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Food at DLAC

This information was posted for DLAC2019 and will be updated for DLAC2020. We are leaving the text below for anyone interested in knowing more about generally what to expect with food at DLAC.

We’ve all been there…the agenda says “breakfast will be served,” and when you show up with visions of cook-to-order omelets, your options are instead lukewarm coffee and cold muffins.

We’re aiming to do better than that at DLAC, but even more importantly we’re letting you know what we’re planning so you’ll know what to expect. Our aim is to keep you fueled during the sessions while not blowing past our budget, and taking into account that there are plenty of nearby food, drink, and caffeine options as well.

Monday

After the conference starts at 1:30 with an opening plenary, we will have a coffee break that will include coffee, decaf, teas, water, sodas, warm pretzels, and cupcakes.

The afternoon reception will include appetizers, bite-sized pub grub, sweets, sodas, and a bar with beer and wine. Each attendee will receive two drink tickets for this evening. The appetizers won’t be large enough to be dinner for most people, but you also may not need a large dinner if you join the reception.

Tuesday

During the “coffee conversations” we will have coffee, tea, pastries, and breakfast tacos. If you like to eat a large breakfast this might not be enough for you, but if you prefer to eat lightly early in the day the available food should suffice.

The morning break will include coffee and other drinks, plus sliced fruit and berries with lemon yogurt dip, and popcorn.

Lunch will be a full buffet including soup, salad, fajitas, and dessert. This is the largest meal we will serve at DLAC, and we give you a two-hour break from sessions to take advantage of time to network, enjoy the weather, or, if you must, check email.

Because lunch ends two hours before the reception, we don’t have an afternoon coffee break.

The reception will again include appetizers and a bar with beer and wine (each person will receive two drink tickets).

Wednesday

During the “coffee conversations” we will have coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee cake. If you like to eat a large breakfast this might not be enough for you, but if you prefer to eat lightly early in the day the available food should suffice.  

When the closing plenary ends just after noon, we will send you off with coffee, water and other drinks, and popcorn. 

Non-conference food options

The hotel has a Starbucks that opens at 5am, two restaurants, and a bar. SWB is open starting at 8am for breakfast and lunch, and Marker 10 is open for lunch, dinner, and drinks until midnight.

If you like your coffee independently sourced, or at 3am, try Bennu Coffee, a short walk from the conference hotel and open 24 hours.

Downtown Austin is right across the bridge, with many restaurants within a 15 minute walk or very short ride.

 If you have any favorite Austin restaurants that you’d like DLAC attendees to know about, tell us and we will post them here!

About walking to downtown

When you’re looking at downtown from the Hyatt, there’s a bridge to your right and one to your left. You can walk across either, but the bridge to your left is more pedestrian-friendly in that the walking path is more separated from cars.