By Virginia B. Wood, Fri., April 20, 2007
Attend an informative session of Beer School with expert Mary Thompson hosted by North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery (10010 Capital of TX Hwy., 467-6969, www.nxnwbrew.com). Saturday, April 21, 11am; $35, reservations suggested.
Enjoy food and wine under the West Texas sky at the third annual Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit where events will include a vineyard tour, a chef challenge featuring Tom Perini and Stephan Pyles, a multicourse luncheon prepared by chef Pyles, a Texas vs. the World wine tasting moderated by Wes Marshall, plus dinner and dancing. Contact Perini Ranch at 800/367-1721 or www.periniranch.com. Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, 7pm; reservations necessary.
Celebrate this year's bumper crop of brilliant wildflowers by driving the Hill Country Wine & Wildflower Trail this weekend. Most wineries will be hosting events such as the elegant four-course buffet luncheon at Fall Creek Vineyards (325/379-5361, www.fcv.com). Saturday, April 21, 11:30am-1:30pm; $30 per person, reservations are suggested.
The TDS Exotic Game Ranch once again hosts Uncorked, a wine tasting and auction to benefit Mobile Loaves & Fishes of Austin. The evening starts with the exclusive Vintage Tasting (6pm; $250) with local celebrity pourers presenting wines paired with the signature dishes of local chefs. The main event (7pm; $75 in advance, $100 at the door) offers wine-tastings, appetizers, live and silent auctions, and music by Luke Olson. To purchase tickets, call 328-7299 or go to www.mlfnow.org. Saturday, April 21, 6pm.
Winemaker Jean-Pierre Vincent of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne will be the special guest at a five-course wine dinner paired with his wines at Bistro 88 (2712 Bee Caves Rd., 328-8888). Chef/owner Jeff Liu will prepare the meal. Tuesday, April 24, 6:30pm; $95 per person, all inclusive, reservations required.
Culinary arts students from the Texas School for the Deaf will assist Executive Chef Ron Dayanandan in preparing a four-course, wine-paired meal for A Diamond Event, the annual fundraiser for the school. The evening will include dinner plus an art exhibit and silent auction at the Hilton Austin (500 E. Fourth). Contact Keena Miller at 462-5328. Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm; $75.
Winemakers Gary and Kathy Elliott of Driftwood Vineyards will be on hand at Doña Emilia's South American Bar & Grill (101 San Jacinto, 478-2520) for a Texas Wine & Latin Food Tasting. They will present six distinctive wines paired with six delicious Latin dishes for $25 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Kidsave. Purchase tickets at the restaurant or online at www.donaemilias.com/events. Wednesday, April 25, 7pm.
Enjoy wine and gourmet appetizers amid the tranquil beauty of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum (605 Robert E. Lee, 462-6050) at the ninth annual Garden Party. The event raises funds for the museum's educational programming and will also feature the Celebrity Seeds silent auction where guests can purchase custom flower pots decorated by local luminaries. Purchase tickets at select Twin Liquors outlets or online at www.umlaufsculpture.org. Thursday, April 26, 6:30-9:30pm; $85 in advance, $100 at the door.