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.

ben

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.

andrew

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.

 

Jose_Headshot

Jose Robledo

General 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.

Patrick_Headshot

Patrick Bellenoit

Chef de Cuisine

Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Patrick developed an interest in food at an early age by watching his grandparents cook for many of the large family gatherings he attended as a child. Whether it be Sunday dinners of roast beef, clam boils in the backyard, or Thanksgiving dinner, Patrick always found a way to stick his head in.

After graduating from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Patrick spent a few years in Boston before deciding to make his home in Austin. Outside of cooking, he is best described as an adventure taking, dog loving, beard stroking, chicken wing eating, whiskey drinking, high-five enthusiast that loves the Patriots.  

 GeoffBioPic

Geoff Murray

Assistant General Manager 

Geoff Murray was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast but has called Austin his home since 2006.

He’s had some cool jobs but one of the best was managing the Rap/Hip-Hop record store, Music Mania. Since moving on from slinging UGK records, he’s worked in Food & Beverage Management for Hyatt, Omni, and Embassy Suites. After a short sabbatical from the hospitality industry, he returned to manage Michi Ramen and, most recently, helped to open Hank’s on Berkman Dr.

Outside of work Geoff enjoys a good bourbon, fancy beers, disc golf, and hollering at the TV when then New Orleans Saints take the field. He also enjoys listening to quality jams. If you want to chat about bourbon or music, Geoff can go on for hours. Seriously, hours.

Ty_Headshot

Ty Burton

Sous Chef

Tyreece (but you can call him Ty) grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. After years spent working in fast casual restaurants, fast food, and the one odd stint managing a vegan cafe/bakery, he finally decided to chase his dreams of a) leaving Nebraska and b) attending culinary school.

With a supportive partner, a constantly nervous Great Dane and enough money to almost buy a pack of ramen, he moved to Austin, attended Le Cordon Bleu and landed his first job…at Contigo! Here he worked his way from unpaid extern all the way up to Sous Chef. After a few years spent spinning dough and pulling cheese as the Executive chef at Bufalina, he is now back in the Contigo fold and ready to kick some hams!

Curtis_Headshot

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.

Kendall_headshot

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.

In the news

Contigo © 2015 • site by strejde

contigo-stacked-footer-logo


 

Contigo accepts reservation online or by phone for parties of 12 or less.

Click above to make a reservation.

Walk-Ins Always Welcome! Please check in with the host for a table or walk up to our bar window for drinks and bar snacks!

For larger parties, please email events@contigoaustin.com to discuss availability.