Happenings: Eat Drink Local Week 2012 Kicks of Saturday

Presented by Edible Austin, Eat Drink Local Week is a seven-day celebration of Austin’s vibrant local food community beginning this Saturday, December 1 through December 8. In addition to shining the spotlight on Austin’s local culinary community, Eat Drink Local Week benefits two outstanding local organizations, the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.

This uniquely Austin week of events will commence with a traditional 24-carrot salute at the Sustainable Food Center Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning. In addition to the carrot kick-off, locals are invited to take part in Saturday’s bicycle tour of the city’s urban farms complete with farm-fresh eats at every stop (more details here). Along with other events, such as Alamo Drafthouse’s special four-course dinner and a movie, many of Austin’s best restaurants and local bars are hosting dinners and pop-up happy hours. For those in search of the perfect foodie Christmas gift, look no further than the Chef Dinner Auction for the chance to bid on a private dinner with one of the city’s most highly regarded chefs.

Eat Drink Local Week takes place Saturday, December 1 through Saturday, December 8. For a full list of events and participating local restaurants and artisans, visit the Eat Drink Austin Week website here.

Top EDLW Picks include:

12/1/12 – Urban Farm Bicycle Tour

Sponsored by Bicycle Sports Shop, this self-paced, 20-mile ride includes farm tours, cooking demos, and plenty of tastings along the way. Registration is $35 in advance or $40 day-of. More details and participating farms found here.

12/2/2012 – Evening with Raj Patel

Join best-selling author, academic, and activist Raj Patel Stateside at the Paramount for an event showcasing his new project, “Generation Food.”

VIP tickets include preferred seating and a pre-event reception at 6 pm featuring seasonal tastings from Austin-area chefs and beverage makers: $103. Regular seating tickets: $28. Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 8:00pm
Stateside at the Paramount
Purchase Tickets Online
Or (512) 474-1221 to purchase tickets by phone.

12/3/2012 – Alamo Benefest featuring Sideways

Mentioned above, Alamo Drafthouse will be showing a special screening of the wine-lover favorite movie Sideways. Guests will also enjoy a four-course menu with Merlot-free wine pairings. Tickets and menu information available here.

Ongoing – Chef Auction Series

Bid on the opportunity to share an exceptional, intimate dinner experience with your favorite chef. Note: Yes, I WILL join you for dinner! Thank you for asking!




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