TRAILER FOOD TUESDAYS Last Tuesdays through October The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5664. www.thelongcenter.org/event/trailer-food-tuesdays
ASTI'S LOBSTERFEST Chef Jacob Weaver presents a three-course prix-fixe lobster meal with salad, pasta, and dessert for two. Mention Lobsterfest when making reservations by phone. July 11-13 Asti, 408-C E. 43rd, 512/451-1218. $95. www.astiaustin.com
FOOD FOR EVERY WINE/ WINE FOR EVERY FOOD SIP & STROLL Pair wine selections with international food samples at stations set up throughout both Central Market locations. Fri., July 12, 4-8pm. (2013) Central Market North, Central Market South. $10.
PRIX FIXE PRE-CONCERT DINNER SERIES Enjoy a prix fixe meal including an appetizer, pasta, and dessert before the 17th annual Austin Chamber Festival's summer concert series: Friday and Saturday nights before the shows start at 7;30pm and Sunday afternoons before 3pm. Fri., July 12 - Sun., July 28, (2013) Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar, 4800 Burnet, 512/458-1100. $17. www.gustoitaliankitchen.com
RED RABBIT BAKERY TRAILER GRAND OPENING Join the Red Rabbit bakers in a celebration of their new food trailer outlet with free beer, entertainment, prizes, and great vegan doughnuts. Fri., July 12, 7-10pm. (2013) 701 E. 53rd. www.redrabbitbakery.com
BIKINIS TEXAS KICK-OFF WEEKEND Opening of the new event facility and Bikini Hall of Fame will include live music all day, a bikini contest, food from Black's Barbecue, a meet & greet appearance by Carmen Electra, and a wristband-only performance by Jerry Jeff Walker in Guller Hall. Air-conditioned buses will depart from Bikinis North (6901 N. I-35) at 11am and 3pm. Tickets online. Sat., July 13, noon-10pm. (2013) Bikinis, Texas, 7905 Old San Antonio Road, Fredericksburg. bikinistexas.com/
VIVA TEQUILA FIESTA WITH LUCINDA HUTSON Meet author Lucinda Hutson and buy a signed copy of her new book Viva Tequila! First 100 people will enjoy Lucinda's El Jimador punch and select appetizers. Sat., July 13, 1-4pm. (2013) Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina, 1206 W. 38th, 512/419-7482. www.santaritacantina.com
BASTILLE DAY DINNER Chef Jay Huang presents a multicourse French dinner. Check out the menu online to figure out your own wine, beer, or spirits pairings. Reserve by phone. Sun., July 14, 7pm. (2013) Swoop House at 2Dine4 Catering, 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600. $95. www.2dine4.com
THUNDERING PAWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY BENEFIT Representatives of Thundering Paws will be on hand with information about their services and 10% of the restaurant's proceeds will be donated to support their efforts. Tue., July 16, 11:15am-10pm. (2013) Mother's Cafe & Garden, 4215 Duval St., 512/451-3994. www.motherscafeaustin.com
OLIVIA SUMMER DINNER SERIES The Peach Dinner is next in the series. Reserve by phone; seven courses with wine pairings. Thu., July 18, 7pm. (2013) Olivia, 2043 S. Lamar, 512/804-2700. $75. www.olivia-austin.com
ROLLING ROADSHOW PREMIERE OF CRAFTING A NATION Bring lawn chairs or blankets for an outdoor screening of this documentary film about the craft brewing revolution with producer Courtney Cobb. Enjoy Jester King brews and Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza. 21 and older; movie begins at sunset. Purchase tickets online. Thu., July 18, 7pm. (2013) Jester King Craft Brewery, 13005 Fitzhugh Rd., Bldg. B, 512/537-5100. www.jesterkingbrewery.com
SAVORY GOES TO SPAIN Chef Fer Candil of Paellas, Tapas, & More Catering presents a class based on classic Spanish food. Reserve by phone. Thu., July 18, 6-8pm. (2013) Savory Spice Shop North Austin, 10000 Research Blvd. #129, 512/795-0770. $40.
CUPCAKES & COCKTAILS The Austin Food Blogger Alliance hosts their annual fundraiser featuring cupcakes from local bakeries, restaurants, and caterers paired with cocktails made from local spirits. Tickets online. Fri., July 19, 6-9pm. (2013) Le Cordon Bleu, 3100 Esperanza Crossing #100, 866/337-9293. $35. www.cupcakesandcocktails2013.eventbrite.com
WEDDING OAK WINERY DINNER Chef Travis Finch presents a farm to table dinner featuring Winters Family Beef, vegetables and pecans from King's Crossing Farm, and honey desserts from Spiral Horn Apiary with wine pairings. Reserve online. Fri., July 19, 6-8pm. (2013) Wedding Oak Winery, 316 E. Wallace, San Saba, 325/372-4050. $75. www.weddingoakwinery.com