Fall is off to a very busy start for the Cultivate office but the long days and nights sure are worth it when we have awesome national press to show for it. A shout out to our amazing clients, doing great things and giving us the perfect fodder for pitching media outlets in every category (hello Vogue)! Take a peek at this week’s press hits…
Latina Magazine: Latina’s guide to Austin: Where to Eat, Drink, and Play includes El Naranjo, Uchiko, W Austin and Fixe.
Labor Day Weekend is all about relaxation and fun, whether you’re sleeping in late, lounging by the pool or hanging at the lake, you deserve this time off. Take a break from the daily grind with these restaurant specials and activities:
MAX’s Wine Dive Austin is offering a Labor Day To-Go Picnic for Two. Menu items include 2 duck deviled eggs, 5 pieces of their famous...more
We are so proud of our client, laV Restaurant & Wine Bar. After a whirlwind trip to New York City in early May to cook at Food & Wine’s Chefs Club, the national recognition and praise has been non-stop.
Wine Enthusiast profiled laV in its August issue, naming the restaurant one of its 100 Best Wine Restaurants in the US.
On the heels of that, laV has also taken home an award from Wine Spectator. In the latest issue, mailed to subscribers this week and on stands...more
Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 10 but there’s still plenty of time to plan the perfect day. Here are our suggestions:
For the Mom Who Needs Some Pampering:
This year, give mom what she deserves most – a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. Mecca, located on the Third Floor at 6th & Lamar, is a locally-owned refuge located in the heart of downtown Austin. The home away from home provides a stress-free escape from the noise of daily life with a luxury day spa and lifestyle gym. Mecca is offering...
It’s no secret that Austin is a fitness-focused town (we consistently make the list of healthiest cities in the US) and one of the main reasons for that is the wide assortment of workouts available here. If you’re looking to spice up your fitness routine, here are some of our favorite places to break a sweat:
For a full body workout that will guarantee some impressive results, visit Dancer’s Shape on Burnet Road. This weekend the studio will be offering two free preview classes to first-time clients as well as some sweet (and healthy!) treats,...more
Easter Sunday is right around the corner and here are our picks for brunch:
From Brulee’d French Toast to Brisket Hash to S’mores Waffles, St. Philip will offer Sunday brunch from 10am to 3pm. Don’t forget to exit through the Bakeshop and grab a couple of Head Pastry Chef Kerstin Bellah’s Hot Cross Buns, available for the special occasion. Hosting at home? Pick up Hot Cross Buns to-go onSaturday. For reservations, please call 512-358-7445.
Enjoy the great spring weather on...more
At Cultivate, we’re always looking for ways to create the best Instagram posts for our clients. Utilizing social media like Instagram can make all the difference for business, but it’s important to break through with consistently great photos since it can get a little cluttered.
We all know people or companies excel on Instagram with bright, compelling photos that, on average, get a hundred more likes than your most popular post. They know the secrets to achieving the perfect pics, but good news: it’s a whole lot easier than you may think.
Here are some of our tips on how to...more
Recently named “Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2015” by GQ, St. Philip brings together thoughtfully sourced ingredients in imaginative ways. Inspired by the aroma of baking bread, the bubbling of melted cheese on hand tossed pizza crust and the promise of fresh-from-the-oven pastries and sweets, the team that brought you the acclaimed Uchi and its sister restaurants will feature seasonal dishes, hearty meatballs and delicious sandwiches along with a beverage selection of craft beers and drinks. The bakeshop opens at 7 am, serving coffee and a rotating...more
Austinites are gearing up for what will hopefully be the last “cold front” of the season. While we have it better off than most during the winter months, it’s still hard to be stuck indoors. Thankfully, there’s still plenty to do in town when temperatures drop (near) or below freezing. Here are our picks:
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Located inside of the W Hotel in the heart of downtown Austin, TRACE blends Austin’s fun environment with unique and delicious dishes. Seating options include an outside patio, dining room, as well as a private dining room perfect for parties. You can head to TRACE for any meal of the day, including brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm.
What We Love:
The expansive patio offers plenty of seating with mobile heaters for cooler weather to keep you comfortable. You can...more
Departure Lounge is a unique place where you can sip on coffee and wine or nibble on different types of artisan chocolate and cheese —all while planning a getaway to just about anywhere in the world. The space, which is part wine bar, part café and part travel agency opened in the fall of 2013 and has become a hit among Austinites, who flock there even if they aren’t planning a trip.
What We Love:
Two words: Wine Flights. There truly isn’t another concept like Departure...more
While many of us welcome the thought of the cooler days of autumn, the end of summer is always somewhat bittersweet. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help you celebrate these last few weeks of summer, from delicious dining options to adventuring, to ensure you make the most of all that this great season has to offer.
