Happenings: Austin Beer Week 10/23-11/1

Austin Beer Week once again makes its triumphant return this Friday, offering beer lovers a bevy of ways to celebrate all things hops and grain. From beer dinners to happy hours, brewing classes to tastings, there are plenty of ways to get in on the fun. The full schedule of events can be found here, but I’ve listed a few highlights below to help you decide.

The 6th Annual Austin Beer Week runs from Friday, October 23 through Sunday, November 1. Full details can be found here.

Austin Beer Week

Austin Beer Week

Friday, October 23

ABW Official Kickoff party at Craft Pride – The Rainey Street bar will help get things started with a launch party that includes tappings of special and hard to find beers from a dozen craft breweries.

Saturday, October 24

Limited Release Tasting at Easy Tiger @ 1pm – Easy Tiger will be tapping special releases of several beers throughout the afternoon. Pay as you go.

Pumpkin Carving & Beer at School House @ 5pm – Join Brooklyn Brewery and St. Arnold’s for the 2nd annual pumpkin carving contest that of course includes some pumpkin inspired beers as well.

Circle Firkin Spectacular at Blackheart Bar @ 7pm – Circle Brewing is taking over all the beer taps at Blackheart Bar on Rainey Street for the evening. Expect live music to go along with some delicious brews. Pay as you go.

Sunday, October 25

Blue Owl Brewing Launch Party & Pig Roast at Contigo @ 6pm –Celebrate the launch of Blue Owl with a feast fit for a king! Tickets are $35/pp and available here. 

Odell Beer Dinner at Hopfield’s @ 7pm – Join craft beer favorites Odell and Hopfield’s for a French-infused six course dinner. Tickets are $85/pp and available here. 
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January Happenings, Part II: Jam & Jive Weekend + Concert Picks

Jam & Jive hosted by Travassa Austin and Edible Austin – two day event; January 25-26

Jam & Jive Weekend

Travaasa Austin and Edible Austin will host Jam & Jive on January 25-26, 2014.Taking place at Travaasa Austin, Jam & Jive is a two-day culinary event filled with workshops, fabulous meals, and more.

On Saturday, guests are invited to attend workshops covering everything from canning to breadmaking. Featured teachers include Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking author Kate Payne, Travaasa Chef Benjamin Baker, Oh Kimchi founder Abigail Lunde, and confituras founder Stephanie McClenny.

In the evening, guests will celebrate the best of the winter . . . → Read More: January Happenings, Part II: Jam & Jive Weekend + Concert Picks

Nov. 22-24 Weekend Happenings: Meatball Festival, EAST Studio Tour, and More

Weekend Forecast: Cloudy w/a side of Meatballs

Weekend Forecast: Cloudy w/a side of Meatballs


Friday, November 22

The North Door is teaming up with Micklethwait Craft Meats for a Dinner & Movie Supper Club event celebrating everyone’s favorite charmingly dysfunctional family, The Royal Tenenbaums. In addition to a screening of the Wes Anderson classic, there will be a Thanksgiving-themed menu featuring a choice of turducken or vegetarian-friendly field roast. Tickets for the event are $20/pp and available – along with more details – here. The Supper Club kicks off at the North Door (502 Brushy, Austin TX 78702) at 7pm.

Join Chef Paul Qui for the 2nd annual Qui to the Cure event on Friday evening. The event, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Texas, features bites created by the James Beard Award winning chef as well as live music, a silent auction and more. VIP tickets are sold out, but General Admission tickets ($110/pp) are still available for purchase here. Qui for the Cure takes place from 7:30-11pm November 22 at Brazos Hall (204 E 4th Street). More details can be found here.

