Dawn Orsak is currently the Events Manager for the Austin Food and Wine Alliance. First trained as a painter, she has spent over 25 years with organizations and on personal projects in which family, history, and food converge. She has planned gala dinners to food festivals to cooking demonstrations for the Texas State Historical Association, the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Texas Folklife, and Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. Her passion for the foodways of the Texas Czech community has led to a blog about family and food (www.svacinaproject.blogspot.com), co-producing a statewide, traveling exhibition about Texas Czech culture, planning family reunions, launching a kolach-baking side business, presentations at the annual conferences of Les Dames d’Escoffier, IACP, and the Texas Folklore Society, and a cookbook in the works. Dawn is frequently quoted in articles nationwide about Texas’ version of kolaches.