Hot Luck Festival Announces Chef & Music Lineup

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Back by popular demand, Hot Luck Festival returns for year two on May 24–27. Named Austin’s “best festival” in its inaugural year, the backyard traveling party will celebrate all things food and music. 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, this Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music. Tickets for the three-day festival are on sale now.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this back to Austin. Hot Luck isn’t a festival, it’s a party. These chefs and bands just want to do their thing with friends…where everyone is welcome to hang out and have a good time. That’s what Hot Luck has become, and we love it,” said James Moody.

As was the case last year, Hot Luck will showcase a wide variety of genres spanning country, punk, funk, hip-hop, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The initial music lineup includes Galactic, Hot Snakes, Peter Hook & The Light, Okkervil River, Twin Peaks, Iceage, Con Brio, Paul Cauthen, The Texas Gentlemen, Joshua Hedley, and Peanut Butter Wolf, with more to be announced soon.

The chef lineup, featuring an eclectic collection of local, regional, and national world-class culinary talent is as follows:



Abraham Conlon & Adrienne Lo, Fat Rice (Chicago); Alex Stupak, Empellón (New York); Andy Ricker, Pok Pok (Portland); Ashley Christensen, Poole’s (Raleigh); Bill Durney, Hometown Barbecue (New York); David Chang, Momofuku (New York); David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, Joe Beef (Montreal); Elias Cairo, Olympia Provisions (Portland); Ivan Orkin, Ivan Ramen (New York); Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene’s (Portland); Peter Cho, Han Oak (Portland); Renee Erickson, Sea Creatures (Seattle); Riad Nasr, Frenchette (New York); Sam Jones, Sam Jones BBQ Restaurant (North Carolina) 


Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston); Diego Galicia & Rico Torres, Mixtli (San Antonio); John Tesar, Knife (Dallas); Justin Yu, Theodore Rex (Houston); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).


Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue; Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo/Chicon; Bryce Gilmore, Odd Duck; Callie Speer, Holy Roller; Casey Wilcox, Central Standard; Chad Dolezal, Hightower; Damien Brockway, P6 at the Line ATX Hotel; David Norman, Easy Tiger Erind Halilaj, Il Brutto; Fermin Núñez, Suerte; Fiore Tedesco, L’Oca d’Oro; Jason Stude, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Kristen Kish, Arlo Grey at the Line ATX Hotel; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex Mex; Philip Speer, Bonhomie; Sarah McIntosh, Epicerie; Takuya Matsumoto & Tatsu Aikawa, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya; Todd Duplechan, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Hai Hospitality/Loro; Yoshi Okai, Otoko;  Zach Hunter, The Brewer’s Table.

Hot Luck 2018 events kick off Thursday, May 24 and continue on until Sunday, May 27. Ticket options for Hot Luck offer something for everyone, with prices from $20 to $550. The 2018 events include the following:


Hi, How Are You?: Franklin Barbecue (6 – 9 p.m.)

Welcome to Hot Luck ‘18, and for a lot of you — welcome to Austin. Join us in the stars for this old-school backyard barbecue at Franklin Barbecue. We’ll eat, drink and hoot with the chefs and culinary nerds behind this whole prandial extravagance.


Night Court: Fair Market (6 – 9 p.m.)

Night Court is inspired by the magical dietary phenomenon known as The Mall Food Court — a place where we’d share food, gossip and draw ‘emojis’ IRL. With big hair. Before cell phones. Before internet! Take a trip back to your favorite mall food courts of yesteryear where our chefs will grace you with their takes on the gnarly bites you remember so fondly. P.S. phones allowed. #hotluck #nightcourt

Cisco’s: Cisco’s Bakery and Restaurant (10 p.m. – late)

Authentic Austin is often lost in our fast-growing city, but institutions like Cisco’s will never leave our hearts. We’ve fought with family there, and shook on hush-hush deals, all while enjoying some of the tastiest Mexican food in town. On Friday night during Hot Luck, we’ll sneak in some chefs to take over this classic restaurant in East Austin for a legit taco party for the ages.


Al Fuego: Wild Onion Ranch (6 – 9 p.m.)

What happens when the masters of flame and forge gather together on a Texas ranch to sacrifice sparks unto the heavens? The answer is Al Fuego, Hot Luck’s celebration of live-action, flame-fueled cooking styles from Texas to Thailand. A place where we pull the chefs out of their comfort zone and even build them specialty cookers, Al Fuego is an obsessively imagined and passionately executed showcase of the most inspiring food across the planet. If you have ever wondered what chefs cook for their friends in their backyard, this is the shindig for you. Boots optional. Koozies required.

The Giddy Up: Weather Up (9 p.m. – late)

Our Saturday night industry after-party is a beast feast that will awaken the heathen in you. If you’re into barbaric charcuterie plates, glistening seafood towers, and heroic excess in general, look no further.


Coupe de Grille: Austin Speed Shop (noon – 3 p.m.)

Sweet rides and Hot Luck meet for motorbrunch 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 machines and meticulous morsels, ZZ Tapas style.

The Whole Enchilada Ticket Package: $550

Hot Luck is offering a limited opportunity to experience the full weekend of all that Austin’s newest food and music festival has to offer. Enjoy main events, special parties, music shows, and more! Come hang with the chefs, mingle with the bartenders, and enjoy the most intimate food festival experience available. For a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Hot Luck, look no further. This ticket offer is limited to a handful of (really) lucky folks.

The Whole Enchilada Ticket Package includes the following:

  • Hi, How Are You? — Thursday night industry welcome party
  • Night Court — Main event on Friday evening with half-hour early entry (5:30 p.m.)
  • Al Fuego — Main event on Saturday evening with half-hour early entry (5:30 p.m.)
  • Coupe de Grille — Main event on Sunday afternoon
  • The Giddy Up — Saturday night industry after-party
  • Access to all Hot Luck Music Shows (except Peter Hook on Wednesday night)
  • Fun surprises from Hot Luck and Hot Luck partners



In addition, a takeover of the classic East Austin restaurant, Cisco’s, will take place on Saturday night. Tickets to Cisco’s, individual music shows, as well as very limited tickets to ‘Hi, How Are You?’ and ‘The Giddy Up’ will be available via

A portion of the proceeds from Hot Luck will benefit the SAFE Alliance. SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.

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