Monday, October 1

A night under the stars with
Adam Evans and Michael Fojtasek

$100 each

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Tuesday, October 2

A night under the stars with
Adam Evans and Michael Fojtasek

$100 each

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Born and raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, many of Adam Evans’ early memories revolve around fishing in local waters and tending his grandfather’s garden. Working at local restaurants during his time at Auburn University, Evans then ventured to New Orleans, working at Bacco and La Petite Grocery before heading north in May 2005 to continue his cooking education.  

He spent the next five years at Tom Collichio’s Craft in New York City, eventually earning the title of sous chef until he was relocated to open Craftbar in Atlanta as chef de cuisine. Shortly after his arrival to Atlanta, Evans made a mark on the city’s culinary landscape through his signature seafood dishes at The Optimist, bringing national recognition such as Esquire’s Restaurant of the Year and one of Bon Appétit’s Top Ten Best New Restaurants.  

In 2015 Evans opened Brezza Cucina with Chef Jonathan Waxman, and in 2017 he returned home to Alabama to pursue another dream: owning and operating a seafood restaurant with his wife in Birmingham, Alabama. It is expected to open late 2018.

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Michael Fojtasek is the executive chef and owner of Olamaie, Austin American Statesman's 2015 and 2017 ‘Best Restaurant in Austin,' and upcoming neighborhood restaurant Mignette. Fojtasek opened Olamaie in Austin, Texas, in August 2014 as an outlet for his passion for seasonal ingredients and love of Southern cooking and hospitality. Olamaie offers a modern interpretation of the flavors of the South that first inspired Fojtasek’s love for cooking. Since opening, Olamaie and Michael have received numerous accolades, including 2018 James Beard Finalist for “Best Chef Southwest,” 2015 James Beard Awards Semifinalist for “Best New Restaurant,” 2015 Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs,” and second Best New Restaurant in Texas Monthly’s “Where to Eat Now” in 2015. Beyond these culinary accolades, Olamaie has served as a touchstone for the community by supporting numerous charities and causes and working to promote a culture of fairness and equality. Following the success of Olamaie, Fojtasek is excited to open Mignette at St. Elmo Public Market in Austin. Opening in winter 2018, Mignette will be a neighborhood restaurant, bakery, and takeaway counter that will offer an approachable everyday menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant will continue Olamaie’s tradition of community engagement and inclusivity. 

Michael began his culinary career at FINO Restaurant in Austin, where he realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life working in restaurants. Since then, Michael has held positions as a line cook at Kent Rathbun’s Dallas restaurant, Abacus; an extern at Per Se; a daily volunteer in The French Laundry Garden; and line cook at the pasta station at Chef Jonathan Benno’s Lincoln Ristorante. Prior to opening Olamaie, Michael worked at Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Son of a Gun in Los Angeles, where he quickly became a leader in the kitchen. His culinary skills, dedication to the restaurant, and biweekly trips to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market soon earned him a sous chef position. Michael graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Anna Margaret Hollyman, and daughter, Olamaie.