#AustinRW Budget Eats: Austin Restaurant Week 2014

Happening now, Austin Restaurant Week provides the perfect way to test the waters at a new restaurant or visit an old favorite without breaking the bank. Visit one of several participating restaurants during lunch or dinner to enjoy either a two-course prix fixed lunch or three-course prix-fixed dinner. Prices range from $12-17 for lunch and $27-37 for dinner. Austin Restaurant Week takes a timeout for the weekend but returns in time for Sunday brunch on May 18 through May 21. Check out the list of participating restaurants here. The best part about this week? $2 of each meal benefits . . . → Read More: #AustinRW Budget Eats: Austin Restaurant Week 2014

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Enter to Win CM Cooking Class w/Chef Nisa Burns

Today I am excited to announce Ginny’s Austin is hosting an extra special giveaway for TWO lucky readers to join Chef Nisa Burns at Central Market’s Cooking School on Saturday, January 19 from 5-7:30PM!

During her class, Nisa Burns, Chef and Author of Kitchenability 101: The College Student’s Guide to Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Food, will help turn novice into gourmand with her tips for creating gourmet dishes without breaking the bank (or the kitchen!).

The mouthwatering menu for the event includes:

Roma Tomatoes with Feta & Basil; Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad with Herb Garden Vinaigrette; Lemon Cilantro . . . → Read More: GIVEAWAY ALERT: Enter to Win CM Cooking Class w/Chef Nisa Burns

Trio at the Four Seasons Offers 3 for $36 to Benefit I Live Here, I Give Here

I Live Here, I Give Here

Trio at the Four Seasons Restaurant has partnered with I Live Here, I Give Here for a summer long event too good to pass up. I Live Here, I Give Here is an organization founded in 2007 to encourage Central Texans to become involved and give back to local non-profits serving our community. To help raise funds for this fantastic group, Trio is offering a special Restaurant Week-style menu all summer long.

From June 19 until August 31, Trio will offer a three course menu for $36, including choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, 7 days a week. Additional wine pairings will be available for $14. 10% of each check will be given to I Live Here, I Give Here throughout the event. Even if you don’t sample the menu (though you should), mention I Live Here, I Give Here and the Four Seasons will still donate 10% to the organization.

Not only is this special dinner a steal of a deal, but it is also a great way to introduce your palate to Trio’s new Chef de Cuisine Grant Macdonald. Chef Macdonald recently relocated from Vancouver to take over Trio’s highly regarded culinary program. Having honed his skills in some of Canada’s best kitchens, his dishes are refined and beautiful. While this expertise alone would make him an excellent fit for a luxury hotel restaurant, Trio has always sought to set the bar a bit higher. Macdonald’s diverse background working with almost every genre of food from Italian to Pan Asian made him just the unique chef Trio was looking to find. This exposure to a wide range of culinary styles is manifested through his fresh and inventive dishes.

Snapper Ceviche- Love the Pintrest-worthy presentation!

To properly discover his new home state, Macdonald has taken to experimenting with regional ingredients including Gulf seafood, Fredericksburg peaches, and Texas beef, which is well reflected on the special I Live Here, I Give Here menu. I joined a few fellow foodies in previewing the event menu last week to delicious results.

Appetizer options include snapper ceviche, crab and heirloom tomato gazpacho, and grilled quail. Continue reading Trio at the Four Seasons Offers 3 for $36 to Benefit I Live Here, I Give Here

Austin Restaurant Week: Where to Eat?

As mentioned here, Austin Restaurant Week is in full swing. Taking place March 25-28 and April 1-4, some of the city’s very best restaurants will feature specialty priced prix-fixed menus for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Dinners run from $26-$36 while lunch and brunch run from $11-$16. Austin Restaurant Week With over to choose from, how will one ever decide? I recommend booking your ARW meals using the following criteria:

Go to that place that’s been on the list to try for ages!

Uchi and Uchiko both are ARW featured spots. Been wanting to try out one of Austin’s newer . . . → Read More: Austin Restaurant Week: Where to Eat?

2012 Austin Restaurant Week Kickoff

Austin Restaurant Week returns March 25-28 and April 1-4 with a few changes in store to make the biannual event better than ever.  Now in its 5th year, the ARW team has created a new and improved website, added a few new board members, and announced an additional Austin Trailer Week set for May 6-13. Stuart Thomajan (Paggi House, Swift’s Attic) and Ted Karam (Doc’s Moterworks, Waterloo Ice House) joined forces with ARW to make the already successful event even more so by allowing restaurants to register online and attaching a $1 charitable donation to every meal sold. As . . . → Read More: 2012 Austin Restaurant Week Kickoff

Amy’s Ice Cream Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY!

 UPDATE: Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments and responses to the Valentine’s Day Giveaway! And a HUGE thank you to Amy’s Ice Cream for awarding three lucky winners a dozen chocolate strawberries! Don’t forget – even if you didn’t win this contest, you can still receive 10% off of your order by entering the code ‘GinnyLuvsAmys’ at checkout. Thank you again for participating!

 Congrats to contest winners Chris, Natalie S., and Kerri! I’ll be emailing you shortly with how to claim your prize. Thanks again!

Amy’s Ice Cream is sharing the Valentine’s love with today’s . . . → Read More: Amy’s Ice Cream Valentine’s Day GIVEAWAY!

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop + FREE CHEESE

On February 11, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is celebrating TWO YEARS of success in Austin by sharing the love via FREE CHEESE PLATES around town. Starting Monday, February 6, visit one of the restaurants listed below and enjoy a custom Antonelli’s Cheese Plate on the house (while supplies last). Additionally, purchase a cheese plate from any restaurant which serves the shop’s cheese, save receipt, and qualify for a 5% discount (or up to 15% w/three receipts) February 11-18. As always, you can take advantage of Wine Wednesday deals at Star Bar, Dive Bar, and Gibson where each bottle of wine . . . → Read More: Antonelli’s Cheese Shop + FREE CHEESE

Happy National Popcorn Day + Cornucopia

Happy National Popcorn Day! In honor of everyone’s favorite salty treat, Cornucopia, Austin’s very own gourmet popcorn shop, is giving away free bags of popcorn today. With 30+ flavors and combinations, Cornucopia covers just about every sweet, salty, sour, and spicy craving imaginable. Choose from favorites like Dill Pickle or Caramel or try one of the newer blends like Spicy Chili Lemon or Java Chip. Located on the Drag next to Veggie Heaven!

 Cornucopia. 1912 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705. http://www.cornucopiapopcorn.com/