Valentine's Day

This Group of Food52ers Makes Us Want to Move to Texas

February  8, 2017

Valentine’s Day is next week, and whether or not you like the holiday, you’re sure to be charmed by our Food52 Love Connections: All week long we'll be sharing one heart-warming story a day about connections (romantic and otherwise) fostered through our site.

There are Food52 community members spread out all across the country and around the world, but one of the largest active groups can be found in Texas’ capital.

Many members of the Austin crew have been Food52ers since the early days—collectively, they’ve amassed an impressive number of featured recipes on the site, which means you'll likely recognize some of their names, like aargersi, arielleclementine, nannydeb, helenthenanny, and mollycumming. And the group is always expanding, drbabs is a recent transplant, and aargersi shares that their gatherings have grown to non-Food52ers as well. (Editor’s note: But... you're gonna encourage them to sign up, right?)

The group gets together for lunch once a month, and then more sporadically to attend events and to cook together (they used to catalog joint recipe creations under the account Ginger’s Kitchen). One of their recent cooking events was focused on Ottolenghi recipes:

The whole feast, and burrata with blood orange, coriander seeds, and lavender oil. Photo by aargersi

Also, for the last four years, they’ve gotten together to support Austin’s Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program while enjoying a potluck lunch at mollycumming’s house. As aargersi explains:

We buy gifts for them and their siblings and stuff stockings for their holiday party—in some cases these are the only gifts the girls will get, but honestly, we get as much from it as they do. We also have provided desserts and food for their holiday party when needed.

Photo by aargersi

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to take a trip to Austin.

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If you, too, need a little bit of Texas in your life, start here:

Don’t miss any of our Love Connections! Find Monday’s here and Tuesday's here.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • Phil
  • aargersi
  • nannydeb
  • Bevi
  • ChefJune
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Phil December 31, 2019
I see that the most recent comments are quickly approaching 3 years old - but setting that aside for the moment, I LOVE Texas. I went to college and graduate school in Dallas and loved all six years there. I was already a wino (although details are still court sealed) but that's where and when I fell in love with cooking and food. I discovered Food52 about 2 years ago and think it's excellent resource, My compliments to Food 52 for an excellent site/service.
aargersi February 8, 2017
I ❤ our F52 gang, and we are always happy to meet and eat with visitors from other lands!!! Come on down y'all!
nannydeb February 8, 2017
What a nice article, thanks! We've been thrilled to meet so many food52ers when they come to visit and cook with us. All are welcome!
Bevi February 8, 2017
I am happy to see this great group had me to dinner at Abbie's last spring, and I was lucky to stay with drbabs, whom I first met at sdebrango's house a few years ago. I love those glorious women!
Bevi February 8, 2017
Typo error: "say". Love to Arielle, Nancy, and all who make Austin a great town!
ChefJune February 8, 2017
I have to say Austin TX is a very weird city. And they like it like that! I've been there twice, and the food scene is amazing for such a small city. Not to mention the live music everywhere you go, and sometimes on the street corners. But I wouldn't bother standing in line for Franklin Barbecue. Native folks took us instead to La Barbecue where the wait was not long at all, and where the guy from Franklin (they told us) learned his stuff.
Olivia B. February 8, 2017
I did the same thing when I went to Austin!—took one look at the line at Franklin and high-tailed it to La Barbecue. They gave out free beer and I met some new friends in the (short) line. One of my favorite (and most delicious) memories of the trip!
ChefJune February 8, 2017
Another don't-miss place is Hoover's!
Olivia B. February 9, 2017
Adding it to my list for my next Austin trip!