Meal Times

Dec. 7-13

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

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). www.fourseasons.com/austin

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. www.blackstar.coop

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. www.fcv.com

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. dirk@glass2plate.com, www.boggycreekfarm.com

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. info@hopsandgrain.com, www.hopsandgrain.com

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. www.blackstar.coop

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. www.bangersaustin.com

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. www.thecarillonrestaurant.com/

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. www.bookpeople.com

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. www.cafejosie.com

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. www.avantsalon.com

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. www.driskillhotel.com

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. www.austinpetsalive.org/donate

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. www.wholefoodsmarket.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. 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