Meal Times

Nov. 15-20

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

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

EMPTY BOWL PROJECT PREVIEW PARTY Invest in the opportunity to pick out that one perfect bowl without having to wait in line, and enjoy soup, bread, appetizers, desserts, beer, and wine in the bargain. Silent auction and door prizes. Sat., Nov. 17, 6-9pm. (2012) The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000. $75. www.themarchesa.com

NEW ORLEANS-STYLE SUNDAY BRUNCH Chef Paul Hargrove is whipping up a special New Orleans-style jazz brunch for the weekends of the East Side Studio Tour, complete with signature brunch cocktails. After 4pm, the restaurant will also host an extended happy hour. Sun., Nov. 18, 11am-3pm. (2012) East Side Show Room, 1100 E. Sixth, 512/467-4280. www.eastsideshowroom.com

THE AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT Pick out a lovely bowl created by a generous local potter and fill it with delicious soup from one of the top Austin restaurants who contribute to this benefit for the Capital Area Food Bank's Kids Cafes and Meals on Wheels & More's Meals for Kids. Live music and a silent auction. Sun., Nov. 18, 11am-3pm. (2012) The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000. $20. www.themarchesa.com

THANKSGIVING FEAST FOR THE HOMELESS Jack Gilmore, chef/owner of the two Jack Allen's Kitchen restaurants, will serve a bountiful Thanksgiving feast to the homeless aided by volunteers from his restaurants and Mobile Loaves & Fishes at the First Baptist Church Downtown on Monday evening. Mon., Nov. 19, 5:30-7:30pm. (2012) First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity, 512/476-2625.

H-E-B'S FEAST OF SHARING Every year, H-E-B serves a free holiday meal to Austin's less fortunate and homeless citizens. This year's meal will feed more than 14,000 people at the Palmer Events Center, and H-E-B will deliver hot food to another 500 house-bound elderly and disabled. There will be live music, a kids' activity center, plus representatives of 15 nonprofit organizations offering social services to guests. Tue., Nov. 20, 4-8pm. (2012) Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.. www.palmereventscenter.com

PRE-THANKSGIVING DINNER Chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez continue their fine dining dinner series with a pre-holiday meal. Complete menu online; BYOB. Reserve by phone. Tue., Nov. 20, 7pm. (2012) $65.

BIKINIS SPORTS BAR & OPERATION TURKEY: FEED THE HOMELESS Bikinis once again joins forces with Operation Turkey to serve a free Thanksgiving meal to the homeless at both locations in Austin (214. E. Sixth, 6901 N. I-35) and in San Marcos (1437 N. I-35). Register online to help volunteer. Thu., Nov. 22, 8:30am-noon. (2012) Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, 214 E. Sixth, 512/469-0001. www.operationturkey.com

THUNDERCLOUD SUBS TURKEY TROT RAFFLE The Turkey Trot raffle is back and the grand prize is a 2013 Honda Accord! Second and third prizes are $1,250 gift packages from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, including bikes, gear, clothing, and accessories. $25 raffle ticket sales are open whether you register for the race or not, and proceeds benefit Caritas. Register for the race and/or buy tickets online. Thu., Nov. 22, 8am. (2012) www.thundercloud.com/index.php/register

HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE Avoid the Black Friday crowds at a relaxed holiday shopping spree in the pavilion where more than 20 artisan vendors will be selling everything from chocolate truffles to jewelry. Make reservations by phone for brunch (11am-1pm) or lunch (1-4pm) in the bistro or call ahead for alfresco dining in the pavilion with wood-fired pizza and salad. Fri., Nov. 23 - Sat., Nov. 24, 11am-5pm. (2012) Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery, 24912 Singleton Bend East, Marble Falls, 512/267-6310. www.flatcreekestate.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, 401 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. Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 8 Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, 512/495-1800. $50. www.hotelella.com

LONGHORN BREAKFAST CLUB Bloody Mar bar and brunch menu every home game day. Complimentary party bus to tailgates. Aug. 30, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Nov. 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