December People Issue 2014

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Column: The Nightstand

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ow, how time flies. May 2014 marked my fiveyear anniversary of being Publisher + Principal of TRIBEZA, and it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. Looking back, I love that I have had a lot of fun, met many great people and learned a lot about Austin. Looking forward, I’m even more excited about the future of Austin and TRIBEZA because there are still so many stories to tell. The city is so vibrant and collaborative, and truly is a wonderful place to live and work.

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The December issue is always a fun and exciting challenge because it's our annual People Issue. There are so many talented people in Austin who fit the profile we want to cover and our magazine wouldn’t fit the stands if we included them all. I think you’ll find those we cover in the 2014 issue an interesting and diverse group. Instead of a standard profile on each person, we brought them together for dynamic conversations on the food, the style, the future of Austin, and more.

Right: George and his golden retriever, Travis, at our June issue release party at the Criquet Shirts Clubhouse. Below: Scenes from the Style

Looking forward to 2015, we are expanding the magazine's digital presence and creating a lineup of engaging events. If you don’t know already, we publish a digital version of TRIBEZA each month that is available on our website— Our online readership is growing and spending more time than ever discovering all that we offer about Austin arts and culture. If you want to keep in touch with local events, our weekly eNewsletter is a must read. Sign up on our website to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday and lead the water cooler discussion on what to do and where to be!

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POP Austin After Party

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La Dolce Vita

Austin foodies gathered for the 25th anniversary of La Dolce Vita at The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria. Guests nibbled on tastings, enjoyed live art demonstrations by Art School faculty members and grooved to beats by DJ Hear No Evil while celebrating the most talked about chefs, restaurants and wineries in Central Texas.

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Dress by Candlelight




Guests wore their best Austin cocktail attire to Dress by Candlelight, a fashion show presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC to benefit Candlelight Ranch. The organization offers support to children facing physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive challenges. Julian Gold produced a high 6 7 show full of looks of the season.8 9 fashion




AFF 12th Annual Film & Food Party

Hosted by Austin Film Festival, film and food lovers gathered at the historic Driskill Hotel for a night celebrating the arts. Attendees enjoyed food from over 20 of Austin’s best chefs and restaurants while raising funds to support AFF’s On Story Project.

Candlelight: 1. Joe Kerby & Amanda Messbauer 2. Lauren McCarver & Mary Lovell 3. Clint Sweat, Kim Howerton & Dusti Chopelas 4. Shannan Reiner & Austin Scarlett 5. Paxton Kirsh & Andrew Sharetts AFF: 6. John Craven & Nick Piesco 7. Hannah Moore & Lyndsi Jewell 8. Marissa & Marcie Mayhorn 9. Nancy Zambrano & Tyler Davidson 10. Sarah Lazarus & Julie Hart


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FELIZ Pop-Up Sale For its third year, FELIZ invited shoppers to The Palm Door for a day of browsing pop-up shops from a variety of creative vendors. Attendees were able to purchase goods and chat with independent artisans and makers.

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The Blanton Museum hosted a spooky yet swanky soiree with B scene: Exquisite Corpse. Guests dressed up in costume to celebrate the evening, enjoying small bites like brisket sliders, a mashed potato bar, fall salads and Blanton’s own specialty cocktail, the End of the World Blantini.

Austin Pets Alive! Tricks & Treats Gala Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Subaru hosted a night complete with dinner, drinks and live music to raise funding for the Austin Pets Alive! mission to provide necessary resources and programs to eliminate the killing of animals in Central Texas. This year’s event successfully raised more than $109,000, nearly $40,000 more than the previous year.

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Camille Styles Book Release + Brunch


Celebrating the release of her first book, lifestyle blogger Camille Styles hosted an Austin-style brunch on the lawn of Hotel Ella. The event, where 6 Styles signed books and chatted with guests, featured a mimosa bar, many 9 7 8 Southern brunch favorites and live music from The Cold Irons.





ROAR Grand Opening

New to Rainey Street, ROAR welcomed guests to its first location with a stylish party. The salon, which offers premier hairstyling services, celebrated its opening with signature cocktails, prizes and giveaways, and live music by Erin Ivey.

Book Release: 1. Camille Styles & Jessi Afshin 2. Emma Tosh & Jamie Figari 3. Jennifer Rose Smith & Elizabeth Spruiell 4. Chad Palmatier & Anthony Sobotik 5. Becky Murphy & Chelsea Fullerton ROAR: 6. Cameron Austin Myers, Rory McNeill & Leigh Anne Lauderdale 7. Andrew Riotto & Ana Dahlman 8. Amy & Matt Lutz 9. Cat Carpenter & Allyson Carpenter 10. Melissa Frost & Panda Villarreal


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Just Say No BY K R I STI N ARMSTRO NG I llu s tr ation by Joy G a ll agh er “Hey Papa, what is KY?” my teenage son Luke asked my father this

summer. My dad, taken by surprise but recovering quickly, cleared his throat and launched into an answer. “Well, Luke, ahem, it’s uh, a, uh, sexual lubricant…” Dad went on to make a detailed and direct response to a teenage question, you know, a man to man moment. My mom and I were sitting on a nearby sofa, drinking wine and chatting, when naturally we perked up at the interesting conversation unfolding on the chairs closer to the television, which was blaring ESPN. We started to get the giggles, amused at my Dad and his matter-of-fact tone. Our family is more of a motley crew, more apt to crack a joke about lube than to use correct or demure terminology about anything. “That doesn’t really make sense to me,” Luke interrupted, clearly confused. “Well, it will probably matter more to you when you are older,” Dad confessed. “So how can someone be from KY?” Luke shrugged, glancing over at the television. Dad followed his gaze, looking at the player photos popping up on screen. Suddenly red faced and already cracking up, Dad said, “Well, Luke. KY is also an abbreviation for Kentucky.” “Oh, ok. And by the way Papa, I know what lube is.” We dissolved into laugher, total hysterics ensued, and when I could breathe again and see through my tears, I texted everyone I knew (who could appreciate our family’s unique brand of humor—Not. For. Everyone.). This story brings up a point I have wanted to write about, an interesting tendency that people have towards T.M.I. (too much information). Whether it’s our nervous fumbling when it comes to explaining sex to our children (talking about penises and vaginas, sperm, eggs, humping and zygotes when “Mommy’s Tummy” is probably good enough for now) or the caught-on-the-spot feeling of responding to an invitation we have no desire to attend, we all talk too damn much. Um, so, like I’d really love to come, but you see, I can’t, because well, Timmy has a football game and Sophie has to be at dance, and I have to take Mary to the doctor because her throat hurts and I want to rule out strep. And my car has a light on and

needs to go to the shop also, so there’s that…anyway…thank you but I will let you know. I mean, no, sorry, I can’t. Seriously? Can we just shut up already? How about the timeless elegance and power of a “No, thank you?” What happened to that? We talk too much because we’re uncomfortable or don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. But our discomfort with truth, our over-share, and our deception likely hurts a lot worse than a simple no. It’s okay to say we already have plans. When mothers of daughters model the bleaching of the white lie, we raise another generation of passive aggressive pleasers, eggshell walking women who are afraid to speak their truth or state their needs or desires with confidence and freedom. Besides nowadays if you don’t tell the truth upfront (openly and kindly, please) about what you are doing and with whom, it will be reported to everyone on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat anyway. It’s the collusion and exclusion bane of social media, which was ironically created for inclusion. Sometimes we talk too much because we love to explain how busy we are, how integral our participation is to the functioning of society at large. So we give a play by play of our awesomeness, endurance and dedication; I call this the mama-martyr-syndrome, but men do it too. Symptomatic of this state is the phrase, “I have to…” interspersed with heavy sighing to illustrate the weight of such responsibility. In order to break myself of this vainglorious little habit, I attempt to rephrase all my “I have to…” statements into “I get to…” It’s amazing how a little humility and gratitude can change an entire conversation or an entire life. We often talk too much because we are intimidated by silence. The space between words, and the pauses within conversation are just as valuable as the words themselves. This is where breathing occurs, and in addition to that, the empty space becomes a canvas for the lost art of listening. Thinking about what you are going to say next is not the same as listening. Although our society is starting to replace connection with updates, no one really wants a filibuster friend. Hush. Just as KY can pertain to both a state of dryness and a state beneath Ohio, we need to consider the context, the relationship, the situation, and the subtleties. We can more intentionally use our words, and our silence, to be understood and to truly understand.

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he mention of Vince Young in any context across the state of Texas more than likely conjures up vivid memories of speed, athleticism, and nation-

al championships. Likewise, his name in Austin brings smiles to people’s faces as they reflect on great moments at Darrell K. Royal Stadium and perhaps the chance meeting they once had that confirmed he was as nice as he was talented. But Young’s return to the city and the university that made him a football legend comes with a new title and a reimagined legacy. Using the platform granted by his success as an athlete, he is addressing issues of educational achievement and access, as a development officer for UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE)—a portfolio of programs that help to make UT a national model for diversity in higher education, as well as a resource for underserved communities. DDCE has tasked Young with bringing attention to these efforts. We sat down with Young to hear about his new gig, being a Longhorn and where he gets his Tex-Mex fix. g. cumberbatch

11 Questions for vince Tell me a me about your adolescence? What role did education play? I was the first one in my household to go to college and the road to get to UT was tough. I messed around my freshman year of high school, so by the time it came to apply to college my coach and counselors made it clear that it wouldn’t be easy. My counselor told me “it’s going to be up to you to go to college.” I didn’t really start to focus until my junior and senior year and to get my grades right, I had to go to night school. So I’d wake up, go to school, go to football practice, and then go to night school so I could improve my chances of getting into a top-tier university. p h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s


You were an all around talented athlete, why football? I grew up in Texas; it was the natural choice. Did you always have a plan for life after football? Why come back to Austin? Well first of all, I’m a Texas boy. Whether it's Houston or Dallas or Austin, I just love Texas and the southern hospitality. But there’s something really special about Austin. The people are real down to earth and it doesn’t hurt that I won a national championship here. I get so much love and respect from Austin; it’s really encouraging and humbling. But being a Longhorn legend really means something to me and I’ve always paid close attention to people like Earl Campbell and James Street. The legacies they have beyond their time as football players and the impact they’ve made in the community is inspiring. I hope to have that type of community impact, particularly in Texas education. You can make a difference in the lives of young people through many different platforms (and you already are through your foundation), what prompted this particular move to higher education and working with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement? For me it was about my life experiences and knowing how people can get distracted by all the craziness and temptations. It is important to me to demonstrate that people like me can excel beyond the streets, beyond the image of urban culture and even beyond the football field. We have other dimensions. I want kids to know you can enjoy life and be focused and that starts with education. I always say listen, you are going to be 31 like me one day and are going to have some things you’ll want to be passionate about, but you’ll need an education to execute that passion. You don’t have any prior experience in development, beyond your passion and experiences on the football field and TV. How did you decide to go this route?

