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Events at Lake Austin Spa Resort

In addition to the daily activities at Lake Austin Spa Resort, we offer special programs and events to enlighten, entertain and excite. These outstanding programs are offered exclusively to overnight guests with no additional fees.

Spice up your stay with the Lake Austin Culinary Experience®

We provide opportunities for you to learn from award winning chefs and other experts in our unique casual environment. This fun and informative program on all things culinary is offered the second full week of every month. Take a look at some our guest chef recipes.

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  • Thyme Roasted Marcona Almonds
  • Chorizo Stuffed Dates
  • Swiss Chard Omelet
  • Membrillo with Manchego Cheese

Saturday, December 14
Culinary Experience December

Savory with Song
Tapas for Holiday Entertaining with Special Guest Kimmie Rhodes


Join local favorite musician, Kimmie as she cooks up some delicious recipes and shares some stories and songs.
Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan who calls Austin home. Kimmie’s multi-platinum selling songs have been recorded by such stellar acts as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, John Farnham, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. A creative and prolific artist, she has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs, written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds of songs, and published a novell/cookbook.

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  • TBD

Friday, December 15
Culinary Experience December

Savory with Song
Italian Favorites with Special Guest Michael Fracasso


Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist incapable of repeating himself. His critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with both Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, an epic reinterpretation of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” and memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie, Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt.

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  • Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary-Apple Cider Pan Sauce
  • Sweet Potato Puree with Orange and Maple
  • Braised Tuscan Kale

Monday, January 14
Culinary Experience January

Winter Comfort Foods with Special Guest Chef Jennifer Clair

Jennifer Clair is a culinary-instructor and the founder of Home Cooking New York, a recreational cooking school in New York City. Before launching the school in 2002, she honed her editorial chops as a former Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and the Recipes Editor at The Wall Street Journal.  She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in 1998 on a full James Beard Foundation scholarship. She is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (2018), a cookbook based on the best-selling class at her cooking school. She lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.

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  • Knife Skills 101: Sharpening, holding, mincing, dicing, and julienning
  • Cooking Meat to Perfection: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Thyme Pan Gravy
  • Blanching Green Vegetables: Green Beans with Lemon Gremolata
  • Roasting Vegetables: Rosemary-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Fennel

Tuesday, January 15
Culinary Experience January

Lunch and Learn | Basic Cooking Techniques with Special Guest Chef Jennifer Clair

Jennifer Clair is a culinary-instructor and the founder of Home Cooking New York, a recreational cooking school in New York City. Before launching the school in 2002, she honed her editorial chops as a former Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and the Recipes Editor at The Wall Street Journal.

After teaching for 15 years, she returned to her writing roots and published a cookbook that offers a visual encapsulation of the best-selling class at her cooking school: Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (2018). Branded a “terrifically helpful guide” by Publishers Weekly, Jennifer relishes the opportunity to travel the country and spread her “you can do it” cooking gospel, refined over years at the helm of her NYC kitchen classroom. She lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.

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  • TBD

Saturday, January 19
Culinary Experience January

Paloma of Santa Fe with Special Guest Chef Nathan Mayes

Nathan Mayes is chef and partner at Paloma. Growing up in Austin and Santa Fe, Nathan worked in several acclaimed restaurants in both cities, as well as in New York. Nathan loves and respects Mexican cuisine and values the integrity of ingredients and the craft of cooking from scratch.
Paloma is a vibrant Mexican-inspired restaurant and bar. Chef Mayes has created a menu of lively, modern dishes. Some are authentic recipes and some are fresh interpretations of Mexican cuisine.

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  • TBD

Saturday, February 16
Culinary Experience February

Everyday Food with Special Guest Chef Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey is the Editorial Director of Food & Entertaining of Martha Stewart Living magazine.

Whether developing recipes for stories in the magazine, appearing on Martha Stewart’s Facebook Lives and television programs, or being featured within wide-ranging media outlets, Sarah shares her innate cooking passion, deep-seeded food knowledge, expert techniques, and helpful tips with an audience of millions. Her experience includes co-authoring the best-selling book Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, contributing to numerous additional Martha Stewart cookbooks, and co-hosting the PBS cooking series Everyday Food. Her YouTube page, Everyday Food, has over 1 million subscribers. Her video series, Everyday Food provides simple instructional demonstrations of delicious weeknight dinners. It’s a fan favorite on social platforms and on

Growing up on a commune in Woodstock, N.Y., Sarah was exposed to a variety of diverse foods and cuisine types at an early age. She went on to receive formal training at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., as well as a bachelor of fine arts in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Before joining MSLO in 1999, Sarah worked as a recipe tester for writer Faith Willinger and former New York Times food columnist Molly O’Neill.

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  • TBD

April 19 & 20, 2019
Culinary Experience April

Cooking Demonstration with Guest Chef Joe Yonan


Joe Yonan is the Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post, supervising all food coverage in the features department. He is also the editor of “America The Great Cookbook” (Weldon Owen, 2017) and has written two cookbooks for Ten Speed Press: “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” (2013) and “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One” (2011). Yonan was a food writer and Travel section editor at the Boston Globe before moving to Washington in 2006 to edit The Post’s Food section.

He writes The Post’s Weeknight Vegetarian column and for five years wrote the Cooking for One column, both of which have won honors from the Association of Food Journalists. He also has written about his efforts to grow food on his 150-square-foot urban front yard. His work from the Globe and The Post has appeared in multiple editions of the “Best Food Writing” anthology.

Yonan, who grew up in West Texas, spent 2012 in North Berwick, Maine, on leave from The Post to learn about growing and homesteading from his sister and brother-in-law and to work on “Eat Your Vegetables.” He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

Honors & Awards:

  • James Beard Foundation, Best Newspaper Food Section, 2009
  • James Beard Foundation, Best Newspaper Food Section, 2010
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals, Publication of the Year, 2017
  • Association of Food Journalists, Best Newspaper Food Coverage, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018

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  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Filet Mignon with Blue-Cheese and Pecan Butter
  • Smashed Potatoes with Fresh Basil and Garlic
  • Easy Lemon Loaf with Macerated Blueberries

Saturday, May 18
Culinary Experience May

Steak and Cake | Tips and Tricks for Making Your Favorite Foods “Healthish” with Guest Chef Elizabeth Karmel

North Carolina native Elizabeth Karmel, a.k.a. Grill Girl, is a nationally respected authority on grilling, barbecue and Southern food.  She launched, an Online Barbecue Shack, in 2015 to make whole-hog barbecue more easily accessible.

She is the founding Executive Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market in NYC, Brooklyn and Washington, DC, and NYC and Brooklyn’s Hill Country Chicken.  She developed the award-winning menu and flavor profiles from the meats to the sides and desserts for both restaurant concepts.   On July 4, 2012, The New York Times awarded Hill Country Barbecue Market NYC 2 stars and a glowing review that read like a love letter to barbecue and the Hill Country concept.

As a sought-after media personality, Karmel writes for, and is frequently featured in an array of national magazines from Bon Appetit to Better Homes & Gardens, and was named one of the top 100 chefs by Saveur magazine and one of “12 Pitmasters You Need to Know Around the U.S.”  She appears regularly on all the network morning shows and is a guest judge on Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay and Iron Chef.  She has appeared on a number of Food Network shows and hosted her own special on The Cooking Channel.   She writes a bi-monthly column for the Associated Press called The American Table and is the author of four acclaimed cookbooks.  Her fifth cookbook, Steak and Cake will be published by Workman in Spring 2019.  She also designs an innovative line of outdoor cooking and kitchen tools, one of which is a sold-out best seller and top-rated on