SUMMER OF '79 From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sullivan's Steakhouse offers three-course dinners. Sullivan's Steakhouse, 300 Colorado #200, 512/495-6504. $79 three course dinner for 2. www.sullivansteakhouse.com
WAY OUT WINERIES SUMMER COOK-OFF ROAD TRIP The 11 Way Out Wineries at the top of the Hill Country present a summer cook-off road trip with wine tastings and chef-prepared dishes at every stop on the trail. One $25 ticket gets you into all participating wineries. Fri., June 22 - Sun., June 24, 10am-6pm, 10am-6pm, noon-5pm. (2012) Alamosa Wine Cellars, 677 CR 430, Bend, 325/628-3313. www.wayoutwineries.com
AUSTIN BUG FESTIVAL Alan Davison and Marjory Wildcraft host this fascinating event where you'll need a good appetite and an adventurous palate to participate. Bring your own bugs, what you'd like to drink, and regular food for the potluck dinner. Davison will grill and serve bugs and talk about the edibility and cooking of insects. Sat., June 23, 5:30pm. (2012) Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700. $5 (kids, free). www.cityofaustin.org
HOW OUR FOOD GROWS PAGEANT Elementary school children participating in the Theater Action Project will present a puppet pageant and parade celebrating How Our Food Grows during the Downtown Farmers' Market followed by a watermelon eating and seed spitting contest. Sat., June 23, 9:30am. (2012) SFC Farmers' Market Downtown, Fourth & Guadalupe, 512/236-0074. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org
JAZZ BY STARLIGHT The Hill Country Pasta House and Lake Travis Liquors present an evening of jazz with the River City Trio and special guest Courtney McAdams in the restaurant's Rosemary Hall. Beer, wine, and food service will be available. Sat., June 23, 7:30pm. (2012) Hill Country Pasta House, 3519 FM 620 N., 512/266-9445. www.hillcountrypasta.com
ROOTS MUSIC CONCERT & DINNER The Roots music series continues with an evening of Swing performed by the Lucky Strikes, the Border Bootleggers, and the Nash Hernandez Orchestra on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum. Dinner will be served by the Longhorn Street Cafe ($10) and beer, wine, and sodas will be for sale. Adults, $12; kids free. Sat., June 23, 5:30pm. (2012) Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, 830/997-2835. www.pioneermuseum.com
SLOW FOOD YOUNG CHEFS COOKING CLASS SERIES Slow Food Austin hosts the Young Chefs Cooking Class Series at the Central Market Cooking School. Students 7-12 must be accompanied by an adult and will learn basic skills such as shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning up. $20 cost per class includes ingredients and recipes plus the potential to win door prizes. 9am-noon Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 206-1014. www.centralmarket.com
DRISKILL ACADEMY Think of the Driskill Academy as Hogwarts, but boozier when they offer a Tequila 101 tasting and dinner with cocktail pairings by Christina Valenzueala, Scott Ota, and Nathan Prater. Call to make reservations. Wed., June 27, 7:30pm. (2012) Driskill Grill, 604 Brazos, 474-5911. $65. www.driskillgrill.com
HOMESWEET HOMEGROWN BOOK SIGNING Blogger and author Robyn Jasko and illustrator Jenn Biggs will sign copies of their book, Homesweet Homegrown, at an end of tomato season celebration on the grounds of Springdale Farm. $15 covers the cost of a signed book, a garden-inspired cocktail, and food samples presented by Source Catering. Wed., June 27, 6-8pm. (2012) Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale, 512/386-8899. springdale.ticketbud.com/homesweethome
JOHN T. EDGE BOOK SIGNING Southern Foodways Alliance director and award winning food writer John T. Edge will discuss the Austin trailer food scene and sign copies of the Food Truck Cookbook - 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels (Workman, $18.95). Come hungry, because some of the Austin food trucks featured in the book will be on hand. Wed., June 27, 7pm. (2012) BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050. www.bookpeople.com
SPANISH WINES & TAPAS Representatives of Tapeña will be pouring a selection of Spanish wines paired with complementary tapas for your tasting pleasure. Thu., June 28, 5-7pm. (2012) Roaring Fork, 701 Congress, 512/583-0000. www.roaringfork.com
BALSAMIC VINEGAR & CHEESE PAIRING CLASS Jeff Conarko of Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars will moderate a tasting of aged balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, paired with select cheeses in a class at the Whole Foods Market Culinary Center. $25 per person; reserve at 542-2340. Fri., June 29, 6pm. (2012) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com
EATING WELL WITH A BUSY LIFE Chef Andrew Brooks' summer cooking class series at Spirited Food Co. kicks off with a simple and delicious dinner menu. Admission includes dinner and drinks. Reserve by phone or email. Fri., June 29, 6-8pm. (2012) Spirited Food Co., 1208 W. Fourth, 844-1833. $50. email@example.com, www.spiritedfood.com
SPAGHETTI WESTERN NIGHTS Art Blondin will serve up all-you-can-eat spaghetti with rib sauce and garlic bread for $9.95 along with free shows by Western Swing or Blue Grass bands on Wednesday evenings. Wed., July 18, 6-10pm. (2012) Jax Neighborhood Cafe CLOSED.
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