6th ACCE Annual Meeting

August 14-16, 2019


Local Restaurants

Franklin’s Barbecue
Open from 11 AM until the joint sells out, patrons can often expect up to a 2-hour wait just to taste Franklin’s famous brisket and pork ribs. Is the wait worth it? Dubbed by Texas Monthly as, “serving the best barbecue in the known universe,” the Austin  community and the wider barbecue connoisseur community would agree that the wait is 100% worth it. James Beard award winning chef Aaron Franklin lets his meat speak for itself, attracting the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Anthony Bourdain, and many former presidents. What started as a highway food truck in 2009 has quickly become a cult favorite.

Torchy’s Tacos
Founded in a food truck in Austin in 2006, the Torchy’s Tacos brand now has more than 60 locations across Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Torchy’s offers some of the tastiest tacos, queso, and margaritas in the taco game. Torchy’s is committed to offering high quality and innovative tacos. They have a Taco of the Month program which keeps their return customers coming back to try the new additions. Torchy’s Tacos is also a proud community partner which gives back to national organizations like Make-A-Wish as well as local charities surrounding their locations. You can’t come to Austin without having a taco so it might as well be one of the best — a Torchy’s taco!

Another homegrown restaurant that has taken the nation by storm is Chuy’s, which opened on April 16, 1982 in an old, abandoned Texas Barbeque joint on iconic Barton Springs Road in Austin, TX. One of the pioneers of Tex-Mex cuisine, Chuy’s menu is made up of a combination of flavors, with recipes and ingredients from across New Mexico, Mexican border towns, the Rio Grande Valley, deep South Texas, Austin and beyond. One thing Chuy’s founders wanted to make sure they did was bring fresh to Tex-Mex and that fresh theme is present in all of Chuy’s culinary offerings. So while in Austin, visit the Chuy’s that started it all!


Local Attractions

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Take an inside look into Texas history with a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Located in downtown Austin, the museum tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits, including special effects shows in the Texas Spirit Theater and Austin’s premier IMAX Theatre.

The Parish

Dubbed “Sixth Street’s little secret,” The Parish is widely regarded as the best indoor live music venue in Austin, offering the highest quality production for artists and private events alike. Located in the heart of downtown Austin in the historic Sixth Street district and boasting a 450 capacity, Parish provides an intimate atmosphere for fans to experience musical legends  as well as up and coming artists. Many Austin artists like Spoon and Shakey Gravesh 0we their success to the venue which has also hosted music legends such as Pete Townshend, Slash, Perry Farrell, and Thom Yorke. Stop by and catch a show at this unique venue while in Austin!

Blanton Art Museum
Located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is the primary art collection for the city of Austin. With nearly 18,000 works in the collection, the Blanton showcases art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism. The Blanton Museum of Art, founded in 1963, is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and holds the largest public collection in Central Texas. Recognized for its modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, the Blanton offers thought provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving encounters with art.  With a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites at the Blanton.

Zilker Park

Zilker Park is a 351-acre park nestled in the heart of downtown, right off Lady Bird Lake, making it a perfect metropolitan park. The park was founded in 1917 and is home to picnic facilities, bike/canoe rentals, volleyball courts, a disc golf course, a large playground for children, the Zilker Zephyr train and Barton Springs Pool, an urban oasis where swimmers plunge into 68-degree, spring-fed waters.  The park is also the host to great events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and the Austin Kite Festival.  Zilker Park Boat Rental has kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards available for rent. Check out Zilker Botanical Garden’s ponds, waterfalls, streams and gardens to why why this is considered “the jewel in the heart of Austin.”