If it's October in Austin, you can bet there are more gala events scheduled than any one person could possibly attend. Food editor Virginia B. Wood provides a rundown of them.
If it's October in Austin, you can bet there are more gala events scheduled than any one person could possibly attend. The rained-out La Dolce Vita benefit for AMOA goes on tonight, Oct. 18 from 6-9pm, on the grounds of Laguna Gloria (3809 W. 35th St., 458-8191) so if you purchased tickets in advance, they're good, and $65 tickets will be available at the gate... The $250-per-ticket March of Dimes Star Chefs Gala (477-3221) takes place this coming Sunday, Oct. 21 at 6:15pm in the Driskill Hotel ballroom. Chefs from Austin, Georgetown, and Fredericksburg will present "A Taste of the Mediterranean" as well as donating gift packages to the silent auction... You've got until Monday, Oct. 22 to purchase tickets for the Bookin' & Cookin' Raffle to benefit the Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Travis High School sponsored by the Austin Hotel & Motel Association. Tickets are $1, $5, and $25, and funds raised by the raffle will go toward the construction of classrooms, a dining area and a 3,000-sq.-ft. culinary arts kitchen at Travis where students who attend the institute will have the opportunity to participate in programs leading to degrees in culinary arts and hospitality. The raffle ticket winners will be announced at the groundbreaking ceremony for the institute on the Travis High School campus, Wednesday Oct. 31 at 11am. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact AMHA at 873-8195 or Pat Bell at AISD, 414-2679... Malaga Tapas & Wine Bar (208 W. 4th) hosts Halloween at Malaga on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6-9pm. This event benefits Austin choreographer Sally Jacques' new work, "The Well Inside." The scheduled festivities are a tapas cooking demo by chef Alex Duran, music by Teye & Viva el Flamenco, a costume contest judged by local theatre diva Karen Kuykendall, and a silent auction as well as tastings of tapas and wine. For information or tickets, call 323-0606 or 736-9700... Local herb expert Lucinda Hutson joins the Austin Museum of Art to present four events. On Saturday, Oct. 20, 10am-noon or Sunday, Oct. 21, 4-6pm, join Hutson for a tour of her lovely home herb garden, sample dishes from The Herb Garden Cookbook, and have it signed by the author. Lucinda will also present her colorful slide shows at the Austin Museum of Art (823 Congress, 495-9224) downtown. The Fiesta Herb slide show is Thursday, Oct. 18, 6-8pm and the Dia de los Muertos show is Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6-8pm. Tours are $55, slide shows $50. For reservations, call AMOA art school, 323-6380... Mangia! The Italian Cultural Association of Austin invites us all to the first annual Festa Italiana on Sunday, Oct. 21, noon-9pm at Fiesta Gardens. Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods and more than 20 Austin Italian restaurants will have booths at the festival. There will also be spaghetti-eating and grape-stomping contests, live music, a Bocce Ball tournament, arts & crafts booths, and a complete kids area. Tickets are $5, with children under 16 free. Food and drink tickets are sold inside the gates.