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.  Thank you to The Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships for their Title Sponsorship!


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!

Austin Entertain’s Silent Auction is live and you can bid NOW!

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 proud to feature the following chefs, bartenders and establishments at Austin Entertains on February 27, 2020:



Jessica Morrow Halich – Churro Burro
Amanda Wadsworth – Tiny Pies
Amanda Rockman – New Waterloo Group
Melissa Carroll – Le Politique
Lindsey Flagg – South Congress Hotel
Krystal Craig – Intero
Carol Huntsberger – Quality Seafood
Sonya Cote – Eden East + Hillside Farmacy
Janie Ramirez – Dai Due’s New School of Traditional Cookery and Butcher Shop
Stephanie Garcia – Dai Due Taqueria
Sarah Heard – Foreign & Domestic
Amanda Pallagi-Naim – Ciclo
Bethany DiBaggio – La Pera
Tessa Halstead – Chocolatier Tessa
Amy Brown – Parkside
Andrea Juarez – Walton’s Fancy + Staple
Elisia Velasquez – Teddy V’s Patisserie
Alex Sanguinetti – Alamo Drafthouse
Michelle Cooper – Kooper Family Whiskey Co.



Anissa Gomez – It’s Italian Cucina
Erin Ashford – Olamaie
Brittany Duncan – Elevate


Presenting Establishments:

Austin Beerworks
William Chris Vineyards
Still Austin
Carbonero Tequila
Tito’s Vodka
Dulce Vida Tequila
Richard’s Rainwater
Lewis Wines
Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee
Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company
Pontotoc Vineyard
Augusta Vin
Hawk’s Shadow Winery & Vineyards
Lost Draw Cellars
Southold Farm + Cellar
Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery
Westcave Cellars Winery
Nine Banded Whiskey