Oct. 27-Nov. 3
If you'd rather attend the 16th annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival on your own, a list of participating wineries and vendors plus descriptions and prices of the individual events are available at 830/997-8515 or www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com; Friday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 29.
Put on that Halloween costume and head out to Flat Creek Estate (267-6310, www.flatcreekestate.com) on the northern shore of Lake Travis for the Pitchfork Fondue Rib-Eye Dinner with entertainment by the Get a Clue Whodunit Theater. Tickets are $79.95, and reservations are necessary; 6pm, Saturday, Oct. 28.
Enjoy another in the series of Sunset Over the Vineyard dinners at Stonehouse Vineyards (24350 Haynie Flat Rd. in Spicewood, 264-3630, www.stonehousevineyard.com). Chef Angela Moench will present a five-course meal paired with Australian wines. $65 tickets cover dinner and three glasses of wine. Reservations are necessary; 7pm, Saturday, Oct. 28.
Congregation Agudas Achim invites Austin chili aficionados to spend an afternoon of family fun at their second annual Kosher Chili Cook-Off at the Dell Jewish Community Center (7300 Hart Ln.). Sample chilies prepared by the various four-person teams while enjoying food and drinks, live music, and kids' activities. For information about entering a team in the contest, call the CAA Hot Chili line at 735-8426. Deluxe tickets for those 21 and over are $15 and include two beers; general admission is $10, and children 2-12 are $8; 12:30-4pm, Sunday, Oct. 29.
Hudson's on the Bend (3509 RR 620 N., 266-1369) has a very enthusiastic new wine guy named Phillip Dubov. He has added some new wines to the Hudson's list and also encourages patrons to attend a new series of wine dinners he has put together with chef Robert Rhoades. They'll feature Silver Oak wines on Oct. 31, Texas wines on Nov. 7, and Avant Garde wines on Nov. 14. Reservations are necessary; look for menus and prices at www.hudsonsonthebend.com.