FORT WORTH—Two women take their bbq very seriously, and now they're taking you along for the ride.
Julie Naylor and Cynthia Wahl started the Texas Toast Culinary Tour to show Texans why they like food so much. This weekend they're heading to Austin to check out a few lesser known bbq joints. Julie says, "We brought some brisket, some sausage and some chicken from the southside market in Elgin, which is just outside of Austin. And then we also brought some beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken and sausage from Louie Miller which is in Taylor Texas."
While we enjoyed the bbq, a few racoons smelled the delicious food. At our shoot in Trinity Park in Fort Worth some friendly racoons tried to get a bite!
On the tour, the ladies will take foodies to several different bbq restaurants from Elgin to Lexington, and make a stop in Shiner, Texas to see the Shiner Bock brewery. The entire weekend costs $150 per person, that includes transportation, food, beer and gratuity. If you want to only go for one day it costs less, $85 for Friday and slightly more for Saturday. Here's more information on the Toast:
Texas Toast Culinary Tours hits the highway again for another of its BBQ Road Trips. Repeating the success of its initial foraging weekend getaways, the tour company, led by award-winning food/travel writer June Naylor and her Texas Toast partner Cynthia Wahl, will head back down the smokehouse trail near Austin, August 6-7. The Texas Toast BBQ Bus Tour will take you through the hallowed halls of great barbecue in the small towns dotting the countryside just east of Austin, where you'll get your fill of smoked 'cue, cold beer, iced tea and fun. At high noon on Friday, August 6, the gang will depart Austin for the found Southside Market in Elgin. That will tide you over for the trip to Shiner, Texas, home of the Spoetzl Brewery, from whence good brews flow. Afterward, the bus will head on to Gonzales for more good nibbles before heading back to Austin, where you can enjoy the city's legendary live music. You better wake up hungry on Saturday, April 24, because the BBQ Tour makes its way to famous 'cue joints in Lexington, Taylor and Lockhart, with some opportunities to stretch your legs and see some cool Texas landmarks and drink a cold beer or two in between. Before the afternoon ends, we'll stop for a piece of pie, the favorite of all Texas sweets. We'll return to Austin in time to rest up for an evening out. We can recommend a number of distractions for those in search of music and dancing. Trip cost: $150 per person, which includes transportation, food and beer on Friday and Saturday; gratuities; and tour guides. If you want to sign up for Friday only, it's $75. Saturday only, $90. (Not included are transportation to Austin, lodging and extra alcohol. For lodging, Texas Toast Culinary Tours will gladly make recommendations to suit a variety of budget needs.) Book the BBQ tour at www.texastoastculinarytours.com. Email questions to email@example.com or call June Naylor, 817 239-1634, or Cynthia Wahl, 817 228-5220. Follow Texas Toast on facebook and twitter, too. Don't forget - it's yummy, y'all! About Texas Toast: A Fort Worth-based culinary tour outfit with deep roots in the Lone Star food and wine world shows cuisine-savvy people in Texas how to find more to love about the food and wine originating here. Founded in 2009 by well-known dining critic, cookbook author and food/travel journalist June Naylor, Texas Toast shows food lovers where the taste thrills await and who makes food and wine around here downright artful. Texas Toast partner Cynthia Wahl, a longtime colleague of June's from the Star-Telegram and a graphic designer, helps craft these culinary adventures. Together the pair is plotting paths that the demanding palate will devour with pleasure. Among the popular events offered by Texas Toast is a series of tasting tours. Each is called a Feeding Frenzy, created for locals and visitors who want a behind-the-scenes look at the most popular restaurants, wine outfits, food producers and brewers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The typical Feeding Frenzy outing happens once to twice a month, giving guests a chance a chance to eat one small course, with a special wine or cocktail pairing, usually at three different places. Participating restaurants are linked by neighborhood or cuisine, and guests get face-time with chefs, who talk about what inspires them and how their creations come to life. The company also offers Texas Toast Road Trips, with two- to five-day tasting itineraries in the Texas Hill Country, San Antonio and the Big Bend Country in West Texas. In early 2011, Texas Tours will announce plans for tasting trips to New Orleans, Santa Fe and New York.