14 Austin Food Events to Add to Your Social Calendar

Ice cream/biscuit combos, a local luau, and more to keep you satiated

Imagine this sandwiched in a biscuit. (Photo by John Anderson)

Lick Honest Ice Creams and Bird Bird Biscuit are teaming up for a one-day Biscuit Ice Cream Sandwich available at all Lick Austin locations on Sept. 15 to benefit Urban Roots. The Biscuit Ice Cream Sandwich features any Lick ice cream on a Bird Bird biscuit with a drizzle of one of Lick’s house-made sauces. The folks at Luck recommend the Figgy Biscuit Ice Cream Sandwich, featuring scoops of Lick’s Fromage & Fig ice cream, made with local River Whey Creamery Fromage Blanc and fresh figs from Urban Roots, on a buttery biscuit from Bird Bird Biscuit slathered with Lick’s house-made fig jam.


LeRoy and Lewis is hosting their first annual Pitmaster’s Potluck on Sept. 8, 6-9pm at Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden. Chefs from all over the state will be getting together to cook for the community, preparing dishes like Korean pork steak, beef back ribs, queso flameado sausage, blue crab rice, and smoked strawberry shortcake. For $50, you'll receive appetizers provided by Salt & Time, a potluck plate, and two drink tickets.


Jack Allen's Kitchen's Anderson Lane location will be hosting the 12th installment of their “Meet the Maker” series on Sept. 10, 5-7pm. This free event will spotlight the work of Garrison Brothers, with samples of JAK's specialty single barrel along with their small batch, plus plenty of swag and food specials.


On Sept. 14, 6-11pm, She’s Not Here will be celebrating their first anniversary with an endless summer-themed luau. Pay $25 at the door for a night of sushi, satay, and tempura served banquet style, a cash bar slinging tiki cocktails, and entertainment from Hawaiian Dancers Luau’s-Events Tropical Productions. And by the way, they’ve rolled out a brand-new lunch menu available Tue.- Fri., 11:30am-2pm. It includes $15 Hawaiian plate lunches, like Mongolian beef with wild mushroom, garlic soy, and fried onion; and seafood tom yum with shrimp and fish, beech mushroom, lemongrass, and lime leaf. There’s also the $17 “from the sushi bar” section, with offerings such as a tuna poke bowl with tuna, kiwi, sesame, cilantro, and sushi rice; and the chef’s choice six-piece nigiri omakase and chef’s choice six-piece sashimi chirashi.


On Sept. 14, 12:30-2:30pm, Drinks Lounge will be hosting Drag Queen Bingo Sunday, with performances by Colleen DeForrest and Mandy Quinn – and your $5 buy-in to play goes to support Out Youth.


Roosevelt Room co-owners Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

The Roosevelt Room will be hosting the first installment of a new cocktail class series on Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon. The class, titled “Home Bartending 101,” is a two-hour introductory course encompassing all of the cocktail basics, including how to properly measure, shake, stir, strain, and garnish. Attendees will learn the history and how-to of three different cocktails, plus enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a take-home gift bag, for $75 a head.


Keep Austin Weird is hosting a 5.12k Run to Brunch on Sept. 22. The race, which will offer both 5k and 10k options, will culminate at Auditorium Shores with a celebratory post-run brunch showcasing dishes from some of the city’s most popular dining destinations, as well as live music performances, creative brunch cocktails, and unique activations for run participants and supporters.


For the more sedentary among us, on Sept. 22, WET Bar at the W Austin will be partnering with White Claw to present Jaws and Claws, featuring complimentary alcoholic seltzer sips and fabulous nautical themed prizes for attendees.


On Mon., Sept. 23, 6-11pm, Scholz Garten will be celebrating the Autumn Equinox with music from Redd Volkaert and the Matt Gilmour Band, with more performers TBD. The evening will also showcase the art of Rohit Records – a record store for bands that don’t exist. It is an art installation that mimics a record store – filled with album covers, concert posters and T-shirts – for completely fictitious bands, all created by artist Rohitash Rao. Earthbound Astronomers will be on hand with their telescopes for night sky viewing.


Cafe Josie (Photo by John Anderson)

Cafe Josie will be partnering with Paul Ozbirn on an $85-per-person five-course wine dinner on Sept. 26, 6:30-8:30pm. Start off with Pure Luck Farms goat cheese truffles paired with a Sangiovese Rosato, frito misto paired with a Macchialupa, seared Monkfish all’Amatriciana paired with Valpolicella, truffled risotto with braised oxtails paired with a Refosco dal Peduncolo, and espresso toronne for dessert.


Mean Eyed Cat celebrates 15 years in business on Sept. 27, 11am-2am. Their Sweet 15 celebration will include food specials from Do-Rite, live music from Band in Black, and limited-edition T-shirts.


September 28 is Beyoncé Drag Brunch at TRACE from 10:30am-3pm, featuring specialty cocktails and bites, and beats by Kid Slyce.


Over at Lala’s Little Nugget, September 28 is the date of their anniversary party. From 11am-2am, they’ll be featuring all day specials, like $6 selected cocktails, $4 selected drafts, and Do-Rite Barbecue. Of course Santa will be there.


Andiamo Ristorante will also be celebrating their 15th anniversary with a special $150-a-head wine dinner on Oct. 8, 7-9pm. The four courses are TBD, but we hear they’ll include a mascarpone and anchovy tower, and live chef carbonara demonstration.


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