1. Hit up the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market to check out a taste of what St. Philip will bring as a bakeshop to South Austin. Think chocolate cornflake pop tarts, salted pecan cookies and Everything...more
When Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff first professed in 1991: “Summer, summer, summertime; Time to sit back and unwind,” they had the right idea. Summers in Texas can be rough, but with an abundance of innovative cocktails, local craft beer and amazing wine options throughout the city, it’s easy to forget just how much you’re actually sweating. From canned beer to sake cocktails, we rounded up some of our current favorite summertime drinks to help alleviate the pain of those 100+ degree days.more
Looking to escape the Texas heat? The W Austin has you covered. This summer, for the first time ever, the W Austin has opened its WET Deck pool to non-hotel guests with day passes and pool parties.
WET Deck Access:
As a non-hotel guest, folks can purchase a day-pass to have access to W Austin’s WET Deck pool and amenities for $30 (Sunday through Thursday only) which includes complimentary valet parking. Come unwind while sipping on signature cocktails and small bites from the WET Bar.
Father’s Day is right around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to plan the perfect day. Whether your dad has a taste for aged Bourbon and Prime Rib or enjoys a quiet patio with an ice cold beer, we’ve got a round up that’s sure to please. Here’s where to eat, drink, shop and stay on dad’s day:
Eat & Drink
· W Austin has been holding on to its stash of Pappy Van Winkle for a special occasion and they decided that Father’s Day is just the day. The Living Room Bar will release its hold of whiskeys form the Old Rip...more
laV was founded in 2014 by Ralph and Lisa Eads, fulfilling their dream of sharing their love of food, wine and hospitality with others. The Ead’s family love affair with cooking and wine making dates back many generations and is clearly shown through their dedication to providing rustic, yet refined cuisine using the best seasonal ingredients available.
What We Love:
On top of offering a top-notch rotating menu featuring the freshest ingredients, the atmosphere at laV is unparalleled. The...more
Not leaving town for Memorial Day Weekend? You can still celebrate in Austin. From parties and entertainment to food and drink deals, as well as spa discounts and shopping, here are 10 great “to-dos” for the perfect long-weekend stay-cation:
Parties & Entertainment
1. Relive your prom experience and kick off Memorial Day Weekend at Sullivan’s Adult Prom. Beginning at 8pm, enjoy $7 wine and signature cocktail specials – like the Cotton Candy Martini, candy bar, giveaways and a DJ spinning prom hits through the decades. No...more
What is Searsucker?
Searsucker is the New American Classic cuisine brainchild of Brian Malarkey. As a Top Chef finalist and mentor on ABC’s cooking competition show, “The Taste,” Malarkey is known for his cutting edge style and food. Pushing through the saturated clutter of the culinary world, Malarkey is licking the sweet taste of success with 7 restaurants under his belt. Despite it being open shy of one year, Searsucker is now one of the hottest places to wine and dine in Austin.
Why We Love it
With menu categories such...more
Now that the weather in Texas seems to be heating up we’re excited to spend our weekends lounging at the best outdoor spots in Austin, grabbing a leisurely lunch or having a cocktail to wind down from an unreasonably long winter. Here are some of our favorite places to soak up the beautiful spring weather:
Need a cure for your work week blues? TRACE’s expansive patio is the perfect place to grab a glass of wine or a cocktail. Get there between 5 and 7pm to try the new Happy Hour menu which also includes $25 cocktail pitchers! Bonus: some of...more
South By Southwest is here again. Are you ready? If you need some ideas on where to go, eat, shop or more, don’t listen to us – check out what the experts have to say…
No badge? No worries. The Statesman suggests four days of free live music with KGSR at the W Austin.
USA Today released multiple great Austin articles today, with recommendations on where to shop (...more
Opened in 2003, Uchi is a Japanese sushi restaurant on South Lamar in Austin. Owner and award-winning chef Tyson Cole incorporates both hot and cool tastings on his menu, including everything from sushi and sashimi to an omakase that changes based on seasonal items. Uchiko opened in 2010 with a larger space on North Lamar with a focus on more tasting bites and a smaller sushi bar.
What We Love
One of our favorite ways to spend happy hour in Austin is at both restaurants' Sake Social Hour, held every day from 5:00-6:30. Although it can get very busy, there is no...more
December is truly the month to eat, drink and be merry and with an event almost every day of the month, Austin is chalk full of things to keep you busy. Here are a few holiday happenings we are looking forward to in the coming weeks:
Tuesday, December 10
There’s nothing more important on a fall Saturday in Austin than a University of Texas home game. For six weekends every season, you’ll find every hotel booked, the highway packed with traffic, and a long wait at all of your favorite restaurants because the fans come from all over the United States to see their Longhorns (hopefully) reach victory. If you happen to be in Austin this Saturday and couldn’t score tickets to the game, we’ve got a few tips that will ensure you still have a great time.
