchen supply store, Metier, which specializes in hard-to-find culinary treasures. They’ve even found time to expand their family to include a second child.

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On a recent visit, we started in the wine garden, a hidden oasis canopied by trees and illuminated by candlelight. Heat lamps and Mexican saddle blankets were scattered about to ward off the crisp night air. The outdoor menu is small but interesting, offering small bites, wines by the bottle, and beer and cider by the glass. We opted for a bottle of refreshing, slightly fizzy Spanish Rezabal Txakolini rosé and an order of hot, crunchy cornmeal hush puppies filled with chopped oysters and pecans. Even my hush puppy-averse husband cleaned his plate. Then we moved inside to Lenoir’s cozy bohemian chic dining room. The three-course pre-fixe menu evolves seasonally, and always surprises with its eclectic global flavors sourced from mostly Texas products. I began with a toothsome salad of miso-infused carrots, radishes and turnips atop of smear of creamy Greek labneh yogurt. My husband dug into deliciously tender ravioli, stuffed with Jamaican jerk-seasoned ricotta and topped with two gremolata sauces. Next came redfish, poached in flavorful pork

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fat and served with African-spiced cauliflower, and followed by sliced lemongrass venison tucked inside a beet-red Indian dosa crepe. To round out the meal, we ordered Korean-spiced pork terrine surrounded in spiced broth, shallots and fennel kimchi. For dessert, a decadent brown butter sponge cake arrived with a dollop of homemade Camembert ice cream. Like its menu, Lenoir rotates its wine selections frequently. Sommelier Chris Kelly, one of the most personable and knowledgeable in town, steered us towards fun and tasty pairings like a versatile white Telusiano Trebbiano and a unique Austrian red Moric Blaufränkisch. With dessert, we marveled at our glass of rich, complex French Ganevat Macvin. In the four years since Lenoir opened, Austin has seen a flood of creative farm-to-table competitors. And while many are very good, few have the extraordinary charm, soul and flavors of Lenoir. It was one of the first and it’s still one of the best. K. SPEZIA P H OTO G R A P H Y BY H AY D EN S P E A R S


COZ Y UP AT AUSTIN’S MOST ROMANTIC RESTAUR ANTS THIS MONTH.

TACO FLATS

ALCOMAR

ASTI TRATTORIA

1816 S. 1st St. | (512) 401 3161

408 E. 43rd St. | (512) 451 1218

This seafood spot is a top choice for

The chic little Hyde Park trattoria of-

lunch or dinner. The newest concept

fers delicious Italian cuisine, like saf-

from the folks behind El Chile and

fron risotto with seafood.

El Chilito, Alcomar serves up some of

5520 Burnet Rd. #101 | (512) 284 8352

the city’s most delicious Latin Ameri-

AUSTIN LAND AND CATTLE

The resurrected Taco Flats located on Burnet

can-inspired dishes.

1205 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 472 1813

Road has become known for slinging traditional

Austin’s only independent and family-

Mexican tacos on handmade tortillas, a crafty

ANDIAMO ITALIANO

owned steakhouse has served beef

agave-based cocktail program, and its extensive

2521 Rutland Dr. | (512) 719 3377

aged the same way for over 17 years.

beer list. Reclaimed woods, custom furniture

This neighborhood restaurant locat-

Make sure to order a fresh seafood ap-

and light fixtures create a laid back interior with

ed in an unassuming North Austin

petizer; you won't regret it.

good energy. Long communal seating, a large U-

strip mall offers delectable, home-

shaped bar and an open style kitchen will remind

made Italian fare.

BLUE DAHLIA BISTRO 1115 E. 11th St. | (512) 542 9542

you of trendy neighborhood bars in Mexico City. APIS

3663 Bee Cave Rd. | (512) 306 1668

23526 Hwy. 71 West | (512) 436 8918

A cozy, French bistro serving up

Situated on six acres in the Texas

breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hill Country, the menu at Apis pays

GUSTO

homage to the honeybee through the

BOTTICELLI’S

innovative use of fresh produce and

1321 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 916 1315

honey provided by the restaurant’s

An inviting trattoria with warm Tus-

own apiary.

can colors, featuring a small bar up front and cozy booths in back.

