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
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
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
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
GLUTEN-FREE SUMMER PIZZAS Gluten-free baking expert Karen Morgan demonstrates the preparation of gluten-free summer pizzas. Sat., Aug. 25, 1-3pm. (2012) Williams-Sonoma Great Hills, 9722 Great Hills Trail #150, 512/231-1813.
HATCH CHILE RECIPE COMPETITION Central Market's Hatch Chile Festival culminates with seven finalists preparing their chile dishes at the South store on Sat., Aug. 25 at 3pm and at the North store on Sun., Aug. 26 at 4pm. A panel of celebrity judges will evaluate creativity, taste, and presentation; prizes will be awarded. Central Market South, 4477 S. Lamar; Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar.
OLIVE OIL PAIRING DINNER WITH AUTHOR TOM MUELLER This evening will include a five-course Interior Mexican menu paired with extra virgin olive oils selected by Con' Olio owner Jeff Conarko and wines chosen by Fonda San Miguel Sommelier Brad Sharp. Author Tom Mueller will discuss his book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. $85, all inclusive; reserve by phone. Sat., Aug. 25, 7:30pm. (2012) Fonda San Miguel, 2330 W. North Loop, 512/459-4121. www.fondasanmiguel.com
MONTHLY WINE DINNER WITH SOMMELIER PIER MANNA Enjoy a four-course Italian meal paired with wine for $45 per person. Reserve by phone. Tue., Aug. 28, 7pm. (2012) Andiamo Ristorante, 2521 Rutland, 512/719-3377. www.andiamoitaliano.com
OSKAR BLUES BEER DINNER Enjoy a five-course meal paired with beers from Colorado's Oskar Blues. $65 per person; reserve by phone. Tue., Aug. 28, 6-10pm. (2012) 24 Diner, 600 N. Lamar, 512/472-5400. www.24diner.com
13TH ANNIVERSARY BREWER'S DINNER The evening will include a tour of the brewery, a five-course meal paired with some of our best handcrafted brews, and guests will take home a NXNW logo pint glass. Reserve by phone. Wed., Aug. 29, 7pm. (2012) North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery, 10010 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/467-6969. $49. www.nxnwbrew.com
50 SHADES OF RED PARTY Inspired by this summer's hottest read, Sullivan's is throwing a party complete with a red carpet, red appetizers and $6 specialty red cocktails, hot tunes, and exciting raffle prizes, plus the opportunity to have pictures taken in your red outfits with Fifty Shades of Grey character look-alikes. Fri., Aug. 31, 7-10pm. (2012) Sullivan's Steakhouse, 300 Colorado #200, 512/495-6504. www.sullivansteakhouse.com
MARFA DIALOGUES Attend a free three-day symposium where artists, performers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and writers such as Michael Pollan participate in conversations about climate change and sustainability. Check out the program online. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Marfa Ballroom, 108 E. San Antonio St.,, Marfa. www.ballroommarfa.org
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
Santa Rita Tex, 13th Anniversary Brewer's Dinner, North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery, J Black's, DJ Arsenal, gluten-free, Karen Morgan, Central Market, Hatch Chile Festival, Housewives of South Austin Party, Austin Partners in Education, Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina, Pier Manna, Andiamo Ristorante, Tom Mueller, Fonda San Miguel, Con' Olio, Jeff Conarko, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, 24 Diner