Well, the obvious is that being a successful athlete I’m a face and people recognize me. So I automatically demand attention. But I don’t think that’s all I bring. After people see me, they hear what I have to say and see my passion. I love that moment, when they see how passionate I am about empowering our youth, because I think it surprises them and they are that much more encouraged to support our work. I am so appreciative and in awe of the work Dr. Gregory Vincent has done to develop the DDCE platform and I want to be a part of it, I want to contribute. What has been your favorite part of the job so far? I enjoy the outreach programs and connecting with underserved, somewhat neglected communities. When I was at UT there was still a negative perception of black athletes, so from the very beginning I made it clear that I had two goals: 1) to win a national championship and 2) to graduate. So, when I go back into neighborhoods that look like the one I grew up in, I try to plant the seed that education is a powerful tool—it creates opportunities and it helps change the perception of young black males, that’s important. What programs in particular are you involved with? It has been really cool to get involved in programs like Project M.A.L.E.S (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) and the African American Males Research Initiative, which work to influence the education success of men of color and support the White House initiated My Brother’s Keeper efforts. I can really relate to that work and I think it’s a really important focus in our country. I’ve heard people refer to you as an ambassador, salesman and celebrity spokesperson. How do you define your role? I’m just doing what I’m passionate about. Every-

one else wants to put all these big, fancy words around it, but I’m doing what I feel called to do. This is what keeps me humble, happy and with a smile on my face. To know I’m making a difference in a world that needs it so much is empowering. To

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be able to talk to young men and let them know I’ve seen it all, that I’ve been at the top, fallen and now due to prayer, my family and a great education from UT, I’m finding my footing in a new role. What else are you enjoying about being back in Austin? Any particular places you like to hang? I’ve really enjoyed working on the Longhorn Network as a commentator. It wasn’t something I ever aspired to do, but several mentors encouraged me to do it and it has been great. It was hard work at first, because you really have to know your stuff and you really have to build chemistry with the other commentators. But now, I just make sure I look good in my suits, make sure I study and make sure I bring the silly. Austin has also been really good to my family. My wife and I have felt really welcomed by the community and my kids have enjoyed it as well. They’ve already told me they are going to UT, which of course I’m cool with. I also love being out on Lake Travis and enjoy the vibe on Rainey Street. You’re Houston born and bred, so what is it about Austin that you love so much? The food. The food here is amazing. So what’s your favorite place to eat? Vince Young Steakhouse, of course! But if that doesn’t count, Maudie’s. I love Tex-Mex!

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Entertainment Calendar Music WEEZER


December 3, 8pm Bass Concert Hall WIRETREE


December 6, 3:30pm Austin Chamber Music


December 6, 8pm The Parish


December 7, 8pm Stubb’s


December 8, 8pm The Long Center


December 12, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater TRAIN

December 16, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater


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December 17, 8pm The Parish THE BELLE SOUNDS

December 18, 9:30pm Lamberts


December 19, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater


December 26, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater



December 15, 6pm The Paramount Theatre


December 16-17 The Paramount Theatre






December 28, 7pm Living Room at W Austin

December 30-31, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater


December 4, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

December 5 & 7 Marchesa Hall and Theatre IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

December 9-10 The Paramount Theatre

December 9-14 Bass Concert Hall

December 14, 5pm The Vortex


December 26-27 The Long Center


December 3-6 Cap City Comedy Club


December 10-13 Cap City Comedy Club


December 17-20 Cap City Comedy Club JR BROW

December 26-27 Cap City Comedy Club


December 26-29 The Long Center



December 1-12 ZACH Theatre


December 3, 3pm Austin Public Library – Southeast LITTLE WING FREE TRIAL MUSIC CLASS


December 21 Frank Erwin Center


December 6-23 The Long Center


December 11-21 The Long Center

December 1 – 24 Marchesa Hall & Theatre RICK STEVES

December 3, 7pm The Paramount Theatre DECK THE DISTRICT

December 6, 1pm 2nd Street District


December 7 – 21 Zilker Park


December 13 – 14 Maplewood Elementary MYTHBUSTERS

December 14, 6:30pm ACL Live at Moody Theater ARMADILLO CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

December 16 – 24 Palmer Events Center


December 31, 9pm The Paramount Theatre

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Poetry on the Plaza 12pm DECEMBER 5


Gladys Poorte and Hollis Hammonds: Constructs Artist Talk, 6pm Through December 6 DECEMBER 18


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Holiday Fairs Make this holiday season a handmade occasion by shopping these three fairs that showcase local artists and makers. The Cherrywood Art Fair returns to East Austin December 13 and 14. Held at Maplewood Elementary school, more than 90 local artists and makers will come together for this one stop shopping destination. Open from 10am to 5pm each day, you’ll need every minute to browse the extensive inventory and enjoy live entertainment. The fair is free and open to the public and proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST program, which pairs professional artists with fifth graders from East Austin elementary schools for a collaborative mentorship. Entering its 39th year, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is the longest running holiday fair in Austin. This event is part shopping experience, part music festival featuring the talents of over 160 locally and nationally acclaimed artists and approximately 28 musicians. Held from 11am-11pm at the Palmer Events Center December 16-24, the Bazaar donates booth space to an array of Austin’s favorite non-profit organizations. Running November 28-December 24 at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar offers a wide variety of imaginative gifts from over 200 artists. Admission is free so stop by 10am-10pm. Check the website for movie screenings from the Austin Film Society, Artists Socials, and Make-A-WishMondays when 10 percent of profits are donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas. t. mendoza


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Third Thursday 10am-9pm Free Admission


Scott Bickerton: Totemic Explorations Through December 7 THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN

Lucky Dragons: 17,000 Observations Through December 9 Do Ho Suh Through January 11 Richard T. Walker: The Predicament of Always (as it is) Through January 11 LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY

Donald Moffett: head. Through January 17 Carl Hammoud: The Arrangement of Separate Elements Through January 17 LBJ PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

On The Ball Through December 14 Sixty from the ‘60s Through January 4


Unseen Hendrix Through December 20


Andrea Heimer: Folk & Dagger: Suburban Secrets Through December 28 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Through January 4 La linea continua Through February 15 Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary Through June 14 HARRY RANSOM CENTER

The Making of Gone With The Wind Through January 4 PHOTO MÉTHODE

Tami Boone: Mythos Through January 9


Alice Leora Briggs: The Room Through January 10 Jose Antonio Galvan December 6 – January 10 WOMEN AND THEIR WORK

Susi Brister: Fables Through January 15


Fly Girls of WWII Through February 1 La Belle: The Ship that Changed History Through May 17

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Dan Barber at The Paramount


enown chef Dan Barber, the culinary whiz behind Blue Hill in Manhattan’s West Village, will travel to Austin this month to host a special evening with Edible Austin’s EAT DRINK Local Week. Taking place on December 8 at the historic Paramount Theatre, guests can mingle with Barber while enjoying locally sourced hors d’oeuvres and spirits before an insightful talk about his new book, The Third Plate, Field Notes on the Future of Food. The recently released book has received great praise for the revolutionary thinking Barber puts forth in the sustainable food movement, an interest he credits to spending early summers with his grandmother in the Berkshires. “She wasn't a great cook, or even a farmer herself, but she was passionate about the land, and about preserving open spaces. She made me see how those things are one and the same,” Barber says. Now, after nearly ten years of investigating farming communities worldwide, Barber shares his critical thoughts on the future of the social food movement. “I was imagining the book as a collection of essays, each one focused on a particular ingredient and pursued separately. But as it progressed, I began to see connections between the parts,” Barber explains. “I went from an ‘ethical’ foie gras farm to a sustainable aquaculture operation, and all I could see were the ways in which they overlapped. That’s the story I wanted to tell.” Be there as Barber tells this story and others while supporting a good cause. Proceeds from the night will benefit Sustainable Food Center, Urban Roots, and the Paramount Theatre. General admission tickets are available for $35, and VIP tickets for $130. In addition to the pre-show reception, VIPs will also receive a signed copy of Barber's book and prime seats for the book discussion. t. mendoza


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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 the contemporary austin: Jones Center

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 Blanton Museum of Art

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

Bullock Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 12–5 Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 French Legation Museum

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

George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 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 LBJ Library and Museum

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

Mexic–Arte Museum

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

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


1830 Simond Ave Hours: T-Fri 10-5, Sa-Su 10-6 Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30

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Galleries Art on 5th

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 Artworks Gallery

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

austin galleries

5804 Lookout Mountain Dr.

(512) 495 9363 By Appt. Only

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 capital fine art

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

Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 Davis Gallery

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

Flatbed Press

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


916 Springdale Rd. (512) 524 1488 Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6

studio 10

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 Testsite

702 San Antonio St. (737) 703 5632 Hours: Tu-Su 10-6

4115 Guadalupe St. Hours: Tu - Sa, 12- 6

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only

Gallery Black Lagoon

The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

Wally Workman Gallery

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 Gallery Shoal Creek

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 grayDUCK gallery

2213 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702 (512) 826 5334 Hours: Th -Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 La Peña

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena– Lora Reynolds Gallery

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 Lotus Gallery

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

Mondo Gallery

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: M-F 9-5

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

Okay Mountain Gallery

Women & Their Work

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 293 5177 Sa 1-5 or by appointment Old Bakery & Emporium Art Gallery

1006 Congress (512) 477 5961 Hours: Tu-Sa 9-4 obemporium

Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4 Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell– Stephen L. Clark Gallery

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

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 Yard Dog

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

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin Presence

330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 Big Medium

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

Co-Lab Project Space


613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only

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

farewell Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7


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

Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 dougherty/gallery.htm


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

Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571

209 S. Llano (830) 997 0073 Hours: M-F 9:30-5, Sa 10-5

Roi James

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By Appt. Only


230 E. Main St. (830) 992 3234

Space 12

Hours: M 8-6, W-F 8-6, Sa 8-9, Su 8-5

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


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


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Advice From Lena Dunham On tour for her book Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham made a stop in Austin in October that included a women’s writing workshop for volunteers of the Austin Bat Cave, a non-profit that offers free writing programs for kids. Emily Smith, a current MFA student at Texas State, shares what she learned from the creator of

The A dv entu rer s

HBO’s hit, Girls. Writing is not a self-indulgent act. It can be cathartic

“He had this three-story house a few hours south of Paris and he filled it

individually, but can also be a form of activism.

with his travel treasures, like an Egyptian sarcophagus and sperm whale

Use your voice. Lena’s push was for us to look at writing as a way

teeth,” Ramona Flume says of Pierre Loti, the eccentric French writer who

to connect with other people, specifically other women, and to

has inspired the name for her new online travel journal and shop. With

share experiences and establish a stronger community of women.

collaborator Kelli Nastasi, Flume launched Loti in late October as a way

Just keep going. Don’t let anyone tell you that what you’re doing

to share photo essays, personal profiles and city guides from around the world. The pair met in Austin in 2008 and became pen pals as they trav-

isn’t worthwhile or what you’re doing isn’t good.

eled, with Nastasi settling in Paris. Always on the go, Flume shares her favorite escapes for winter adventures. Cartagena, Colombia—It’s a good winter destination because of its great

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coastline and there’s lots of jungle. It’s a really short flight. Just paradise.

As the executive chef and new operator (as of October) of Weath-

Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras—It’s an amazing cloud forest,

er Up, and consultant to Mulberry, Kristine Kittrell keeps lots of

and there are wonderful luxury ecolodges that you can stay in within the

plates spinning. At East Austin’s Weather Up, she just launched

protected land. There are jaguars that roam around, and hundreds of en-

Saturday brunch and added a $45 caviar service. While the

dangered bird species.

menus change seasonally, there’s one thing she always has

Round Top, Texas—I love taking road trips. I love little B&Bs in the coun-


around the holidays: escargot. “We love to have snails,” Kittrell

try. The Prairie, run by Rachel Ashwell, feels like a total recharge and it’s

says, “They’re delicious and they surprise people.” Kittrell serves

only about an hour and a half away.

them in an Indian curry butter with celery and shoestring pota-

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toes. “They’re very versatile, and they don’t take much in terms of cooking at all.” Kittrell recommends preparing the curry butter ahead of time and then adding it to a boiling mixture of white wine and lemon juice before finally tossing in the snails. Pair them with a champagne cocktail and toast to the new year. For more information, visit

Ben Freedl a nd of ZINK’ s Holiday Travel Essentials After spending 11 years in New York working for Burberry, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana and others, Ben Freedland founded his own brand, ZINK, in 2009. The following year he made Austin the headquarters for ZINK, which specializes in travel-ready durable handcrafted leather bags for men and women.

