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Dec. 6-12

RUBY'S BBQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS Join Pat Mares and her team as they celebrate 25 years of fine barbecue with food and drink specials all weekend, a screening of The Fugitive Kind on Friday evening, and live music on the patio on Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm. Fri., Dec. 6, 6:30pm. (2013) Ruby's BBQ, 512 W. 29th, 512/477-1651. www.rubysbbq.com

ARTS & DRAFTS INFORMAL CLASSES This new series pairs specialty drinks with weekend classes in everything from DIY Christmas decorations to making bitters to raising backyard chickens. Check out complete schedule and prices online. The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002. www.thenorthdoor.com

DECK THE CELLARS HOLIDAY LUNCHEONS Enjoy tunes of the season and a crackling fire in the tasting room, shop for artisan Christmas gifts, and have lunch. Reserve online or by phone. Dec. 7 & 14, noon-2pm Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222, Tow, 325/379-5361. $16. www.fcv.com

EAT DRINK LOCAL WEEK Edible Austin presents seven days of encouragement to buy and eat local. Go online for a complete list of special events and participating restaurants. Dec. 7-14 www.edibleaustin.com/eatdrinklocal

EAT, DRINK, READ AUSTIN Explore Austin’s culinary past with the authors of recent books Historic Austin Restaurants, Austin Breakfast Tacos, Austin Beer, and The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook. Light refreshments served; signed books on sale. Sat., Dec. 7, 1-4pm. (2013) Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 512/974-7480. www.austinhistory.net

HOLIDAY BEER TASTING Take a sip of some fine seasonal brews accompanied by snacks, speakers, trivia, and more. Sat., Dec. 7, 3-5:30pm. (2013) The Ginger Man, 301 Lavaca, 512/473-8801. $40. www.thegingerman.com

AN EVENING WITH WILL ALLEN The founder of Growing Power Inc. in Milwaukee discusses urban agriculture and universal access to fresh, nutritious foods with a panel of experts. Sun., Dec. 8, (2013) Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress, 512/441-3971. $35. www.edibleaustin.com/index.php/events/1398-eatdrink2013

WEEK OF WOOD TASTINGS Black Star offers a weeklong tasting of beers with woody characteristics, with a different choice every day through Dec. 15. Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337. www.blackstar.coop

FOR THE LOVE OF TAMALES It's time for the annual homemade tamale sale at both Santa Rita outlets, where they'll have rotisserie chicken tamales with tomatillo-serrano sauce and pulled pork tamales with Tex-Mex sauce for $16 per dozen. Order at least 24 hours in advance for pick up at either outlet. Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina, 1206 W. 38th; Santa Rita, 5900 W. Slaughter. www.santaritacantina.com

LAWRENCE KOCUREK COOKING CLASS Trace at the W chef de cuisine Lawrence Kocurek presents a locally sourced, seasonal meal with wine. Reserve online or by phone. Tue., Dec. 10, 6:30pm. (2013) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. $60. www.centralmarket.com

ADELBERT'S BEER DINNER AT GOODALL'S KITCHEN & BAR Executive Chef Scott Mechura will create a multicourse tasting menu paired with Adelbert's beers. Reserve by phone or email. Wed., Dec. 11, 6pm. (2013) Goodall's Kitchen & Bar, 1900 Rio Grande St., at the Hotel Ella, 512/495-1800. $89. goodalls@hotelella.com, www.goodallskitchen.com

FUEGO Y FLAMENCO Experience an evening of Spanish food and culture with tapas and a flamenco performance by Flamencura & Chayito Champion. Reservations suggested via Open Table. Wed., Dec. 11, 6pm. (2013) Málaga Tapas & Bar, 440 W. Second, 512/236-8020. www.malagatapasbar.com

ADVANCE SCREENING OF 'FARM-CITY, STATE' Produced/director David Barrow and special guests will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening of this new film about sustainable agriculture. Free, but please RSVP online. Thu., Dec. 12, 7pm. (2013) The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324. www.edibleaustin.com

HOLIDAY DINNER Chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez host an "odd bits" themed, multicourse holiday meal. BYOB; reserve by phone or email. Fri., Dec. 13, 8pm. (2013) Noble Sandwich Co., 12233 RR 620 N., #105, 512/382-6248. $65. noblepigaustin@gmail.com, www.noblesandwiches.com

HOLIDAY TEA AT THE DRISKILL Adults can sip champagne while the kids enjoy hot chocolate plus a selection of tea sandwiches, desserts, and scones. Friday through Sunday afternoons from 3-5pm; reservations required. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 22, 3-5pm The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 512/439-1234. $45 ($25, kids). www.driskillhotel.com

Ongoing

SFC EAST FARMERS' MARKET Tuesdays, 3pm-dusk 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, 512/444-7322. 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