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A Message From Executive Chef Brad Kelly

Dear Guests,

Welcome, and thank you, for considering the Austin Convention Center to host your upcoming event. My name is Brad Kelly and I have been the Executive Chef at the Austin Convention Center Department since the Convention Center expansion in 2002.

I began my culinary career in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 12, at an authentic Southwestern Mexican restaurant owned by a friend's parents. From that moment on, I have worked full time in a kitchen. I completed the American Culinary Federation apprenticeship program in 1987 and then moved to the great state of Texas. My professional experience includes a background in hotels, restaurants, convention centers and catering groups. Recently, I completed my next level of certification at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park New York, Achieving ProChef level II status and Certified Chef de Cuisine as recognized by the C.I.A. and the American Culinary Federation. Currently I am preparing for the next level of certification.

I have developed this menu specifically for the Austin Convention Center and Palmer Events Center to reflect my commitment to fresh, local and made-in-house cuisine. My New Mexico and Texas influence, along with bold indigenous flavors, are what drives my passion for "New Texican" cuisine and are evident in the creation of my customized menus and themed events.

Whether you are joining us for a five-course butler service gala or a quaint coffee service, I am confident you and your guests will be pleased. Our goal is to provide you with a memorable dining experience and outstanding service while introducing you to Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World.

Buen Provecho,

Brad Kelly


Executive Chef