Saturday, November 23

If this weekend’s cold weather triggers cravings for comfort food, stop by Saturday’s Austin Meatball Festival to enjoy Italian Grandmother-approved bites from over a dozen local restaurants. Tickets to the event are $15 for General Admission or $35 for access to live music in the Listening Room. VIP packages are available as well. Proceeds from the event will benefit Fresh Chefs Society and Citizen Generation. The Austin Meatball Festival will be held from 11am-4pm at Winflo Osteria, located at 1315 West 6th Street. For more details and tickets, visit the event webpage here. Continue reading Nov. 22-24 Weekend Happenings: Meatball Festival, EAST Studio Tour, and More

10/24-10/27 Weekend Top Picks, Part I: Wines of South Africa, Beer Dinners, and more

BBQ to Braai this Sunday

BBQ to Braai this Sunday

With Halloween, Austin Beer Week, Austin Book Fest and more, the final few days of October are jam packed with events worth checking out around town. Part I includes plenty of weekend fun, including a special brunch at the San Jose Hotel and an amazing South African Food & Wine Sunday Funday event!

Thursday, October 24

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, 6pm-9pm @Laguna Gloria

Looking for last minute plans this Thursday, October 24? Don’t miss checking out one of the best fall food events, the La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival, taking place at Laguna Gloria beginning at 6pm. For more information and tickets, please visit: http://thecontemporaryaustin.org/2013/la-dolce-vita-2013/

Saturday, October 26

San Jose Hotel Courtyard Brunch 10am-1pm

Head to the San Jose Hotel this Saturday for a special brunch event this weekend. From 10am-1pm, guests will live jazz by the Rain Cross Jazz Trio while sipping $3 mimosas on the hotel’s uber-relaxing patio. The full brunch menu promises a ‘secret’ bacon recipe, Earl Grey lox, and more. Visit here for more information about this breakfast of champions!

San Jose Hotel, 1316 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704

Banger’s Smoke Out Saturday

Banger’s will host its October ‘Smoke Out Saturday’ event this weekend. The Hunter’s Moon themed menu will include a smoked pig served with winter squash, pumpkin and roasted apples and sides such as cornbread and greens. Dinner will be served beginning at 8pm, but go early for beers, music, and more.

Banger’s, 79 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

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January Happenings, Part I

Foreign & Domestic Chef Ned Elliot is spearheading a first-of-its-kind indie chef event to celebrate rising chefs from around the country whose hard work and creativity in the kitchen are making waves in their respective communities. Not surprisingly, the four-night event sold out in a flash, but thankfully, there are several other food-centered events taking place, providing ample opportunity to break all those good intentioned New Year’s resolutions…

1/12/2013 – On Saturday, January 12, R.L. Reeves, Jr. of The Scrumptious Chef is back at it again with the 7th installment of his popular Chef Pop-Up series. For his first feast of the New Year, Reeves, Jr. is celebrating the “Wild Foods of Texas” with a menu featuring wild game such as boar and antelope from Broken Arrow Ranch.  The pop-up will take place at Tamale House East (times TBD, will update soon) located at 1707 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702. More details here and hereUPDATE: Pop-up kicks off at 6:00PM! 

1/13/2013 – This Sunday, January 13, Swift’s Attic will kick off a new monthly dinner-and-a-movie series with a screening the golf comedy classic Caddyshack. Happening every second Sunday of the month, the Movies in the Attic event will feature a screening of classic flick paired alongside with an optional prix-fixed dinner. For those who would prefer to just snack and sip, opt instead to pair one of Swift’s Attic’s craft cocktails with a treat off of the special menu of concession stand-inspired eats. Because no movie is complete without a bowl of buttery goodness, Swift’s will also serve complimentary popcorn. Movies in the Attic kicks off at 8pm this Sunday. For more information, check out Swift’s Attic Facebook page. Tickets can be ordered here.

1/14/2013 – Why not start the week with a little Monday Night Fever? Head to Swan Dive on Monday, January 14 for a special ‘Farm to Disco’ edition of Chef Sonia Cote’s Homegrown Revival Dinner Series in support of the Sustainable Food Center. The evening will help raise funds and awareness for the SFC by throwing 70’s themed Fondue. In addition to an all you can eat spread of local meats, cheeses, veggies, and bread, DJ Chingo Casino will be spinning tunes to ensure guests boogie the night away. Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner, dancing, and two Dripping Springs vodka cocktails. More information and tickets can be found here.

