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Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen Partners with C3 Presents & Musically Fed to Provide Meals to Austin Live Music Professionals Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
AUSTIN, April 13, 2021 -- The Touring Professionals Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit that supports crew members working behind the scenes in the live music industry, is bringing the highly successful Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen to Austin in partnership with C3 Presents, one of the largest concert promoters in the U.S. Over the last several months, the Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen has teamed with nationally-renowned chefs and restaurants in leading music cities across the nation to serve chef-prepared, high-quality, take-home meals to live event industry professionals whose work has come to a complete halt due to the pandemic.
The Touring Professionals Alliance Kitchen will open in Austin to professionals in the live music industry starting April 20th and continue through April 29th, with meals being provided three times weekly by prominent area restaurants.
“With the live music industry being forced to a halt over the past year, we know that times have been hard especially for our crews. We are happy to help bring some relief through this amazing program alongside our friends at Touring Professional Alliance,” said Charlie Walker, Partner, C3 Presents.
“We have so much gratitude to Charlie Walker, Charles Attal and ALL of the C3 Presents team for enabling us to bring a small measure of relief to our brothers and sisters in Austin who’ve been left unemployed and under-employed due to the pandemic,” said Jerome Crooks, co-founder, Touring Professionals Alliance and tour manager for bands such as NIN, Tool and Soundgarden. “While there’s light at the end of the tunnel, we’re not out of the woods just yet, but with everyone doing their part masking up and getting vaccinated, we may see live music touring resume later this year.”
Musically Fed is a non-profit organization that works to mobilize the music industry in the fight against hunger. They work with artists, promoters, management, and venues nationwide to donate unused, backstage meals to community organizations comprised of at least 50% veterans and who focus on feeding the homeless, hungry, and food insecure. Their goal is to make it easy for promoters and performers to leave each city they visit with a lasting, positive impact. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, they have provided over 183,000 meals to those in need working in the live music and entertainment in
Aaron Franklin and Chef Tyson Cole
2115 S Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
DATES: MAY 4
TIME: 2-5 PM
One of the few American sushi masters, James Beard Award-winning Chef and Owner Tyson Cole is a passionate student of the Japanese tradition. Having trained for more than 10 years in Tokyo, New York, and Austin, he continues his path of study and experimentation each day at the restaurants in the Hai Hospitality family. Employing classical cooking techniques with a Pacific Rim perspective, Cole marries global ingredients with traditional Japanese flavors, resulting in inspired
combinations of flavor, texture, color, technique, and style.
Chef Kevin Fink
Fairground Food Hall
111 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
DATES: MAY 5
TIME: 1-4 PM
Chef Kevin Fink is the owner and executive chef of five restaurants in Austin, TX including Emmer & Rye, Hestia, Kalimotxo, Henbit, and TLV. Chef Fink was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef 2016 and Finalist for James Beard award for Best Chef Southwest (2019) and Best Chef Texas (2020). He currently resides in Austin with his wife Alicynn and son Hudson.
We know plans change. If you can no longer make your reservation date, please cancel within 48 hours to all for other crew to receive meals.
900 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
DATES: MAY 6
TIME: 2-4 PM
Aaron Franklin is the owner of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue and widely regarded as one of the most influential pitmasters in the U.S. He received the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2015. In 2017, he partnered with Mike Thelin, co-founder of Feast Portland, and Guerilla Suit principal, and Mohawk owner James Moody to launch Hot Luck Fest, an annual food and music festival. Aaron hosts the PBS online series “BBQ with Franklin,” and co-authored the popular book Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-smoking Manifesto. Aaron's second book, Franklin Steak, showcases his deep love for steak by exploring dry-aging, reverse searing, and other cooking methods. In April 2018, he opened the Asian smokehouse and bar, Loro, with fellow James Beard Foundation Award-winner Chef Tyson Cole. In 2019 Aaron added teaching Texas-Style BBQ online to his list of accomplishments with an in-depth class from MasterClass.