H aute Chocolate Tessa Halstead knows chocolate. “It’s always been a part of me,” she says. Halstead’s father, Rex Morgan, opened his first chocolate shop in Dallas the year she was born. Three decades later, Halstead is following in his footsteps with Chocolaterie

Freedland designed the unisex flat-folding Ferry Weekender bag ($445), part of the newly re-launched “Everyday” collection, with the avid traveler in mind. He let us take a look at what he won’t leave home without this holiday season. 1. Shahmina shawl (, $475): It makes for a great travel blanket. It’s cashmere, all hand-woven, all organic. 2. Liberty Of London sleep mask (, $21): I fell in love with this

Tessa (which opened November 5), her own shop of handmade

brand in England. This is just an awesome travel mask and it has lavender inside of it.

artisanal chocolates. Using all-natural French and Belgian

3. “Smoke” fragrance (, $60): I get it at my friend’s store

chocolate to make truffles and bon-bons, the chocolaterie

in East Austin, Solid Gold. It’s a special and complex smell.

specializes in gift boxes, but will break out special antique molds

4. Botot toothpaste (, $11.50): My go-to choice for

for the holidays. Halstead’s favorite? A Santa climbing down a

toothpaste. I like that it was invented in 1755.

chimney with a bag of toys that her father designed. She says:

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Ro b erto Ainslie / General Manager, Gardner jes s i ca maher / Owner, Lenoir + MÊtier Cook’s Supply

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mi cki e s p en cer / Designer + Owner, East Side Showroom, Hillside Farmacy, Sawyer & Co. jesse griffiths / Chef + Owner, Dai Due

talk of the town


foodies Over the past few years, our sleepy city turned bustling metropolis has

But I think we’re also waiting to see how we’re going to fit and how people

created a home for top chefs, award-winning restaurants, urban farms,

respond. That’s where we are.

craft brewers and a robust collection of creatives that drives it all. But

Jesse Griffiths: It’s really cool to see the vibe in a place like [Gardner].

that growth has placed Austin at a culinary crossroads as it learns to

Because when I moved here in 1998...there wasn’t anything that pushed the

adapt to a growing city while still cultivating a place for creativity and

bar like that. It’s a very composed restaurant. There’s nothing like it in town.


It’s really cool.

As 2014 draws to a close, we asked four industry leaders to join us in a er Cook’s Supply; Chef/Owner Jesse Griffiths of farmer’s market favorite

T h e c h a l l e n g e s o f co m p e t i n g i n t h e lo c a l r e s ta u r a n t s c e n e

turned brick-and-mortar Dai Due; Mickie Spencer, the sought after design-

TRIBEZA: So with these new envelope pushing restaurants, what are the chal-

er and owner of restaurants like Sawyer & Co., Hillside Farmacy, and East

lenges you’re dealing with when it comes to growth?

Side Showroom; and General Manager Roberto Ainslie of the highly antic-

Jesse Griffiths: We had another no-show today.

conversation. Owner Jessica Maher of Lenoir and the newly-opened Méti-

ipated Gardner all sat down with TRIBEZA to discuss the past, present and future of Austin’s restaurant scene.

O n 2 014 TRIBEZA: You all have had really impressive years, so congratulations. Can you give us a glimpse of what your lives are like as 2014 comes to an end?


Jessica Maher: Oh, that happens all the time. Or, they’ll actually come, and you’re like, “Okay, great we’ll see you on Tuesday.” And then they never show up again. [Shakes her head] “Is it something I did?” Jesse Griffiths: I think that the high-end talent is moving here, like chefs and stuff. Coming here and opening restaurants. But the cooks aren’t here yet. Jessica Maher: Everybody wants to be a chef.

Jesse Griffiths: We’re trying to stabilize the restaurant right now. We’ve

Roberto Ainslie: I think everyone is extremely excited to see what people

been in business for eight years, but being in a building, it’s all still new and

who really care about food and dining are coming up with in Austin. [But]

everything that comes with it.

because there are so many new things, and they all are interesting and com-

Jessica Maher: We’re kind of in the eye of the storm right now. It’s really

pelling… [It’s tough] to keep a really amazing staff at your spot.

hard. I think it’s a combination of adding to our family and adding [Méti-

Jesse Griffiths: Younger people have shorter attention spans now, so they

er]. I feel like if we hadn’t opened the shop we would be smooth sailing

are distracted by the opening of some other place. Cooks coming up in the

right now because the restaurant is doing well.

industry 20 years ago, you went in and you worked really hard for somebody

Mickie Spencer: I think we’re getting into our groove and figuring things

for a long time, and you just went there hat in hand and worked to get that job.

out. Sawyer & Co. of course is just starting so it’s in its infancy, but hopefully

Now the attitude is “I’ll just pick out what’s best for me.”

we can continue to grow.

Jessica Maher: I don’t want to say I disagree—I think there are probably

Roberto Ainslie: Gardner is just getting started, so I think it feels like a lot

more people who are bouncing out—but even when I lived in New York

of anticipation, and we’re obviously really excited about what we’re doing.

people bounced out all the time no matter where I worked.

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“O n e o f t h e b e a u t i f u l t h i n g s a b o u t A u s t i n … i s t h at c h e f s ta l k t o e a c h ot h e r a b o u t w h at t h e y a r e d o i n g . . . S o, t h e i d e a o f c o l l a b o r at i n g f e e l s n at u r a l i n A u s t i n w h e r e i t d o e s n ’ t a lway s i n ot h e r c i t i e s .” roberto ainslie

O n m a i n ta i n i n g A u s t i n ’ s c u lt u r e TRIBEZA: A common theme for all of your restaurants is this idea of collaboration. You have chefs, artisans, makers and designers all working together on a single project. What are your thoughts on maintaining that creative, collaborative spirit as we head into 2015 and beyond?

[Mayfield] and I was like, “There are just so many people moving here.” And she said, “Well, these are the people who are going to be walking in the door.” And I said, “Well, that’s fine, I just hope that they hold the door open for the person behind them.” Because that’s the way it’s always been here. I think it’s very important we maintain that attitude, not only restaurants, but in general.

Roberto Ainslie: One of the beautiful things about Austin… is that chefs

Jessica Maher: It’s growing so fast. But we’re part of it. So I don’t want to

talk to each other about what they are doing. [In other cities], restau-

bite the hand that feeds me, I want to maintain the sense of cool here.

rants always feel like they are in tense competition with each other. So,

Mickie Spencer: We’re all a part of the same community and working to-

the idea of collaborating feels natural in Austin where it doesn’t always

gether to keep Austin very creative and interesting. But like Jesse said, it’s

in other cities.

all about the personalities and attitudes keeping it friendly and supportive

Jesse Griffiths: I would hate to see the restaurant scene here spiral into

of each other. It’s good to grow and create new, beautiful things, but at the

the negativity and kind of the competition that has happened with [other]

same time to stay true to Austin and what we’re about here.

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style makers

el i s e av ellan / Filmmaker + Designer, Crystal Bullets


kelly krause / SXSW Interactive Publicist + Curator of SXStyle december 2014

alyson fox / Artist + Designer + Illustrator

Elise Avellan: Shirt by Black Crane, $164, available at Kick Pleat, Pants, Shoes and Jewlery, Elise’s own. Kelly Krause: Wardrobe, Kelly’s own. Alyson Fox: Wardrobe, Alyson’s own. Tyler Haney: Top by ALC, $415, available at By George, Jacket, Pants and Shoes, Tyler’s own. Madison Enloe: Sweater by Won Hundred, $188, available at Kick Pleat, Skirt, Shoes and jacket, available at Hoiden Supply Co.

t y l e r h a n e y / CEO, Outdoor Voices m a d i s o n e n lo e / Co-Owner, Hoiden Supply Co. december 2014


talk of the town


style makers In a city where jeans are the uniform of choice and flip flops are consid-

ing all these stylish pieces hanging out just ready for us to wear them. We’re

ered a wardrobe staple, working in fashion comes with its challenges.

already half-naked all of the time.

Instead of fighting the casual-cool look that has become Austin’s uni-

Madison Enloe: Also, whenever you look at who makes the worst-dressed

form, these five fashionistas are embracing it. For this conversation, we

lists, those are the people that take chances. If we get on the worst-dressed

gathered together the ultimate Austin glam squad. SXSW Interactive

list, it’s like, “Whatever. We’re just being us.”

Publicist and curator of SXStyle Kelly Krause; Filmmaker, jewelry designer and owner of Crystal Bullets, Elise Avellan; Outdoor Voices CEO

N e w Yo r k , Lo n d o n , Pa r i s… A u s t i n ?

Tyler Haney; Hoiden Supply Co. co-owner Madison Enloe; and artist,

TRIBEZA: What drew you all to Austin as opposed to New York, Los Ange-

illustrator and designer Alyson Fox all joined together to discuss what

les, Paris—or even Dallas?

defines Austin style.

On austin style TRIBEZA: What defines Austin style to you?


Kelly Krause: I lived in LA for almost 6 years, and I was drawn to Austin. It was such a switch from LA, which was very much a what-can-you-do-forme type of city, and Austin was, “How can we work together? What can I do for you? Let’s just meet. And then maybe we can collaborate on something.”

Elise Avellan: It’s a cliché; people say “Keep Austin Weird,” but it is weird

Alyson Fox: There is such an ease to Austin. There’s room to breathe, and

because most people here are so eclectic and strange. Austin has this like,

with that you’re able to grow as a creative individual. I’ve spent time in New

“we-don’t-care” attitude, and that attitude is not an indifference, but more

York, I’ve spent time in LA, and I feel so trapped and forced to make things

an allowance. It’s very [accepting] of people to be whatever it is they are,

better than other people. It becomes this really competitive environment.

even if it’s not considered stylish. We made the list in GQ as the worst

Kelly Krause: Austin is such a super proud city, proud of new businesses

dressed cities in America. And I believe it… [Austin] allows you to be what-

and talent that we have. I go into Garment and Alyson’s prints are on the

ever it is that you want to be. If it’s fancy or not, it doesn’t matter, but it

wall. I go into Patika coffee and the trays are from Nannie Inez. [We] are

doesn’t judge you.

so proud of local talent.

Kelly Krause: I don’t think Austinites care about those lists, to be hon-

Tyler Haney: I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and… both Austin and Boul-

est. I think everyone’s so busy working on their own ventures and ideas, if

der have this neat hippie vibe to them. It’s that casualness that I get so in-

anything it gives us ammo to be like, “Okay, great. Don’t move here. I-35 is

spired by. I think that comes to fruition through community. People are

already a mess.”

lively—they’re happy. I’ve never seen such a happy community as Austin.

Madison Enloe: I think the people here have awesome style. I mean, no it

Madison Enole: Austin is such an “I can” city. There are so many artists and

doesn’t look like anywhere else, but that is what makes it genuine and unique.

creatives, it’s so inspiring and everyone is just like, “Yup, I can do this. I’m

Elise Avellan: We’re also so hot most of the year. We don’t think about hav-

going to make this happen.”

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Elise Avellan: There is this tendency to be supportive of even the smallest

shop on Blanco and West Sixth [streets], intentionally not in a primetime

things that people are doing. Even if somebody has just come out of school

retail spot. We’ve been bringing in instructors from different exercise stu-

and talking about what they want to create, somebody that is already creat-

dios—Wanderlust, CorePower and Castle Hill—and having drop-in ses-

ing it is probably going to say, “Hey, come on over for a day and I’ll talk to

sions almost every day of the week where everybody can come in.

you about how I started.”

