Meal Times

Dec. 7-13

Thursday 1

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.,

Sunday 4

TEDDY BEAR TEAS Parents and children can enjoy tea service with drinks and sweets, caroling, and a reading by Santa on weekend afternoons from now until Christmas. Call to make reservations. Saturday and Sunday seatings at 2, 2:15, and 2:30pm through Dec. 23 Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 685-8300. $40 (kids 11 and under, $30).

Saturday 8

BREWING AND FLAVOR ANALYSIS 101 Beginning and intermediate home brewers and enthusiasts can learn the basic theory and practice of brewing so they will understand how to brew at home, followed by a small tasting. Proceeds benefit the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. Sign up online. Sat., Dec. 8, 1-4pm. (2012) Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337. $35.

DECKING OF THE CELLARS LUNCHEONS Celebrate the season with festive box lunches and mulled wine to the sounds of the holidays near a crackling fire in the decorated tasting room. Shop for wine and food items, unique gifts, and gift baskets. Make necessary reservations online or by phone. Sat., Dec. 8 & 15, noon-2pm Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222, Tow, 325/379-5361. $21.75.

FOOD PALOOZA AT CHERRYWOOD ART FAIR In addition to original artwork by more than 100 artists, live music all day, and kid-friendly activities, this year they've got a food-truck court with Bake Austin, Elixer Coffee, Fresh Off the Truck, mmmpanadas, Snarkys, and Tamale Place. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood, 512/414-4402.

GLASS2PLATE SEASONAL FARM DINNER & TOUR Dirk and Matt showcase local food in a multicourse meal with wine pairings on the grounds of historic Boggy Creek Farm. The evening begins with a farm tour at 5pm. Thirty seats available; reserve via email. Sat., Dec. 8, 5pm. (2012) Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. $135, all inclusive.,

HOPS & GRAIN EXPERIENCE DISCUSSION ON HISTORY OF FERMENTATION Brewers, bakers, and butchers will make up the panel at this community discussion surrounding the history of fermentation. Enjoy lively, informative discussion complemented by samples from each of the panelists' given crafts. Buy tickets at the brewery or via email. Sat., Dec. 8, 4-8pm. (2012) Hops & Grain Brewery, 507 Calles, #101, 512/537-9756. $20.,

Sunday 9

BREWING AND FLAVOR ANALYSIS 201 This class is for intermediate and advanced home brewers and beer aficionados who want to learn more about the beer-making process. House recipes will be used as a case study during the demonstration. A small tasting and discussion of how to control flavors will follow. Reserve online. Sun., Dec. 9, 1-4pm. (2012) Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337. $35.

MISS PICKLES 7TH BIRTHDAY PARTY Bring your pooch and your appetite to help us celebrate our favorite girl's birthday. There will be live music and DJ tunes all afternoon plus a hog roast with "meat & 3" plates and mulled wine until the food runs out. Sun., Dec. 9, noon-6pm. (2012) Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656.

Monday 10

SEASONALLY-INSPIRED THREE COURSE MENU Chef Josh Watkins and pastry chef Plinio Sandalio have created a seasonal, three-course fixed-price menu that is available every evening in December during the first hour of dinner service. Reserve by phone. The Carillon, 1900 University Ave. (AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center), 512/404-3655. $29.

TYLER FLORENCE FRESH Author and Food Network star chef Tyler Florence will sign copies of his newest cookbook, Tyler Florence Fresh (Clarkson Potter, $35). You'll need to buy books in the store. Mon., Dec. 10, 7pm. (2012) BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, 512/472-5050.

Tuesday 11

WINE ME DINE ME SPARKLING CELEBRATION Get into the spirit of the season with a multicourse dinner created by chef Brandon Fuller paired with festive sparkling wines discussed by Jerome Chladil of Republic National. Reserve online or by phone. Tue., Dec. 11, 6pm. (2012) Cafe Josie, 1200 W. Sixth, 512/322-9226. $85.

