Pasta Paisanos

L’Oca d’Oro invites our friends and mentors from Austin and beyond to join us on the first Tuesday of every month.

This special series arose from our desire to build even closer bonds with our bar and restaurant community after the isolation of the pandemic.  It also provides a way for our industry which is made up of over 70% female employees to help local non-profits, like the great people at Lilith Fund, that are struggling to mightily to provide abortion resources to all who desire them. 

L’Oca d’Oro will be donating atleast $2.5k – the approximate cost of helping one woman or childbearer obtain an abortion – or 50% of sales from each dinner.

Amanda Turner, Executive Chef (Olamaie), & Erin Ashford, Co-Owner/GM (Holiday)

Chef Amanda Turner is a Texas native that has spent over a decade cooking and creating in the Austin culinary community. During her tenure she has worked for many esteemed chefs and restaurants (Uchi/ko, Odd Duck, Juniper, Jester King, Tatsu-Ya) where she has done a bit of everything including pasta, pastry, whole animal butchery and more. Currently the Chef de Cuisine at Olamaie, Turner is a James Beard semifinalist for Emerging Chef, as well as the Rising Star Chef of the Year for Austin’s Tastemaker Awards in 2022. At Olamaie, Chef Turner integrates her many culinary influences and skills in a whimsical way whilst seeking to reclaim the concept of “fusion”, and continues to showcase the vibrance and depths of Austin’s flora and fauna and the versatility of modern Southern Cuisine.

Florida native, Erin Ashford, has been a part of Austin’s bar and restaurant community since 2008.
Since 2016, Erin has been the Beverage Director and
Assistant General Manager at Olamaie. Throughout her time there, she has created critically-acclaimed cocktail menus and has helped cultivate the company’s ethos of providing hospitality and inclusivity. She was named “Austin’s Best Bartender” by Culture Map, has been published in the “Southern Foodways Alliance:
Guide to Cocktails” and has gained National recognition in Imbibe, PUNCH and Somm Journal.
Erin has recently concluded her tenure at Olamaie
to open forthcoming east side cocktail bar and restaurant, Holiday.

Aaron & Stacy Franklin, Owners (Franklin BBQ)

Do we need to tell you who these guys are?  The 4 hour line.  The TV show.  The cookbook.  President Obama and the Fonz have eaten there.  It’s the Franklins, winners of James Beard awards and longtime Austinites.  They are also a reason that L’Oca d’Oro exists.

Aaron and Stacy were so generous in 2013 that they let Fiore and Adam take over the dining room at Franklin every other week and transform it into a music-themed dinner pop-up.  With menus inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Nina Simone and more, it was a party and it was the first place where the L’Oca d’Oro team worked together. 

We were grateful then and we certainly are now that they are joining us to help raise money for Lilith Fund.  10 days after New Year’s Eve is plenty of time to get yourself back out there and enjoy whatever pasta/bbq hybrid we come up with. 

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