Elise Avellan: I’m in the middle of making a couple of documentaries. And I’m figuring out how to turn [my] entire Crystal Bullets company into a

Co l l a b o r at i o n i s k e y

social good company. Crystal Bullets started with me wanting to bring light

TRIBEZA: Collaboration seems to be a common theme throughout all of

into what is specifically made to end life and repurpose something that is so

these conversations. Can you talk about how other people have influenced past projects and what you’re most excited to work on in the future?

negative into something beautiful and wear it with pride. Madison Enloe: We’re excited about collaborating with different people on different events like SXSW. Right now, we’re so new, as far as Hoiden

Alyson Fox: Austin is this great melting pot of filmmakers, wonderful

goes, every day every week is totally new. It’s been really exciting.

restaurants, people starting their own clothing lines, activewear lines,

Kelly Krause: I’m just super excited that [SXStyle] has created this

architects, and everyone sort of supports each other and feeds off of each

platform for such a diverse group of designers and innovators and start-

other. Each collaboration has been different for me specifically, but each

ups and coders, sort of anyone and everyone in the fashion, style and tech

one has totally opened doors to the way in which I think.

scenes to come together and and have these creative conversations in a cool

Tyler Haney: 2015—for us—it’s all about community. We just opened a

city surrounded by a lot of talent. I’m excited to see what unfolds. december 2014



camille styles / Lifestyle Blogger


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jes s e herman / Restauranteur, La Condesa, Sway + Co-Owner of Fair Market, South Congress Hotel

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talk of the town


innovators In order to get a true sense of where our fair city has been, and where it

Do what you want.” And it was very successful in doing that with the music

is going, we gathered five trailblazers from five very different industries:

scene a couple of decades ago, and that’s why we are known as a music city.

hospitality, technology, lifestyle, marketing and fine arts for a candid

Shawn Bose (technology): Over the last few years, there is a coming to-

conversation about Austin’s culture and sustainability.

gether of some of these disparate worlds which before was like, “Oh, what’s

Though he’s only lived in Austin full-time for three years, restaurateur

that group? They’re doing visual arts and design and you don’t really know

Jesse Herman has already built an empire which includes La Condesa,

them. Or they’re doing tech, or they’re doing hospitality.” And I feel as Aus-

Sway, Fair Market and the upcoming South Congress Hotel, all of which

tin grows up you see all of those circles mixing more, which I think is excit-

he operates under his Violet Crown Management group.

ing because it fosters more innovation.

Tech entrepreneur Shawn Bose first burst onto the tech scene as execu-

Jesse Herman (hospitality): Austin [allows you] to connect with so many

tive vice president of uShip. He is the co-founder of the Startup Games and

people doing so many interesting things in such a short period of time. And

the newly-launched, Deily. Bose is also involved with ATX Seed Ventures,

that allows you to get involved in a lot of different things as well.

an early-stage venture capital fund.

Camille Styles (lifestyle): I think the warmth and the accessibility and

Local blogger turned lifestyle guru Camille Styles has made a name

the authenticity that we still have comes across every different industry...

showcasing a new way of entertaining that includes a new book, Camille

Austin is so different from the stuffy formality of southern entertaining or

Styles Entertaining. Along the way, Styles has made a point to highlight the

southern culture, and I think that’s really appealing to a younger audience

artisans, purveyors and creatives that make Austin so special as she part-

and something that makes Austin really different from every other city.

ners with global brands along the way.

Julie Warenoff (marketing): Austin has become a known and desirable

Julie Warenoff is an account director for the east side creative agency, Guerilla Suit. Together with her colleagues, Warenoff is responsible for the branding and marketing of dozens of local businesses and giving internationally re-

K e e p i n g t h e “A u s t i n b r a n d” a l i v e

nowned events like Formula 1 and Fun Fun Fun Fest a decidedly Austin spirit.

TRIBEZA: How do we keep the “Austin brand” that has attracted so many dif-

Rachel Haggerty Stephens is an art curator and current partner at the Wally Workman Gallery which represents 55 artists from across the globe. She is also the co-editor of an online art magazine called Aether Magazine.

H o w i t a l l co m e s to g e t h e r TRIBEZA: What is it about Austin that makes it such fertile ground for all


brand, not just in Texas and not just in the U.S., but everywhere.

ferent industries, events and people? What are some issues that have arisen? Shawn Bose: Right now, you’re seeing what I would like to call “the second act” for Austin technology, which I think is important. You’re seeing the second acts in a lot of the [industries] we’re in... We’ve established a baseline that you can be successful doing art, or hospitality, or technology here in

these different industries?

Austin—and now we’re building on that. What I’d like to see now is more of

Rachel Haggerty Stephens (fine arts): I think Austin is so good at sup-

Rachel Haggerty Stephens: People come and hear about the gallery

porting emerging artists, entrepreneurs. It has that energy of, “Go and do it.

scene, all of the galleries are friends with each other, we support each other

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a confluence of all these things coming together.

“ I t h i n k A u s t i n i s s o g o o d at s u p p o r t i n g e m e r g i n g a r t i s t s , e n t r e p r e n e u r s . I t h a s t h at e n e r g y o f, ‘G o a n d d o i t. D o w h at yo u w a n t ’ .” rachel haggert y stephens

because we can grow better together than separate, and other places are

growing and we’re all prospering from it. I think we should all look forward

shocked because it’s not the way it is. It’s not one pitted against another.

with that in mind and make room for each other.

Camille Styles: One of my favorite parts of my job is having the opportuni-

Jesse Herman: I’m really excited because I love the Austin that exists now,

ty to discover and collaborate and share on an international stage. We prob-

and I love the Austin that existed when I moved here. I think that it will in-

ably feature 50 percent people from Austin purely because I’m constantly

nately preserve, you know, it’s authenticity as a place because it’s so unique

meeting someone new and falling in love with what they’re doing and I

and because of all the interesting things people do here.

want to shout it from the rooftops and share it with the world.

Camille Styles: I get really excited thinking about the Austin of today and

Rachel Haggerty Stephens: Over the past five to ten years, we are seeing

the Austin of the future, because rather than our town becoming more like

our artists that we represent actually getting a paycheck from us instead of

other big cities, I see it continuing to grow uniquely into its own. From

having to see that paycheck come from other cities. So it’s really wonderful

the food to the design to the arts scene, Austin has managed to hold

to see these emerging artists being supported by the local community. But

onto an identity that’s not like anywhere else, which I think is ultimately

in terms of everyone moving here, it’s great for our business on one hand,

responsible for our rapid growth since people naturally gravitate towards

but on the other hand, artists aren’t capable to afford to live here as much,

that authenticity and want to be part of it. I envision the city continuing to

so you’re seeing artists having to move farther away, kind of that whole

evolve as more and more people put their own creative stamp on what it

Soho thing in New York. Everyone wants to live where the artists live until

means to be an Austinite.

the artists can’t afford to live there any more.

Rachel Haggerty Stephens: We definitely have been doing [well] the past

Shawn Bose: I think there’s always the question you know as more and

couple of years, lots of growth, because everyone’s moving here and also mov-

more people rush to Austin, what’s sustainable as far as talent? There’s a big

ing from cities that have the real culture of collecting art. And so they’re coming

issue in the technology community of attracting quality talent, so there’s a

from cities with that already instilled in them. I’m hoping that means maybe

lot of ideas about investing in companies.

more galleries will open and it will create more of a community.

M o v i n g o n a n d m ov i n g u p TRIBEZA: What will make this growth sustainable?

Jesse Herman: I’m “pro” the growth and the evolution of Austin because I’m fortunate to have a perspective having lived abroad and in New York and Miami and a number of different places. I spent 12 years in New York City.

Julie Warenoff: I tend to take a really overprotective stance when it comes

Living in a city like that, you’re just part of the evolution of society at large. It’s

to Austin because I’m a native and I think that makes me special. Well, it

always growing and evolving in one way. I always like to think of it as more of

doesn’t, I mean we’re all here doing great things together, and the city is

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photography by wynn myers s t y l i n g by g r a h a m c u m b e r b atc h

The Austinites you should know right now— we invade downtown with our predictions for who will shape the future of our city. december 2014


mia carameros art i st She draws, paints, writes in beautiful calligraphy and is an accomplished designer in her own right. We are wondering if there is anything in the art world this girl can’t do. Last month, she became a featured artist on Buddy Editions (,

Crystal + Justin Esquivel You can usually find this cute couple buzzing around Austin on their

and we all swooned over her collaborative show with photog-

scooters. Crystal is the “Chief of Stuff ” for Indie Chefs Week and for

rapher Kate LeSueur during E.A.S.T. The exciting thing is that

Foreign & Domestic. Her husband, Justin (art director/designer) has

she is just getting started—“I feel like my career is just begin-

branded some of our favorite local businesses (East Side King, Juice-

ning and before this, I was a student,” she says. “I’m still learning

land, Uchi, and more).

about myself creatively.” What do you love most about Austin?

What do you love most about Austin? Crystal: I love that it’s relaxed, and creative, and accepting, and full of

The people. I absolutely adore them.

good margaritas.

What has been the best moment of your career so far?

Justin: I’m always amazed at the bravery of Austinites. I’m constantly

All of it. It’s been a whirlwind of highs and lows, but I’m just so grateful for all of it—even the tiny victories and the major losses. What do most people not know about you? I’m half Hispanic and am fluent in Spanish. Olé!

meeting passionate, smart people diving head-first into business ideas and collaborations. Austin’s culture has inspired me to be brave. What has been the best moment of your career so far? Crystal: Wrangling and hanging out with chefs from all over North America with Indie Chefs Week is pretty rockin’.

What’s next for 2015?

Justin: Every day that I’m able to be creative and independent is pretty

Grad school is in the near future, but I’ve been dreaming of design-

amazing. I’d like to do this forever.

ing wallpaper and textiles for the home. For more information, visit

What do most people not know about you? Crystal: I’ve written two books! Also, I think popcorn is the devil. Justin: I play basketball most days of the week and have a better than average jump shot. What’s in store for 2015?

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Justin: We just moved into a new studio space and I’m excited to col-

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laborate with the crazy-talented people around me.

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Crystal: I’ll be planning three Indie Chefs Week events in three cities,

For more information on Crystal & Justin, visit and

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Evan Loomis

made some epic mistakes, and have loved every minute of starting and

E ntreprene u r

growing new business ventures like TreeHouse and StartupRunner.

A native Austinite, Evan Loomis has done everything from working

What’s in store for 2015?

on Wall Street as an investment banker to alongside former President George H.W. Bush. He helped launch TreeHouse, a smart home improvement store, in Austin, authored a book published by Harvard on startup fundraising called Backed and his newest venture, StartupRunner Capital, targets working with early-stage ventures.

nesses are popping up all over, our infrastructure is stressed out, and we are making decisions now that we will have to live with for the next 50+ years. One of the limits to our growth is our funding ecosystem. It’s nascent compared to other comparable cities. This is one of the reasons why

What do you love most about Austin?

I am so passionate about the emergence of ATX Seed Ventures, Harbach

Austin sits at a very interesting intersection of ideas between UT, our

Ventures, Silverton Partners, and Tech Stars City Fund becoming success-

State Capitol, technology, and an amazing startup culture. It has the

ful. My fund, StartupRunner Capital, is targeting early-stage ventures

best of Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., and Boston all in one place.

founded by heroic teams, proven traction, and repeatable business mod-

What has been the best moment of your career so far? Honestly, I think my “best” moments are yet to come. I’ve learned a ton,


Austin is at an interesting crossroads. We are growing like crazy, new busi-

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els. We believe startups need more than investment and advice to succeed. For more information, visit

Cristina Tzintzún E x e c u t i v e D i r ec to r , Wo r k e r s D e f e n s e p r oj ec t When Cristina Tzintzún started out as a volunteer at Workers Defense Project at 21, she thought she would help out for two months…ten years later, she has helped lead their efforts to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships in three Texas cities. What do you love most about Austin? I love exploring all the great places to bike and swim. And 300 sunny days a year! What has been the best moment of your career so far? Helping win a federal investigation into Texas’ deadly working conditions, that, and getting to be interviewed by Alec Baldwin about how Workers Defense Project is making a difference in the lives of thousands of hardworking people. The New York Times naming us “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country.” What do most people not know about you? I love Punk music and used to be the lead signer in a Feminist Punk Band called La Fuerza. What’s next for 2015? Texas is going through a lot of changes. I hope next year will be an opportunity to win more for working families in our state’s major cities, even in a tough political climate. Next year will also be filled with big personal changes like starting a family. For more information, visit

