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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carvermuseum.org
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, 11am-5pm. (2012) Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery, 24912 Singleton Bend East, Marble Falls, 512/267-6310. www.flatcreekestate.com
ANDIAMO MONTHLY WINE DINNER Enjoy the monthly wine dinner series with a multicourse Italian meal with wine selections by sommelier Pier Manna. Reserve by phone. Tue., Nov. 27, 7pm. (2012) Andiamo Ristorante, 2521 Rutland, 512/719-3377. $45. www.andiamoitaliano.com
COOKING CLASS & BOOK SIGNING Salt Lick owner/pit master Scott Roberts presents a cooking class based on recipes from The Salt Lick Cookbook - A Story of Land, Family, and Love (UT Press) followed by a book signing. Reserve by phone; $60. Tue., Nov. 27, 6:30-9pm. (2012) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. www.centralmarket.com
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BENEFIT FOR COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS Attending this venerable sip-and-stroll charity event gives you the chance to check out the premium facilities at the new race track, enjoy good food and drinks, and support Communities in Schools, all at the same time. To purchase tickets, go online. Thu., Nov. 29, 6:30-9:30pm. (2012) Circuit of the Americas Track, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., 512/301-6600. www.foodforthought.ticketleap.com
GRAND OPENING AT JEZEBEL & BAR MIRABEAU Chef/owner Parind Vora invites friends to formally celebrate the openings of the new version of Restaurant Jezebel and Bar Mirabeau at gala events in both the restaurant and bar. Make necessary reservations for dinner in the bar or restaurant by phone. Enjoy live jazz and complimentary passed appetizers on the deck overlooking Shoal Creek. 25% of the evening's proceeds will benefit Citizen Generation. Thu., Nov. 29, 6pm-12mid. (2012) Bar Mirabeau, 800 W. Sixth, 512/436-9633. www.barmirabeau.com
TEXAS HOUSE FARM-TO-TABLE FOOD CAUCUS RECEPTION & DINNER Bipartisan caucus founders Rep. Eddie Rodriguez and Rep. Lois Kolkhorst host a fundraiser at Austin's oldest urban farm featuring the best in Texas foods and beverages. Thu., Nov. 29, 5:30-8:30pm. (2012) Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. $100 ($175 per couple). www.buildacrowd.com/event/192
GLOW IN THE DARK KICKBOXING Make a minimum donation of $30 to the Cheyanna Foundation for Children to participate in an outdoor fitness kickboxing lesson followed by a healthy meal and skinny cocktail. RSVP by phone. Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30pm. (2012) Draft Pick American Grill, 1620 E. Riverside Dr..