Simon Madera moved from Mexico to South Texas as a kid, then to Austin at 18 to attend college. His mother was a chef and restaurant owner, so he knew the bar and restaurant business would be a natural fit. In 2014, Taco Flats, a neighborhood taco joint was born. Recently, in east Austin, Simon opened his newest cantina, La Holly, an agave-based cocktail bar that houses his 1967 Taco Flats airstream.

Chef Eric Nelson Brown has been in the industry for over twenty years, running and opening restaurants around the country. In 2012, Eric and his wife moved to Austin, Texas, and started Eric Nelson Brown Catering, a chef-inspired made from scratch, business. After working with Eat + Drink, Los Angeles for a few years, they decided it would be an exciting adventure to team up.  Eat + Drink Austin was then created. 

John Bullington is an industry vet with several years of experience working for the high-volume outfit the Alamo Drafthouse as their executive chef. He is joining thecoffeehouse Austin Java team to develop their menu and work towards making "their kitchens top notch." With several locations, taking over menu and kitchen management for Austin Java could be a mammoth task for some, but not for this amazing chef.

Leanne Valenti is the owner of Bento Picnic. A local Austin food business founded in 2015. Leanne and her team create fresh, Japanese-inspired meals for Austenite's to enjoy. They put a lot of thought into the fresh ingredients they choose for their dishes, and also take great care to waste as little food as possible in the process. Through creative and diligent management of their inventory, Bento Picnic manages to divert most of their food waste from the landfill. 

Caroline, a Junior at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a multi-talented designer whose focus is on textiles. Her life-size creations are nothing short of amazing.

Owner of Spaces Designed, Komal is an Austin based, award winning interior designer and real estate agent. In her design work, a distinct creative approach, sophisticated aesthetic sensibility and attention to detail are always discernible.

Debbie Burns and Pam Kurr have a combined 30 years of experience in private parties, weddings, graduations, Halloween and Christmas decorations, and floral design. Their team includes a professional photographer, printer and personal chef. Their concept is simple - listen to the customer and provide a unique detail to each job to achieve a creative and memorable event.

Meghan is a junior at UT Austin where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Art History. She was an award-winning designer in her four years at McCallum Fine Arts Academy.

Joy an 8th generation Texan received her Interior Design degree from Texas State University. Joy Kling Interior Design is an award winning design firm specializing in turn-key luxury design, sensitive to clients who have special needs.

Principal and Lead Designer of Austin based interior design firm "Studio R." Cody received his BA in Interior Design at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Cody is currently the Magazine Chair for ASID Texas and will take his new position as the ASID Texas Chapter Austin Design Community Chair in October.


Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Location: Star Hill Ranch - 15000 Hamilton Pool Rd, Bee Cave, TX

$125 ticket price includes:


To create a one-of-a-kind Halloween bash that highlights the best of Austin designers, chefs, artists,
and venue that benefits 4 Austin non-profits whose good works benefit the entire area and beyond.



Lurleen's love of Halloween began as a child with annual Halloween parties thrown in her family's garage, complete with costumes, crepe paper, and bobbing for apples. She continued this tradition with her own children. Over time, the family party became a fundraiser for The Shade Project, a non-profit founded by Lurleen and her husband, Dr. Dan Ladd. Halloween by Design draws on those many past successful events but has expanded to include amazing art and design. Broadening the focus also means bringing more non-profits into the mix to raise much needed funds for local organizations.
Lurleen Ladd 1972


Star Hill is a re-creation of a Texas Hill Country community typical of the early 1900s. All of the buildings have been relocated from around the state and carefully restored. Star Hill began as a childhood dream of owner/creator Adam Woolley, and was inspired by visits to the early German immigrant settlement of Industry, Texas located near Brenham. It is the culmination of years of planning, renovating, and learning, and continues to be a repository for the preservation of historic structures. In essence, it offers an opportunity to honor our heritage while creating a variety of wonderful new experiences and memories.


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Komal Sheth
Spaces Desgined
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Under Adam's
Star Hill Ranch
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Diane Morgan
Shade Project


Austin Pets Alive! is not your average animal shelter.
We maintain comprehensive innovative programs designed to save the animals most at risk for euthanasia.


Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, the Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with the Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.

Mary-Dalaina Trotter
Under the Sun Austin

Chef Eric Nelson Brown
Eat+Drink Austin
Eat + Drink Austin is a full-service Chef-inspired, lifestyles catering company. We work with a number of venues in the Austin area and beyond. Whether you have a private party, corporate event, fundraiser or wedding, we are always committed to a high standard of culinary tradition and professional service. Chef/owner, Eric Nelson Brown has been in the industry for over twenty years, running and opening restaurants around the country.



The Shade Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer and skin cancer related deaths through sun safety education, promotion of skin cancer screenings and the implementation of SHADE in public spaces.

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Lamar Middle School

Gullett Elementary School


Access to affordable health care for Austin's low-income working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. Many Austin musicians are self-employed and have no access to health insurance or basic health care. They often work multiple jobs and struggle to pay for food, clothing, and shelter, with nothing left for health.


Austin Parks Foundation partners with our community to enhance people's lives by making our public parks, trails and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy and financial support.