July 26-August 2
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
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.
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
DOMINO DUEL & 42 TOURNAMENT Grab your hippest domino playing pal and hurry over to the Eastside for this tournament offering $1,000 in prizes. There's a $40 entry fee for teams of two. Check in between 8 and 8:45pm. Sat., July 28, 9pm. (2012) Papi Tino's CLOSED.
PERUVIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY Susana Osorio invites you to celebrate the independence of her native Peru with great food, Andean and Latin American music, and dancing. Sat., July 28, 6-10pm. (2012) La Chaparrita, Highland Mall Food Court, 512/323-5404. www.lachaparritaaustin.com
Z TEQUILA TASTING DINNER Enjoy a multicourse tasting dinner paired with cocktails made from Z Tequila upstairs in the Mariposa Bar. Reserve via email. Wed., Aug. 1, 7pm. (2012) Maudie's Hill Country, 12506 Shops Pkwy., 512/263-1116. $40 per person, all inclusive. email@example.com, www.maudies.com
PICNIC WINE DINNER Enjoy a family-style picnic dinner prepared by chef Erica Beneke that is paired with picnic-perfect wines in Max's Underground, our cool and comfortable party room. $50 per person; purchase tickets online. Thu., Aug. 2, 7pm. (2012) Max's Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto, 512/904-0111. https:
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