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Hot & Tasty: Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook



Let’s be perfectly clear. This isn’t your Grandma’s cookbook. Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook isn’t going to collect dust, forgotten and fading away on a bookshelf. In fact, it will probably end up on display prominently on your coffee table. Luckily, you won’t have to wait long to add it to your collection. Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook will be available November 14, 2015 through online booksellers and in select bookstores.

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In addition to enough tasty recipes to whet any appetite, the 200-plus page cookbook features, as its name implies, plenty of beautiful photos of men to keep you entertained while you wait for that dessert to bake. “I wanted to do a cookbook that featured guys cooking in little to nothing,” says publisher Wes Smoot. “You would get some great recipes but also get some yummy eye candy to stare at.”

The idea for the cookbook came to Smoot a few years ago, but he ended up putting it off until another project inspired him. “I worked with photographer Adrian Lopez ​on a few shoots for ATOM Willis Jackets​,” he explained. “We shot actress Tina Rodriguez​ and singer/songwriter Adam Carmichael ​on a motorcycle. She was wearing the men’s jacket driving the bike and he was sitting bitch looking almost scared. I loved the results. Later, I asked Adrian if he was interested in shooting a gay-themed cookbook with me.”

A few models from Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook at the Austin Pride Festival / photo credit: Chase Martin/therepubliq

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Smoot was somewhat concerned that Lopez, who focuses on commercial, portrait and women’s high fashion photography, also happened to be straight. “When he agreed to take on the project I thought he would feel somewhat uncomfortable getting on set and seeing these gorgeous men walking around in nothing but an apron or a jock strap. It didn’t faze him. He’s a modern man and a pro. We did a test shoot with some friends in their apartment and I loved the way they turned out. Been shooting like crazy ever since.”

Variety is the spice of life and the diversity of models in Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook ensures that there really is something for everyone’s taste. “One thing I really love is the variety of guys we been shooting,” Smoot explained. “Different body types, ages, and professions. From porn stars to industry professionals, the book is filled with all kinds.” The initial models were people he knew, “I messaged them on Facebook to see if they were interested in shooting. What can I say, I have some hot friends. I even got my graphic artist Christoph Michaud, ​who designed our logo and Nate Cordoba​, our design and layout guy to get down to their underwear for the camera.”

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Make no mistake, while this cookbook is very easy on the eyes, it’s also very functional. The recipes come from Smoot’s family and friends, including his mom and Jehn Ngo, chef and culinary instructor at Main Course Cooking School in Houston. “I know a lot of cookbooks feature a specific chef and their recipes but having a network of family and friends that loved the kitchen as much as I do, I really wanted to get those dishes I already knew I loved. It was great having so many people contribute.”

The book is very tongue-in-cheek, with witty writing, silly references and a stylish layout and presentation. The models are paired up with appropriate recipes. The ginger bear making Ginger Bears, they’re like gingerbread men, but bigger and they’re bears. There’s the beefcakes marinating the beef steaks. Then there’s drag superstar Farrah Moan making sugar-free cupcakes. Even the chapter titles get in on it: Rise & Shine (breakfast). Afternoon Delight (lunch), Foreplay (appetizers and starters), A Sweet Finish (desserts), What had Happened Was..​(cocktails), Recovery ​(shakes, juices & smoothies) … you get the point.

Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook is currently available for pre-order online at and will be available for purchase through online booksellers and select bookstores starting Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Weslo Publishing will host a release party in Austin, Texas on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Rain on 4th starting at 6 PM. Attendees will enjoy nibbles and drinks from the cookbook while meeting some of the models and get their books signed. There will be a raffle benefiting AIDS Services of Austin. Prizes include copies of Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook, Tyler Curry’s Peacock amongst Pigeons and Fleshjacks. The event is free to attend. Please note that Rain on 4th is 21+ only on Saturdays.