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Ross McLauchlan C E O, T he A u st i n W i ner y After working in the wine business in the Texas Hill Country, California and abroad, Ross McLachlan, at age 25, started The Austin Winery, a boutique, urban winery that handcrafts small-lot wines from Texas, California, Washington and Oregon. “My Italian roots (my mother’s maiden name is Calamari and my older brother lives in Milan) helped me gain an early exposure to wine and led to my passion for wine and soccer,” he says. What do you love most about Austin? Austin is the Barcelona of Texas: Culturally unique, beautiful, and casual (and dog-friendly). What has been the best moment of your career so far? Opening The Austin Winery (Austin’s first urban winery) at 25. What’s next for 2015? Introducing urban winemaking to Austin and developing an eco-friendly wine bottle solution for our city’s massive events. Playing as much soccer and making as much good wine as humanly possible. For more information, visit


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Nikki Johnson E ma i l M arket i ng M anager , N at u rallyC u + B logger After college, Nikki Johnson went on what she calls a career downward spiral, so she quit the job she loathed and started a radio show on millennial finance called “Young Money Today”. “It really was the start of everything. I got to interview local business owners, finance authors, young entrepreneurs, and App developers. I created financial content for a generation that really needed it,” she says. Inspired by the bootstrapping, resourceful bunch she interviewed, she started her own blog and landed a gig as a content creator for, one of the most popular natural hair blog/platforms in the country. What do you love most about Austin? The city is beautiful—the trails, the fests, the people, the food. But what I love most about Austin is that it’s a city that hasn’t stopped improving. Where some cities see they have an affordability or diversity problem and move on, Austin has really stepped up by working with companies and community organizations to not just have conversations about these issues, but to put plans into action making the city a place where everyone can take part and enjoy. What has been the best moment of your career so far? I have to say just being able to do what I love is the best thing. So many people my age can’t say that. I’m grateful. And of course, being able to meet new people and connect with other bloggers and inspire young women to go after it. What’s next for 2015? I’m super excited about becoming a Big Sister with the Big Brother Big Sister organization. I was a Little for over 10 years, and I know the impact a sister can have in a young girl’s life. It’s so important to have a good role model and teach girls to become smart and strong women. I hope that I am able to do that with my Little. For more information on Nikki, visit

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Mélat m u s i c i an Native Austinite with Ethopian roots Mélat is getting buzz from the likes of Fader magazine and and being compared to Solange Knowles and Alicia Keys along the way. Her eclectic, soulful sound is sure to make waves in the R&B world and beyond. What do you love most about Austin? I love that you have the freedom to be as eclectic (or not eclectic) as you want and still be accepted. It’s so different from most urban areas in that Austin maintains this homey feel despite the hundreds of people moving in and out of the city each day. Plus, our winters only last a few months! What has been the best moment of your career so far? The moment that still gives me chills is when I played at one of my dream venues, Stubb’s. What do most people not know about you? From the eighth grade through my senior year of high school, I was on a bowling league and participated in a handful of tournaments across Texas. I received scholarship money for bowling, so that was pretty amazing. What’s next for 2015? I’ve got some projects with some great people in the works and am really looking forward to doing bigger and better live shows. All in all I want to continue to bring attention to myself and my hometown and the flavors of music that come with it. For more information on Mélat, visit december 2014


Christa Palazzolo & Timothy Willis Sanders Christa Palazzolo has been multi-talented from the start. Growing up, she was a ballerina who played competitive soccer. As a studio art major at UT, she pursued art and music (while even working some construction on the side). A member of MASS Gallery and in the bands Veil Divide and Boy Friend, she met her perfect creative counterpart in her boyfriend, writer Timothy Willis Sanders, who published his first novel, Matt Meets Vik, this year. What do you love most about Austin? Christa: The community here and breakfast tacos Timothy: Food and art! What has been the best moment of your career so far? Christa: Touring in Europe and having Cathy Horyn buy my artwork Timothy: Getting my novel published has to be the highlight. What’s next for 2015? Christa: Creating more art and music! Timothy: Starting a new book. Traveling somewhere with a beach. For more information, visit and

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Deepa Shridhar C o - owner / C he f, A njore After cooking in restaurants including Dai Due and Lenoir, Deepa Shridhar is out on her own with Anjore, part supper club and part farmers’ market, she hosts dinners at unexpected locations every two months, teaches butchery, yogurt and spice classes and sells her delicious offerings at farmers’ markets (you have to try her ghee and hot chai). “I learned everything I know cooking in restaurants,” she says “I never went to culinary school so it was important for me to pick things up quickly, read a lot, and practice new techniques as much as I could.” What do you love most about Austin? It’s an ever-changing landscape; people welcome new ideas and new businesses. What has been the best moment of your career so far? Getting “regulars” at our farmers’ market stand. That never gets old, as I love seeing familiar faces every week. It means we’re doing something right! What’s next for 2015? We’re excited about getting into more markets, retailing some more products and having bigger events. I also want a grill—a big grill. For more information, visit december 2014


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Matt Randall Fo u nder + E x ec u t i ve D i rector , P op A u st i n In ternat i onal A rt S how After Matt Randall and his wife Amanda Huras moved to Austin from NYC five years ago, Randall decided he needed to live in Austin for a few years before he would know what the city needed. Then, the idea for Pop Austin, a contemporary art show, came to him. “Any company I have started in the past has come out of pure frustration on how something is currently done, and seeing an opportunity in an industry that needs change,” he says. What do you love most about Austin? How people are genuinely interested to assist in any way possible. The accessibility and collaboration amongst business owners is not only unique to Austin, but it is infectious once you live here. I am originally from Dallas so to get back to southern hospitality was much needed. What has been the best moment of your career so far? They say the smartest business decision you will ever make is the person you marry…Amanda has been incredibly supportive in following my dreams and goals. What’s next for 2015? Growing Pop Austin to a nationally recognized brand, and hoping to highlight visual artists in a more unique way is my focus. My guess is a number of other projects will materialize in time, but I along with the Pop Austin team, look forward to working with the other visual arts organizations in Austin to help build a more flourishing visual arts market. And, not to forget to have some fun along the way! For more information, visit


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Francesca Mari

What has been the best moment of your career so far?

A ssoc i ate E d i tor , T e x a s M o n t h ly

Receiving a thoughtful piece of jail mail, and getting the next feature

Francesca Mari arrived in Austin for her job at Texas Monthly from Brook-


lyn where she worked as a literary assistant at The New Republic and as an editor at The New York Review of Books. We officially became one of her

What do most people not know about you?

fans after reading her fascinating long-form piece “The Click Clique” from

I do not speak Italian.

the September issue of Texas Monthly (head to to read it now). We can’t wait to see what she writes about next. What do you love most about Austin? The folks at Texas Monthly. And, because I used to live in Brooklyn, having a washer and dryer.

What’s next for 2015? Writing a true crime story, receiving rejection letters from journalism grants, destitution, and cat adoption. For more information on Francesca, visit december 2014


Yin and Yang—Taylor (the founder of the Wildsam Field Guides) with his wife Robin, the CEO of the Acton School of Business starting their night off at Contigo.


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Austin gained a new power couple this year.

night out with the bruces

Robin and Taylor Bruce briefly called themselves Austinites back in 2009 when Robin, who hails from Houston, was attending Acton’s innovative MBA business entrepreneurship program and Taylor, a Georgia native and magazine writing veteran, was working as a stringer for Southern Living. After Robin graduated, the couple moved to New York, where Taylor attended grad school at Brooklyn College. It was there that he conceptualized the idea of the Wildsam Field Guides, a series of American travel guides, packed with soul and locally driven content, that the Wall Street Journal has recommended to “tireless seekers of the authentic.” His first city guide, Nashville, was published in 2012 and an Austin edition followed soon after. In fact, just weeks after the Austin guide’s launch party in spring 2013, Robin was offered the position of CEO at Acton, her recent alma mater. The couple eagerly answered the call of opportunity and

By R a m o n a F lu m e | P h oto g r a p h y by K at e L e S u e u r

moved back to Austin last September. I recently spent the evening wandering

W i l d A b o u t To w n — Lo c a l co u p l e R o b i n a n d Tay lo r B r u c e s h ow u s a ro u n d t h e Au s t i n t h e y lov e.

around town with the two dynamos, visiting their favorite local haunts and talking about their work and life, future plans, and what they love about their newly adopted hometown. december 2014


After picking up their favorite cocktails, the couple heads to a table with their beloved pup, Coop.

4pm — W i l d sa m ’ s sha r e d

5pm – d r in k s at Contigo

first three months living in New York. “It’s al-

wo r k s pac e s

“We love the kinds of places that are pulled up

ways good to get a large dog right before you

I met up with the Bruces at the Wildsam of-

from the bootstraps,” Taylor says once we ar-

move into a really small space,” Robin laughs.

fice, a charming home-turned-workspace on

rive at their favorite outdoor patio in the city.

“It was actually cool,” Taylor says. “He slept in

East 21st Street that Taylor shares with local

“We feel like passionate local businesses help

the tub.”

creatives—a photographer, a graphic designer, a

define the culture of a place like Austin, which

So Coop, and the Bruces, have been hap-

food writer. “The whole sharing one roof thing

attracts transplants from all over the world.”

pily spreading their wings since moving to

has transformed my work day,” Taylor says. “It’s

Taylor orders a Nor’easter (his favorite cock-

Austin. “We really dig the boardwalk,” Taylor

such good energy with these folks.” And a comfy

tail in Austin) and Robin has a Paloma, served

says. “On a normal night out, we’re proba-

place for Cooper “Coop,” the Bruces four-year-

in a tall glass with a fresh slice of grapefruit

bly not at a bar; we’re at the boardwalk.” The

old goldendoodle, to hang out. The impossibly

that seemed to match her bright smile and

newly extended stretch of the hike-and-bike

friendly (and fluffy) pup was the first to greet

bubbly laugh. Despite his lack of a cocktail,

trail seems to epitomize the city’s coexisting

me at the door and he seemed like the ideal

Coop was having an equally grand time, smil-

urban and all-natural elements that the Bruc-

mascot for the up-and-coming couple. The

ing complacently and sitting squarely in be-

es adore. Taylor also loves the Big and Little

majority of Robin’s mission as Acton CEO

tween the Bruces’ knees.

Stacy neighborhood parks in Travis Heights. “These amazing neighborhood parks are such

centers around the potential of aspiring en-


trepreneurs, so it only seemed natural that the

6pm – s u ns e t st r o l l on th e

a hidden secret of Austin,” Robin adds. “From

couple wanted to grab a few cocktails at the

b oa r dwa l k

our house, we can walk over on these cute lit-

locally owned hot spot, Contigo.

The couple actually bought Coop during their

tle foot bridges.”

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The Bruces order starts with Gulf oysters on the half shell and a couple of cold beers,


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Oysters and a cozy booth are the makings of the Bruces’ perfect night out.

When the Bruces moved back to Austin,

but it’s nice to go somewhere that’s not per-

they made the decision to plant some perma-

fectly branded and just so,” Taylor says.) One

nent roots. “And part of planting roots is really

of their friends, visiting from New York, joins

9pm – D e ss e r t at Do lc e N e v e

digging into the community, getting to know

us for a few cold beers and Gulf oysters on

The Bruces live dangerously close to the Dolce

our neighbors and the places right around us,”

the half shell. It seems natural for the Bruc-

Neve gelateria and they love to stop by for a

Robin says. Some of their favorite local go-

es to find an easygoing table of friends wher-

sweet treat on any given night. I, for one, was

tos include Cenote (for the beet sandwich),

ever they go. “This was the first time we had

personally delighted by the sense of small-

Flat Track Coffee (their cortados are midday

really walked into a city and had a group of

town serendipity. I had just moved into a new

dreams), and Bufalina (“It’s the closest we can

people we knew really well,” Robin says about

house on Annie Street, one block from the

get to New York pizza.”).

the initial attraction to Austin’s welcoming

South First Street gelateria. And it felt nice to

on, rather than tearing down,” Taylor adds.

