It's not uncommon for Austin chef Jack Gilmore to participate in three or four charity events a week, especially this time of year.

 

The chef/owner of Jack Allen's Kitchen has been in Austin for 40 years, most notably cooking at Z'Tejas and then at Jack Allen's Kitchen, which has three locations in the Austin area. Although the restaurant scene has changed significantly, one thing that has remained the same is the role that Austin's chefs play in raising money for local nonprofits. Every year, dozens of charities host tasting events that local restaurants donate their time, staff and food to participate in. These galas, auctions and sip-and-stoll events have brought in millions for local charities, and in this week's Thanksgiving-themed episode of "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast," Gilmore joined hosts Addie Broyles and Alyssa Vidales to talk about why participating in them is one of the most meaningful parts of his job.

In addition to sharing tips for adding a Texas spin to your own Thanksgiving dinner, Gilmore talked about why he started hosting free dinners for farmers and veterans and how his house turns into a home for anyone on his staff who doesn't have a place to go on the holiday.

In our recommendations segment, “I Love This So Much,” Joe Gross joins us to talk about his love of “Homecoming,” a new show on Amazon Prime that was inspired by a podcast. Addie talked about Paula Deen's corn casserole, one of the few must-have dishes on her Thanksgiving table, and Alyssa shared her love of Black Friday shopping, including how she beats the crowds and stays fueled with Starbucks' special Thanksgiving blend.

You can listen to previous episodes or find more information about the show, which is sponsored by Hilton Austin, at austin360.com/loveaustin360. To share feedback or guest recommendations, send an email to loveaustin360@statesman.com. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @loveaustin360.