One of the most fun parts about being behind-the-scenes at TRIBEZA is collaborating with some of Austin's most diversely-talented individuals and organizations. Be it a restaurant, design firm, or charity, it is a treat to be able to watch and learn first-hand from the people behind such inspiring and creative establishments in this city.
To toast the holidays, last month the TRIBEZA team paired up with some fine examples of this talent for a winter feast. Brandon Fuller, co-owner and executive chef at West 6th Street's Café Josie, created a special seasonal menu for the occasion. “I wanted to create a balanced meal that that progressed from light to heavy in terms of proteins, and incorporated lots of warming and hearty flavors. I also wanted to celebrate the fresh winter vegetables that were available: Most of what I do is try to use local, in-season ingredients, and I sourced many of the components for the dinner through a farm-to-table purveyor I often use."
Fuller, who has been with Café Josie since August 2012, has used a similar sensibility in transforming the Austin establishment into having a more seasonally-driven focus. Under Fuller’s direction, the restaurant pulls from local farms to create an evolving menu that changes weekly, or even daily, dictated by what’s available and best-tasting at the moment.
For the table décor, we enlisted interior decorator Ann Lowe, who we collaborated with on some of our favorite 2013 photoshoots. Pulling from some favorite local interiors shops—Spartan, Mockingbird Domestics, and JM Drygoods—she styled a tabletop that was seasonal and unfussy, topped off with a bouquet by Bricolage Curated Florals. “I wanted it to have a subtle holiday feel, but keep everything very natural,” she explains. “I found some vintage china at Mockingbird Domestics that was gray and persimmon, so that drove the color palette: muted colors, brass, and napkins with a little sparkle.”
Lowe also offered up some tips for styling a table, be it for a holiday gathering or a casual get-together: “You don’t want a table to feel stiff or overly-styled,” she says. “It’s about creating a feeling. Some easy things to keep in mind are to choose a basic color palette and stick to it, bring in candles, and incorporate one natural element into the table setting, like pieces of fruit or sage leaves.”
Photography by: Wynn Myers
by Joanna Steblay
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For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
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by James Ruiz
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Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
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by James Ruiz
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