INDIE CHEFS WEEK Some of the hottest young culinary talent in the country will be cooking in Austin during Indie Chefs Week. Foreign & Domestic chefs and co-owners Ned and Jodi Elliot have invited chefs who inspire and encourage them to come to Austin for four nights of taste-tempting and thought-provoking dinners. Austin and Houston will be represented as well as Portland, Los Angeles, Providence, Charleston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Nantucket. Dinners on Wednesday through Friday will include eight courses prepared by eight chefs for $125 per person with a complementary cocktail and wine pairings. Dinner on Saturday night is a 21-course blow-out prepared by all the chefs for $200 per person with wine pairings. For a complete list of participating chefs each evening and to buy tickets, go online. Jan. 9-12, 7pm Foreign & Domestic, 78751, 512/459-1010. www.indiechefsweek.com
FARM TO DISCO: A NIGHT OF GLITZ, GLAM & FONDUE The Homegrown Revival and the Sustainable Food Center host this retro-inspired evening with a local menu designed by chef Sonya Coté paired with creative cocktails courtesy of Dripping Springs Vodka. DJ Chino Casino provides the disco soundtrack and disco-appropriate attire is encouraged! Proceeds benefit the SFC's capital campaign and tickets are available online. Mon., Jan. 14, 7-10pm. (2013) Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 512/994-2819. $60. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/events-1/farm-to-disco-by-chef-sonya-cote
WINTER COOKING CLASS SERIES Chef Bess Giannakakis' winter cooking series is ongoing with small weekly classes scheduled in January and February at her lovely bed and breakfast overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Class schedule, prices, and registration info are online. Mon., Jan. 14 - Mon., Feb. 25, (2013) Gateway Guesthouse, 1001 E Riverside, 512/326-2646. www.gatewayguest.com/food-and-wine/cooking-classes/
FARM FRESH DINNERS Guest chef John Bullington will prepare six-course farm fresh dinners on consecutive nights for Supper Friends. As always, check the menu online and bring your own beer, wine, or cocktails. Reserve online or by phone. Wed.-Thu., Jan. 16-17, 7pm Swoop House at 2Dine4 Catering, 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600. $65. www.2dine4.com
HANDS-ON SUSHI CLASS Step up your sushi game with chef Summer Pruett. Wed., Jan. 16, 6-8pm. (2013) Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 266-5666. $55. www.faradayskitchenstore.com
AUSTIN CHEF WINE & DINE SERIES Chef David Bull kicks off the 2013 Wine & Dine series with a five-course dinner paired with premium wines, served on the top floor of the Austonian. Proceeds benefit the culinary grant program of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Tickets are available online. Thu., Jan. 17, 6:30pm. (2013) The Austonian, 200 Congress, 512/623-3633. $150 (includes valet parking). www.austinfoodwinealliance.org
SUPPER FRIENDS DINNERS Three guest chefs finish out the month in the Supper Friends kitchen: Chef Dustin Koerner presents a Latin Fusion meal on Fri., Jan. 18 at 7pm; Chef Josh Venne's guests will Experience Spain on Wed., Jan. 23; and chef Eric Nelson Brown will prepare Classy Texas Comfort Food on Fri. & Sat., Jan. 25 & 26. As always, reserve by phone and BYOB. Swoop House at 2Dine4 Catering, 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600. $65. www.2dine4.com
WARM SAKE AND A MOVIE The evening begins with a demonstration on how to warm sake followed by a presentation from their Toji on the Texas rice used to make their product. Kids can play in the bouncy fort, Fresh Off the Truck will be selling food, and guests can relax in their own lawn chairs to watch Hiyao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro. Fri., Jan. 18, 6-9pm. (2013) Texas Sake Company, 5501 N. Lamar.