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Chef Tim Love teaches how to be the master of the grill / By Nicole Carbon

Get fired up for Tim Love’s Grills Gone Wild event at this year’s Austin Food & Wine Festival. That’s grills, not girls, gents, and it’s sure to be just as alluring. Love is the executive chef and owner of the upscale, modern Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, serving up steaks, elk, wild boar and more. He also owns a casual burger joint, The Love Shack, which garnered three stars from The Dallas Morning News and was named the “most perfect burger on the planet” by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Love’s newest venture, The Woodshed Smokehouse, officially opened Feb. 1 after a secret opening on Jan. 31 via a Twitter mention. There, he serves a menu “with something for everyone,” which refers to price point and fare. It has an open-air atmosphere, equipped with a large patio, a stage for live-music performances and is situated on the banks of the Trinity River.

“It’s the coolest thing I have ever done,” Love says, excitedly.

To say Love knows a thing or two about meat and cooking on an open flame is an understatement; Chef Love is the grill master. Join him outdoors at Auditorium Shores on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. as he conducts a hands-on demo. You’ll learn everything from brisket to pork belly about being the master of the grill, and why you should serve your meat with ice-cold white wine. Yes, Love always grills with chilled white wine in hand.

“It’s cold and refreshing,” he says, also summing up the grilling event by adding, “Why wouldn’t you want to know how to grill the perfect steak?”

Spending a sunny day outdoors with great food, wine and good music? I’ll drink, I mean grill, to that!

Austin Food & Wine Festival, April 27-29
Tickets are on sale now for $250 for a weekender pass and $850 for a VIP pass. For more information, visit


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