Updates on upcoming culinary events.

Young Ladies Sunday Tea

The young ladies of the Austin Girl's Choir invite everyone to their annual afternoon tea this Sunday, April 30, from 4-6pm in the McCord Center on the campus of the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary at 100 E. 27th. The Sunday-dress event will re-create a full English tea complete with dainty sandwiches and elegant pastries provided by Penny McConnell of Penny's Pastries, Rebecca Rather of Rather Sweets, Kathryn Mathis of Wakichef, Suzann Garde of Central Market, Beth Pav of Cooking by Design, and Janet Chaykin of Whole Foods. Entertainment will include three sets of choral music presented by the choir. Adults and children are welcome, and tickets are $12 at the door.

Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

There will be a monthly meeting of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs this Monday afternoon, May 1, from 4-5pm at Ella's Restaurant & Bar (#1 Jefferson Sq., 458-2148). Plans for a fall fundraiser benefiting the Sustainable Food Center will be discussed.

New Downtown Market

For several years now, there's been a need for a large downtown farmers market site. Many options were proposed, but nothing seemed to work until restaurateur Eddie Wilson made the parking lot of Threadgill's World Headquarters (301 W. Riverside) available to market organizer Pamela Boyar. The Armadillo Farmers Market operates Wednesdays from 3-6pm and offers farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, plants and bedding plants, herbs, local cheeses, breads and pastries, natural meats, and salsas.

May 4 Festivities

Cinco de Mayo comes early with the folks at Mexic-Arte Museum (419 Congress, 480-9373) on Thursday, May 4, from 6-9pm. The Taste of Mexico fundraiser will feature delicious food samples from 20 of Austin's finest Mexican restaurants and food purveyors as well as regional dishes prepared by chefs from Saltillo, Mexico, one of Austin's sister cities. Call the museum for $25 advance tickets... That same night, the Torchbearers host the Garden Party, a celebration of life, art, food, wine, and music benefiting the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum (605 Robert E. Lee, 445-5746) from 6:30-9:30pm. Fourteen Austin restaurants will provide scrumptuous comestibles complimented by wines from Twin Liquors to be enjoyed while strolling the magical grounds of the unique garden. Call the museum to reserve tickets.

Brew Dinner

Though we're more likely to hear about restaurant dinners touting the pairing of food and wine, the Bitter End (311 Colorado, 478-BEER) is hosting a brew dinner Sunday, May 7. This dinner offers the opportunity to learn more about the art of pairing good food with uniquely brewed beers. Renowned international beer connoisseur and guru Michael Jackson will act as guide for the evening, which will feature seven different beers handcrafted by brewers Tim Schwartz and Stephen Tidwell accompanied by a five-course dinner prepared by bistro chef Matthew Shipman. Seating is limited, so make reservations now.

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