Aug. 31-Sept. 5
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
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
BECKER VINEYARDS GRAPE STOMP Celebrate the annual harvest by stomping grapes and leaving footprints on a souvenir T-shirt or enter the Lucy & the Italian Woman Costume Contest based on the classic I Love Lucy grape-stomping segment. Enjoy food vendors, live music, and wine tastings. Sat., Sept. 1, 10am-6pm; Sun., Sept. 2, noon-5pm Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall, 800/946-9463. www.beckervineyards.com
FALL CREEK VINEYARDS LABOR DAY GOURMET GETAWAY Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fall Creek Vineyards with a gourmet getaway weekend. Enjoy a casual lunch on the vineyard patio on Saturday or Sunday ($17.50) or take a guided bus tour of the 100-foot Fall Creek Falls with fascinating historical commentary by rancher/winemaker Ed Auler complete with a gourmet picnic lunch. $42.50 per person for bus tour/picnic. RSVP for all events by phone. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 1-2, 11am-2pm Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222, Tow, 325/379-5361. www.fcv.com
NXNW 13TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY Help the owners and staff of NXNW celebrate 13 successful years in business at a party with a purpose featuring live musical entertainment, birthday cake, and plenty of beer. Proceeds go to Blue Dog Rescue. Sun., Sept. 2, 6pm. (2012) North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery, 10010 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/467-6969. $2 suggested donation. www.nxnwbrew.com
WINE ME DINE ME DINNER SERIES Winemaker Gianni Gagliardo is flying in from Italy to present his wines with the four-course Italian menu at the monthly wine dinner. Reserve by phone. Tue., Sept. 4, 6:30pm. (2012) Cafe Josie, 1200 W. Sixth, 512/322-9226. $69, all inclusive. www.cafejosie.com
EDIBLE AUSTIN & PAPI TINO'S CHEF CHALLENGE DINNER SERIES This hip Eastside venue hosts talented students from four of Austin's top culinary education programs during the month of September in a Chef Challenge competition. Students prepare appetizer and entrée courses to be paired with Oaxacan mezcal and Papi Tino's will provides desserts. Admission gets you three courses with mezcal pairings and a signature cocktail. Buy tickets at www.facebook.com/events 199666736830125. Wednesdays in September, 7pm Papi Tino's CLOSED. $35.
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS Zhi Tea celebrates five years in business with a week of specials and events: free shipping, a blending party, tea happy hour, an afternoon tea preview, and private tasting party. Check their website for complete details and don't miss the big anniversary party with cocktails, mocktails, food, and more. Fri., Sept. 7, 7-10pm. (2012) Zhi Tea, 4607 Bolm, 888/944-4832. www.zhitea.com
VEGAN INDIAN COOKING CLASSES Cookbook author Anupy Singla presents two classes based on recipes from her new book, Vegan Indian Cooking, this weekend. Friday, $50; Saturday, $70. Reserve by phone or via email email@example.com. Fri., Sept. 7, 6:30pm; Sun., Sept. 9, 10am Whole Foods Market Culinary Center, 525 N. Lamar, 512/542-2340.
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