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.

Kim Alter, Chef/Owner (Nightbird, SF, CA)

Alter worked at the helm of kitchens such as Haven and Plum in Oakland, California. Prior to that, she worked in some of the Bay area’s most notable restaurant Kitchens including Manresa, Ubuntu, Aqua, and Acquerello. Alter’s menus showcase a commitment to technique, whole animal cookery, and support of local farms. Her food often takes familiar dishes to new places with creative spins on classics. Alter earned a James Beard Nomination in 2018 and 2020, sustainable Chef of the Year from Star Chefs and Top 100 restaurant from the Chronicle in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Ana Sortun, Chef/Owner (Oleana, Sofra & Sarma, Boston, MA)

Hailed as one of the country’s “most creative fusion practitioners,” Ana Sortun was named the Best Chef Northeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2005. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 she was a James Beard semi-finalist for Outstanding Chef. In 2020 she was a James Beard finalist for Best Chef, general excellence.

Siena Farms, owned by Ana’s husband, Chris Kurth and named for their daughter, provides produce to the restaurants and underscores her commitment to fresh ingredients and healthy food. Ana is also involved with Oldways Preservation Trust which fosters good health by supporting the cultural food traditions of the Middle East and the Mediterranean. 

Abby Love, Owner (Abby Jane Bakeshop, Dripping Springs, TX) & Julia Poplawsky, Owner (Cielito Lindo Farm, Johnson City, TX)

 In 2021, Abby Jane Bakeshop opened. The singular goal of Abby Jane is to make delicious baked goods from the heritage grains grown in Texas.

Julia founded Cielito Lindo Farm in the hopes of giving her community access to local, organically raised poultry. She also has been teaching whole animal butchery classes going back to when she was the lead butcher at Dai Due.

We’ve got a butcher and a baker!

Abby is a Louisiana native and a 12-year veteran of the restaurant and baking industry.  She was the lead baker and pastry chef at local hero Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club.  In 2017, Abby left Dai Due to pursue a dream opportunity to open her own bakery next door to Barton Springs Mill in Dripping Springs. 

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