May 1, 2014

East Austin Urban Farm Tour offers a taste of the city's culinary sceneThe Austin culinary scene has long been known for its sustainable practices. Chefs often use fresh ingredients from local farms in order to whip up their tasty dishes. Farming is a huge part of what makes Austin restaurants successful, and starting on April 13, Boggy Creek Farm, HausBar Farms, Rain Lily Farm and Springdale Farm will all be answering questions, sharing their farming experiences and talking about growing their crops. This all day event aims to raise awareness about the importance of the agricultural industry and hopes to change the way people buy and eat their food.

Chefs at the Urban Farm Tour
Farmers aren’t the only ones who will be attending the culinary event. Chefs will be stationed at each farm, using their talent and skills in the kitchen to create original dishes using fresh farm ingredients. Local brewers, wine merchants and mixologists will be there to quench your thirst with a sip of craft beer, some vino or a unique cocktail. Here’s a sneak peak at just a few restaurants that will be providing guests with a memorable dining experience using locally sourced ingredients:

The Driskill Grill
The Driskill Grill has proven itself time and time again as one of the top restaurants in Austin. It’s a 10-time recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond award and was ranked as one of the Garden & Gun magazine’s Top 50 Southern Bars. The Grill was also one of the Top 25 hotel restaurants in the U.S., according to the 2011 Zagat. Be sure to sample wine from the Grill’s Wine Spectator award-winning vino list while you’re walking around the Urban Farm Tour.

If you’re searching for a truly unique cocktail menu alongside a menu of European comfort dishes, you’ll be able to find it at Peche. This establishment opened its doors just one year after Absinthe was first approved for sale in the U.S. The bartenders and chefs welcome questions from patrons about Absinthe and its many variations as well as their housemade ingredients like ginger ale, syrups, bitters and limoncello.

Cafe Josie
Cafe Josie is known for its farm to table cuisine, playful dishes and its relaxing atmosphere. If you visit this restaurant, you’ll find that its walls are adorned with colorful and seasonally changing pictures of Boggy Creek and Springdale Farms to represent its tasty local ingredients. About 90 percent of its produce comes from these farms. Try the pulled pork tacos, which are served in corn tortillas with crunch dried corn kernels and a drizzle of tomato aioli and chorizo gastrique. Enroll in an Austin culinary arts school to learn how to source local ingredients and create one-of-a-kind dishes.