Aster After Dark Sunday Suppers Exclusively for the Austin Community

April 29, 2019

Media Contact: Darlene Fiske, [email protected], (512) 331-7755


Lake Austin Spa Resort Announces Aster After Dark Sunday Suppers

Exclusively for the Austin Community

Gourmet Experiences for Day Guests with Nationally Recognized Chefs


AUSTIN, TX (April, 2019) – Lake Austin Spa Resort, known for providing a comprehensive health and wellness experience on shores of Lake Austin, invites the local Austin community to experience their Aster After Dark Sunday Suppers this summer. Austinites can now enjoy immersive wellness experiences that give them a taste of the renowned destination spa experience that has been a respite for health-seeking travelers from all around the world.

The monthly Aster After Dark Sunday Suppers feature nationally recognized chefs creating 4-course gourmet experiences and wine pairings from local vineyards for an exclusive evening in the Aster Café, great for date nights, girls’ night out and special occasions. Dinners begin at 7 p.m. at the LakeHouse Spa and cost $95 per person, including food and wine. Reservations are required. Spa appointments are available to schedule prior to the dinners at an additional cost. To book call 512-372-7300.

“We added these dinners for day guests to have more robust and comprehensive programs that would enhance the long-term benefits of their experience here,” explains Janis Clapoff, Managing Director. “Sunday Suppers are a fun opportunity for friends and family to spend time together, connecting and making memories.”

Upcoming dates and chefs include:

June 9, 2019

Chef Daniel Olivella born in Vilafranca del Penedes, a small city in the outskirts of Barcelona, where Daniel first fell in love with the cuisine of his native Catalonia. He moved to Chicago, Illinois at age 17 to pursue his dream of becoming a saxophone jazz musician, while working in his uncle’s restaurant “La Paella.” Over the next 10 years Daniel’s focus shifted from music to food, he moved to San Francisco and became the executive chef of Thirsty Bear Brewery and Tapas Bar. During his time there, the restaurant received raving reviews from local and international publications including, The San Francisco Chronicle, Gourmet, Bon Appetite, Sunset Magazine, El Mundo and El Periodico. In 1999, Daniel quickly jumped at the opportunity to open his own restaurant Belden Lane, in the San Francisco business district. It received great reviews and honors over the years including “San Francisco’s Rising Star Chef of the Year” and “Top 20 Best Dishes in America” by USA Today. In 2007, he opened Barlata Tapas Bar in Oakland, California and in 2012 brought Barlata to Austin, surprising Austinites with an extensive and creative Catalano-Mediterranean menu.

June 14, 2019

Chef Wayne Brooks of 827 Ray’s Kitchen + Cellar, born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, he developed his love for cooking at a young age by learning from his Grandmother. Wayne attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduating, he left New York to work for Chef Scott Cohen at La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas for the next 6 years. In 2008, Wayne opened the new clubhouse for The University of Texas Golf Club. In 2015, Wayne closed on a beautiful property in the Hudson Bend area, which became 827 Ray’s. The property is 3.2 acres consisting of a gorgeous pavilion for weddings or events, and a newly renovated restaurant boasting a brick oven, oyster bar, two-sided fireplace with a brand-new bar featuring craft cocktails and over 25 wines by the glass.

August 4, 2019

Chef Nick Braswell of Toscano, was originally hired as a line cook at Cantina del Rio and it only took him a few years to find his passion. He left the traditional school system and was accepted to Austin’s prestigious Escoffier School for Culinary Arts. He found his love for Tuscan cuisine working under Chef Harvey Harris of Siena. He advanced quickly and found a love for leadership while he was cross kitchen trained. He went on to train under Chef Phil Williams at Toscano and in 2018, was promoted to Head Chef of Toscano.

September 8, 2019

Chef Johnny Vee, director and creator of The Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has taught cooking classes for over 20 years, is a regular food columnist for Su Casa Magazine and The New Mexican seasonal magazines, and is the Dining & Food Editor for The Santa Fean His career in the hospitality industry has taken him from New York to Sydney, Australia, and finally Santa Fe. John has hosted a food radio talk show called “Bits and Bites with Johnny Vee” and regularly teaches at Kitchen Kraft in Las Cruces, New Mexico. John frequently participates in food events around the country. Recently, he and Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price, presented a seminar called, “Those Fabulous Foods of the 50s and 60s” at the Palm Springs Modernism Week. His first cookbook, Cooking with Johnny Vee, just came out with a 2nd edition hardcover. John is a mentor for the Cooking with Kids program, the Teen Access program, and recently set up a cooking program for the Boys & Girls Club of Hobbs, New Mexico.

November 10, 2019

Chef Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin, a native of Guadalajara, started in the restaurant business at age 17 as a dishwasher in Santa Fe, eventually working his way up to executive chef of several restaurants and hotels. Martin received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America and additional training from well-known culinary masters. He has been repeatedly honored for his innovative and pleasing combinations of flavors, colors and presentation. His unique style reflects Southwestern and Asian influences as well as his classic training in French technique while using fresh, local produce, organic meats and poultry. In 2015 and 2017 Martin was a finalist for the James Beard “Best Chef in the Southwest” Award, and a semi-finalist the past 8 years. Restaurant Martin, owned and operated by Martin and his wife Jennifer, is the perfect balance of refined and comfortable, where tourists and locals can enjoy Martin’s award-winning progressive American cuisine.



Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers guests the sanctuary of a world-class spa and the warmth of a best friend’s lake house. Lake Austin Spa Resort offers all-inclusive vacation packages, which include accommodations in one of 40 charming lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, and a selection of spa and body treatments.

The resort has consistently been recognized for its excellence and as a result has received numerous industry awards.  Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country Magazine and Southern Living have honored Lake Austin Spa Resort as one of the best in the country and in the world.

For additional information and reservations, call 800-847-5637, or visit