The Perini Ranch Steakhouse, in Buffalo Gap, Texas, announced the celebration of its 40th Anniversary in 2023 with a lineup of celebratory moments, beginning in May 2023. With several elements and pop-up events, The Perini Ranch Steakhouse will celebrate 40 years of “real Texas food.”

Starting May 2, owners Lisa and Tom Perini, will kick off the anniversary celebration with the launch of their new podcast titled, Meet Me At The Wagon, which also coincides with the launch of their fourth book, A Celebration of 40 Years, which celebrates the ranch and steakhouse’s rich history.

The multi-episode podcast titled, Meet Me At The Wagon, will highlight the tradition and romance of West Central Texas. Tom Perini and legendary guests – including music superstar Reba McEntire, actor Rex Linn, celebrity chef Dean Fearing and Frances Mallmann, and more – will take listeners through the timeline of how Perini Ranch Steakhouse became what it is today, the impact of the beef and cattle industry on rural communities, and more firsthand commentary. The podcast is the perfect culmination of storytelling that brings Perini Ranch and the American West to life.

Tom Perini shares, “It has been my honor to share my love of the American Cowboy, chuckwagon cooking, the beef industry and Texas history with friends from all over the world. It is a rare gift to be able to take your passion and convert this into a career. The last four decades have been an amazing experience and Lisa and I look forward to continuing this adventure for years to come.”

Along with the podcast debut on May 2, Lisa and Tom will debut their fourth book titled, A Celebration of 40 Years, a curated art book containing photography from Tom Perini’s private collection. The book gives readers a chance to catch a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Perini Ranch events and its private moments. This follows two earlier best-selling cookbooks, Texas Cowboy Cooking and Perini Ranch Steakhouse: Stories and Recipes for Real Texas Food, which brings the legendary tastes and hospitality of this quintessential Texas restaurant to reader’s homes. The Perinis have also published a children’s book titled, Tails of Perini Ranch, which is a tour of Perini Ranch from the point of view of Lisa and Tom’s beloved late basset hound, Gus Perini.

To round out the year-long celebrations, Lisa and Tom Perini will champion the anniversary events with an outdoor art exhibit curated by Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Grauer has been a curator for 40 years, has written three books, and has contributed to numerous publications about the art and culture of the American West. This outdoor exhibit will be open to the public from September 28 to October 29, and will feature photography from Tom Perini’s private collection, presenting the history of Buffalo Gap, chuckwagon cooking and Perini Ranch Steakhouse.

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