4800 Burnet Rd. | (512) 458 1100

APOTHECARY CAFÉ AND

Upscale-casual Italian in the heart of the

WINE BAR

BUFALINA

Rosedale neighborhood. Fresh pastas,

4800 Burnet Rd. | (512) 371 1600

1519 E. Cesar Chavez | (512) 524 2523

hand-tossed pizzas, incredible desserts

Apothecary’s soothing ambiance and

Wood-fired pizza with an elegant,

(don’t miss the salted caramel budino),

excellent wine selection make it a great

trendy vibe. Insider tip: Get the

spot for drinks and bites with friends.

Fresca pie.

ARRO

BULLFIGHT

601 W. 6th St. | (512) 992 2776

4807 Airport Blvd. | (512) 474 2029

From Easy Tiger and 24 Diner’s ELM

Chef Shawn Cirkiel transports diners

Restaurant Group, this West Sixth

to Spain for classic tapas and an exten-

spot offers rich French favorites and

sive wine list.

and locally sourced, seasonally inspired chalkboard specials. Full bar with craft cocktails, local beers on tap, and boutique wines from around the world.

an excellent wine list.

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DARUMA RAMEN

1100 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 628 0348

612-B E. 6th St. | (512) 369 3897

From the owners of Asti and Fino, a

From the owners of the popular Kome

chic and rustic Italian restaurant of-

on Airport Boulevard, Daruma fea-

fering pizzas, cocktails and more.

tures rich chicken broth-based ramen and a simple, veggie-friendly menu.

CLARK’S OYSTER BAR

FONDA SAN MIGUEL

2330 W. North Loop Blvd. | (512) 459 4121 Celebrating 40 years in Austin, Fonda San

1200 W. 6th St. | (512) 297 2525

DRINK.WELL.

Small and always buzzing, Clark’s ex-

207 E. 53rd St. | (512) 614 6683

Miguel offers exquisite Interior Mexican

tensive caviar and oyster menu, sharp

Located in the North Loop district, Mi-

cuisine in a rich environment to stimulate

aesthetics, and excellent service make

chael and Jessica Sanders bring craft

all the senses. Stunning fine art, lush tropi-

it a refreshing indulgence on West

cocktails and American pub fare to

cal plants, sparkling light from traditional

Sixth Street. Indoor and outdoor seat-

drink.well. with a seasonally changing

tin chandeliers…at Fonda San Miguel, your

ing is available.

menu. Snacks to try include fried chick-

celebration comes alive. 459-4121 or www.

peas and house-made Twinkies.

fondasanmiguel.com for details.

CONTIGO 2027 Anchor Ln. | (512) 614 2260

ELIZABETH STREET CAFÉ

Ranch-to-table cuisine and an elegant

1501 S. 1st St. | (512) 291 2881

take on bar fare. Take your pick from

A charming French-Vietnamese eatery

the exquisite cocktail menu and grab a

with a colorful menu of pho, banh mis

spot on the expansive outdoor patio.

and more. Vibrant and comfortable surrounding patio.

315 Congress Ave. Ste. 100 | (512) 291 3327

EPICERIE

Belly up to the counter at this 24-seat

2307 Hancock Dr. | (512) 371 6840

310 Congress Ave. | (512) 472 7555 10201 Jollyville Road | (512) 345 1042

space for an intimate dining experi-

A café and grocery with both Louisiana

A local Austin favorite with a reputation for

ence that’s modern yet approachable.

and French sensibilities by Thomas

high-quality Regional Mexican food, fresh

Keller-trained Chef Sarah McIntosh.

pressed cocktails, margaritas, and tequilas.

COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII

DAI DUE

MANUEL'S

Try the Chile Relleno del Mar with Texas

2406 Manor Rd. | (512) 524 0688

FONDA SAN MIGUEL

Dai Due’s breakfast, lunch and din-

2330 W. North Loop Blvd. | (512) 459 4121

ner menus change frequently, offer-

Fonda San Miguel serves up traditional

ing guests a fleeting but delectable

Mexican cuisine in a sophisticated

taste of the season’s best local offer-

and colorful setting. For more than 40

and Congress Avenue, and in the Arbo-

ings. There’s a reason Dai Due was

years, Fonda has been serving some of

retum on Jollyville Road. One of the best

named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New

Austin's best mole from its charming

happy hour deals in town, plus a live mu-

Restaurants.

