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.
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
FIESTA DE INDEPENDENCIA Celebrate Mexico's independence from Spain at Takoba with live music and DJ's, plus special prices on Cervesa Indio and cocktails made with Ilegal and Wahaka Mezcal. Sat., Sept. 15, 5pm-1am. (2012) Takoba, 1411 E. Seventh, 512/600-4715. www.takobarestaurant.com
BAKING DEMONSTRATION AND BOOK SIGINING Authors Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, owners of the Brooklyn bakery Baked, will sign copies of their newest cookbook, Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $40), and present a baking demo. Check out our blog, On the Range, for a review of this new book. Sun., Sept. 16, 2-4pm. (2012) Williams-Sonoma Great Hills, 9722 Great Hills Trail #150, 512/231-1813.
FAMILY-STYLE BOUCHERIE Chef Ben Hightower prepares a Louisiana-style pig roast complemented by side dishes and legendary New Orleans cocktails with live music and a screening of Saints game highlights on the patio. Reserve by phone. Sun., Sept. 16, 3-9pm. (2012) Trace at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3660. $35 ($12 for kids 6-12). www.traceaustin.com
'FIFTY SHADES OF GREY' TRIVIA PARTY Indulge in cocktails, cake balls, and sexy trivia at a special Ladies Trivia Night based on the popular summer page-turner. RSVP online. Tue., Sept. 18, 7pm. (2012) Austin Cake Ball Kitchen & Bar, 3401 Esperanza Crossing #104, 512/215-3633. www.austincakeball.com
COCKTAIL & APPETIZER PAIRINGS Enjoy savory appetizers paired with cocktails designed to enhance the culinary experience. $65; reserve by phone. Tue., Sept. 18, 7-9pm. (2012) Tavern on Main, 116 N. Main, Buda, 512/295-0121.
BEAUJOLAIS & BURGERS Enjoy tasty pairings of Beaujolais wines with gourmet burgers. Go online to buy tickets or check our blog, On the Range, this week to win free passes. Wed., Sept. 19, 7pm. (2012) parkside, 301 E. Sixth, 512/474-9898. $15. www.beaujolaisandburgersaustin.eventbrite.com
BROOKLYN BREWERY DINNER Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy will be on hand to pair some of his beers with five courses of chef Andrew Curran's inspired cuisine. Reserve by phone. Wed., Sept. 19, 6pm. (2012) Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. $70. www.easytigeraustin.com
TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY Ahoy, matey! Show up at the Freehouse in costume to enjoy live pirate entertainment, costume contests and drink specials. Wed., Sept. 19, 7-10:30pm. (2012) Opal Divine's Freehouse, 700 W. Sixth, 512/477-3308. www.opaldivines.com
WINDY HILL GOAT & THIRSTY PLANET BEER DINNER The final meal in our Chef's dinner series features several dishes made with Windy Hill goat meat paired with Thirsty Planet beers, plus live music. Reserve by phone. Wed., Sept. 19, 7pm. (2012) Olivia, 2043 S. Lamar, 512/804-2700. $75. www.olivia-austin.com
WIZDOM WEDNESDAY Enjoy a three course meal prepared by Dr. Foo Swasdee during a fascinating evening with radio and TV food critic Dr. Rob Balon. RSVP by phone or via email at email@example.com. Wed., Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30pm. (2012) Satay, 3202 W. Anderson #205, 512/467-6731. $30. www.satayusa.com
NOBLE PIG SANDWICHES MEET COLORADO CRAFT BREWS Noble Pig chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez team up with Breckenridge Brewery's Todd Usry for a multicourse pairing of artisan meats, charcuterie, and beer. Reserve online or by phone. Thu., Sept. 20, 6:30-9pm. (2012) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $50. www.centralmarket.com
THIRD THURSDAYS WINE WALK Every third Thursday from September through December enjoy sips, shopping, and sunsets for good causes at the Oasis. Purchase a $5 wristband to sample wines while shopping this week to benefit the Austin Children's Shelter. Thu., Sept. 20, 6-9pm. (2012) Oasis, Texas, 6550 Comanche Trail. www.oasistex.com
AUTUMN PICNIC WITH THE PASTRY QUEEN Learn how to make delectable sweet treats from the pastry queen herself, Rebecca Rather at this delicious class. Fri., Sept. 21, 6:30-9pm. (2012) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $55; reserve online or by phone. www.centralmarket.com
BEERS FOR BUILDINGS Black Star demonstrates their status as a Breadwinner for the Sustainable Food Center's building fund by hosting an all day fundraiser. The co-op will donate $1 for each High Esteem beer sold that day to the SFC capital campaign. Fri., Sept. 21, 11-1am. (2012) Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337. www.blackstar.coop
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
Windy Hill F, Ladies Trivia Night, Baked Elements, Beaujolais, parkside, Matt Lewis, Renato Poliafito, Brooklyn Brewery, Andrew Curran, Ben Hightower, Trace at the W, Takoba, Music on the Menu Cooking Class, Ruby Dee, Opal Divine's Freehouse, Windy Hill Farm, Thirsty Planet, Dr. Foo Swasdee, Dr. Rob Balon