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Westlake's popular FiveStar Bar-B-Que has recently been re-christened FiveStar Bar-B-Que & Grill (3638 Bee Caves, 328-2599) by new owners Susan Provenzano and Alex Duran. The partners have added many favorite grilled menu items from their previous restaurant (the recently closed Good Eats Cafe on Barton Springs Road) to the already well-established FiveStar bill of fare. They've also added a Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm.
The Texas Wine & Grape Grower Association (817/424-0570) gathers in Austin this weekend for the Fall Harvest Festival and annual meeting at the DoubleTree Austin Hotel (I-35 & Hwy 183). The public is invited to join them Friday night, October 30, 7-10m, for the Uncorking Texas Wine & Food Tasting ($30), with food from fine Austin chefs and wines from some of Texas' best winemakers. The first Harvest Brunch ($40) is Sunday, November 1, noon-2pm, at Spicewood Vineyards (CR 409 off Hwy 71, 830/693-5328). The brunch offers a meal by Austin chefs, vineyard tours, wine tastings, and cooking demonstrations... The Central Market Cooking School (4001 N. Lamar, 458-3068) has some impressive talent scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Pastry chef/author Elinor Klivans will lead a class on bake-and-freeze chocolate desserts Friday, October 30, and demonstrate recipes from her new book, 125 Cookies to Bake, Nibble, and Savor (Broadway, $25 hard) on Saturday afternoon, October 31. Mr. Thanksgiving himself, recipe developer extraordinare Rick Rogers, will show how to prepare a superb holiday meal using recipes from his new book Thanksgiving 101 (Broadway, $19.95 paper) on Tuesday, November 3, and California chef/cookbook author John Ash will present easy techniques for preparing fish and pairing it with wine on Friday, November 6. Call for information and reservations.