Austin Foodie Mama: Wine & Swine

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Austin Foodie Mama, spotlighting foodie events and dining destinations for kid-free fun, because we all know that some of our most rewarding parenting moments come when we hand over the reins to the babysitter and take some time for ourselves. But we’re also interested in family-friendly outings, because a real Foodie Mama raises Foodie Kids.

wine and swine 2013

Nothing says “fall” like a massive pig roast out in the hill country. This year marks the third annual Wine & Swine, a fundraiser for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance to subsidize culinary grants for chefs, artisanal producers, farmers, and nonprofits. The pig roast, which will take place this year at Ceres Park Ranch, features a host of top-flight Austin chefs (and some San Antonio ones, too!) offering up tasting portions showcasing their unique treatments of locally raised Berkshire pigs.

Some piggy dishes partygoers can expect include (and this is just a fraction of what will be available):

  • South Carolina Whole Hog Sliders from Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue
  • Chili Cheese Ramen from Tatsu Aikawa of Ramen Tatsu-Ya
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  • Pigs on a Blanket from Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen
  • Deviled Ham Sandwiches from Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas of the highly anticipated modern Southern food outift¬†Olamaie
  • Fire-Roasted Pork Loin with Morcilla from Larry Kocurek of Trace
  • A dish to be determined by Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo

Sweet bites include, among others, sweet potato ice cream from Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier of Lick¬†and a deconstructed s’more from Michelle Arcilla of Jeffrey’s.

Attendees will be able to vote, a la Top Chef, on their favorite dishes via a token they will receive at the door (the ticket price includes one token; additional tokens are available for $1 each). The winning chef will receive $1000 from the Texas Pork Producers Association, so spend those votes wisely, especially considering the expanse of mood-altering libations on hand, including cocktails made with Dripping Springs vodka, wine from Texas wineries, Jester King beers, ciders from Argus Cidery, and nonalcoholic teas from Texas Teas. And, since this is Austin, there will be live music.

Wine & Swine is coming up on Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm. Tickets are $75 in advance and $95 at the door. Find more information, including links to purchase tickets, on the Austin Food & Wine Alliance Facebook page.

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Catherine Prystup founded out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.