An October Bounty of Places to Be
To celebrate Texas Wine Month (see right), Cental Market (4001 N. Lamar, 206-1000) hosts a weekly happy-hour event, Legs and Notes, on the upstairs patio deck every Thursday. Each evening will feature a different musical artist jazz with the Ephraim Owens Quartet, Argentinean tango with Tosca, Parisian music of the Thirties with Rumbullion, and Tex-Mex border cowboy songs with John Arthur Martinez all with wines and cheeses presented by Central Market experts to complement the music; $60 per person each evening, $220 for the series. Call 458-3068 to make reservations; 6-8:30pm, Thursdays during October.
All Month Long ...
Enjoy "Ducktoberfest" at the Dodging Duck Brewhaus (402 River Rd. in Boerne; 830/248-DUCK). They'll have the Ducktoberfest 2006 lager on tap, and any guest who shows up in lederhosen or a dirndl gets a free small beer. Special foods and activities are planned all month. Go to www.dodgingduck.com for more information.
Every Wednesday from 4 to 7pm, the Austin Farmers' Market (www.austinfarmersmarket.org) will set up shop in the parking lot of the Whole Foods Market flagship store at Fifth & Lamar with fresh produce and locally prepared foods sold to the sounds of live local music.
The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas invites wine lovers to their annual Tour de Vin on the rooftop patio at Whole Foods Market Downtown. Several of Austin's most celebrated chefs will prepare signature appetizers to complement more than 100 distinctive wines from around the world. The cost is $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers, and a real steal either way. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 327-7555; 6:30-9:30pm.
Thursday, Oct. 5
The 74th annual Mediterranean Festival on the grounds at St. Elias Church (408 E. 11th, 476-2314) is the oldest, most beloved food event in the city of Austin. Enjoy the foods of Greece, Lebanon, Palestine, and Eritrea, plus shopping at the Festival Bazaar, folk dancing to live Greek bands, and family fun in the Kid's Oasis. The cover charge is $5 at the gate with food and drink tickets extra; 6pm to midnight.
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7
Les Dames d'Escoffier, a service organization for professional women in the hospitality field, holds their first back-to-school fundraiser at the Texas Culinary Academy (11400 Burnet Rd., 837-2665). The evening will include foods prepared by some of Austin's top female chefs, wines, an eclectic silent auction, and a French cooking class. Proceeds will provide scholarships for students in the food and wine industry. Tickets are $75, and advance purchase is necessary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 6pm.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Austin's Historic Farmers' Market (6701 Burnet Rd.) will be a meat-eater's paradise on this fall afternoon when the Central Texas Barbecue Association holds their second Texas Barbecue Festival. This year the festival will showcase pits, pit cooking, and grilling with Central Texas barbecue restaurants and pit masters demonstrating their expertise and serving up their specialties. Look for Artz Rib House, Big Oak Bar-B-Que, Gonzales Food Market, Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse, R.O.'s Outpost, Ruby's BBQ, Patek's Shiner Smokehouse, Southside Market, and Smokey Denmark Sausage, along with musical guests Rosie Flores, Billy Bacon & the Forbidden Pigs, and Twangzilla. For more information, go to www.texasbarbecuefestival.com, or call 474-9675; noon-6pm.
Sunday, Oct. 8
Winemaker Filippo di Belardino of Italy's famed Castello Banfi vineyards will be at Carmelo's Ristorante (504 E. Fifth, 477-7497) for a five-course dinner paired with a selection of his wines. Dinner is $75, and reservations are necessary; 6:30pm.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
The Green Corn Project is a local nonprofit that installs free organic gardens for deserving Austinites. They finance these gardens with the proceeds of the Cook Globally, Grow Locally fundraiser every fall on the grounds at Boggy Creek Farm (3414 Lyons Rd.). Guests can stroll around the farm, watch local chefs prepare dishes using local produce, shop for interesting gifts at the silent auction, and enjoy foods prepared by many of Austin's top restaurants and caterers with delightful local live music in the background. Tickets are a real bargain: $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. Purchase tickets at the farm, the Natural Gardener, Wheatsville Co-op, or from a Green Corn volunteer at email@example.com or 249-3171; noon-5pm.
Sunday, Oct. 15
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