In this industry I think the people that succeed and do really well are people that are just themselves. You can go out and learn all the techniques and do everything that can be done in the culinary industry but if its not true to you, it is going to come across the plate.
Chef and owner of Épicerie in Austin, Texas, Sarah McIntosh, has always been passionate about her home state of Louisiana. Whether blues, soul music, LSU football, or the rich food culture of this Cajun state, she loves it all. Raised in a food-oriented family, celebrations were often met with great food and wine. It’s where Sarah’s culinary creativity was born. Inspired by her experiences, she decided to take her passion to the next level and attend culinary school.
At Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Austin, Texas, she honed her skills and graduated first in her class. During her ten-year tenure in kitchens, Sarah worked at Thomas Keller’s renowned Bouchon and Ad Hoc in Yountville, California, and served as the sous chef at Austin’s beloved Olivia restaurant, as well as a few other small restaurants.
Eventually, she gifted Austin with her own vision of an uncomplicated café and grocery in one: Épicerie. Roughly translated to “grocer’s shop” in French, an épicerie is a popular site in various parts of Europe and Louisiana. And, now it’s a popular neighborhood spot for those living in the Rosedale area.
Sarah brings the simplicity of her beloved French-Louisiana fare together with seasonal offerings that keep her patrons pleasantly surprised. From her mouth-watering boudin to her house-made pasta, it’s practically impossible to tire of Sarah’s ever-evolving and consistently satisfying menu.
Between running a successful restaurant and raising family, McIntosh still finds time to partake in hobbies, which include gardening and throwing parties — some that include crawfish boils.