April Happenings, Part I: Pop-ups, Picnics, Spring Dinners and More

April in Austin is always my favorite time of year: the weather is patio drinking perfect, the post-SXSW concert lineup is stacked with great shows, and it’s the birthmonth (yes month) of yours truly.  Considering the number of events on the calendar over the next few weeks, it seems I’m not the only with an affinity for April in ATX. Though my April has started off with a little bug not even ramen could cure, the wonders of modern medicine should have me back on track and ready to enjoy some of this month’s top happenings listed below.


Don’t Miss the Waller Creek Picnic 4/12!

Saturday, April 5th

The Scrumptious Chef presents the Art of Charcuterie Pop-Up Dinner – 7pm
In what might be his best theme yet, The Scrumptious Chef ‘s RL Reeves, Jr. is hosting an ‘Art of Charcuterie’ pop-up dinner on Saturday. Held at Tamale House East, the menu includes some of the finest cured meats such as Benton’s country ham, a favorite of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry restaurant. Non-meat dishes include jalapeno cheddar grits and Poteet strawberry cobbler – all of which are created from locally sourced ingredients.

The feast will be served beginning at 7pm. Full details and menu can be found here.

Sunday, April 6th
Henri’s Cheese & Wine turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, the shop is hosting a cheese and wine tasting on Sunday evening. Head to Henri’s from 7-9pm to celebrate with food, drink specials, and other festivities. More details can be found here. Henri’s is located at 2026 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704.

Saturday, April 12th

2nd Annual Waller Creek Conservancy Picnic & Benefit – Palm Park at 6:30pm
The 2nd Annual Waller Creek Conservancy Picnic & Benefit returns on Saturday, April 12. Once again, several of Austin’s best restaurants are pitching in by offering gourmet picnic baskets available for prepurchase. Make it the fanciest picnic around by choosing a basket from the likes of Jeffery’s or LaV, or keep it casual with Home Slice or Counter Culture; either way, don’t wait too long to order because these baskets will get snapped up quick. If you can’t decide what to order, you are always free to bring your own spread. In addition, Easy Tiger and Antonelli’s have teamed up to offer a limited number of baskets available for purchase on site.

Each basket includes a full meal for two and will be available for pick up beginning at 6:30pm at the event. Prices range from $30-$150; full details, including a link to each basket’s menu, can be found here.

Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar Spring Wine Tasting – 2-4pm
Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar is hosting a spring wine menu tasting from 2:00 to 4:00pm. During the event, guests will test drive their new spring wine list paired with small bites from their new spring dinner menu. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and include all food and wine. Email info@apothecaryaustin.com to snag a spot. Apothecary Wine Bar, 4800 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756

Sunday, April 13th
SFC Chef Series Dinner: Spring Dinner
The Sustainable Food Center is hosting a special SFC Chef Series Dinner celebrating all things Spring on Sunday, April 13 from 5:30-10pm at La Condesa. Throughout the event, chefs from restaurants including La Condesa, Contigo, Barley Swine, and more will be on hand serving dishes showcasing the best flavors and produce of the season. Cost to attend the dinner is $150/per person with proceeds benefiting the Sustainable Food Center. More details and lineup information can be found here. 

Thursday, April 17th
Austin Food & Wine Alliance Live Fire! Event – The Salt Lick at 6:30PM
In the quest to see who holds this year’s title of beef supremacy, chefs from some of the top area restaurants will throw down during the April 17th Live Fire! event. Held at the Salt Lick, the event will feature chefs including Aaron Franklin (Franklin’s BBQ), Josh Watkins (The Carillon), and Rene Ortiz (Angry Bear) cooking over a live fire. In addition to a full feast, there will also be plenty of live music, beer, wine, and craft cocktails. Tickets are $75/per person with the option to take advantage of a shuttle service to and from the event for an additional $20/per person. Always one of the best events of the year, the Live Fire! proceeds benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s culinary grant program. For tickets, full lineup details, and other information, please visit here.

Friday-Sunday, April 25-27
3rd Annual Austin Food and Wine Festival
Last, but certainly not least, grab your tickets to the 3rd Annual Austin Food & Wine Festival before its too late! Held at Butler Park, the annual fest features a full weekend of food, wine, chef demos, and so much more. Details and tickets found here!

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