Andy Baraghani Toasts to Cookbook with Austin Events
The Bon Appétit alum teams up with Hotel Magdalena for a happy hour and multi-course dinner celebrating The Cook You Want To Be
By Avery Matschek
From 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9, Magdalena Bar will host a cookbook signing and meet and greet with Baraghani. Light bites from the book will be available, including Garlicky Fried Tomato Toasts with Aioli and Zhoug Hummus with Sourdough Crackers. Tickets are $60 and include a signed book, as well as the passed appetizers and a welcome cocktail. The bar’s full cocktail menu will also be available for purchase.
The following evening, guests can join Baraghani at Hotel Magdalena’s full-service restaurant Summer House on Music Lane for a prix-fixe menu inspired by the book.
“Our chef team is thrilled to collaborate with Andy,” says Summer House on Music Lane’s Executive Chef Jeffrey Hundelt. “We’re excited to impart some of our love for smoke and live fire cooking on the selections we’ve made for the upcoming prix-fixe dinner, while also taking inspiration from straight-forward farm-to-table-style restaurants.”
This dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to close Sept. 10 at $110 per person, and tickets include a signed copy of Baraghani’s book. There will also be a wine pairing option and beverages available for purchase.
Baraghani developed a strong fanbase during his time at Bon Appétit thanks to video appearances on the magazine’s YouTube channel and cover story-worthy recipes. Now, the first time cookbook author is bringing those same fans his innovative methods and delicious dishes in The Cook You Want To Be. The book draws on Baraghani’s experience in highly-regarded restaurants like California’s Chez Panisse, as well as his Iranian upbringing. His recipes are sophisticated, with bold flavors and top techniques made approachable.
The chef has visited esteemed eateries such as Contra in NYC, Found Oyster in LA and Scribe Winery in Sonoma to host pop-up events on his current book tour. Baraghani is focusing on creating dining experiences for guests with each stop.
“So much of my food depends on the space it is showcased in,” says Baraghani. “Summer House on Music Lane’s thoughtful and inviting design made it a no-brainer to play host to my book events while in Austin.”
Food options for the multi-course dinner include Salt + Pepper Focaccia with Fennel Pollen and Cultured Butter; Scallop Crudo with Yuzo Kosho, Chopped Lemon and Shaved Radishes; Spicy Lamb Sausage Pasta with Sapore del Piave, Rapini and Pistachio, along with much more.
“It will feel more like a dinner party than just another night out on the town,” adds Baraghani.