Homegrown Revival + Sustainable Food Center Farm to Disco Dinner will take place from 7-10PM on Monday, January 14 at Swan Dive (615 Red River, Austin, TX 78701).

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Happenings: Weekend Picks, Holiday Events & More

In addition to Eat Drink Local Week (mentioned here) kicking off Saturday, December 1, there are plenty of events happening this weekend to take part in.

Online & Ongoing:

Eater Austin is in the midst of covering everything cocktail related from hangover helpers to best bars in town. Check out there full coverage here.

To celebrate 13th years of success, Tacodeli is hosting a recipe contest from now until December 2. Tweet your winning recipe @tacodeli or post it on their Facebookpage for a chance to win a $100 gift card and have your taco featured on the menu through January.

Four Seasons Gingerbread Village

Friday, November 30:

The Scrumptious Chef R.L. Reeves, Jr. is back again with another installment of his popular Chef Pop-Up series. This time Reeves, Jr. is moving from trailer to brick and mortar by taking over Tamale House East for a special dinner event featuring brisket and pork belly as the star ingredients. In addition to good eats, Sam Hovland from East End Wines has hand-selected wallet friendly wines to pair with the night’s menu. The evening kicks off at 5PM. Full menu and other details available here.

Friday is the final day in Movember, the month long mustache-growing fest aimed at raising funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. To mark the end of Movember, the folks behind the Austin chapter are throwing an official Gala Parte complete with a contest to determine who is rocking the best ‘stache. The event takes place at Emo’s East from 8pm-1am, with judging beginning at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase here.

Saturday, December 1:

Make your weekend merry and bright by heading to the Capitol lawn this Saturday evening for the annual Tree Lighting ceremony. The evening will begin on a musical note with a holiday sing-a-long led by KUT’s John Aelie at 6:00 PM followed by the lighting of the tree at 7:00 PM. Presented by the Downtown Alliance, Saturday’s tree ceremony is one of a number of holiday-themed events taking place downtown this weekend including pop-up shops, a special family-friendly exhibit at Arthouse, live music, and more. The Holiday Sing-a-Long and Tree Lighting ceremony takes place on the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol from 6-9pm this Saturday. To help make this holiday season a bit brighter for those in need, please bring can goods or a $3 donation to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. More information can be found here.

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Happenings: Top Weekend Picks

There are two not to miss events happening Thursday evening:

The 9th Annual Big Reds & Bubbles hosted by the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas (mentioned here) will be held at the Driskill from 6:30-9:30pm.

Art Night Austin: Preview East  (mentioned here) will run tonight from 6:00-9:00pm at various galleries on the East Side.


Austin 1st Annual Oyster Festival launches this Friday evening as a way to play homage to the crustacean sensation while raising funds for The Nature Conservancy of Texas as well as breast-cancer charity The Smile Never Fades. From 6:00pm until 12:00 am, enjoy . . . → Read More: Happenings: Top Weekend Picks

Drinks + Music: the W Hotel Debuts Spin/Spun Series & Fall Cocktail Menu on 10/23

Located on Willie Nelson Blvd. and joined at the hip with the Moody Theatre, home of ACL Live, it should come as no surprise that the W Hotel was inspired by Austin’s musical side in developing its design concept.

One only has to wander into the W Hotel’s library and catch a glimpse of shelves filled with thousands of records to recognize the influence of Austin’s live music scene. When visiting one of the hotel’s bars on any given night it is certainly not uncommon to find a DJ spinning tunes. Now, just in time for fall, the W . . . → Read More: Drinks + Music: the W Hotel Debuts Spin/Spun Series & Fall Cocktail Menu on 10/23