North Loop locale.

sic brunch on Sundays.

Gulf Shrimp, day boat scallops, and Jumbo Blue lump crab, or Manuel’s famous mole. Located downtown at the corner of 3rd

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beautiful patio and unique cocktails. The

Uchi alum Nicolas Yanes cooks up Northern

MANDOLA’S ITALIAN MARKET

306 E. 53rd St. | (512) 459 1010

wine list is excellent and the perfect pairing

Italian fare on the east side.

4700 W. Guadalupe St. | (512) 419 9700

Small, neighborhood restaurant in Hyde

for the restaurant’s famed steak frites and

Park serving thoughtful, locally-sourced

moules frites.

Casual Italian fare and a well-stocked gourKOMÉ

met grocery, alongside a deli, bakery, and

4917 Airport Blvd. | (512) 712 5700

espresso bar. Grab a gelato and unwind on

ISLA

Japanese comfort food made with fresh in-

the patio overlooking the Triangle.

208 W. 4th St. | (512) 322 9921

gredients and served in inventive ways. Daily

GARDNER

Caribbean-focused fare shines at Isla with

lunch specials include three types of ramen.

1914 E. 6th St. Ste. C | (512) 354 1480

tropical tiki sips and bites.

food at reasonable prices. Come early for Dollar Oyster Tuesdays.

The second restaurant from the duo be-

MONGERS MARKET + KITCHEN 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. | (512) 680 5045

LA CONDESA

Chef Shane Stark brings a casual Texas Gulf

hind Contigo, Gardner provides a seasonal,

ITALIC

400 W. 2nd St. | (512) 499 0300

Coast sensibility to East Austin by sling-

vegetable-focused lesson in balancing flavor,

123 W. 6th St. | (512) 660 5390

Delectable cocktails, tasty tacos and ap-

ing fresh seafood in the kitchen and at the

texture and wonder.

Chef Andrew Curren of 24 Diner and Easy

petizers and delicious main courses, all

counter.

Tiger presents simple, rustic Italian plates.

inspired by the hip and bohemian Condesa

HAYMAKER

Don’t miss the sweet delicacies from Pastry

neighborhood in Mexico City.

2310 Manor Rd. | (512) 243 6702

Chef Mary Katherine Curren.

Comfort food meets sports bar meets beer

MOONSHINE PATIO BAR + GRILL 303 Red River St. | (512) 236 9599

LAMBERTS DOWNTOWN BARBECUE

Both a popular dinner and brunch spot,

pub in Cherrywood, an easygoing place to

JEFFREY’S

401 W. 2nd St. | (512) 494 1500

Moonshine’s decadent Southern comfort

get a craft beer and elevated bar food. Get the

1204 W. Lynn St. | (512) 477 5584

Not your standard barbecue fare, meats at

food is a downtown favorite.

namesake: The Haymaker is an open-faced

This historic Clarksville favorite has main-

Lambert’s have an Austin twist, like the rib-

roast beef sandwich, topped with flavorful

tained the execution, top-notch service and

eye glazed with brown sugar and mustard.

NO VA KITCHEN & BAR

slaw, tomatoes, a fried egg, decadent gruyere

luxurious but welcoming atmosphere that

Tucked away in the historic Schneider Broth-

87 Rainey St. | (512) 382 5651

sauce, and — wait for it — French fries.

makes Jeffrey’s an old Austin staple.

ers Building in the Second Street District.

Subtle design elements make this space cohe-

HENRI’S CHEESE & WINE

JOSEPHINE HOUSE

LA TRAVIATA

sic, comforting dishes from a pork belly/sirloin

2026 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 442 3373

1601 Waterston Ave. | (512) 477 5584

314 Congress Ave. | (512) 479 8131

burger to seasonally topped flatbread pizza.

Equal parts charcuterie, cheese, and wine

Rustic, continental fare with an empha-

Authentic Italian in a cozy downtown set-

shop, Henri’s offers a cozy space to explore

sis on fresh, local and organic ingredients.

ting; known for their wickedly rich and deli-

ODD DUCK

new wines or take a bottle home.

