Austin Entertains

Now in its fourth year, Austin Entertains supports the entrepreneurs and innovative women in the culinary arts by showcasing Austin’s most talented female chefs and bartenders and local winemakers, breweries and spirit purveyors. With 600 anticipated guests and nearly 30 presenting establishments, Austin Entertains has become a “who’s who” in the Central Texas food scene featuring chefs and bartenders from Austin’s most recognized and awarded restaurants and bars.


February 27, 2020
The Junior League of Austin’s Community Impact Center
5330 Bluffstone Lane, Austin, TX 78759

VIP Admission: 6:30pm
General Admission: 7:00pm

Purchase your tickets here!

This year’s attendees can look forward to bites from some of their favorite chefs from years past and a few new additions. See the full lineup of chefs, bartenders, and presenting wineries and spirit purveyors below.  Attendees can also expect fun games, a raffle of our “wine wall” which features 100 of the best vintages from Central Texas along with New and Old World favorites and wonderful auction items including a dove hunt in Argentina and luxury weekend getaways in Taos, New Orleans and Charleston all while dancing the night away with Love & Happiness Band. Austin Entertains not only promises to be a fantastic evening of fun but also intends to raise critical funding for the signature programs of The Junior League of Austin, including Coats for Kids, Kids in Cool Shoes-KICS, and Food In Tummies-FIT.

We are also proud to announce the inaugural year of the Austin Entertains Fellowship. One participating chef or other artisan will be awarded a cash grant to further her educational, business, or professional development. The chosen participant will also be provided a package of professional services essential to furthering their professional goals. The total value of the Austin Entertains Fellowship will exceed $20,000 and will affirm The Junior League of Austin’s commitment to supporting women’s entrepreneurship, business development, and educational attainment.  To apply for the Austin Entertains Fellowship, please click here.


We offer two ticket options for the night:


General Admission tickets are $85 and include:

    • Access to nearly 30 chefs, wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors
    • Enjoy signature cocktails at three separate bars
    • Live music from the exciting cover band Love & Happiness
    • Live and silent auction featuring luxury trips
    • Wine raffle
    • FIT backpacking station
    • Customized pocket squares provided by Knot Standard
    • Tarot card readings
    • Photo booth
    • And more!

With a VIP ticket for $150, you get all of the above and more, including:

    • 30-minute preview allowing you to mix and mingle with the chefs
    • Access to an exclusive VIP-only lounge and bar
    • Exclusive VIP-only tastings
    • Complimentary valet
    • VIP gift bag featuring gifts from our sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors, especially our title sponsor Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships,  for their generous support.

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We are excited to share that chefs from the following restaurants will be joining us at Austin Entertains on February, 2020:

Dai Due


Foreign & Domestic

Le Politique

Tiny Pies

Churro Burro

Our full chef-line up will be announced on January 31, 2020.

Last year’s chefs and bartenders included:

Featured Chefs:

Callie SpeerHoly Roller

Amanda Turner – Juniper

Bonnie Wright – Olamaie

Ariana Quant — Hai Hospitality, Uchiko

Sonya CoteEden East + Hillside Farmacy

Mary Catherine CurrenELM Restaurant Group

 Janie Ramirez – Dai Due’s New School of Traditional Cookery and Butcher Shop

Stephanie Garcia-  Dai Due Taqueria

Amanda Pallagi-Naim — Ciclo, Four Seasons

Sarah HeardForeign & Domestic

 Alex Sanguinetti – Alamo Drafthouse

Allie Olivia- ATX Cocina

DeeDee Sanchez – Jack Allen Kitchen

Courtney Franke – Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

Sarah Mar-Chun- Central Standard

Jessica Halich-Fancy Fluff

Rachel Musquiz- Curcama

Carol Huntsberger- Quality Seafood

Tiny Pies

Featured Bartenders:

Erin Ashford – Olamaie

Courtney Cloyd – Hillside Farmacy

Rachael Treadwell- Copper

Hosanna Payne- Holy Roller