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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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  • Mexican Street Corn Salad
  • Miniature Venezuelan Arepas with Carne Asada and Chimichurri
  • Mango Ceviche with Ground Pumpkin Seeds and Chile

Monday October 15, 2018
Culinary Experience October

Latin American Street Food with Special Guest Chef Sandra Gutierrez


Sandra Gutierrez is a food personality, expert on the subject of Latin American cuisine, a journalist and a food historian. Her work has been published in The Oxford American, People in Español, Cooking Club of America, Cooking Pleasures, InStyle, USA Today, NBCLatino, Mamiverse, FOX Latino, Southern Living, and in newspapers across the country.

She’s is credited with discovering a new culinary movement and her book on the subject matter, The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes that Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America & The American South, is on exhibit at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

Her other books: Latin American Street Food; Empanadas: the Hand-Held Pies of Latin America, and Beans and Field Peas, A Savor the South Cookbook have received rave reviews from both that national and international press, including The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.


Recognized as a leading expert on Latin food, Sandra has presented at the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and for Book and Food Festivals across the country. She is a regular judge for the James Beard Awards.

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  • Couscous Salad with Baby Spinach, Red Bell Pepper, Feta, Pistachio and Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Salt and Pepper Grilled Salmon
  • Rosemary Shortbread
  • Sweet Oranges Dusted with Cinnamon

Friday October 19, 2018
Culinary Experience October

Mediterranean Easy Weekday Meal with Special Guest Chef Beth Pav


“Food should be exquisitely prepared as nourishment for both the body and the spirit.”
— Beth Pav

Beth Vlasich Pav grew up in a family where the kitchen was a center of activity and food was a primary vehicle for conversation, experimentation and delight.

After beginning her career as a TV and video writer and producer, a two-month European journey became a culinary catalyst that changed the course of Pav’s life.

Pav graduated from the L’ Academie de Cuisine and the Culinary Institute of America and trained under some of the nation’s top chefs. Later, she opened “Cooking by Design Culinary Studio,” located in the idyllic setting of the Texas Hill Country, as a home base for her range of offerings.

In addition to being a celebrated chef, Beth Pav is a renowned Culinary Instructor, Food Stylist, Recipe and Menu Developer, Writer, Public Speaker and Consultant. Her popular Online Journal and print articles are enjoyed by thousands of enthusiasts who rely on her gastronomic, lifestyle, and adventure-travel stories to inform them on creative ways to satisfy a variety of appetites.  She is also the President of Les Dames d’ Escoffier of Austin and is working on an upcoming cookbook.

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  • TBD

Tuesday, November 6
Culinary Experience November

Asian Food paired with Wine with Special Guest Chef Corinne Trang and Wine Expert Eric Asimov


Corinne Trang and Eric Asimov will take over our demo kitchen for a fun, informative and engaging food and wine pairing course. Join us during culinary week with our dynamic duo.

Corinne Trang is an award-winning author of nine Asian cookbooks. For over 20 years, her research into eastern food philosophies and practices has guided her as a classically-trained chef and certified holistic health and nutrition counselor. Dubbed the “Julia Child of Asian cuisine,” her specialty is in sharing authentic foods with a focus on health without compromising on flavor. She is also the founder of Liquid Gold Tea, where she teaches tea education, Cha Dao (The Way of Tea) meditation, and therapies, guided through the ancient Chinese tea service known as gong fu cha.

Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of The New York Times and the author of “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,’’ published by William Morrow, and “Wine With Food: Pairing Notes and Recipes From The New York Times,’’ written with recipes by Florence Fabricant and published by Rizzoli. His weekly column appears in the Food section of The Times. Naturally, he is on Twitter and Instagram, too, @EricAsimov. A collection of his columns is included in “The New York Times Book of Wine,’’ published by Sterling Epicure. Before he started writing full-time about wine in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. He created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is a co-author of five editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, and published four editions of “$25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York.’’


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Holiday Pies

  • Roasted Pumpkin Pie
  • Mincemeat
  • Chocolate Cream

Sweet and Savory Bread Puddings

  • Wild mushroom
  • Salted Caramel
  • Apple Cranberry

November 9 & 10, 2018
Culinary Experience November

Sweet with Special Guest Pastry Chef/Chocolatier Valerie Gordon


Valerie Gordon is a celebrated chocolatier who has been recognized in Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, and Saveur, served as a guest judge on BRAVO’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts “and FYI’s “Man vs. Child, “and appeared numerous times on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel. She co-founded Valerie Confections in 2004 with her life and business partner Stan Weightman, Jr. as a tiny, family-run business with just six flavors of chocolate-dipped toffee. Now a top chocolatier in the country, her business has grown exponentially with a full line of chocolates, petits fours, handmade preserves, cakes, pies, and pastries all incorporating the very best ingredients and offering a delicious spin on the unexpected. In addition to her flagship shop in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, she also celebrates her savory side with contemporary Californian, French inspired breakfast and lunch fare at her two cafes and bakeries in Echo Park and downtown’s Grand Central Market. She wrote and styled her first cookbook, Sweet, which was a James Beard finalist.

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  • TBD

Friday, December 14
Culinary Experience December

Savory with Song
Comfort Cooking Demo 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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  • TBD

Saturday, December 15
Culinary Experience December

Savory with Song
Comfort Cooking Demo 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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  • 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.