Thursday 13

DECEMBER FOOD DRIVE Drop into Avant Salon & Day Spa during December with a donation of nonperishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank and leave with an Aveda gift bag. Thu., Dec. 13 - Mon., Dec. 31, (2012) Avant Salon Spa, 507 Pressler #800, 512/472-6357.

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES Former Sagra chef/owner Gabriel Pellegrini will demonstrate the traditional Southern Italian feast of the seven fishes. Reserve by phone. Thu., Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30pm. (2012) Whole Foods Market Culinary Center, 525 N. Lamar, 512/542-2340. $50.

HISTORIC HOTEL'S 12 DAYS OF DRISKILL CONCLUDES Austin's most historic hotel concludes 12 Days of the Driskill with Holiday HAAM Sessions on Thursday, Dec. 13 with live performances by Wendy Colonna, Rod Williams, and Shelley Mac in the Driskill Bar with 35% of food and music proceeds benefitting HAAM; on Friday, Dec. 14, enjoy $8 craft beer flights in the 1886 Bakery Cafe; a Build-Your-Own-Bourbon flight in the Driskill Bar for $10 and up; and sample a Veuve Cliquot flight with dinner in the Driskill Grill for $52. And the whole family can drop off their Christmas List at the Santa Breakfast on the Mezzanine on Saturday morning, Dec. 15 from 9-11am for $25 per person. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 512/439-1234.

Friday 14

CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR AUSTIN PETS ALIVE Singer-songwriter Scott Helmer's national "Support Your Cause" charity concert tour stops at Zed's to benefit Austin Pets Alive!. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the organization and Scott will give a copy of his new album, Wake Me When It's Over to anyone who donates at least $5 to APA. Representatives of APA will be on hand to accept donations of cash, pet food, pet litter, and other supplies Fri., Dec. 14, 7pm. (2012) Zed's, 501 Canyon Ridge, 512/339-9337.

STUFF THE BUS FOOD DRIVE The Capital Area Food Bank has joined forces with Capital Metro and Whole Foods Market for a three day food drive to stuff a Capital Metro bus with 20,000 pounds of nonperishable food items. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 14-16, 8am-11pm Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206.


$0.25 MARTINI LUNCH Select martinis for a quarter on weekdays. Monday-Friday, 11-2 The Parish Underground, 214 E. Sixth, 512/494-6078.

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.

ACC’S BISTRO 3158 International cuisine from Austin Community College Culinary Arts students. Thursdays, 6pm ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, 512/223-5334. $22.

AFTERNOON HIGH TEA Every Sunday afternoon, this Downtown cafe transforms into a Victorian tea room with plenty of brewed teas, dainty finger sandwiches, and delectable desserts. Hours by appointment. Sundays Cafe Ruckus, 409 W. Second, 512/476-7825. $30.,

ALL-DAY HAPPY HOUR $9 selected sake carafes. Wednesdays, 11am-10pm Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081.

BANGER'S BIG BAND BRUNCH Don't fear the Manmosa. Sundays, 11am-3pm Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656.

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

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

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

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

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.,

CULINARY CRAWLS Explore Austin's culinary scene with your fellow foodies. Thursdays, 6-8:30pm

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.

ESPRESSO HAPPY HOUR Get your morning buzz on with free espresso shots. Tuesdays, 10-11am Thunderbird Cafe and Tap Room, 1401 Koenig, 512/420-8660. Free.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

JAZZ BRUNCH Sundays, 11am-2pm CRAVE, 304 E. Second, 512/469-0000.

LAV APRÈS-MIDI Discounted wine, cocktails, and small plates. Tuesdays-Fridays, 5-6:30pm laV, 1501 E. Seventh, 512/391-1888.

LAV LATE NIGHT Weekend reverse happy hour. Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30pm laV, 1501 E. Seventh, 512/391-1888.

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

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.

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

PRIMETIME HAPPY HOUR Late-night happy hour. Nightly, 7-10pm W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3600.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

TIKI SUNDAYS AT PÉCHÉ Enjoy imaginative tiki cocktails every Sunday; grass skirts and leis optional. Sundays Peche, 208 W. Fourth, 512/494-4011.

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.

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