First and foremost, no game day would be complete without your best burnt orange look....more
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Saturday-Sunday, August 24-26
Don’t be misled by the name, this is definitely not just any garage sale. The wait is over; Le Garage Sale, which only comes twice a year, is just around the corner. It’s no news to Austinites that we love local. We shop local and we buy local. The sale was created specifically to bring local, independent businesses that have a retail location in town and are not a part of a national or international chain or brand together in one place. Internet businesses that have a presence in the Austin...more
It goes without saying that Cinco de Mayo is one of Austin’s most beloved celebration weekends and this year is no exception. There’s never a shortage of things to do in this town, but on weekends such as this one, our city really steps up to the plate. Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.more
Sci-fi fans have Comic-Con, film lovers have Sundance, and we foodies have the Austin Food & Wine Festival. Back for the 2nd year, this weekend’s AF&WF features an impressive lineup packed full of celebrity chefs, personalities and local favorites. Between a massive quantity of killer food & wine, cooking demos, run-ins with culinary superstars, and late night events, you may need a weekend from your weekend. Full disclosure, we love working with some of the best culinary talent here in town on a daily basis and we couldn’t be more excited to see so many of them participating...more
It’s hard to believe SXSW has come and gone, yet again. Each year, the festival gets bigger and better and we at Cultivate love every bit of it. What began in 1987 with 700 registrants has grown to nearly 12,000 and the film and interactive portion of the festival have continued to grow and flourish, making SXSW one of the premiere events of the year to launch new products, new startups, premiere films, and well, be discovered. Now that I’m a SXSW three-year veteran, I’ve finally learned that the best plan of action for the 10 day festival is little to no plan at all. This year, SXSW lured...more
It’s true. I live in the burnt orange city but I want everyone to know that no matter where I take up residence, I will always bleed purple. Not sure what that means? Let me put it in context for you. This Sunday the country will gather round the television to watch Super Bowl XLVII. Some will tune in for the epic brother vs brother coaching showdown, others for the commercials and to be honest, many just for Beyoncé. (That woman, I mean it’s just not fair.) But me? Oh I’ll be that crazy girl in the corner screaming “Go Ray-Ray!” (as in little Ray Rice, who is so skilled at breaking...more
Mom always said, “don’t drink on an empty stomach”, well, at least I think she did. Regardless, on the eve of one of the biggest drinking-fueled holidays, chowing down beforehand to soak up the booze is essential. All dressed up and nowhere to go? Here are a few suggestions for some local NYE festivities that are sure to leave a few foggy memories for the next morning.more
I guess it is fair to say that I’ve always been pretty emotionally tied to traditions. So much so that I have, at times, acted a little foolishly about sticking to them no matter the circumstances. A good example is when I studied abroad in The Netherlands during the fall of 2002 and much to my dismay realized that my college’s international program didn’t do anything special for Thanksgiving. I cried. My mom ended up sending enough boxes of Stove Top Stuffing to feed 60 college sophomores. I guess I won that battle.
But just as most adults will tell you, as you grow up, the holidays...more
Growing up my friends were always jealous that I was able to celebrate a bi-cultural holiday season with both Chanukah and Christmas. As a kid, of course I thought getting gifts for both holidays was like hitting the jackpot, but only as an adult do I really appreciate the traditions that come with both holidays and uniqueness of each side of my family.more
By the way things are looking, we probably won’t be having a white Christmas this year, but the holiday spirit is still in high gear. Though it does feel a little odd to be putting up decorations and wrapping presents in 75 degree weather (especially for Lindsey who was living and freezing in NYC this time last year). In any case, throughout the next few weeks, we’ll be counting down a few of our favorite things (ahem, hubbys and boyfriends pay attention) and sharing some of our favorite family traditions, so stay tuned for more holiday fun!more
Now I’m no chef by any means, and that’s being generous. Honestly, my boyfriend is the chef in the house. He went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu here in Austin and has worked at some of the best restaurants in NYC. Since we moved to Austin in February, I’ve made it my mission to learn how to cook on my own and I’ve been slowly improving (I hope he thinks so too!). Secretly though, I give credit to Pinterest for providing 99% of my dinner ideas.more
What makes a great chef? Training and technique of course, a generous personality… I only have one of those things. (Arguably).
I’d like to start by saying I do not bake. But! You must have the courage of your convictions! And so bake I did, and the Julia’s Blueberry Muffins recipe from Baking with Julia was my first victim. It was not without its challenges.
Firstly, I don’t have any muffin pans. Why I assumed I would is unclear, but I did in fact only have a loaf pan in my little kitchen. Also, I chose...more