Austin weekends don't get much busier than this one. Chabad House is sponsoring the second annual Chanukah Bazaar at the Renaissance Stouffer Hotel. The opening gala is at 7pm Saturday evening, November 16; tickets are $75. "The entire meal will be glatt kosher," says organizer Dawn Weiner. Renaissance catering coordinator Linda Pool says that the hotel staff will serve certified Kosher food prepared at Chabad House. Gala guests will also have the first opportunity to shop at the Bazaar's 70-100 vendor booths, and enjoy the music of Peter Himmelman, headline entertainer for the evening. The Bazaar -- comprising vendor booths for gift shopping, children's educational activities, and live entertainment -- will be open to the public, Sunday, November 17, 10am-6pm; admission $3. Kosher food offerings will include latkes, blintzes, pickles, corned beef, pastrami, kosher baked goods from the Randall's kosher bakery and kosher foods gift baskets from HEB. If you're hungry for baked goodies just like your bubbeh used to make, the local Hadassah chapter will have a bake sale booth with delectables like rugulach and challah. For more info, contact Dawn Weiner at 459-3453... Downtown this weekend, the third annual Texas Brewer's Festival will be serving up more than 50 different varieties of handcrafted beers from Texas micro-breweries and Austin brewpubs at the corner of Fourth & Colorado. The festival runs noon-10pm on Saturday, and 1-8pm on Sunday. Admission is free, but to sample the beers, participants must show a valid ID and buy a festival mug for $3. Winners of the Brew Ha-Ha Homebrewers Contest will be announced from the music stage about 6pm on Saturday. Good food, good music and safe rides home will be available all weekend See the pullout section in this issue for more information... The Gateway Whole Foods has scheduled a Taste Adventure on November 15-16 with chefs from Stelline, Jean Luc's, Mars, Bitter End, Belgian Restaurant, Copper Tank, Coyote Cafe, Canyon Cafe, Cafe Josie, Spiazzo's, Jean-Pierre's and the Whole Foods Market Deli. Chefs will prepare signature dishes with Whole Foods products and chat with shoppers. On November 19, Gateway will present macrobiotic cooking expert Elizabeth Ortiz with her ideas for a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner from 6-8pm... Chef/owner Rino Lanzalotti of Bottega della Pasta reports that he has closed the retail end of his business at 4201 S. Congress and is now strictly a wholesale operation. Look for his handmade pastas, ravioli and gnocchi at local restaurants, Whole Foods and Central Market... After more than 5 years, chef Charlie Mayes has left Gilligan's and will open his Cafe Josie in the old West End Cafe location sometime soon... Jeffrey's executive chef David Garrido was chosen as one of 4 finalists out of 200 chefs who entered the Maple Leaf Farms Duck Recipe contest. He's just returned from cooking for 30 national judges at Rockefeller Center in NYC with a $1,000 prize for his recipe for Duck Nachos... Louie's 106 chef Joe Buley will teach cooking classes at the restaurant on two Saturdays -- Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 -- 11:30am-2pm. Call 476-2881 to register... A drive down S. First reveals that there will soon be a Golden Buffet Chinese restaurant in the former Spaghetti Warehouse location and that ForRay's has also gone out of business -- their location is for rent.