Last-minute food fun: Les Dames d’Escoffier hosting live auction at Barr Mansion

If you’re in the mood for small bites, a live auction and mingling with local chefs and food business owners, you’ll want to know about an event tonight.

The local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is hosting its annual “En Garde!” fundraiser Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Barr Mansion in Northeast Austin.

The event will raise money for the local nonprofit, and it’s also where they’ll also announce the recipients of $10,000 in scholarships and grants. Guests will get to sample food from Alcomar, Andiamo, Barley Swine, Barr Mansion, Buenos Aires Café, Bullfight, Juniper, L’Oca d’Oro, la Barbecue, Odd Duck, Second Bar + Kitchen, Taco Flats, VOX Table and Wu Chow, as well as a live “Chopped”-style competition between chefs Janelle Reynolds of @t Large catering and Jennifer Costello of The Bonneville.

There’s also a VIP ticket that includes even more food, drinks and entertainment. Tickets cost $65 at the door and $85 for VIP. You might still be able to snag a slightly cheaper ticket online at

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and

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