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
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
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.
BAKE SALE RETURNS Jodi Elliott's wildly popular bake sales at Foreign & Domestic are back. Drop by with cash to see what Jodi and Rosie have cooked up! Sat., July 21, 10am-noon. (2012) Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd, 512/459-1010. www.fndaustin.com
CHILI & CHILLIN' The 12 wineries along the Wine Road 290 trail invite you to stop in for tastes of distinctive chili pepper concoctions paired with Hill Country wines. Check out the map online and stop wherever your please. Sat., July 21, 10am. (2012) Fredericksburg Wine Road 290, Gillespie County, 830/868-7027. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wineroad290.com
GO TEXAN TRAILER FOOD COMPETITION AT THE NATY The food trailers at the NATY are holding a food trailer competition to kick off the Texas Department of Agriculture's Go Texan Restaurant Roundup (www.GoTexanRestaurantRoundup.com. Judging by the celebrity panel will take place at 2pm and free samples will be available for People's Choice voting from 2:30-5pm. Dishes from the competition will be on the NATY trailer menus all week. Sat., July 21, 2-5pm. (2012) North Austin Trailer Yard, 1012 W. Anderson.
ROYAL FIG ARTISAN DINNER Royal Fig's Artisan Dinner series continues when chef Dan Stacy presents a multicourse dinner incorporating the hand-crafted brews of Jester King Brewery in each dish. $40 per person; reserve online or by phone. Sat., July 21, 7pm. (2012) Royal Fig Harvest Room, 4238 Bee Caves Rd., 512/739-3233. www.royalfig.com
THIRD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Celebrate three years of success at this popular Eastside hipster joint and enjoy live music and drink specials at the late night party. Sun., July 22, 5pm-2am. (2012) East Side Show Room, 1100 E. Sixth, 512/467-4280. www.eastsideshowroom.com
BRISTOL BAY SOCKEYE SALMON DINNER & FILM SCREENING Trace at the W and Slow Food Austin host a four-course dinner featuring Bristol Bay sockeye salmon followed by the screening of the documentary, Red Gold, about the endangered Alaska salmon run. Whole Foods Market fishmonger and salmon fisherman Jason Hedlund will speak and provide the fish for the dinner. Tickets are $65 for Slow Food members, $75 for nonmembers. Purchase them at www.slowfoodaustinsalmondinner.eventbee.com. Tue., July 24, 7pm. (2012) Trace at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3660. www.traceaustin.com
REAL ALE BEER DINNER Easy Tiger hosts a multicourse dinner paired with hand-crafted brews from Blanco's Real Ale. $55; reserve by phone. Tue., July 24, 6-10pm. (2012) Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com
11 COURSE LOBSTER DINNER Chef Andrew Francisco continues his world culinary tour with an 11 course Maine lobster dinner. $150 per person; reserve online or by phone. Wed., July 25, 6:30pm. (2012) Olivia, 2043 S. Lamar, 512/804-2700. www.olivia-austin.com
SINGLE MALT WHISKY GUIDED TASTING Wed., July 25, 6pm. (2012) Haddingtons, $35. www.haddingtonsrestaurant.com
JESTER KING CRAFT BREWERY DINNER New Hyatt executive chef Paul French and the kitchen at Southwest Bistro present a five-course dinner paired with craft brews from Jester King Brewery. $60 per person; reserve by phone or at www.opentable.com. Thu., July 26, 7pm. (2012) Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234.
AUTHENTIC BRITISH PUB OPENS IN CENTRAL MARKET DURING OLYMPICS In honor of London's 2012 Olympics, Central Market opens the Local, an authentic British-style pub serving British pub fare, imported British beers, French and Australian wines, and Fentiman's sodas. Drop into the Local adjacent to the wine and beer department. June 27-Aug. 12, noon-8pm Central Market South, 4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-4300. www.centralmarket.com
FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Chef and co-owner Alma Alcocer-Thomas invites friends and fans of her restaurant to drop in this weekend for $4 Chilanga Margaritas and Micheladas. Fri.-Sun., June 27-29, 11am-11pm El Alma Cafe y Cantina, 1025 Barton Springs Rd., 512/609-8923. www.elalmacafe.com
SUMMER HARVEST BEACH PARTY Pick up a souvenir tasting glass and a beach towel at any of the seven wineries along the Top of the Hill Country Wine Trail north and west of Austin. Celebrate the summer harvest with special pairings and music along the way. Fri.-Sun., July 27-29
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
Con' O, Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, Red Gold, Slow Food Austin, Wine Road 290, Hill Country wines, Jack Gilmore, Easy Tiger, Real Ale, Royal Fig's Artisan Dinner, Dan Stacy, Jester King Brewery, Messina Hof Winery and Resort, Eastside Showroom, Con' Olio, Haddingtons