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.
DISHIN' WITH THE DIVAS COOKING CLASS Mady Kaye & the Beat Divas dish up fabulous end-of-summer recipes along with jazzy food songs and wine. Reserve by phone. Sat., Sept. 8, 6:30-9pm. (2012) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $55. www.centralmarket.com
KIOLBASSA & KAB ON WINE ROAD 290 Twelve wineries along Highway 290 West team up with area restaurants to present signature dishes made with sausage from Kiolbassa Provision Company paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. No tickets needed; map available on the web. Sat., Sept. 8, 10am-6pm. (2012) Fredericksburg Wine Road 290, Gillespie County. www.wineroad290.com
HOPE FARMERS MARKET'S EAST SIDE COUNTY FAIR The second annual East Side County Fair features family-friendly games and activities, live music, free beer from Adelbert's and Rogness, and a photo booth. Proceeds benefit HOPE's food stamp acceptance program. Sun., Sept. 9, 11am-3pm. (2012)
JUICING FOR BEAUTY Learn about juicing raw foods for health and beauty from Artemis and Kristalle Feszainn of the New Earth Center. Reserve by phone. Sun., Sept. 9, 11am-1pm. (2012) Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 512/266-5666. $10. www.faradayskitchenstore.com
DINING FOR LIFE The fall fundraising season kicks off with Dining for Life to benefit AIDS Services of Austin. More than 65 restaurants around the city will donate the proceeds from specific meals to ASA. Mon.-Tue., Sept. 10-11
FARM & FOOD LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Attend one of the few national conferences focused on government policies that impact local food and sustainable agriculture. Be inspired and empowered to become an advocate for local food and family farms. Lunch each day by Dai Due. Complete details and registration online. Mon.-Tue., Sept. 10-11, 9am-5:45pm Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center, 1408 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, 512/332-8981. www.farmandranchfreedom.org/conference-2012
A TASTE OF MOROCCAN FOOD & WINE Enjoy a tasting of a variety of dishes representing the exotic cuisine of Morocco, paired with wines from the Austin Wine Merchant. Reserve by phone. Thu., Sept. 13, 6:30-8pm. (2012) Savory Spice Shop, 1201 W. Sixth, 512/524-1093. $40.
SIMPLIFY 2.0 HANDS-ON COOKING CLASSES SERIES Utilize this five-week cooking class series to build a core of techniques and a base of culinary knowledge with chef Katy Parker as your guide. Register by phone. Thursdays for five weeks, 10am-noon & 6-8pm Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 512/266-5666. www.faradayskitchenstore.com
MUSIC ON THE MENU COOKING CLASS The Music on the Menu cooking class series continues with Ruby Dee of Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers preparing dishes from her Ruby's Juke Joint: Americana Cookbook. Five courses will be paired with beers. Reserve by phone. Fri., Sept. 14, 6:30-9pm. (2012) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $50. www.centralmarket.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
High, Dining for Life, AIDS Services of Austin, Mady Kaye & the Beat Divas, Farm & Food Leadership Conference, Dai Due, Zhi Tea, HOPE Farmers Market East Side County Fair, Adelbert's, Rogness, New Earth Center, Kiolbasa Provision Company, Highway 290, Anupy Singla, Vegan Indian Cooking