Mike Smith has been a restaurant operations expert in the Austin area for over 20 years. He has had the opportunity to lead several iconic Austin restaurants including Gumbo’s, Shoreline Grill, and Jeffrey’s. Mike’s passion has been perfecting the dining experience across a wide range of culinary styles, but the timeless elegance of Italian cuisine has always captured his imagination. As owner of Andiamo Ristorante, he brings reverence and pursuit of the ideal dining experience into the intimate setting of an Austin institution. He is looking forward to protecting the quiet elegance and unparalleled cuisine that makes Andiamo what it is, while digging deeper into the Austin community and giving Andiamo the opportunity to capture the hearts (and stomachs) of the city he loves.
Patricia Turner is a Texas-based abstract and mixed-media artist with three decades of professional experience. Currently residing in Georgetown, Texas, Patricia’s artistic journey has been marked by solo exhibitions at notable venues like Austin Home Systems and 2020 Scratch Kitchen. She has also showcased her work in group exhibitions, including the 570 Gallery in Laguna Beach and the Gallery of Salons in Austin. Patricia’s creations have found homes in private collections across cities such as Austin, Georgetown, Houston, and Los Angeles, as well as in states like Arizona, New York, and Washington, DC. Her artistic foundation includes education from institutions like the University of Houston and the University of Texas, reflecting her dedication to evolving her craft. Patricia’s abstract and mixed media artworks invite viewers to engage with her distinct visual language, built over years of creative exploration.