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La Dolce Vita celebrates 25th anniversary

Addie Broyles

La Dolce Vita celebrated the 25th year of its annual fundraiser in a way that feels familiar to longtime supporters: an elegant sip-and-stroll evening featuring some of the best restaurants in Central Texas on the grounds of Laguna Gloria.

The event has raised millions for arts education programming at local museums that are now under the The Contemporary Austin umbrella, but it’s also a way for foodies to get a taste of what dozens of local restaurants, wineries and even catering companies and bakeries have to offer.

Every year, we get a sneak peek at soon-to-open restaurants, which this year included Fixe, which will open on Fifth Street downtown in the next month or two and served this salad of puffed grain (above), and Vox Table, one of the restaurants to open in the new Gibson Flats multi-use complex under construction next to the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar.

(Vox Table actually won best dish of the night from attendees, who voted on their favorite food and wines. They served these little cucumber crudo skewers, below.)

Ranch 616’s Kevin Williamson has helped organize the event for many years, and his team always serves a refreshingly down-home dish: Frito Pie in a bag.

Megg’s Cafe in Temple

Desserts from Trace

Duchman served this aglianico, made with a varietal of grapes that hadn’t been grown in Texas until they contracted to buy three years’ worth of grapes from a grower in the High Plains. That vineyard now has the largest planting of aglianico outside Italy.

Wagyu beef cones from Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen

Beef tongue tacos from Salty Sow

Crab cake from Eddie V’s

Barlata owners Vanessa Jerez and Daniel Olivella serve paella negra.

Cheesy ramen from Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Satay owner Foo Swasdee

One of the dishes from Kome

Tipsy Texan Joe Eifler serves cocktails in the VIP area.