Serving lunch, happy hour, and dinner, the

cious Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

1201 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 433 6521

sive and modern. Enjoy creative twists on clas-

shady porch is the perfect spot for a lateHILLSIDE FARMACY

afternoon paloma.

1209 E. 11th St. | (512) 628 0168

Famed food trailer turned brick-and-morLAUNDERETTE

tar, Odd Duck was the first venture from

2115 Holly St. | (512) 382 1599

acclaimed chef Bryce Gilmore. Expect sea-

Hillside Farmacy is located in a beautifully

JULIET RISTORANTE

Culinary magicians Rene Ortiz and Laura

sonal fare and drinks with a Texas influence

restored 1950s-style pharmacy with a per-

1500 Barton Springs Rd. | (512) 479 1800

Sawicki surprise diners at this east side gem

at this South Lamar oasis.

fect porch for people watching on the east

A Texas breeze feels Italian when you’re sit-

with menu items like crispy pork ribs and a

side. Oysters, cheese plates, and nightly din-

ting on one of the best patios in the city at

birthday cake ice cream sandwich.

ner specials.

Juliet. Enjoy a curated wine list and twists on classic Italian dishes.

HOPFIELDS

OLAMAIE 1610 San Antonio St. | (512) 474 2796

LENOIR

A menu that would leave any Southerner

1807 S.1st St. | (512) 215 9778

drooling, with a dash of contemporary cu-

3110 Guadalupe St. | (512) 537 0467

JUNIPER

A gorgeous spot to enjoy a luxurious French-

linary concepts. The dessert menu offers

A gastropub with French inclinations, a

2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. Ste. 304 | (512) 436 3291

inspired prix-fixe meal in an intimate dining

your classic apple pie, or alternatively a more

room and table that seats just 34 diners.

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trendy goat’s cheese caramel ice cream.

Tower, Perry’s is within easy walking dis-

ern twist. An intimate outdoor area, com-

TRACE

Also, do yourself a favor and order the bis-

tance of the Texas State Capitol and other

plete with a Thai spirit house, makes for an

200 Lavaca St. | (512) 542 3660

cuits (they’re worth every delectable bite).

downtown landmarks. This location fea-

unforgettable experience.

At The W Austin, TRACE focuses on re-

tures unique décor, patio seating and Perry’s OLIVE & JUNE

award-winning menu.

3411 Glenview Ave. | (512) 467 9898

sponsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients SWIFT’S ATTIC

from Texan farmers and artisans. Great

315 Congress Ave. | (512) 482 8842

outdoor seating and excellent service.

Celebrated Austin Chef Shawn Cirkiel cre-

QUI

Overlooking Congress Avenue, Swift’s Attic

ated this southern Italian-style restaurant

1600 E. 6th St. | (512) 436 9626

draws from global inspirations and serves

TRIO

with a menu that highlights local, sea-

Chef Paul Qui’s headquarters is one of the

up inventive cocktails in a historic down-

98 San Jacinto Blvd. | (512) 685 8300

sonal ingredients and includes a handful of

hottest new spots in town for an unparal-

town building.

Wide selection of wines to accompany a

Northern Italian favorites, too.

leled dining experience set under an airy, beautiful backdrop.

OLIVIA

top-notch steak with amazing views of Lady THE CARILLON RESTAURANT

Bird Lake.

1900 University Ave. | (512) 404 3655

2043 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 804 2700

RAMEN TATSU-YA

Located inside the AT&T Conference Center

UCHI

A South Austin staple emphasizing fresh

8557 Research Blvd. Ste. 126 | (512) 339 0855

on the University of Texas campus, this res-

801 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 916 4808

and local produce. This famed brunch spot

1234 S. Lamar Blvd.

taurant serves up sophisticated, American

Chef Tyson Cole has created an inventive

also offers an exciting and diverse menu,

Japanese comfort food at its finest in Austin’s

fare that is always artfully presented. Per-

menu that puts Uchi foremost among sushi

from foie gras to French toast.

first brick-and-mortar, ramen-centric eatery.

fect place for a date night.

spots in Austin.

