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Nov. 6-12

Fri., Nov. 6, 2009

Edible Austin and BookPeople (603 N. Lamar, 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com) will host a reception and booksigning on the mezzanine for Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It (Consortium Books, $15.95), a new book promoting sustainable agriculture as the best solution to America's food crisis. Local craft beers and dishes from area food producers will be served. Friday, Nov. 6, 7pm.

Dai Due locavore chef Jesse Griffiths makes his debut with a stall in the Austin Farmers' Market (Fourth & Guadalupe), serving grilled sausages and hot biscuits and gravy and selling packaged sausages, handmade charcuterie, condiments, and ready-to-cook dishes from his online butcher shop. Saturday, Nov. 7, 9am-1pm.

Josh Wilson invites longtime customers and beer aficionados to help him celebrate the 41st anniversary of the Draught House Pub (4112 Medical Pkwy., 452-6258, www.draughthouse.com). Enjoy cask ales and draft brews in commemorative glasses, various tasty kabobs, beer trivia games with prizes from Austin Homebrew Supply, and tunes from DJ Jubal's extensive vinyl collection. Saturday, Nov. 7, 1-10pm.

• Get into the holiday spirit at Austin's graciously decorated landmark, the Caswell House (1404 West Ave., 472-0779, www.austinjuniorforum.org), with dinner presented by Hosteria Verde Supper Club. $65 per person. Make necessary reservations at www.hosteriaverde.com. Saturday, Nov. 7, 7pm.

Max's Cellar Classic Wine Tasting: more than 100 wines from around the world in two tasting sessions. See a complete list of wines and buy $40 tickets at www.austincellarclassic.com. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2 & 7pm.

• Check out Austin's newest farmers' market this weekend. The HOPE Farmers Market (414 Waller, www.hopefarmersmarket.org) sets up on Sunday mornings just east of the freeway near Progress Coffee (505 San Marcos). Look for fresh produce, area meats and dairy, prepared foods, free coffee, and arts & crafts. Sundays, 11am-3pm.

Sagra Trattoria & Bar (1610 San Antonio, 535-5988, www.sagrarestaurant.net) chef/owner Gabriel Pellegrini hosts another in his series of free seasonal feasts. The menu will be based on fennel and presented family-style on a first-come, first-served basis until the food runs out. Sunday, Nov. 8, 4pm.

• The HeartGift Foundation funds a program that brings disadvantaged children from around the world to Austin for lifesaving heart surgeries. The annual Fine Wine and Luxe Living dinner and auction benefit will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (1900 University Ave.). Tickets are $250 per person or $2,500 for a table of 12. Make necessary reservations at info@heartgift.org or by calling 637-5105. Sunday, Nov. 8, 5:30pm.

La Condesa (400 W. Second, 499-0300) hosts the first in a series of seasonal harvest dinners to benefit the Sustainable Food Center (www.sustainablefoodcenter.org). A multicourse tasting menu will feature farmers'-market-to-table dishes prepared by chefs from La Condesa, Uchi, parkside, TRIO, and Dai Due Supper Club. Tickets are $150 per person at www.sfcchefseries.eventbrite.com. For corporate tables, e-mail alexis.lanman@lacondesaaustin.com. Sunday, Nov. 8, 6pm.

Dawn Orsak will present a class entitled Recipes for Family History to give students the "inspiration, skills, and ideas to delve into their family histories through the subject of food" through the Texas Union Informal Classes. Register for course ID No. 3648.301 online at www.informalclasses.org or by calling 232-5277. Wednesdays, Nov. 11 & 18, 6:30-8:30pm.

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