Spicewood Vineyards (830/693-5328; www.spicewoodvineyards.com) will host a booksigning by Fredericksburg author Rebecca Rather. She will sign copies of her book, The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes From the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Bakery, and present samples of dishes from the book paired with Spicewood wines. Saturday, April 14, noon-5pm.
The annual Austin Fine Arts Festival closes to the public for the evening and presents Art After Dark an opportunity to sip fine wine and enjoy food from some of Austin's finest restaurants while browsing the works of more than 200 visual artists to the strains of live local music. Purchase $65 tickets at www.austinfineartsfestival.org, the AMOA Downtown, the Blanton Museum of Art, or either Breed & Co. location. Saturday, April 14, 7-10pm.
The Austin Slow Food Convivium hosts a booksigning with Georgeanne Brennan, author of a personal and culinary memoir entitled A Pig in Provence, at Cibo (918 Congress, 478-3663). The reception will feature goat cheese from the award-winning Pure Luck Dairy. Monday, April 16, 5:30pm; free.
Join the owners of Hill Country Pasta House (3519 RR 620 N., 266-9445) in celebrating 16 years of serving Italian food near Lake Travis during their Sweet 16 promotion. They'll be offering some original dishes at their original (16-year-old) prices or selected bottles of wine for $16. Monday-Friday, April 16-20.
While members of the American Craft Brewers Association are in Austin April 16-21 for their annual trade conference, look for beer specials and events at your favorite local restaurant, bar, or brewpub that sells craft-brewed beers. One such event is a four-course Victory Brewing Brewers Dinner where you can learn something about the art of food and beer pairing at Zax Pints & Plates (312 Barton Springs Rd., 481-0100; www.zaxaustin.com). Thursday, April 19. 7pm; $45, reservations are required.
Ciola's Italian-American Restaurant (1310 RR 620 S., 263-9936) hosts their biannual Big Night dinner event with a menu based on the popular movie. Thursday, April 19, 7pm; $70, reservations are suggested.