And the couple is more than just symbol-

vibes. “Everything starts with a relationship

share that reassuring sense of connection in

ically rooting. They bought their first home

here. It’s much less transactional than other

such a bustling capital city.

this fall in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood.

cities we’ve lived in (New York, DC, etc.), and

In between spoonfuls, I ask Robin if she

“We share a property line with Lucy’s Fried

the sense of community and support here is

had done anything recently in town that had

Chicken, so I’m afraid we’re going to be spend-

refreshing.” Robin spends a majority of her

surprised her. “I ran the full 10-mile loop

ing lots of time there,” Robin says.

time at Acton working alongside the most

around the Lake…going over the dam on

ambitious young adults in the country, but

Pleasant Valley and looking around the city, I

7:30pm – Q u a l ity S e a f oo d

the Bruces have both found a similar spirit of

was reminded what a small town Austin still

For dinner, we head to Quality Seafood for

inclusiveness throughout their intersecting

is… and how fortunate we are to live in a place

some laid-back seafood fare. (“We love Clark’s,

fields. “It feels like everyone here is cheering

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november 2014

H .W. B r a n d s , S t e p h e n H a r r i g an, Lawrence Wright and Rob S p i ll m a n l e a d a t w o - w h e e l e d tour of downtown Austin.


bout a dozen cyclists stretched across the boardwalk, lazily making their way down Lady Bird Lake and accidentally blocking the industrious Sunday morning runners.

“Just look at that view of downtown,” one of them admired. The air was crisp and clear, a nice change from the summer heat that lingers through late October in Central Texas. Of course, this wasn’t just a random group of riders. Among them were four literary greats who can each crowd a room. Historian and author H.W. Brands has written more than two dozen books, two of which were finalists for the Pulitzer. Stephen Harrigan is best known for his novel The Gates of the Alamo and is also an award-winning journalist and screenwriter. Pulitzer Prize–winning author Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and Rob Spillman is the editor of Tin House magazine and the editorial advisor of Tin House Books. So what drew these power players together? Four words — the Texas Book Festival. On October 25, hoards of book lovers (and book sellers) descended on the capital city for a knockdown, drag-out weekend of literary love. For almost two decades, the event has attracted national authors and audiences, and it practically takes over downtown. But by Sunday, even the most lettered start to lag. In response, the festival has organized fun diversions that allow attendees to be more active (after all, you can only sit in so many panel november 2014


Lawrence Wright’s new book 13 Days in September recounts how Carter, Sadat and Begin made peace at Camp David in 1978.

fits with Austin’s bike-loving, environmentally friendly ethos, something that the group wanted to share with festival-goers. Plus, it’s the best way to see downtown. The first ride took place last year. That morning proved rainy, and the guys were just about to call it off — “until people started showing up,” Wright remembered. Four or five hearty souls rode around with the writers through the rain. And this year, some of them came back. On Sunday morning at 8 AM, a group of 15 met at Eighth and Congress, right next to the B-cycle stand, so that those who needed could rent bikes. Others had brought their own, including a repeat cyclist and his wife, who had traveled all the way from Midland for the event. Also in tow was a “contingent” (as Wright called them) from New Hampshire. One of their rental bike’s seats loomed dangerously low to the ground, making it look “like she was riding a tricycle,” Wright says. He was a bit worried about her as well as an elderly woman on the ride. “She proved terribly hearty, though,” Wright remarked, “and she outpaced many of the people.” Brands had scouted out a path from Eighth and Congress over to East Fourth, through East Austin on the hike and bike trail all the discussions and wait in line at so many book signings). When the fes-

way to Pleasant Valley, then back to downtown on the boardwalk. “It’s

tival asked Brands to brainstorm about a possible event, he took it to

thrilling to see how the boardwalk has opened up a vista of the city that

his power group. Brands, Harrigan and Wright all ride their bikes to

no one had been able to appreciate until now,” Wright says. The tour

Sweetish Hill Bakery in the mornings (the fourth member of the club,

moved slowly enough to chat the entire way.

Greg Curtis, drives). As they sat around the bakery, they came up with a brilliant idea — a bike tour of downtown Austin. To Brands, the idea made perfect sense. After all, the UT professor


So, was it all books and business? A mix. A few deals were made (let’s just say UT now has online access to the entire Austin American-Statesman), but “mostly it was just an enjoyable ride,” Brands says.

has commuted across town since college on his bike. (He says that

And as for the turnout? Well, the authors were thrilled. “It’s a nice way

when he taught at A&M, he “lamented that I couldn’t make that com-

for people attending the festival to have a more intimate moment with

mute too.”) He owns a car, but pretty much only uses it when he has a

some of the writers,” Wright noted. Meanwhile Brands worried that with

guest or is picking someone up from the airport. “If there was a safer

this kind of “exponential growth,” they might have to expand the tour into

bicycle route,” he commented, “I’d ride my bike there too.” The attitude

several groups. But as he says, “We’ll take that success as it comes.”

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1 & 3. The authors shared historical tidbits along the ride that began down Congress Avenue; 2. In June of 2015, H.W. Brands will release his much anticipated biography on Reagan.

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The Boardwalk

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E x ec u t i ve D i rec to r o f t he Tr a i l F o u ndat i o n o pens u p a b o u t t he 2 0 1 4 a dd i t i o n to t he C i t y ’ s b elo ved L a ke .

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By Susan Smith | Photography by Kenny Braun

1. The Lake did not even exist until 1960 when Longhorn Dam was built to provide cooling water for the Holly Power Plant. The dam’s name comes from the fact that the area was used as a ford across the river in the Chisholm Trail days.

The idea for the Boardwalk

a special place. But the experi-

the East Side pedestrian bridge

was initially conceived of by a

ence of being out over the wa-

next to the hostel building. And

visionary Parks Department

ter is more than I ever could

we are developing a Trailwide

employee, Butch Smith, over

have imagined. You see people

urban forestry and ecological

20 years ago. With over a $14

from all walks of life out there.

restoration plan with Forestry

million investment from the

I recently led a tour from the

and Watershed Protection.

City in the 2010 bond package

Wildflower Center and right

I have worked as a botanist,

and $3 million raised in pri-

above the Boardwalk, I saw a

water lawyer, a full-time mom

vate funds, Smith’s idea moved

pair of red shouldered hawks

and being the Executive Direc-

toward being a reality when the

up in a cottonwood tree. This

tor for the Trail Foundation has

project launched in August 2012.

is something you wouldn’t have

been an incredible opportunity.

The vision was realized with a

seen if it wasn’t for the Board-

Plus, I have met a huge number

fabulous grand opening when

walk. People get to experience

of interesting people—the staff

it opened to the public on June

nature in a new way just using

at the Parks & Recreation De-

7, 2014. Over 1,000 people were

the Trail. I recently went out to

partment, our members, and

in attendance and we all did a

the Boardwalk on a Saturday

all of the architects and land-

parade down the Boardwalk led

night just to see how people

scape architects with whom we

by the East Side Panther Drum-

were using it, and sure enough

collaborate. The beauty on the

line. Blue Lapis Light dancers

there were walkers, strollers,

Butler Trail is unsurpassed. I will

did a spectacular performance,

and exercisers there between

never tire of spending time on it.

twirling from the columns under

the twinkling railing lights.

I-35 in sparkling turquoise body

It was wonderful. We are cur-

Susan Plettman Rankin has been


rently building a new restroom,

the Executive Director of The

I have been running on the

Heron Creek, designed by Mell

Trail Foundation since 2006. A

Trail for over 20 years. I always

Lawrence Architects. Also, we

botanist, her favorite tree along

knew the Boardwalk would be

are under constructionon of

the Trail is the bald cypress.

2. There is a hidden “Opossum Temple and Voodoo Pew” near where TTF is now building a new restroom at Heron Creek, across from the Town Lake YMCA. 3. Because of the clear water conditions, there is excellent night time fishing for largemouth bass according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 4. There used to be an epic tug of war over the lake—for three years in the1980s, hundreds took part in the North-South Austin “Tug of Honor.” The idea was dreamt up by Charlie Gandy, a former State Representative. 5. At the Texas Rowing Center, you can still see the one remaining immense concrete and steel pylon from the ‘cable bucket conveyor’ that transported clay in the early 1900s from the Zilker Park area to the brick kilns, now Austin High School, to make bricks for Butler Brick Company. november 2014



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Partners in Preacher, Krystle Loyland, Seth Gaffney and Rob Baird (pictured left to right) left NYC to start their creative agency in Austin.


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T h r e e a d b i z a l l s ta r s l e av e t h e b i g c i t y to s ta r t t h e a g e n c y o f t h e i r d r e a m s i n A u s t i n . That’s the idea that

by all sitting together and having as many live/work open areas

inspired what creative agency, Preacher, founded by three al-

as possible, it creates a warm environment where people feel

umns from the celebrated firm, Mother N.Y., would be named.

more open to sharing and collaborating. You never know what

Launched in Austin in the beginning of this year with a kickoff

thought someone throws out there that could trigger a big idea

party at SXSW, Managing Director Krystle Loyland, Creative

for someone else.” At Mother N.Y. the friends and co-founders

Director Rob Baird and Head of Strategy Seth Gaffney have

worked with brands likes Stella Artois, Virgin Mobile and Sour

set up shop in a strikingly beautiful, light-filled headquarters

Patch Kids to name a few. Since opening Preacher (which also

looking over West Eighth Street. It took vision to look through

has a gallery space as part of the 10,000 square foot offices

what the space currently was (a nightclub) to see the bones for

where they will host shows in 2015), they have already worked

what it had the potential to be. They enlisted local craftsman

with Nike, the Longhorn Network, as well as some local brands

David Clark of Kartwheel to create a collaborative work space

like Cuvée Coffee. “We have found so many folks to work with

full of interesting details using many reclaimed wood and con-

in Austin who are generous, courageous and hungry to do great

crete elements throughout their second-floor digs. Baird worked

work,” Loyland, also a Texas native, says. “On the client side,

closely with Clark on the industrial, but warm design. “Ultimate-

we are focused on working with companies that we really be-

ly, I trusted him [Clark] because if you are working with someone

lieve in. Austin has been the perfect place for Preacher, and

talented, the best thing you can do is give freedom because that’s

we feel a collective excitement about how far we have come

where the magic happens,” Baird says. A long community desk

and where we are going. We want to build a place with a really

anchors the space and all 12 employees plus a team of freelanc-

strong culture that feels like family. That’s where we feel the

ers sit there together. “Everyone gets the same chair, filing cabi-

most blessed—to look around at the people working so hard

net, computer center,” Baird, a Texas native, says. “We found that

every day to build this place.” l . smith ford

We just want to spread the good word.

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3. 1 & 2. One of several comfy living areas used for internal meetings, concepting, and frequent dog naps. 3. The small conference room that has been deemed the "house within the house" is used for team meetings, work sessions, and client presentations. Built with reclaimed wood and tin roofing, it is accented with concrete lamps from Decode London. 4. A small dining area outside the kitchen that is used for a quick bite (often Preacher's signature granola recipe that everyone can make) or an impromptu meeting with a client. The cafe lamps were a lucky find at Uncommon Objects. 5. The spiritual center of the agency, the


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kitchen. Shelves and wood backsplash designed by David Clark of Kartwheel who designed the space and centered around the amazing original concrete walls. 6. Another cafe dining spot inside the kitchen where a lot of breakfast taco arguments take place. 7. Another spot to sit and work, or just play a record—"We have a lot of records, but tend to just play Sturgill Simpson over and over," says Rob Baird, Preacher's Creative Director. P h oto g r ap h y by j e ss i c a pag e s december 2014



behind the scenes


Director Richard Linklater on set with Ellar Coltrane.


or years (11 in fact), photographer Matt Lankes would mention to friends that he was working on set shooting behind the scenes images for the then named “Untitled 12 year project,” a new film by

Richard Linklater. He had been the on set photographer on Linklater’s Fast Food Nation, so most people would just kind of nod their heads. “After Boyhood came out, everyone would say why didn’t you tell us you were working on this epic project for over a decade,” Lankes, a native Austinite, says with a laugh. “And I tell my friends…I did tell you. I told everyone, but no one cared!” Lankes joined the crew for the second year of filming when his sister and creative collaborator, Cathleen Sutherland became a producer on the film. He started with getting behind the scenes footage and was excited by the opportunity to take a portrait of the four main actors (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater) each year around the same time for the next 11 years. “It was really neat to see them grow and change—their hair styles, pimples would come and go, all those things,” he says. The cast and crew would gather every year for 3-5 days of filming around Austin. It wasn’t until year 10 during Lankes’ portrait session with Ethan Hawke and the actor said that he wanted to write the intro to Lankes’ photo book that the idea for a Boyhood book started to take shape. “I had not even said it out loud yet,” Lankes says. “But I knew if Ethan was behind it, that it was going to happen!” Armed with his 4x5 camera, Lankes took over 18,000 images throughout filming and narrowed the beautiful body of work down to 200 images for the striking coffee table book, Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film. Thoughtful essays by Linklater, the four main actors, Lankes and Sutherland are spaced out throughout the book along with other behind the scenes images of supporting actors, cast and crew.


