James Beard nominee cooks steaks with Dan Dyer at Cosmic tonight

In a truly modern Austin mash-up of music and food, Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is hosting a series of grill-outs with a visiting chef and soulful singer-songwriter Dan Dyer. Appropriately titled “Steak Out! With Dan Dyer,” the dinner series features the chef and musician working the grill, with dinner service from 6 to 8 p.m. and live music following at 9 p.m. Tonight’s dinner features 2018 James Beard Best Chef: Southwest nominee Steve McHugh of Cured in San Antonio, a Wisconsin native and charcuterie specialist who likely knows his way around a cow.

The name of Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden is a nod to the “cosmic cowboy” of the 1970s that redefined country and put Austin on the map as a live music hotbed. Cosmic’s co-owner previously owned Momo’s, a live music venue that ran for 10 years.

Tickets at the door cost $35 for the meal and the music. The series concludes next week (May 22) with Olamaie chef Michael Fojtasek.

“This kind of creative collaboration with our musician and chef friends is exactly what we had in mind when we  first conceived of Cosmic and the space it could fill in Austin’s food and culture scene,” said Paul Oveisi, Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden co-owner and operator. “We’re really excited to host our first food series with such an exciting group of chefs.”

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