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Austin Way - 2017 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Brooklyn Decker

Austin Way Magazine - GreenGale Publishing - There is a place beyond the crowds, beyond the ropes, where dreams are realized and success is celebrated. You are invited.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN VALLS (FOOD); JEFF STOCKTON (FRANKLIN) A SMOKIN' TIME BARBECUE MASTER AARON FRAN LIN IS CURATING THE NEW HOT LUCK FESTIVAL—AND WE CAN'T WAIT! BY TOM THORNTON James Beard award-winner Aaron Franklin isn't one to ruin a good thing—there's a reason that Franklin Barbecue has never expanded. So March's announcement of the new Hot Luck food festival May 18–21 at various venues by Franklin, Feast Portland co-founder Mike Thelin, and The Mohawk's James Moody got our attention. Over a morning espresso, Franklin told us what to expect. Friends and food: "Moody called this the best organized tailgate party you've ever been to. All the chefs were personally invited by me. We're not looking for somebody with a TV show-—we're looking for the best talent, and the guy who does the best chicken wings." Intimate inspiration: "Our Friday event, the Hi-Lo, is about core influences. Mine is my grandmother's pot roast-— that's what got me into cooking brisket." Dressing down: "This is super laid back. It's the anti-food festival food festival, because all are welcome. The chefs will hand you your food. By nature, it should feel like Austin." Into the night: "The idea for after-shows came from [Moody's] Fun Fun Fun Fest. We wanted people to get a wristband for coming, then use that to go out later for parties. There's rock, country, and lots in between." . Aaron Franklin (INSET) is one of three founders of the new Hot Luck Festival, which bills itself as the anti-food food festival. AUSTINWAY.COM 53 SCENE INFLUENCER

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