Meal Times

Dec. 13-20

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

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

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/

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

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

CASTING CALL FOR CBS REALITY SHOW CBS is looking for talented amateur bakers interested in competing in their new reality baking competition series based on the hit UK program, The Great British Bake Off. Grab your baking utensils, sign up here and hit the road for Dallas! Sat., Dec. 15, 11am-4pm. (2012) Duo - All Things Culinary; 7721 Inwood Road, Dallas. www.cbs.com/bakingshow

GINGERBREAD COOKIE PARTY Bring the family to this party where we'll be decorating gingerbread cookies and making holiday ornaments. We'll provide the cookies and decorating materials plus a face painter and balloon artist. Sun., Dec. 16, 4pm. (2012) Austin Terrier, 3435 Greystone, 512/369-3751. www.austinterrier.com

INSPIRATION FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS FEAST Chef Andrew Brooks of Spirited Food demonstrates multiple courses to inspire your Christmas feast. Reserve by phone. Sun., Dec. 16, 11am-1:30pm. (2012) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $50. www.centralmarket.com

MIRACLE ON FOURTH STREET FOOD DRIVE Hangar Lounge encourages patrons to belly up to the bar with a contribution of at least five nonperishable food items or a cash contribution to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank in return for raffle tickets and a drink voucher. The festive evening will include photos with Santa, raffle prizes, silent auction items, and dancing. Thu., Dec. 20, 8pm-2am. (2012) The Hangar Lounge, 318 Colorado, 512/474-4264.

END OF THE WORLD PARTY Gather at Banger's to celebrate the end of the world where they'll be roasting three pigs in the ground, Mayan style. For $15, the menu includes roast pork, black beans and rice, grilled shishito peppers, grilled corn in the husk, and grilled salsa, plus Molten Mayan Chocolate Souffles from Butterface Bake Shop. Limited release kegs will be tapped starting at 5pm. Buy special edition Banger's half-liter mugs for $5 to fill with the rare craft brews you'll be trying. Live music from 5pm till 12mid, and an artist will be on hand to decorate faces with Mayan glyphs. Fri., Dec. 21, 5pm-12mid. (2012) Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656. www.bangersaustin.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

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

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

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