Meal Times

Nov. 9-15

A TASTE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE Local food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin offers a free series of cooking classes based on a traditional healthy African diet. Get more information and sign up for the class via email. Through Dec. 13, 6pm Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926. info@thesandeyouthproject.org, www.carvermuseum.org

TOP OF THE HILL COUNTRY WINE TRAIL Join the seven wineries along the Top of the Hill Country wine trail in a patriotic salute to the country and our armed forces on from Friday through Sunday of this Veterans Day weekend. Tickets cover a souvenir wine glass, Celebrate American T-shirt, wine tastings, and a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Go online for more information and to by tickets. Alamosa Wine Cellars, 677 CR 430, Bend, 325/628-3313. www.topofhillcountry.com/product-p/stopwhining.htm

AUSTIN OYSTER FESTIVAL Local bands, local brews, local wines, and nonlocal oysters fill this outdoor feeding frenzy. Fri., Nov. 9, 6-11:30pm. (2012) Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 MoPac N., 512/261-0142. $30. seventy7degrees.com/AustinOysterFestival.html

CARNIVAL-O-PIZZA Once again it's time for the best party in SoCo, the annual Home Slice pizza carnival to benefit Austin Bat Cave. The day offers contests of endurance and skill, carnival games, a big raffle with killer prizes, live music, beverages from Real Ale Brewing and Dublin Bottling Works, plus plenty of pizza. Sat., Nov. 10, noon-7pm. (2012) Home Slice Pizza, 1415 S. Congress, 512/444-7437. www.homeslicepizza.com

FARADAY'S HOLIDAY BAKING CONTEST The sixth annual baking contest is this weekend and it's still not too late to enter in one of the four categories: Pies & Tarts, Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies, and Other. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category and a grand prize winner chosen from the top four. Drop off entries at the store between 8:30 and 10am Saturday morning and judging runs from 10-11:45am before the public tasting noon-3pm, after which prizes will be awarded. Find rules, entry forms, and complete info online. Sat., Nov. 10, 10am-4pm. (2012) Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 512/266-5666. www.faradayskitchenstore.com

24TH ANNUAL LONE STAR VEGETARIAN COOK-OFF Teams from all over Texas compete with an amazing array of meatless, vegan chilis judged for prizes in two divisions. Guests will vote for the people's choice award. The event includes chili tastings, kid's activities, vegan food and beer, door prizes, cooking demos, farm stands, vendor booths, and educational exhibits. Restaurants and individuals are encouraged to compete. Entry forms and complete info are available online. Sun., Nov. 11, noon-4pm. (2012) Burnet Road Farmers' Market, 6701 Burnet Rd., 377-9893. $10 for adults and teens, $7 for kids 6-12, college students, seniors, and veterans. www.veggiechilicookoff.com

FARM TO TABLE HARVEST DINNER Chefs John Bates of the Noble Pig, Josh Watkins of the Carillon, Erica Beneke of Max's Wine Dive, and Tim Dornon of Uchiko join forces with Travaasa executive chef Ben Baker to prepare a farm-to-table harvest dinner benefiting the Sustainable Food Center. Drink.Well will be on hand to mix cocktails with Tito's Vodka and Hops & Grain will provide craft beer. Bar and reception begin at 5pm, dinner is served at 6pm Travaasa, 13500 FM 2769, 258-7243. $95. www.travaasa.com

TUSCAN WINE & DINE AT ASTI Enjoy bubbly and savory bites before a four-course meal prepared by chef Kenzie Allen, with wine pairings by wine director Caroline Forbes. Reserve by phone. Thu., Nov. 15, 7pm. (2012) Asti, 408-C E. 43rd, 512/451-1218. $95 plus gratuity. www.astiaustin.com

8TH ANNUAL TEXAS FALL FEST & WINE AUCTION Avoid all the Formula One madness at this two-day event celebrating the wine and culinary delights of the Texas Hill Country. Friday night opens with a sunset stroll and farm-to-market wine fair in the resort's Yacht Club Ballroom from 6-9pm. Saturday offers the Texas Wine & Food Trail along the historic old Main Street in Marble Falls from 2:30-5:30pm. And the weekend concludes with a reception, dinner (prepared by Chef Josh Watkins), and wine auction in the resort ballroom. Complete details and ticket info online. Fri., Nov. 16 - Sat., Nov. 17, (2012) Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay, 830/598-2511. www.texasfallfest.com


SFC EAST FARMERS' MARKET Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm Corner of MLK & Miriam. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC FARMERS' MARKET AT THE TRIANGLE Wednesdays, 3-7pm Triangle Park, 4700 N. Lamar, 512/452-1404. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS' MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

SFC DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, 512/974-6700. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

BARTON CREEK FARMERS' MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

MUELLER FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd. www.texasfarmersmarket.org

HOPE FARMERS' MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal, 512/727-8363. www.hopefarmersmarket.org

CEDAR PARK FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/257-8500. www.texasfarmersmarket.org/cedar-park

LONE STAR FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm Shops at the Galleria, Shops Parkway, off Highway 71, Bee Cave. www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

BLUEBONNET FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm 2323 S. Lamar. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

DRINK LOCAL HAPPY HOUR Local brews for cheap. What better way to prepare for hump day? Tuesdays, 5-7pm Contigo, 2027 Anchor, 512/614-2260. $2 pints. www.contigoaustin.com

JAZZ BRUNCH Live jazz accompanies this bimonthly brunch buffet held in the hotel's courtyard lounge. $3 mimosas. Second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 10am-2pm Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. www.sanjosehotel.com

TOKYO HAPPY HOUR BRUNCH Check out the new Tokyo Brunch menu on weekends where made-from-scratch Japanese dishes are paired with sake cocktails. Enjoy happy hour prices from 10-11:30am at brunch during an introductory period. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

BOGGY CREEK FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am-1pm Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. www.boggycreekfarm.com

SPRINGDALE FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale, 512/386-8899. www.springdalefarmaustin.com

TAILGATE ON THE LAWN Three hours prior to UT football kickoff time, Hotel Ella serves up food, brews, and cocktails, plus shuttle service to and from the stadium. Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 8 Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, 512/495-1800. $50. www.hotelella.com

LONGHORN BREAKFAST CLUB Bloody Mary bar and brunch menu every home game day. Complimentary party bus to tailgates. Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 8 & 27 J Black's, 710-B W. Sixth, 512/433-6954. www.jblacks.com

JAZZ BRUNCH Live jazz, $3 mimosas, and a brunch buffet. Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Nov. 22 Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. $24. www.sanjosehotel.com

HOLIDAY FAVORITES AT CENTRAL MARKET’S COOKING SCHOOL An array of holiday-themed cooking classes. Sun., Nov. 2, (2014) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/LocationDetail.aspx/AustinNorthLamar

COMMUNITY TABLE AT UCHI Enter a lottery to attend a community table at Uchi. Tue., Nov. 25, (2014) Uchi, 801 S. Lamar, 512/916-4808. austin@uchirestaurants.com, uchiaustin.com

12 DAYS OF DESSERTS Each dinner features desserts themed for a day in the classic song. Through Dec. 24 laV, 1501 E. Seventh, 512/391-1888. www.lavaustin.com

HOTEL SAN JOSE'S BAVARIAN NIGHTS Tue., Dec. 16, (2014) Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. www.sanjosehotel.com