August heats up with Hatch green chili celebrations
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.
HATCH CHILE FESTIVAL Like everything else this year, the Hatch chiles are arriving early and Central Market has arranged for truckloads of the New Mexico specialty to be available fresh, roasted, and in prepared foods throughout the stores. The Cooking School has a full slate of chile-inspired classes available. They've also got the annual recipe contest going with great prizes and bragging rights. Recipe submissions can be made online. Aug. 8-21 Both Central Market locations. 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
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
CHEF DU CINEMA PRESENTS 'CHINATOWN' Chef du Cinema Ron Deutsch prepares a multicourse meal paired with a screening of the noir classic Chinatown. Sat., Aug. 18, 6:30-9pm. (2012) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $50 per person; reserve by phone. www.centralmarket.com
GRAPE STOMP & HARVEST FESTIVAL Enjoy two Saturdays of festivities that include grape-stomping, vineyard tours, special reserve wine tastings, barbecue lunches on the patio, and chef cooking demos paired with luncheons. Full details and reservation info online. Sat., Aug. 18 & 25, 11am-5pm Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222, Tow, 325/379-5361. www.fcv.com
CHUY'S GREEN CHILE FESTIVAL Enjoy mouthwatering new chile dishes and refreshing cocktails during the 24th annual Green Chile Festival running through September 9. Also look for chile-inspired giveaways and commemorative T-shirts for sale. Mon., Aug. 20, (2012) All five local Chuy's outlets.
RED RIBBON DINNER FOR ASA Support the mission of AIDS Services of Austin by attending a multicourse dinner prepared by chef Alex Kahn with wine pairings. Email to RSVP. Mon., Aug. 20, 7pm. (2012) Trento, 3600 N. Capital of TX Hwy., Bldg. D, 512/328-7555. $100. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.trento360.com
PAY IT FORWARD WITH DANIEL CURTIS After being the beneficiary of a benefit last year, local hospitality pro Daniel Curtis is determined to give back. He joins the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation in presenting an evening with food from some of Austin's top chefs paired with cocktails made by Tipsy Texan David Alan, a silent auction, and a musical performance by Kat Edmonson. Suggested ticket donation is $100; $150 for VIP entry at www.payitforwardwithdaniel.org. Tue., Aug. 21, 6-10pm. (2012) AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., 512/404-1900. www.meetattexas.com
HATCH CHILE FESTIVAL & DINNER Stop into the restaurant for special menu items made with Hatch chiles now through September and join the TnT Chilehead Club for monthly free rewards and event invitations. Make reservations for the Hatch Chile buffet dinner party ($14.95 adults; $6.95 kids 6-10) with Ambhar Tequila cocktails. Wed., Aug. 22, 5-9pm. (2012) Tacos and Tequila, 507 Pressler, 512/436-8226. www.tntgrill.com
5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Arrive early because the first 100 attendees get gift bags. Complimentary bites and bubbles, accompanied by live music, will be served up from 6 to 9pm, and DJ Arsenal rocks out after that. Thu., Aug. 23, 4pm-2am. (2012) J Black's, 710-B W. Sixth, 512/433-6954. www.jblacks.com
90+ RATED WINE DINNER Ruth's Chris presents a five-course meal paired with 90+ rated wines chosen by the editors of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Thu., Aug. 23, 7pm. (2012) Ruth's Chris Steak House, 107 W. Sixth, 512/477-7884. $110 per person; reserve by phone. www.ruthschris-austin.com
HOUSEWIVES OF SOUTH AUSTIN PARTY Enjoy games, contests, and live music, plus food and drink specials at this fun ladies night in return for donations of school supplies to Austin Partners in Education. Thu., Aug. 23, 7-9pm. (2012) 5900 W. Slaughter. www.santaritacantina.com
TOP FIVE FOR FAMILY COOKING CLASS Proprietor Alicia Phipps presents a cooking class with dishes using the store's top five for family spice blends. Reserve by phone. Thu., Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30pm. (2012) Savory Spice Shop North Austin, 10000 Research Blvd. #129, 512/795-0770. $25.
TOUR DE VIN The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas presents a globe-trotting culinary showcase with dishes from top Austin chefs paired with a selection of wines from around the world. $60 for members; $80 for the general public at www.winefoodfoundation.org. Fri., Aug. 24, 6:30-9:30pm. (2012) W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3600. www.whotelaustin.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