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Travaasa Austin’s BBQ Bash Features Snow’s BBQ, The Granary, Pecan Lodge, Killen’s BBQ, The Salt Lick and More

Travaasa Austin is proud to announce the Travaasa Austin BBQ Bash, happening on Saturday, June 15 from 5-9 pm. The event marks the official launch of the highly anticipated Farm at Travaasa Austin, a 10-acre farm, with 3.5 acres developed for row crops, located across from the property on the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

Tickets are on sale now for this event featuring some of the best BBQ purveyors from around Texas – including three restaurants included in Texas Monthly’s recent list of the state’s top 50 barbecue places – and tastings from the State’s favorite breweries along with live entertainment from Marshall Ford Swing Band. The event benefits Foodways Texas, an organization founded to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.

Hosted by Travaasa’s Executive Chef Ben Baker at the Farm at Travaasa Austin, the event will feature delicious Texas BBQ, beer tastings and cocktails from:

The Granary (San Antonio)
Snow’s BBQ (Lexington)
Pecan Lodge (Dallas)
• Killen’s BBQ (Houston)
The Salt Lick (Austin)
Hops & Grain (Austin)
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company (Ft. Worth)
Saint Arnolds Brewing Company (Houston)
Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red Vodka (Austin)

“Guests will enjoy an unforgettable night at Farm at Travaasa Austin,” says Baker. “We have pulled together an amazing list of vendors for this event, including Pecan Lodge and Snow’s BBQ, both of which were ranked as one of the top 4 best barbecue places in the state in Texas Monthly’s famous Top 50 Texas BBQ list.”

This event marks the official launch of the Farm at Travaasa Austin, an exciting project that has allowed Travaasa to take the “farm-to-table” concept to heart by cultivating a 10-acre farm, with 3.5 acres developed for row crops. Located across from the property on the edge of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the farm features more than 80 varieties of vegetable crops, perennial fruit orchards, native pecans, edible flowers, and culinary and medical herbs, all of which are used extensively in the resorts food and beverage offerings as well as in treatments at the award winning spa. Additionally, the farm includes a 360-square foot greenhouse, a 2,300-square foot activity garden for hands-on growing classes, and a 680-square foot chicken coop with more than 100 laying hens of five different breeds and two roosters, as well as the property’s new equine center which is home to seven horses and the resort’s Equine Encounter program.

Individual tickets and room packages are available now with proceeds supporting Foodways Texas.
Tickets cost $100 and can be booked by visiting: http://travaasabbqbash.com.

For more information on Travaasa Austin, visit www.travaasa.com/austin or call 855.TO.TRAVAASA (855.868.7282).

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Travaasa® Austin Appoints Adam Cormany As Director Of Food & Beverage

AUSTIN, TX (January 23, 2013) – Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, a growing collection of destination resorts and spas, proudly announces the appointment of Adam Cormany as Director of Food & Beverage at Travaasa® Austin. Specializing in locally infused, experiential travel, the brand’s portfolio currently includes two properties: Travaasa® Austin, opened in May 2011, and Travaasa® Hana, Maui, opened June 2011.

As Director of Food & Beverage, Cormany will oversee Travaasa® Austin’s well-rounded culinary program, which takes a farm-to-table approach to dining, using quality, seasonal ingredients with a focus on supporting regional growers. He will also oversee Travaasa® Austin’s beverage program, featuring organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines made by boutique producers, wines from some of Texas’ finest wine producers, beers from some of Texas’ great craft brewers, and imported organic brews.

“We are thrilled to welcome Adam to our team,” says Chris Manning, President of Travaasa® Experiential Resorts. “Given his extensive experience in the food & beverage and hospitality industry, we are confident Adam will ensure that guests have memorable culinary experiences and depart Travaasa® Austin nourished and renewed.”

Cormany brings 12 years of food & beverage and hospitality experience to his new role at Travaasa® Austin. Prior to his experience at Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, Cormany served as Food & Beverage Outlets Manager for Lakeway Resort and Spa, located in Austin, Texas, where he oversaw the operation of five dining outlets. Cormany also served as Outlets Manager for DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin, where he oversaw all food & beverage directorial duties involving outlet operations. Cormany attended the University of Alaska and resides in Austin, Texas.

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Travaasa® Austin Announces Kristine Huffman As General Manager

Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, a growing collection of destination resorts and spas, proudly announces the appointment of Kristine Huffman as General Manager of Travaasa® Austin. In addition to her new role, Huffman also serves as the Brand Experience Director for Travaasa® Experiential Resorts. Specializing in locally infused, experiential travel, the brand’s portfolio currently includes two properties: Travaasa® Austin, opened in May 2011, and Travaasa® Hana, Maui, opened June 2011.

As General Manager of Travaasa® Austin, Huffman will play a key role in managing guest services for rapidly expanding Travaasa® Experiential Resorts as well as oversee all Austin property operations. As Travaasa® Brand Experience Director, Huffman supervises the development and implementation of each property’s diverse activity offerings, which echo the brand’s five pillars: adventure, culinary, culture, fitness and wellness. In her combined role of Travaasa® brand and property management, Huffman will ensure guests have an extraordinary stay at Travaasa® Austin and continue delivering unique programming that leaves guests feeling both inspired and refreshed.

“Appointing Kristine as the Austin General Manager was a natural fit for the property,” said Chris Manning, Founder and CEO of Travaasa® Experiential Resorts. “Her passion for the brand and culture of the Austin lifestyle have been an integral part of the property’s success in the last year and we’re excited to see what the future holds,” he continued.

Prior to her role with Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, Huffman founded The Peak Performance Practice, providing consulting to hospitality and health care organizations such as Miraval Resorts and Maine General Health Systems. She also served as Executive Director of Health and Healing at Canyon Ranch Resort where she assisted with the development of the wellness program at Canyon Ranch: Lenox. Her extensive expertise in hospitality consulting ranges from wellness-based spa developments to sales training and operational growth of facilities.

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