I’ve been bursting with excitement to unveil the series we’ve been working on with our newest contributor, Elizabeth Winslow. I first got to know Elizabeth when we collaborated on this feature of her gorgeous home, and I could immediately tell from her warmth, creativity and unbelievably vast cookbook selection that she was a foodie soulmate…and definitely a person I needed to do more projects with. When she recently launched her newest venture, Haymakers, to provide resources and inspiration to food entrepreneurs, it seemed the perfect time. Elizabeth (and her husband Thomas, behind the lens!) will be stopping by the blog bi-weekly to share the stories behind the most inspiring food artisans, distillers, retailers, farmers, restauranteurs, bakers, chefs, tastemakers, and innovators. She’s kicking it off with one of my absolute favorite spots in Austin: Fresa’s. I won’t give too much away (click through Thomas’s incredible photos for all the details) but suffice it to say that I’ve been known to eat Fresa’s chargrilled chicken and salty cajeta ice cream 3 times in one week. (Let’s keep that our little secret).
Elizabeth: When my babies were tiny, the last thing that was happening to me was epiphany. But for Margaret Vera, those too-busy days and sleepless nights of new motherhood brought necessity and invention. “I was way too busy to cook, so I sent my husband out for chicken al carbon,” a Tex Mex standby of charcoal-grilled chicken with charred onions and peppers. “He set the bag on the table in front of me and I looked at it and said, ‘I know what I’m going to do next!’” and Fresa’s, the chicken al carbon drive-through she opened with partners Larry McGuire, Tom Moorman and Tracy Overath was born.