The NACE Austin annual fundraiser Eat the Heat—on Aug. 13, 2015, at Shoal Crossing Event Center—was a fun-filled evening with local chefs from the top catering companies, restaurants and hotel kitchens, local breweries and wineries, a silent auction, music and other entertainment. The fundraiser proceeds benefit the Foundation of NACE and its local charity partner, Keep Austin Fed.
Austin-based Second Bar + Kitchen will open a new location as the main restaurant for the new hotel, Archer Hotel Austin—both set to open Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Your group is full of a variety of personalities and individuals with different strengths. How do you plan a training session to make sure that each person chooses to engage with the training, and leaves having learned something new?
As business and leisure travel continues to boom in Austin, the city’s inventory of hotel rooms is rising to take advantage of the demand. Six new hotels opened in Austin in 2015, according to the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, including the 1,012-room JW Marriott Austin, currently Austin’s largest hotel and the largest JW Marriott in the Americas. Two more hotels will open in 2016, and five hotels are set to open in 2017
Wine bars are plentiful in the state of Texas. From El Paso, all the way to Dallas, down to Austin, then to San Antonio, and over to Houston—the Lone Star State offers wine connoisseurs much from which to choose. Wine bars are also the perfect spot for private events. Here are five that are unique in their own ways
Mystic Grape Wine Bar and Suds, El Paso
The Driskill Hotel in Austin has completed an $8.8 million renovation to its public spaces, restaurants and guest rooms—just in time to celebrate the property’s 130th anniversary. The sophisticated and modern guest rooms have a number of 1920s vintage touches, in keeping with the rich history of the hotel.
Texas' capital city may have emerged as a tourism darling in recent years, but a city just 25 miles north of Austin offers similar Hill Country charm while forgoing the crowds and traffic of the big city. Georgetown, founded in 1848, is home to Southwestern University and 50,000 residents. For visitors looking to experience the heart of Georgetown’s appeal, a trip to the historic downtown square should be the first order of business. Victorian-era buildings line what’s been called the most beautiful downtown square in Texas.
The JW Marriott Austin’s Burger Bar on Congress has received rave reviews since opening with the hotel in February. Locals, visitors— and even group attendees—line up at lunchtime and in the early evening for burgers, shakes and fries. The grab-and-go joint has a walk-up food truck-style window, a nod to the food trucks that occupied the space before the hotel was built.
One of my favorite television shows to watch is Master Chef Junior—that Gordon Ramsay-spearheaded competition, which pits incredibly talented mini-chefs against one another in a race to produce professional-caliber works of food art. Often these culinary savants perform with startling professionalism when working solo, but struggle when presented with a team challenge.