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Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook Release Party

Enjoy nibbles and drinks from the cookbook while meeting some of the models and get your cookbook signed. There will be a raffle benefiting AIDS Services of Austin. Prizes include copies of Weslo’s Home-O-Erotic Cookbook, Tyler Curry’s Peacock amongst Pigeons and Fleshjacks. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, November 14, 2015. 6-9 PM. FREE. 21+.

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Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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Dining Out For Life Celebrates 25 Years



Dining Out For Life celebrates 25 years in Austin on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 with more than 70 restaurants taking part in a day-long fundraiser for AIDS Services of Austin, supporting its mission of enhancing the health and well-being of people affected by HIV and AIDS. Participating restaurants donate a portion of proceeds from sales for the day to ASA. In 2016, the event raised more then $40,000 which went directly to support local programs and services.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of giving back to the HIV and AIDS community with the return of Dining Out For Life,” said ASA Executive Director Paul Scott. “We are so grateful to our new and returning restaurant partners and encourage all to dine out in support of this great cause.”

34th Street Cafe
ALC Steaks
Amy’s Ice Cream (10 locations)
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse (Arbor Walk & Sunset Valley locations)
Blue Star Cafeteria
Bouldin Creek Cafe
California Pizza Kitchen (Barton Creek Square location)
Cannon + Belle
Cherrywood Coffeehouse
El Alma
El Chile
El Sapo
Fabi + Rosi
Galaxy Cafe (4 locations)
Gelateria Gemelli
Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar
Hat Creek Burger Company (Burnet Road location)
Hecho en Mexico (both locations)
Hoover’s Cooking
JuiceLand (Guadalupe location)
Lick Honest Ice Creams (3 locations)
Magnolia Cafe (Lake Austin and South Congress locations)
Maudie’s (7 locations)
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Mother’s Cafe
Ranch 616
Roppolo’s Pizzeria (6th Street location)
Ruby’s BBQ
Santa Rita Cantina (38th Street & Slaughter Lane locations)
Texas Chili Queens (food truck)
Top Notch Hamburgers
Via 313
Zocalo Cafe

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AIDS Services of Austin started its ‘Dine Out for Life’ event, similar to the ‘Dining Out For Life’ model, 25 years ago, growing into a city-wide event. In 2014, ASA joined the Dining Out For Life International Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, opening the door for the agency to access more resources to grow the event and its impact on the Austin community. Funds raised here help ASA fund essential services, including prevention, eduction, testing and counseling.

Diners are encouraged to share their experience online and show their support for ASA and Dining Out For Life by using the hashtag #DineOutATX. For more information about Dining Out For Life, visit

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Austin Food + Wine Festival Cancelled



The organizers of the Austin Food + Wine Festival announced today that all outdoor events scheduled for this weekend at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park have been cancelled due to the weather. The scheduled indoor events — tonight’s Cheers to 130 Years at The Driskill Grill and Friday night’s Social Hour at The Madison — will proceed as planned.

Due to recent and ongoing inclement weather saturating the grounds of Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, all outdoor Austin Food + Wine Festival programming has been canceled.

All paid ticket holders will be refunded the amount of purchase to the original form of payment. For more information or additional customer support, please contact Front Gate Tickets at 1.888.512.7469.

Cheers to 130 Years and Social Hour will proceed as planned and original tickets will be honored.

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Nelly Nights Kicking Off in Austin



Prepare to be wined, dined and inspired. On Sunday, August 23, local chef and owner of the La Fantabulous – Cabo Style Taqueria and La Sirena – La Fantabulous Taqueria food trucks, Josie Paredes will kick off her newest project, the Nelly Nights Pop Up Dinner Series, with a night of delicious food, drinks, music and dancing in a casual setting at 34th Street Cafe.

The event will feature a four-course meal inspired by Paredes’ 25 years of cooking at kitchens throughout the country including local favorites like J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge, Eddie Vs and Asti, paired with a specialty cocktail curated by Paredes. Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket today. 34th Street Cafe, 1005 W. 34th St., Austin TX 78705. Sunday, August 23, 2015. 7 PM. Tickets are $75 and available online (a $5.12 service fee will apply).

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