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Photographer Matt Lankes took portraits of the four main actors each year, usually on a black backdrop with his 4x5 camera.

“Throughout filming, I didn’t see any footage, so I had no idea how it would be edited and how it would come together. The first time I saw the film at the cast and crew screening, I was blown away,” Lankes says. “I have seen it six times, and now I can let go of all my thoughts about what was happening off camera here and there and just focus on the movie, and wow, it’s really powerful.” Lankes shared a particularly special connection with the subject of the Richard Linklater's daughter, Lorelei, with Ellar (left) and with Ethan Hawke, who plays Ellar's father in the film (below).

film, Coltrane, who was always interested in photography. The two started meeting up for photo sessions where they would walk along South Congress or other Austin spots together with their cameras shooting whatever caught their eyes. The darkroom scene in the movie was shot at Austin High, where Lankes spent time as a student there back in the 90s (his father was a staff photographer at the Austin American-Statesman). Lankes and Coltrane have agreed to continue to meet up every year to continue portrait sessions of Coltrane (they shot the year 13 portrait in May). “It’s been really strange this time of year because this is when we were usually filming,” Lankes says. “It’s been like missing my family, but I know the bond we all have over working on this project will never fade.” l . smith ford december 2014



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The Nightstand By C l a i b o r n e S m i t h

Elizabeth Crook After reading an article in Texas Monthly about the mass shooting at the University of Texas in 1966, Crook thought hard about the lives of the victims after the massacre had transpired: What happens to people who are left holding the remnants of a tragedy years after everyone else has moved on? Her resulting novel, Monday, Monday, was chosen for the Mayor’s Book Club and received rave reviews.

Jennifer Ziegler Ziegler is another Austin kid’s writer who decamped from Random House to Scholastic this year; her middle-grade novel The Revenge of the Flower Girls shows enough kicky, sassy, funny promise for a possible series and put this author of three previous kid’s books on the map in a new way.

A crew of middle school

ego battles among three crafty politicians, and a meditation on the 1966 mass shoot-

Sarah Bird

ing at the University of Texas: they are a few of the ideas Austin writers cover in notable books published this year. Austin has long been the sought-out home for writers, so the 10 of them featured here (actually, I cheat and include 11) are just the beginning of this year’s home-grown publishing success stories. Check out these writers’ books if you aren’t aware of them already.


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Varian Johnson

The Great Greene Heist is Johnson’s first middle-grade novel, having written young adult books previously. A civil engineer by day, Johnson left Random House Children’s Books to publish The Great Greene Heist with Scholastic, a decision that’s worked in his favor (stellar reviews, for one). The Great Greene Heist is “a thrilling ride,” The New York Times wrote.

Bird grew up in a military family that was stationed at Okinawa (in 1945, one-fourth of the civilian population there was killed during the vicious Battle of Okinawa). Above the East China Sea is Bird’s meditation about this often forgotten place, in a narrative that shuttles between the story of a young woman suffering through World War II and a present-day Air Force brat moved to Okinawa against her will. Bird received the Texas Book Festival’s Texas Writer Award this year, in a deserving nod to her entire body of work.

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co n a r t i s t s, the behind-the-scenes

Chris Tomlinson

Tomlinson covered the Rwandan genocide for the Associated Press but Tomlinson Hill, about his family’s ownership of a plantation near Waco, and how that ownership implicates his family in America’s fraught racial history, is a more personal (and unblinking) story.

Elizabeth McCracken & Edward Carey

McCracken and her husband Carey have been clacking away at their keyboards the past few years to arrive at 2014, when both, coincidentally, published a noteworthy book. McCracken’s latest story collection, Thunderstruck, is on this year’s National Book Awards Longlist for Fiction; Carey’s macabre new book Heap House, for middle graders and young teens, has won Carey young fans who may be entirely unaware of how revered Carey’s debut 2001 novel Observatory Mansions is.

S.C. Gwynne Gwynne had a major hit on his hands in 2010 with Empire of the Summer Moon, which managed to retell the history of the Comanches in Texas we learned in dreary seventh grade Texas history class in an engrossing and lively way. His new book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson hit The New York Times bestseller list.

James Magnuson Magnuson is the long-time director of UT’s Michener Center for Writers. His caper Famous Writers I Have Known is about Frankie, a con man who’s a dead ringer for a famous, reclusive novelist who hides out by teaching at a writing program in Austin, doling out writing advice to students when he knows more about being a grifter than paragraphs. Magnuson clearly has fun with the references here, and his pleasure in writing the book is infectious.

Douglas Brinkley

Brinkley is the prolific and well-known historian who’s written about almost everyone, it seems (Walter Cronkite, Hunter S. Thompson, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dylan, Rosa Parks). In his 2014 book, The Nixon Tapes, he shares the spotlight with Luke Nichter, a Texas A&M historian; in a year that saw several other crucial Nixon books being released, this one will be the authoritative one future historians will consult.

Lawrence Wright Wright is a New Yorker staff writer who received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction whose new book Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David was reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. Thirteen Days is about “one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the twentieth century,” when President Carter, unpopular at the time, managed to convince two proud, intransigent leaders of the Middle East to compromise. december 2014


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1. Box from Sanger-Harris: Sanger-Harris were the first retailers in Texas, and also my family’s store. Growing up I always enjoyed hearing stories about the Sanger Brothers. I like to think that I have retail in my blood. 2. Photo of my Grandmother: I keep this photo at my desk. I am beyond lucky to call this mischievous little lady my grandmother. Just the thought of her can brighten my day. 3. New York City Souvenir: I love New York. I feel like it is my second hometown as I was lucky enough to spend most of twenties in that great city. 4. Paint Pallet: This pallet is a work of art to me. I hang it on the wall and enjoy it. I like decorating with unconventional items. 5. Gold Car Phone and Calculator Watch: Both are totally ridiculous, but I like keeping a few obsolete pieces of technology around. I love the irony of a car phone. My calculator watch has been on my wrist for eight years. 6. “Return to American Museum of Natural History” Movie Reel: I love museums. As a child I always wanted to bring a little piece of the museum home with me. This is my little way of fulfilling that childhood dream. 7. African Mask: I bought this at a market in South Africa, while I was studying abroad. It has been with me through several adventures. 8. Paper Mâché Horse: I really wanted a horse as a child, so my mom gave me this one for my birthday. I really appreciate her sense of humor. 9. Necklace: My sister, Andrea, makes jewelry ( Her pieces make a statement and remind me that she is way more creative than I am. december 2014




Stacey Smith, owner of Found, enlisted the help of interior designer Heather Scott of Heather Scott Design to help create the glamorous and fun environment she imagined.

The stylish racks of the boutique are stocked with pieces from Rachel Zoe, Diane Von Furstenburg and more.

A native of Wichita Falls, Stacey Smith spent most of her career in Dallas as a psychotherapist before making the leap into retail.

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hen customers walk into FOUND, owner Stacey Smith fied. If a customer wants an item of clothing? “We will track it down,” she wants them to feel right at home. “I want people to kick says. “We will do whatever we can do to get it into the customer’s hands.” And this extends to more than just FOUND’s high-quality clothing off their shoes and just not be so serious,” she says, laughing. For women looking for a destination clothing store stocked with and accessories. Dressing rooms come equipped with a cocktail menu, high-quality pieces and accessories from the likes of Trina Turk, Zac personalized music playlists and even a button that simply says, “Press Posen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore and Marchesa Voyage, for Champagne.” If a customer is feeling peckish, Smith and her staff will order lunch or dinner to be delivered directly to the store. “We among many others, FOUND will undoubtedly feel like home. Like the collection she curates, Smith has put thought into every de- want people to walk in and have fun,” Smith says. FOUND is the result of Smith’s years spent working in retail, most tail of the store, which opened in October in a classic Clarksville bungalow on Oakland Avenue and West Fifth Street. When Smith found recently launching The Impeccable Pig on South Congress. For Smith, the space, it was in bad shape and in need of a total renovation. With who hails from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, opening “the Pig” was architects Clayton & Little at the helm, the house was stripped to the a crash course in Austin retail. So she decided to create it herself, a studs and emerged a chic, modern storefront that pays homage to the whimsical, no-pressure place where customers could leave their insecurities at the door and be taken care of by fashion experts. In the classic West Austin neighborhood that surrounds it. Once inside, customers are treated to the bold, bright interiors of few weeks since the shop opened, it seems many Austinites have been Heather Scott Home & Design—and pretty much anything else their clamoring for the same thing. She says: “We get so many people in here who say, “I’m so glad something like this has arrived.’” heart desires. Smith, who cheekily calls herself a “fashion 501 Oakland Avenue So are we. k. friel therapist” based on her years spent working in both retail (512) 322 9422 and as a counselor, wants every customer to walk away satis-


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Co-owner Nick Cruz runs the kitchen with his brother Steve.


Breakfast is always on the menu of the new location that is open daily from 7:30am to 4pm.

Counter Cafe

The Cafe's second location neighbors Gardner, the new hotspot from the team behind Contigo.

More space, but the same cl assic diner staples we love at their East Side outpost.


an lightning strike twice for Counter Cafe? You bet your biscuits it can. The iconic diner’s new East Side outpost delivers the same home-cooked goodness, but with more space to chow down. I had my doubts, since part of the original’s charm is its tight quarters and funky dowdiness. But to my surprise, I enjoyed its diner classics just as much in its fresh and roomy new space. Don’t get me wrong: the new Counter Cafe still has cozy character. But now there’s ample room to dine with your posse — and park your car. Borrowing space from the neighboring post office (which remains open in case you want to mail a post-meal letter), the new spin-off seats twice as many hungry diners. There’s still a retro vibe with turquoise banquettes, pendent lights, and lime green barstools along the namesake counter. But now there’s soaring ceilings, loads of natural light, gleaming white subway tiles, and polished concrete floors. There’s a sizable covered patio with real tables and chairs (good-bye picnic tables!)


