You can tell it's October in Austin by the number of food and wine-related events packed into the coming week. Chronicle Cuisines editor Virginia B. Wood informs readers of all of them.

October Fests

You can tell it's October in Austin by the number of food and wine-related events packed into the coming week! Generous, talented hospitality professionals as well as hard-working community volunteers will be serving up some of River City's best comestibles in support of their churches, arts groups, and charitable causes. Here's a chance to eat, drink, and donate:

Oct.13-14: Mediterranean Festival at St. Elias Church (408 East 11th, 261-3169) 6pm-midnight both nights. Teams of congregation members have been busy in the St. Elias kitchen for weeks preparing a bountiful array of Mediterranean food items. This popular annual fundraiser features some of the best food and dancing to be enjoyed all year long.
Oct. 14: World Food Day celebration at the Alamo Recreation Center (2100 Alamo) from 10am-4pm. The Austin Food Network in collaboration with Alamo Recreation Center and Wheatsville Co-op presents a cornucopia of free events in observation of World Food Day, designated to increase awareness and action surrounding the issue of food security. Festivities will include workshops presented by community gardeners, market farmers, and beekeepers, a special farmer's market, cooking demonstrations with food samples by restaurant chefs and cooking instructors, live music, children's activities such as vegetable face painting, a pizza garden workshop, scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, and story time.
Oct. 15: Green Corn Project invites you to "Cook Globally-Grow Locally," their second annual fundraiser at Boggy Creek Farm (3414 Lyons Road, 926-4650) from 11am-5pm. The Green Corn Project is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged people grow organic foods at home. They supply the materials, seeds, plants, and labor to build organic gardens for needy families and individuals. Sunday's event will feature 45-minute cooking demonstrations by several talented local chefs and delectable food samples provided by nearly 20 restaurants, bakeries, and caterers. Guided tours of the historic 1840s farmhouse and five-acre organic market garden will be available. Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) and can be purchased by calling 833-7446 or logging on to
Oct. 15: Operafest 2000 will feature the best of local brews, foods, and music in the first fundraising event to be held at the new Mary Ann Heller Center for Austin Lyric Opera (901 Barton Springs Rd.). The event is sponsored by Austin Lyric Opera and the Austin members of the Craft Brewers Association. It offers beer connoisseurs an opportunity to "sample the best from Austin's craft brewers all in one place," according to event co-chair Davis Tucker, owner of North by Northwest Brewery and a member of the Lyric Opera chorus. There will be artisan beers, ales, and lagers plus snacks and appetizers from area restaurants. Entertainment will be provided by the Barton Strings and the Austin Lyric Opera's Young Artists. Tickets are $35 and may be reserved by calling 472-5927x116.
Oct. 19: Food for Thought is a food and wine sampling event founded by Austin chef David Garrido to benefit Communities in Schools, an organization dedicated to dropout prevention. The gala event takes place at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown (8th & Brazos) on Thursday evening from 6-9pm. Twenty Austin restaurants and caterers will serve enticing signature dishes while area wineries and breweries pour samples of their finest libations. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased calling 462-1771.

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