PARKSIDE

SALTY SOW

THE CLAY PIT

UCHIKO

301 E. 6th St. | (512) 474 9898

1917 Manor Rd. | (512) 391 2337

1601 Guadalupe St. | (512) 322 5131

4200 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 140 | (512) 916 4808

This downtown spot is crowded, but the

Salty Sow serves up creative signature drinks,

Zip in for a buffet-style lunch or settle in for a

The sensational sister creation of Uchi, and

happy hour — with half-price oysters and

including a Blueberry-Lemon Thyme Smash.

long dinner of contemporary Indian cuisine.

former home of Top Chef Paul Qui. Try the

tasty cocktails — is a local favorite.

The food menu, heavy with sophisticated gastropub fare, is perfect for late-night noshing.

PÉCHÉ

bacon tataki! THE GROVE WINE BAR + KITCHEN 6317 Bee Cave Rd. | (512) 327 8822 &

UNIT-D PIZZERIA

208 W 4th. St. | (512) 494 4011

SECOND BAR + KITCHEN

800 W. 6th St. | (512) 236 1440

2406 Manor Rd. | (512) 524 1922

Enjoy Prohibition-style cocktails at Austin’s

200 Congress Ave. | (512) 827 2750

Lively, popular Westlake wine bar and Ital-

Pizza options abound in Austin, but Unit-D

first absinthe bar alongside standout dishes of

Another venture from Chef David Bull, Sec-

ian restaurant. The wine list boasts more

uses an Italian-made pizza oven to fire up

smoked duck salad and citrus-dusted salmon.

ond offers a swanky bistro experience in the

than 250 wines by the bottle.

pies that are simple, yet thoughtful.

heart of the 2nd Street District. PERLA’S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR

THE OASIS

VESPAIO

1400 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 291 7300

SOUTH CONGRESS CAFÉ

6550 Comanche Trail | (512) 266 2442

1610 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 441 6100

A South Congress staple, expect the fresh-

1600 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 447 3905

Popular spot situated on Lake Travis with

Daily rotating menus offer the best of the

est fish and oysters flown in daily from both

A south Austin hotspot, we recommend South

breathtaking views.

season and the freshest from Vespaio’s

coasts, prepared with simple yet elegant fla-

Congress Café’s legendary brunch. The carrot

vors. Go early on a nice day to eat oysters and

cake French toast and migas are to die for.

people watch on their fantastic front porch.

bountiful garden and local markets. This THE TOWNSEND

Italian-inspired restaurant is a longtime

718 Congress Ave. | (512) 887 8778

Austin favorite.

SWAY

Nibble on charcuterie and cheese or sip one

PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE

1417 S. 1st St. | (512) 326 1999

of their handsome cocktail creations curat-

114 W. 7th St. | (512) 474 6300

The culinary masterminds behind La

ed by Justin Elliott.

Located downtown in the historic Norwood

Condesa cook up Thai cuisine with a mod-

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style

WHITNEY WOLFE in Stuart

STREET FA SHION

Weitzman boots, Rag and Bone pants, Ralph Lauren shirt and a Chanel necklace

SAMANTHA FULGHAM in Sam Edelman boots, BDG

CAROLINE ELLIS in Stuart

denim, and a Staring

Weitzman boots, Karl

at Stars kimono and a

Lagerfeld skirt, Mis-

Blaque Label blouseÂ

soni top.

ALEXANDRA WILLIAMSON in Joie boots, J brand pants, Hermes belt, Rails shirt, and The Woods necklace

Bumble

While you've likely heard of Bumble, the buzzed about new dating app that allows women to make the first move, you may not know that the tech company is headquartered right here in Austin. We visited these bee-utiful women at their downtown office to snap their stylish looks (and picked up a few dating tips, too). P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y D A N I E L C AVA Z O S

KATHERINE RAINEY in Frye

TESSA JACOCKS

booties, Madewell jeans,

in Chinese Laundry

a Gap t-shirt and

shoes, J brand denim,

a Theory sweater

Free People top, Karlie jacket from hemline in Austin

DANIELLE WOLFE in Chanel shoes, Citizens of Humanity denim and a shirt

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Shown: the Series table with Blanc Claire marble top and Ant chairs.

MARBLE

GOES

MODERN.

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