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and perhaps my favorite upgrade: spotless, spacious bathrooms (patrons of the original know what I’m talking about…). On the menu are all of its greatest hits, still made with top-quality ingredients from regional purveyors: fresh farm eggs, organic produce, Gulf oysters, Texas quail, and grass-fed beef. Attention is paid to detail: juice is hand-squeezed, mayo is homemade, and Austin-made Yellowbird sriracha sits on tabletops, even the salt-and-pepper grinders are high quality. At breakfast, the biscuits are still light and fluffy and the blueberry pancakes are still the size of Frisbees. The Crab Cake Benedict continues to have its cult following and the Southern poached eggs with cheese grits and collard greens remind me of my Georgia home. At lunch, the heralded grilled pimento cheese sandwich is a good as ever: griddled 9-grain bread oozing with melted pimento cheese and topped with crisp lettuce, red onions and sliced tomatoes. The burgers—beef, chicken or veggie—are just as satisfying and served with a choice of sides, including

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the cafe’s popular sweet potato fries. There’s also lighter salads and soup, plus heartier grilled pork chops, steak or quail. What’s changed? Thankfully, not much. A larger kitchen allows for a few more items, like polenta fried Gulf oysters. And there’s a more extensive beer and wine list. Our Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA and Shiner seasonal Cheer Dunkelwiezen were served in fancy glasses, a nod to Counter Cafe’s high standards. Proprietor Debbie Davis still patrols the floor, making sure everything runs smoothly, while partner Doug Kissner keeps everyone happy. Steve and Nick Cruz keep things tasting delicious in the kitchen. Opened in 2007, the original Counter Cafe on Lamar continues to pack ‘em in, while the new east Sixth location welcomes larger legions of fans, old and new. Both offer similar soul-soothing comfort food with breakfast and lunch served all day. They’re siblings, but with slightly different temperaments. Welcome to the family! k. spezia P h oto g r ap h y by t h o m as w i nslow

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Dinner & Drinks

dining guide

A look back at some of our favorite additions to the culinary scene in 2014, plus what we are most excited about for 2015. Stars of 2014

Jesse Griffith and Ta-

sphere is refreshingly

The team behind

experience, Jacoby

al dishes and a world-

mara Mayfield opened

casual and fun. Save

their brick and mortar

room for their in-

Contigo transformed

Restaurant and Mer-

class wine list. LaV,

the former post of-

cantile transports

a take on the French


to rave reviews. The

house soft serve!


philosophy behind it

fice in to a beautiful

you from East Austin

word for “life”, is aptly

space filled with un-

to a rustic Southern

set across from the

3110 Guadalupe St

was to create a neigh-

(512) 524 0801

borhood restaurant


expected flavors. The

home nestled in the

state cemetery in a

3010 W Anderson Ln

multi-course menu

countryside. The

gorgeous interior that

The Lockhart BBQ staple has moved

that uses only ingredi-

(512) 489 7000

emphasizes seasonal

menu features the

is both refined and

ents that are in season

Led by executive

vegetables, but car-

best dishes southern


to Austin, and we

and grown in Texas.

chef Camden Stuer-

nivores will also find

cooking has to offer,

zenberger, Fork &

plenty of options

including beef from


couldn’t be more


excited. Owned and


Vine opened this fall

(think cornish game

Adam Jacoby’s own

1610 San Antonio St

operated by the same

4801 Burnet Rd

boasting “Austin-

hen or a dry aged beef

family brand based in

(512) 474 2796

family since 1932, it’s

(512) 838 6768

inspired” cuisine and

served with zucchini,

Melvin, TX.

Olamaie serves the

the labor of love that

The team at Fork &

an impressive wine

black garlic and kale).

keeps generations

Taco is seriously up-

list. Their large and


Southern food your

coming back for more.

ping the taco ante

inviting outdoor patio


1501 E 7th St


kind of fresh, soulful

with their new Brent-

overlooking Shoal


(512) 391 1888

might have made


wood venture. Using

Creek is a highlight.


Inspired by the tastes

before convenience

2406 Manor Rd

only locally-sourced

3235 E Cesar Chavez

of Provence, laV awak-

foods made their way

(512) 524 0688

ingredients, the


(512) 366 5808

ens the pallet with

to the table. There’s

Years in the making,

menu is thoughtfully

1914 E 6th St

Rooted in a ranch-

their wide variety of

plenty of pork fat,

crafted, and the atmo-

(512) 512 354 1480

to-table dining

ever-changing season-

gravy, and butter on

december 2014

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v i s i t t r i b e z a .c o m t o v i e w t h e e n t i r e o n l i n e d i n i n g g u i d e

garden, a restaurant

than Airport Boule-

(512) 954 3493

bar and grill is soon to

focused on local in-

vard sometime in April

The revival of South-

open. Expect American

gredients, and a hip


ern cuisine claims

some seriously good

cuisine with locally

basement bar.


sourced ingredients.



the menu, but the

to the East Side, the

operated neighborhood

resulting dishes are

mid-century modern

light, even delicate,

design adds quirk to

with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and a playful respect for tradition.

Austin with Fixe, a new



restaurant coming to

East Austin (78702)

315 Congress Ave,

West 5th Street. Find

4715 South Lamar Blvd

1816 S First St

Jodi Elliott of Foreign

Ste 100

southern favorites with


(512) 358 7445

A Latin Coastal

& Domestic brings

Like its name suggests,

contemporary culinary


This pizza-parlor and

Kitchen from the

her expertise in pastry

this new concept from


5520 Burnet Rd

bakery hybrid is sure

team behind El Chile.

creation to her new

former TRACE chef

(512) 222 8781

to please even the

The new concept will

pastry and cocktail

Larry Kocurek will


One of Austin’s most

pickiest taste buds.

takeover the current

bar, Bribery. Expect

feature three, five, and


sought after food trucks

Named for the Patron

El Chile and trans-

all the sweetness of fa-

seven course meal se-

1009 E 6th St

delighted their many fans

Saint of Bakers and

form the space with

miliar baked favorites


(512) 318 1321

with the opening of their

Pastry Chefs, the

a rustic beach house

with a modern spin.

Burnet Road restaurant.

menu at St. Philips is

ambiance. Until the

Bribery’s Facebook


East 6th was in need

From Bahn Mi to BBQ

a curated collection of

early 2015 opening, get

page has been teasing

The team at Easy Tiger

of a gelato spot. Cue

Brisket, the Peached

old favorites and new

a taste of the forthcom-

us with snaps of Pine-

is looking forward to

Andrew Sabola and

Tortilla offers unique


ing restaurant with

apple Brown Butter

an upcoming expan-

Meghan Erwin. The

weekly specials at that

Brownies and more.

sion in late 2015. The

duo learned how to

combinations that are a

serve as test dishes.

must-have in the Rosewood neighborhood.

Coming in 2015



continues to sweep COUNTER 3

Someone noticed

new north location will

craft gelato while



be three times as large

studying in Italy and

800 Cesar Chavez St

Airport Blvd

as their current spot on

will bring imaginative

A culinary destination

A new tapas restau-

East 6th, ideal for their

flavors like Rasberry

wholesale bakery.

Sage, Basil/Toasted

4827 E Cesar Chavez St


from top to bottom,

rant from chef Shawn

(512) 531 9033

5011 Burnet Rd, # 150

this new project from

Cirkiel. For a dining

Bringing more Cajun

(512) 230 8222

chef David Bull will

excursion to southern


bon Peach to the

and soul food options

This family owned and

feature a cocktail

Spain, look no further

500 W 5th St


december 2014

josephine house

Pine Nut, and Bour-


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Nicholas Yanes, for-


son, the helm of former

Joe Anguiano from

restaurants that once

6800 Westgate Blvd, #112

mer chef and creative

1802 E 6th St

French restaurant

Uchi and and Eleven

claimed thirty stores

(512) 287 0872

director at Uchi, will

Bridget Dunlap, the

Aquarelle, comes a new

Plates & Wine has

across Texas. The

Mojitos and Cubanos

open his own Italian

queen of Rainey Street

destination for “slow

been teasing some of

menu boasts fried

will soon grace South

restaurant in Austin

behind Lustre Pearl,

food fast.”

his creations on the

chicken, oak-roasted

Austin at Guantena-

next spring. Called

Clive, and Mettle, Nuns

restaurant’s Facebook

rotisserie chicken and

mera. Few details are

Juniper, the East

and Lovers will bring



homemade sides.

available as of now,

Austin establishment

simple Italian fare to

108 E 7th St

but expect a Cuban

will focus on North-

Chicon and East 6th.

Small Victory doesn’t


culinary destination

ern Italian cuisine,

shy away from the

500 W 5th St

to b e

sometime in the com-

and serve cocktails


word “fancy” in

(512) 482 8200

i n c lu d e d i n

ing year.

and wine, highlight-


fact, they embrace

The team from Swift’s

ing gin.

5811 Berkman Dr

it. Expect fancy

Attic brings a new

o u r co m p l e t e

(512) 377 1120

drink selections in a

Chinese spot to down-

online dining guide, email



121 W 6th St


Slated for an early

minimalistic setting,

town. Head over for

Andrew Curren of 24

2015 Holly St

2015 opening, this

open late for a more

dinner seven nights a

Diner brings Italian

We can’t wait to see

duo will offer farm-

refined alternative to

week and dim sum on

pizza, pastas, and

what chefs Rene Ortiz

to-table bistro food

bar hopping.

the weekends.

steaks to the Starr

and Laura Sawicki

with a Texas twist at

Building lobby. Expect

have in store for this

Odelay and serve up a



a well curated Italian

much anticipated new

cup of joe at adjacent

1100 S Lamar Blvd


wine list and deli-

project. The new ad-

coffee shop The Upper

(713) 584 9767

Airport Blvd W of I-35

ciously crafted cock-

dition to Holly Street

East Side.

Coming to South

Alums from Lenoir,

tails, as well.

will be will feature

Lamar January 2015,

Jeffrey's, and Four

a menu with pasta,


Vox Table promises

Seasons are joining


oysters, and grill se-

5201 Airport Blvd

small American plates

together to revitalize a

2400 E Cesar Chavez St


From chef Teresa Wil-

and cocktails. Chef

chain of fried chicken

december 2014

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george elliman

was handled perfectly

with organic veg-

Swift—makes it one of


such that it truly was

etables, imported

my new favorite spots in Austin.

a memorable dinner.

olive oils, flours,


If you have not been

meats and more make

400 Colorado St

in the new Truluck’s I

up the ingredients to

Maggie Bang

(512) 482 9000

recommend it highly!

the authentic, taste

Marketing & Events

I must say I am lucky

Call Riley for reser-

of Italy sandwiches.


to have had many



year, but a favorite

Tim Dillon

Ashley Horsley

was a dinner celebrat-

A ssociate Publisher

art director

my good friend Eddie

Lucky's Puccias


Tucked away in the

Bernal at the newly

817 W 5th St

3235 East Cesar Chavez St

warehouse district,

renovated Truluck’s

(512) 739 8785

(512) 366 5808

this has become my

Downtown. We had

This past year I was

Jacoby’s is by far

go-to downtown

arguably the best table

introduced to Austin’s

one of the best din-

spot for dinner and

in the house on the

only authentic wood

ing experiences I’ve

drinks. It’s the per-

2nd floor overlooking

fired Italian sand-

had this year. The

the corner of 4th and

wiches known as the

Colorado. We went all

Ashley Beall

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Clark’s Jeffrey's for our all-you-can-eat Pacific Stone Crab Storage RoomJoin us Oyster Bar 1204 W Lynn 208 W 4th St every Monday night 1200 W 6th St (512) 477 for 5584 one fair price. (512) 322 9921

ing the birthday of

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I had the pleasure of

The best meal I have

eating at Jeffrey's a few

have had over and over. very impressed with Arboretum 183 and Great Hills Trail the transformation of

company and consists

the iconic restaurant

of an order of the Mus-

fect combination:

by Larry McGuire and

sels & Clams, a glass

food was incred-

a well-executed

the McGuire Moorman

of Bouchié-Chatellier

puccia (POO*CHAH).

ible (proven by my

cocktail program

team! I suggest making

Sauvignon, a side order

At Lucky’s Puccias

boyfriend having

with delicious rum

a night of it— drinks

out with lobster bisque

of the handcut fries

they bake bread made

a religious experi-

punches meets tra-

and appetizers in the

and crab cakes, then

and an order of the

to order in the tradi-

ence with his chicken

ditional Cuban-style

bar followed by a long

Cesar salads, and the

delicious shells & cheese

tional fashion using a

fried steak) and the

street food. Great for

dinner (reserve the

most tender center cut

lump crab (all to share of

wood fired oven... in-

restaurant’s attention

groups and open late.

Napoleon Room if you

filets that were grilled

course). This meal, this

to perfection. Every

side their tiny trailer.

to detail and design—

want a real treat)!

place, and the company,

courtesy of talented

make me very happy.

Fresh bread, along

creative director, Kris december 2014


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