Created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, Hot Luck is what happens at the fire—in the flames. It’s where the inspiration turns into food. This festival feeds the people, the music, the camaraderie Which lead to the next round of crazy ideas that flicker to life.
True to Hot Luck style, music shows will showcase some of Austin’s beloved music venues, including Mohawk, Antone’s, and Barracuda. Music to date includes Lucero, Leftover Salmon, Archers of Loaf, The Suffers, PJ Morton, Sunflower Bean, Robert Ellis, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Naughty Professor, New Breed Brass Band, Harlem, El Tule and more.
The 2019 chef lineup is …
Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice (Chicago); Alon Shaya, Saba (New Orleans); Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix); Doug Adams, Bullard (Portland); Elias Cairo, Olympia Provisions (Portland); Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon (Portland); Greg & Gabi Denton, Ox (Portland); Jason Vincent & Ben Lustbader, Giant (Chicago); Jeremiah Stone, Contra (New York); Katie Button, Button & Co. Bagels (Asheville); Mason Hereford, Turkey and the Wolf (New Orleans); Matty Matheson, TV Host, Just A Dash; Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson, Kismet (Los Angeles).
Chris Shepherd, Georgia James (Houston); Justin Yu, Theodore Rex (Houston); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); Rico Torres & Diego Galicia, Mixtli (San Antonio); Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).
Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ; Alex Manley & Jen Tucker, Swedish Hill; Andre Natera, Garrison & Revue; Andrew Wisehart, Contigo; Austin Rocconi, Hotel Ella; Bryan Butler & Ben Runkle, Salt & Time; Callie Speer, Holy Roller; Chad Dolezal, The Hightower; David Norman, Easy Tiger; Fermín Núñez & Sam Hellman-Mass, Suerte; Fiore Tedesco,L’Oca d’Oro; Gabe Erales; Ivana & Yamila Maldonado, Cuyo; Jason Stude, East Austin Hotel; JB Gross, Loro; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Max Snyder, Pitchfork Pretty; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex Mex; Philip Speer, upcoming restaurant; Sarah Heard & Nathan Lemley, Foreign & Domestic; Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie; Tatsu Aikawa, Tatsu-Ya; Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Emmer & Rye; Todd Duplechan & Jessica Maher, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Uchi; Yoshi Okai, Otoko; Zach Hunter, The Brewer’s Table.
And here is the rest of the fun. The 2019 events include …
THURSDAY, MAY 23
The Giddy Up: Mohawk (7 p.m.)
Presented by our friends at YETI, The Giddy Up is our welcome party for the Hot Luck family. All our food heroes get together to swap whopping lies and insider truths about life in the weeds. Canada’s favorite son Matty Matheson will be joined by local luminaries such as Callie Speer, Chad Dolezal, and Yoshi Okai for this industry shindig, with tunes furnished by Texas Piano Man, Robert Ellis, and friends. Get on down to The Giddy Up — eat, drink, and hoot with the chefs and culinary nerds behind this whole prandial extravagance.
*This event is only available via the Whole Enchilada pass. All bites are included; beverages will be available for purchase.
FRIDAY, MAY 24
Hi, How Are You?: Franklin Barbecue (7 – 10 p.m.)
Welcome to Hot Luck ‘19, and for a lot of you, welcome to Austin. Join us for this East Side backyard get-together featuring Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue—famous for the longest lines in the history of lunch. He’ll be joined by Portland heroes Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon) and Elias Cairo (Olympia Provisions), along with Texans Chris Shepherd, Rebecca Masson, Sarah McIntosh, Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Luigi’s mom, and more for a one-of-a-kind block party.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
Al Fuego: Wild Onion Ranch (7 – 10 p.m.)
Al Fuego is Hot Luck’s main event: a live-action, flame-fueled celebration of open-air cooking styles—from Texas to Thailand. We coax the chefs to kick it casual (not that hard) and cook what they might for friends in their own backyards. We set them up with the best meats, the coldest beer, and Aaron Franklin might even build them a specialty cooker. The entire reason Hot Luck exists is to celebrate the fare rarely seen at large events—the obsessively prepared, passionately executed, inspiring food that chefs love to eat.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
Couple de Grille: Austin Speed Shop (11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Sweet dreams and driving machines meet for autobrunch at our favorite vintage garage shop in town. Whether you roll slow and low, drift furiously, or are insured through Lloyds of London, prepare yourself for a gleaming spectacle of magnificent Motorcraft and meticulous morsels, ZZ Tapas style.
Fan of Lamb ATX Tour
Hot Luck has teamed up with American Lamb Board for a special #FanOfLamb initiative during Hot Luck 2019. We’ve partnered with four amazing restaurants in Austin’s East Side to showcase the variety of ways delicious lamb can be enjoyed. During regular service hours on Hot Luck weekend, Cisco’s, Kebabalicious, Micklethwait Craft Meats, and Salt & Time will each have a special Hot Luck lamb dish. Try one, or try ‘em all!