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
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
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION LUCKY DRAW Andiamo commemorates eight successful years in business by offering loyal customers the opportunity to win a bottle of Bressan Pinot Nero ($70 value) in a lucky drawing. Fill out a Lucky Draw card or drop off a business card at the restaurant between now and Aug. 31. Winner will be announced Sept. 10. Andiamo Ristorante, 2521 Rutland, 512/719-3377. www.andiamoitaliano.com
101+ KNIFE SKILLS WORKSHOP Ethan Hamme of Messermeister Cutlery will teach you how to handle knives like a pro in this hour and 15-minute class. Learn to grip, chop, cut, dice, slice, julienne, chiffonade, mince, peel, coarse cut, puree, and more. $15; reserve by phone. Sat., Aug. 11, 9:30 & 11:30am Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 512/266-5666. www.faradayskitchenstore.com
JULIA CHILD DESSERT TRIBUTE Trace pastry chef Janina O'Leary honors her mentor Julia Child with a special dessert of Profiteroles with Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream during the week of Child's birthday. Order it in the restaurant. Bon appétit! Mon.-Sat., Aug. 13-18 Trace at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3660. www.traceaustin.com
MAN FOOD FIRE: THE EVOLUTION OF BARBECUE Barbecue master and cookbook author Steven Raichlen offers an informative presentation about the evolution of meat cookery. For more information on Raichlen's appearance and a review of his latest book on cooking ribs, check out Mick Vann's story "Steven Raichlen Riffing on Ribs II" online at austinchronicle.com. Tue., Aug. 14, 7pm. (2012) Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 936-4649. Free. www.thestoryoftexas.com/education/adults.html#man_food_fire
WINE DINNER WITH CHEF RINO LANZALOTTI Enjoy a six-course dinner paired with wines at Chef Rino's newest restaurant. $45 per person, prepaid. Seating is limited to 30 guests; reserve by phone. Tue., Aug. 14, 6:30-8:30pm. (2012) Tavern on Main, 116 N. Main, Buda, 295-0121.
WISDOM WEDNESDAY WITH BOB COLE Longtime Austin radio personality Bob Cole will speak about realizing his personal dream of bringing back Austin's iconic KOKE-FM radio station and share anecdotes about his life in Satay's private dining room. Email to RSVP. Wed., Aug. 15, 6:30-8:30pm. (2012) Satay, 3202 W. Anderson #205, 512/467-6731. email@example.com, www.satayusa.com
SUMMER DATE NIGHT Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by chef Albert Benitez with wines from Best Vineyards presented by Mike Patton. $65, all inclusive. Email to make reservations. Thu., Aug. 16, 6:30pm. (2012) Cover 3, 2700 W. Anderson #202, 512/374-1121. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cover-3.com
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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