Dec. 29-Jan. 3
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
HOLIDAY BAKING DEMONSTRATION Cake & Spoon owner/pastry chef Melissa Brinkman will demonstrate how to make Lemon Lavender Shortbread Bars with citrus fruit from G & S Citrus and Blanco County Lavender during the market. Sat., Dec. 29, 10am. (2012) Cedar Park Farmers' Market, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/363-5700.
SPANISH-ASIAN INSPIRED DINNER Supper Friends welcomes chef Eric Nelson Brown to prepare a multicourse, Spanish-Asian inspired dinner. As always, bring your own beer, wine, or sake to drink and/or share. Reserve online or by phone. Sat., Dec. 29, 7pm. (2012) Swoop House at 2Dine4 Catering, 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600. $65 plus tax and tip. www.2dine4.com
AUSTIN DESSERTS ON UNIQUE SWEETS Be sure to watch four of Austin's sweetest businesses on an upcoming segment of the Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets. The show's Canadian camera crew visited Lick Ice Cream, Cake & Spoon, a Foreign & Domestic Bake Sale, and Delish Bakery. The first airing is on Dec. 30, but the Austin segment replays on Jan. 5, 7, & 13.