Feb. 28-March 9
RODEO AUSTIN COWBOY BREAKFAST Every year, Austin gets the rodeo spirit by kicking things off with a big campfire breakfast on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Begin the day with hearty victuals like biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausages, fried catfish and hush puppies, breakfast tacos and doughnuts; then wet your whistle with milk, juice, and coffee. This free and family-friendly event always includes live music and Western-style entertainment. Wagons, whoa! Fri., March 1, 6-9am. (2013) Auditorium Shores, 920 W. Riverside.
VIVA LAS VEGAS AIDS Services of Austin hosts the 20th annual faux gambling fundraiser with a vintage Vegas theme in a swanky mid-century modern facility. Enjoy games of chance, live and DJ music, cocktails, a silent auction, and food from local restaurants. Sat., March 2, 8-11pm. (2013) Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 MoPac N., 512/261-0142. $90 ($50-75, advance). www.asaustin.org/viva
CANTINE TALAMONTI WINE DINNER New chef Mattia Lambertini joins Rodrigo Redmont of Cantine Talamonti to present a multicourse dinner with wine pairings to benefit the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. Mon., March 4, 6:30-8:30pm. (2013) Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar, 4800 Burnet, 512/458-1100. $60 ($50, members). www.winefoodfoundation.org
WINE ME DINE ME DINNER SERIES Famous for his wines and wine service, Brian Duncan of Bin 36 in Chicago will join us for a multicourse dinner with wine pairings. Reserve by phone or email. Tue., March 5, (2013) Cafe Josie, 1200 W. Sixth, 512/322-9226. $75. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cafejosie.com
THE KEYS TO THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASS Food Network cooking personality and cookbook author Aida Mollenkamp prepares dishes from her book The Keys to the Kitchen (Chronicle Books). Reserve by phone for the class and signed copy of the cookbook. Wed., March 6, 6:30-9pm. (2013) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $80. www.centralmarket.com
MEET THE BREWER EVENT WITH HOPS & GRAIN Thu., March 7, 6-8pm. (2013) Liberty Tavern, 500 E. Fourth, 682-2739. Free. www.libertytavernaustin.com