Who we are and what we do

Our Story

We’ve been entertaining friends and family at Contigo Ranch for over 30 years. It is the countless hunting trips, weekend retreats, cattle roundups, barbecues, parties, horseshoe and washers tournaments, and pachangas that serve as inspiration for this restaurant. Since we can’t have everyone down to the ranch, we decided to do our best to bring the ranch to everyone in Austin.

At Contigo, we like to sit outside, we like to drink beer… and margaritas. We like to eat great food and appreciate friendly company and warm hospitality. We serve Fresh, Quality, Bar Food… which is basically how we like to eat. We make things that go well with beer and utilize the freshest ingredients we can find.

Our goal is to offer the community a place to relax, commune, and enjoy great food.
We hope you will join us.

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Ben Edgerton

Co-Owner

Ben hails from San Antonio, TX. After college he moved to New York City to work in advertising.

After 5 years he decided to move home… and open a restaurant. After years of mopping floors, washing dishes, pulling espresso shots, pouring wine, opening beers, delivering food, and managing restaurants, he partnered with Chef Andrew to open Contigo Austin.

Ben grew up working and hunting at Contigo Ranch in S. Texas. He has an extensive keychain collection. In his free time he is a soccer player, guitar picker, song writer, food appreciator, and one hell of a whistler.

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Andrew Wiseheart

Co-Owner – Executive Chef

Andrew is a native of San Angelo, TX. He went to school to learn some things about cooking.

He also traveled a lot to learn some more things about cooking. In-between his schooling and traveling he took time to work in some Michelin recognized restaurants in Napa, CA (La Toque, Angele).

He knows his way around a kitchen and a ranch, and is skilled in both crafts. This unique combination is reflected in the menu at Contigo Austin.

In his free time he is a goat roper, beer maker, wine drinker, water tank builder, and all around good guy.

 

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Amanda Hawkes

General Manager

Born in Connecticut, Amanda comes to Austin and Contigo after living in Boston for 15 years. There she earned her BFA in fine art and worked at a variety of great restaurants including a jazz club, oyster bar, neighborhood tapas restaurant and fine dining bistro.

When she is away from the restaurant, Amanda spends most of her time eating, traveling, enjoying fine wines, drinking local brews, playing with her puppy, fermenting things and dreaming of the beach. 

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Christopher Goodson

Chef de Cuisine

Christopher Romero-Goodson is an eighth generation Texan, born in Dallas and raised in Austin. After a short-lived career as a busboy, Chris was drawn to the kitchen. Some of his formative cooking years have been spent at Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Launderette. Chris draws inspiration from Texan culture and history, or whatever his girlfriend is craving at the time.

Away from the kitchen he enjoys rooting for Dallas sports teams, cooling off in Hill Country swimming holes, cheap beer and premium mezcáles. He can recite every line from “The Three Amigos” from memory.  

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Sarah Bryant

Assistant General Manager

Sarah was born and raised in Fort Worth and spent time in Houston before moving to Austin in 2011. She moved on from a career in fashion to begin her restaurant career at Jo’s in downtown Austin where she worked in both front-of-house and kitchen management positions. 

In her free time Sarah enjoys traveling, most recently eating her way through San Francisco and New Orleans. She also stays active through running, tennis and snowboarding. 

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Derek Burress

Sous Chef

An original Austinite, Derek was born and raised in town. After serving in the Marines, Derek attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in North Austin. 

Derek spent time in the kitchen at Abel’s on the Lake, Roaring Fork and Liberty Kitchen before making his way to Contigo in the summer of 2017.  

 Derek never gets tired of working on new recipes and hopes to parlay his experience into his own personal chef company in the future. 

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Will O’Neal

Junior Sous Chef

Will was born in San Antonio and grew up in Wimberley, Texas. He worked at several restaurants in Wimberley before moving to Austin to seek new experience. 

Although cooking food for guests is his passion, there’s more to Will. Away from work he loves playing any kind of board game with his friends and taking his dog, Kosmo, to rivers and parks around Austin. 

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Curtis Cheney

Bar Manager

Curtis grew up in Chicago and moved to Dallas in his 20’s to begin a 20-year-long bartending career. He has worked at a number of restaurants and bars including Del Frisco’s Double Eagle, Smith and Wollensky, Hibiscus and The Fox and Hound. Before joining the team at Contigo, Curtis also spent time working for Treaty Oak distillery in Central Texas.

His experience training staff, curating menus and opening restaurants is an incredible asset to the team at Contigo.

When not holding court behind the bar, Curtis can be found practicing the gift of gab, learning more about spirits & beer and expanding his repertoire of Subjects Of Which He Has Command.

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Jose Robledo

Assistant Manager

Jose’s interest in food started as a kid when he would raid his mother’s pantry with his two brothers and play a game of blind tasting spices and sauces until the mixture of ingredients would be too extravagant to handle.

After completing his art history and photography degree in Austin, he spent three years in New York working part time in a photo studio and organizing Williamsburg’s first ever pop-up restaurant. He then spent two years in Mexico where he started the country’s first juice cleanse bar with his brothers. After selling his business he moved to Berlin and worked with friends in a food truck.

Back in Austin Jose spends most of his time doing street photography, gardening and eating as much food as humanly possible. Jose’s culinary goals are to one day eat ambergris with his mother, learn how to chop garlic with his eyes closed and to have the most efficient permaculture garden in his backyard.

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Kendall Melton

Executive Pastry Chef

Growing up in Dallas, Kendall would play quietly and happily for hours with her toy kitchen and present her guests ( often stuffed animals) with delicacies from her imaginary restaurant, “Buffet Every Day.” Sharing counter space with her mother – herself no slouch in the kitchen – Kendall quickly learned a multitude of culinary tricks. After graduating with a BFA in Theatre Arts (no surprise here) from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Kendall realized her future was in pastry.

Kendall was on the opening team of Contigo Austin as their pastry chef  in 2011 and endowed the position with joy, passion, and lots of love for three years. After some time away, she has returned home to the family of Chicon, Contigo, and Contigo Catering.

Kendall enjoys hiking, painting, reading scientific books about animals, and looking after her three very well-fed rescue cats: Finn, Frank and Vivi (aptly named for Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind).  She also enjoys travel and sojourns frequently to Paris, where she stages at local boulangeries and patisseries just to learn new skills. And to eat the bread & cheese, of course.

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Walk-Ins Welcome!

Reservations are not required for Contigo…just come on in!

Limited priority seating available for parties with 8 – 12 people. While we do our best to accommodate all large groups, due to capacity limitations, we are unable to fulfill all requests.