Chef Rick Lopez
Chef Lopez’s Dinner Auction
Chef Rick Lopez
Family Style Dinner at Private Residence by Chef Rick Lopez for 10
Chef has not provided a sample menu as he would like to customize the meal around the winners likes and dislikes.
Endless possibilities available for each course.
Restrictions: Residence must be located within Austin area.
Mutually Agreed Upon Date
Meet Chef Rick Lopez,
Executive Chef of La Condesa!
A native Texan, Rick Lopez began his culinary journey in Maine when he accepted a seasonal internship at Oakland House Inn in the heart of the Blue Hill Peninsula. He soon found his way back home in San Antonio working for chef Scott Cohen in La Mansion’s fine dining restaurant Las Canarias. He concurrently attended ACF-accredited Austin Community College and received his associate’s degree of applied sciences in culinary arts. After a strong desire to return back to the East Coast and fulfill a dream of working in New York City, Rick began a stage at Café Boulud, which led to a full-time position, working directly under future James Beard Rising Star Chef Gavin Kaysen. It was there that he learned how to become a disciplined cook and began the process of becoming a chef and a mentor to other young cooks. After Café Boulud, Rick went on to work under Terrance Brennan at Picholine and Ed Brown at 81 on the Upper West Side. Returning to Texas in 2009, Rick accepted the position of sous chef with fellow Café Boulud alum Shawn Cirkiel. Shortly after, Rick was given the opportunity to become sous chef alongside executive chef Rene Ortiz at James Beard Award-nominated La Condesa. After his first year, he was promoted to chef de cuisine and in August of 2013 named executive chef at La Condesa.
JAMES BEARD-NOMINATED MODERN MEXICAN RESTAURANT LOCATED IN AUSTIN’S VIBRANT 2ND STREET DISTRICT.
Helmed by Executive Chef Rick Lopez, La Condesa’s menu features interior Mexican dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, plus a renowned bar program with one of the largest collections of 100% blue agave tequila and mezcal in the city.
La Condesa is a proud partner of The Farm Project, an organization that empowers initiatives that reconnect people with food. Executive Chef Rick Lopez recently met with the Farm Project co-founder Zooey Deschanel to discuss the importance of supporting local farmers.