The OpenTable team spent last weekend at the Austin Food & Wine Festival, where we hosted a Chef’s Lounge for the talent, complete with cocktails, ice cream and, most importantly, air conditioning. We also took the opportunity to talk to some of the city’s top chefs all about the trends they’re seeing in the industry today — in Austin, in Texas, and beyond. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the weekend!
“I think more and more people are starting to get excited about knowing the farmers that grow their food, and the people that fish, and the people that raise animals. That’s very exciting for both of us, and important.”
— Sam Hellman-Mass, Chef/Partner of Odd Duck
“Since we opened the trailer four or five years ago, it’s been a huge part: knowing where our food comes from, and sharing it with our customers. And you’re seeing a lot more people be interested in that, and really appreciating that there’s more and more chefs really taking on that challenge of trying to source things as local as possible and create the menu based off of that stuff. We’re just happy to be a part of it.”