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
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
ASTI LOBSTERFEST Celebrate an annual summer tradition with a three-course family-style feast including a Caprese salad, a lobster entree, and watermelon granita for dessert. Reserve by phone or online. Thu.-Sat., July 12-14 Asti, 408-C E. 43rd, 512/451-1218. www.astiaustin.com
BASTILLE DAY FOOD & WINE CELEBRATION Enjoy French-inspired dishes paired with some of the country's most distinctive varietals chosen by the Austin Wine Merchant. $40; reserve by phone or email. Fri., July 13, 6:30pm. (2012) Savory Spice Shop, 1201 W. Sixth, 524-1093. firstname.lastname@example.org
BASTILLE DAY AT CIPOLLINA Chef Daniel Hunt has created a special $30, four-course menu for Bastille Day that will be available in addition to regular offerings. Sat., July 14, 5-10:30pm. (2012) Cipollina, 1213 West Lynn, 512/477-5211. www.cipollina-austin.com
BASTILLE DAY FETE Artisan Bistro's annual Bastille Day celebration always includes delicious food and wine, live music, plus family-friendly games and entertainment. The bistro's French country buffet is $15 per person (free for kids under 12), and other food vendors will be on-site. Sat., July 14, 5-10pm. (2012) Artisan Bistro, Patisserie & Boulangerie, 900 RR 620 S. Ste. C-107, Lakeway, 512/263-8728. www.artisanbistroaustin.com
COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF SARA MOULTON Respected TV chef Sara Moulton shares memories of her years working alongside Julia Child while preparing a light meal of classic French dishes. The class is $15 for standing room only, followed by a book signing. Sat., July 14, 11am-1pm. (2012) Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 512/266-5666. www.faradayskitchenstore.com
GLUTEN-FREE BAKING DEMO BY KAREN MORGAN Blackbird Bakery owner and cookbook author Karen Morgan presents a free gluten-free baking demonstration in the store. Sat., July 14, 1-3pm. (2012) Williams-Sonoma Great Hills, 9722 Great Hills Trail #150, 512/231-1813.
MEAT & GREET AT MEAT HOUSE AVERY RANCH The Meat House chain celebrates the opening of a second Austin location with family-friendly activities and tastings of organic, all-natural meats, exotic game meats, fresh fish, prepared meals, artisan cheeses, and bakery items. Sat., July 14, noon-4pm. (2012) Meat House Avery Ranch, 10621 W. Parmer Lane, Suite 103, 432-5553.
HALF WAY TO NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION Trento hosts their first annual half-year party with live music by Sound of AM, refreshing St. Germain cocktails handcrafted by brand ambassador David Alan, half-off on selected bottles of wine, and special half-priced bar menu items and pizzas. Tue., July 17, 7-10pm. (2012) Trento, 3600 N. Capital of TX Hwy., Bldg. D, 512/328-7555. www.trento360.com
BOOK SIGNING WITH CHEF MARCUS SAMUELSSON Chef/restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson will sign copies of his new memoir, Yes, Chef at the Central Market Cooking School. $20 reservation for the book signing includes a copy of the book. Wed., July 18, 4-6pm. (2012) Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000. www.centralmarket.com
ZAX CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY Zax owners Mike Baldwin and Jeffrey Lynd thank their loyal patrons for sharing nine years of serious food, great beer, and stylish wines with a customer appreciation party offering specially priced menu items and $3 select draft beers. Wed., July 18, 4-10pm. (2012) Zax Restaurant & Bar, 312 Barton Springs Rd., 512/481-0100. www.zaxaustin.com
CLASSES AT CON' OLIO Con' Olio introduces guests to high-quality extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars in classes at their new Downtown outlet: Olive oils for $19.99 on Thursday, July 19, 7pm and balsamic vinegars for $29.99 on Thursday, July 26, 7pm. 215 Lavaca, 495-1559. www.conolios.com
GUEST APPRECIATION ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Owner Willie Abraham invites friends and fans of the restaurant to drop by for a specially priced $6.95 per person buffet to celebrate the restaurant's first anniversary. Thu., July 19, (2012) Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine, 12407 MoPac N., 512/837-4444. www.tajmahalaustin.com
JAK-STYLE TAILGATE PREVIEW PARTY Chef Jack Gilmore invites you to check out his new Round Rock location and meet some of the farmers who will supply it. Take hard-hat tours of the new outlet and enjoy food from the grill, cold beverages, and peach cobbler with Amy's Ice Cream. Thu., July 19, 4-6pm. (2012) 2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock.
SUMMER HARVEST FESTIVAL The award-winning winery celebrates its 35th anniversary with a month-long harvest festival of fabulous weekend activities. Check out the event schedule at www.messinahof.com and reserve online or by phone. July 26-Aug. 19 Messina Hof Winery and Resort, 4545 Old Reliance, Bryan, 979/778-9463.
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.
JAZZ BRUNCH Live jazz accompanies this bimonthly brunch buffet held in the hotel's courtyard lounge. $3 mimosas. Sat., March 1 - Sat., May 24, 10am-2pm, 10am-2pm, 10am-2pm, 10am-2pm, 10am-2pm, 10am-2pm. Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/444-7322. www.sanjosehotel.com
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