October Is the Busiest Month for Events in Austin

There are just too many events to miss in the coming week, so On the Range takes over for 'Food-o-File' in order to spread the word

The House of Torment
The House of Torment (Photo by Todd V. Wolfson)

October is everyone's favorite month for events here in the River City, and it really isn't hard to understand why. The weather begins to moderate, making it possible to actually enjoy being outdoors, and the annual cash infusion from the new student population begins circulating in the local economy. Add to that the promise of a good UT football season, and what's not to celebrate? "Food-o-File" is on vacation this week because the print edition is celebrating our annual "Best of Austin" winners, so On the Range will take over to make sure I don't miss telling you about all the fabulous events and happenings coming up in the next few days… First up, those wacky Jolly Garogers need your help with their 2008 Trick AARRGGHH Treat donation drive. For every $10 ticket purchased between now and Halloween, LifeWorks will be able to send an at-risk kid to the wickedly marvelous House of Torment haunted house at Highland Mall this month. To donate, go to www.frontgatetickets.com. See the Chronicle feature "It Came From the Back Yard," Oct. 3, for more on the House of Torment…

The fall season at the ACC Culinary Arts Bistro 3158 (3401 Webberville Rd., Bldg. 3000 #3158, 223-5334) opens this Thursday and runs consecutive Thursdays through Nov. 20. The student-run eatery offers great meals at very affordable prices and is really worth a visit. Lunch is served from 11:30am until 1pm, and reservations are not necessary. Dinner seatings are between 6 and 7:15pm and do require reservations. For menu and price information or to make reservations online, go to www.austincc.edu/hospmgmt/bistrobistrette.htmZax Pints & Plates (312 Barton Springs Rd., 371-7838, www.zaxaustin.com) invites you to its annual Oktoberfest celebration this Thursday, Oct. 16. Enjoy German food, special Oktoberfest beers, giveaways, and prizes… Chef Louie Ciola is busy preparing another incredible seven-course feast to complement the foodie film classic Big Night that shows up every few months at Ciola's Italian-American Restaurant (1310 RR 620 S., 263-9936). These evenings of food, film, and free-flowing Italian wine are always great fun, and the price is $85 per person. Reservations are suggested… What better place to spend a glorious fall evening than on the lovely grounds at Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th, 458-8191) for its La Dolce Vita XIX Bacchanalia. The event benefits the exhibitions and educational programs at the Austin Museum of Art. Festivities include signature dishes from many of Austin's best chefs paired with great wines and dancing under the stars to the music of the Nash Hernandez Orchestra. Tickets are available online at www.amoa.org… A production crew from the Food Network will be in Taylor on Saturday morning filming a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary Louie Mueller's Barbeque (206 W. Second in Taylor, 352-6288, www.louiemuellerbarbecue.com) with host Adam Gertler for a segment of his new program that debuts in 2009. Barbecue fans are encouraged to join in the fun between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, Oct. 18… Students and chef instructors at the Texas Culinary Academy (11400 Burnet Rd., 837-2665, www.tca.edu) present their third annual Mediterranean Food Fest this Saturday, Oct. 18 from 11am to 3pm on the school grounds. Events will include educational seminars on food, wine, cheese, olive oil, and olives; student competitions; cooking demonstrations; and a wine-tasting seminar ($10). The event is free, but students will be preparing French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern dishes throughout the day that will be for sale.

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