Fall weather in Texas is absolute paradise. We celebrated the lovely weather and the spirit of giving by hosting an alfresco brunch fundraiser at Weather Up, benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank. We asked guests to bring canned food and to brunch for a good cause on the East Side of Austin.

Weather Up is an event venue and craft cocktail bar on the East Side that serves brunch every weekend and tasty snacks with their Happy Hour menu throughout the week. Weather Up’s building is a gorgeous 2-story Victorian house, featuring a charming indoor bar space on the first floor, a balcony space on the second floor (available on its own for event use), and an outdoor bar space, which was used as the DJ booth for this event. The outdoor patio is surrounded by tropical plants and shaded by big, beautiful trees. All of their great spaces are available for private and semi-private events, like Friendsgiving. Check out their PRO listing here.

LouLou Ghelichkhani of Thievery Corporation was the DJ for the event, crafting a soulful soundtrack for the beautiful sunny afternoon. LouLou’s music and positive energy lights up any space she visits! She calls Austin home whenever she’s not touring, and graces an eclectic group of venues with her musical magic as a DJ and singer for local band, Night Glitter.  Here at Event Vines, we fan-girl out for anything and everything LouLou related. She is absolutely fabulous and is always dressed like a 70s queen – wearing flares, jumpsuits, fantastic hats and flower crowns to all of her gigs (and in life). When she isn’t touring with Thievery (listen to our favorite songs with her: Sweet Tides, Decollauge) – LouLou is available to DJ and perform with her band for private events and for restaurants/bars around Austin. See her Event Vines PRO listing here. She brings her eclectic and global influence to every song she plays.

Sydney Wright, our go-to onsite A/V sound provider, managed setup and breakdown for the PA system during Friendsgiving. She always shows up to events early for setup (looking fantastic and professional), getting everything setup with ease and needs very little direction. Another perk – she is also great at day-of-event support and serves as more than just an extra set of hands. She is creative, so you can bounce ideas off of her, and she works well independently or with guests/other staff. Sydney is also an amazing musician, DJ, and person! Check out her PRO listing here.

Tito’s Vodka sponsored the cocktails, and man were they yummy! Weather Up makes their own tasty cocktail syrups in-house, which are used in the their seasonal drink menus and available for use during events. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ oldest legal distillery. They make it in batches, use old-fashioned pot stills, and taste-test every batch.

My Event Is the Bomb sponsored the GIF photobooth, which kept guests entertained and sharing  on social media. We love that sharing is really simple for people to do – using the Ipad, users can text or email their favorite photos to themselves with customized social media hashtags and handles included. My Event is the Bomb also creates a branded watermark that overlays the photos, allowing for a cohesive marketing experience. Check out their Event Vines PRO listing here.

Erika Rich was the event photographer and is responsible for all of the beautiful pictures featured here. She is sweet and easy to work with! She needed very little direction and understood exactly the look we were going for with the photos. Erika fit right in to the crowd and was floating around like a butterfly, snapping pictures as the right moment would arise. Erika is a local photographer and multimedia journalist who is interested in expanding her event portfolio. Check out her PRO Event Vines listing here.

About the cause: supporting the Central Texas Food Bank

What they do:

  1. We share free food and our knowledge on low-cost, healthy eating with families in need. Learn how we stock their shelves, provide healthy meals and educate.
  2. We assist families who qualify for federal assistance programs. Learn how we connect families to life-enhancing resources.
  3. And finally, we make food affordable for charitable and government partners. The quality food and food resources we provide means that they can spend their limited resources to enhance their programs

Find out more about them and how to get involved here.