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Dec. 13-19

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

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

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

COOKING COMPETITION TV SHOW CASTING CALL Sharp Entertainment will be in town casting a new food competition series called Frankenfood for Spike TV. Aspiring contestants are encouraged to show up with a unique dish featuring an odd combination that actually tastes good. See website for more details. Sat., Dec. 14, 10am-5pm. (2013) DoubleTree Hotel, 6505 N. I-35, 512/454-3737. www.sharpentertainment.com/casting/frankenfood

AFTERNOON WITH SANTA Give Santa the Xmas list in person and have family photos taken with the jolly old elf, or take them yourself. Cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and live music by Joe McDermott. Reservations required. Sun., Dec. 15, 2-5pm. (2013) The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 512/439-1234. $25. www.driskillhotel.com

MICKLETHWAIT CRAFT MEATS ANNIVERARY PARTY These guys have had a great first year and want to celebrate with all their friends and fans. They'll be serving food and hosting a domino tourney noon-3pm (sign up by email) and will offer live music after 3pm. Y'all come. Sun., Dec. 15, noon-6pm. (2013) Micklethwait Craft Meats, 1309 Rosewood, 512/791-5961. craftmeats@gmail.com, www.craftmeats.com

THE COOKIE TAKEDOWN Matt Timms is back with another Takedown competition and this time, he wants talented home cooks to enter the most delectable batch of baked cookies they've ever made. Email Matt at chilitakedown@gmail.com to enter for the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars' worth of big-name cookware prizes. Sun., Dec. 15, 2-4pm. (2013) Shangri-La, 1016 E. Sixth, 512/524-4291. www.thetakedowns.com

RETRO HOLIDAY BASH Bring a White Elephant gift worth no more than $10 for admittance to this retro-themed party and enjoy festive foods like vegan nog, "cheeze" plates, and plenty of sweet treats, or purchase the new menu item, the Soul Food Burrito. Tue., Dec. 17, 6-9pm. (2013) Counter Culture, 2337 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/524-1540. www.countercultureaustin.com

HOLIDAY SHERRY TASTING Local wine distributors will pour samples of their sherry portfolios accompanied by light appetizers for $5. Guests can also opt to stay for a prix fixe menu dinner with sherry pairings after the tasting for $65. Reservations can be made by phone for the dinner but are not necessary for the tasting. Thu., Dec. 19, 6:30-8:30pm. (2013) Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar, 2905 San Gabriel, 512/474-2905. www.finoaustin.com

SIGN UP FOR COOKING CLASSES It's not too late to purchase cooking classes scheduled for January and February for holiday gifts. Visit the website for dates, menus, and prices. Faraday's Kitchen Store, 12918 Shops Parkway #540, 512/266-5666. www.faradayskitchenstore.com

TURK PIPKIN BOOK SIGNING Enjoy Mozart's incredible annual light show and get a copy of When Angels Sing signed by the author himself. Fri., Dec. 20, 6-8:30pm. (2013) Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900. www.mozartscoffee.com

Ongoing

SFC EAST FARMERS' MARKET Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm 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, 512/852-2360. 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

BOGGY CREEK FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8am-1pm Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. www.boggycreekfarm.com

SPRINGDALE FARM FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale, 512/386-8899. www.springdalefarmaustin.com

TAILGATE ON THE LAWN Three hours prior to UT football kickoff time, Hotel Ella serves up food, brews, and cocktails, plus shuttle service to and from the stadium. Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 8 Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande, 512/495-1800. $50. www.hotelella.com

LONGHORN BREAKFAST CLUB Bloody Mary bar and brunch menu every home game day. Complimentary party bus to tailgates. Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 8 & 27 J Black's, 710-B W. Sixth, 512/433-6954. www.jblacks.com

JAZZ BRUNCH Live jazz, $3 mimosas, and a brunch buffet. Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Nov. 22 Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. $24. www.sanjosehotel.com

HOLIDAY FAVORITES AT CENTRAL MARKET’S COOKING SCHOOL An array of holiday-themed cooking classes. Sun., Nov. 2, (2014) Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/LocationDetail.aspx/AustinNorthLamar

COMMUNITY TABLE AT UCHI Enter a lottery to attend a community table at Uchi. Tue., Nov. 25, (2014) Uchi, 801 S. Lamar, 512/916-4808. austin@uchirestaurants.com, uchiaustin.com

12 DAYS OF DESSERTS Each dinner features desserts themed for a day in the classic song. Through Dec. 24 LaV, 1501 E. Seventh, 512/391-1888. www.lavaustin.com

HOTEL SAN JOSE'S BAVARIAN NIGHTS Tue., Dec. 16, (2014) Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360. www.sanjosehotel.com