Restaurant Jezebel chef/owner Parind Vora presents a comparison of wines from Napa and Sonoma valleys, paired with six courses of his sophisticated and multilayered fusion cuisine. $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations necessary. 914 Congress, 499-3999. Thursday, May 8, 7pm.
Letter carriers across the nation help Stamp Out Hunger this weekend by gathering food donations on their routes. Much-needed local donations will go to the Capital Area Food Bank. Just fill the handy HEB paper donation bags with nonperishable food items, and leave them by the mailbox on Saturday, May 10.
Looking for something new and thoughtful to do for Mom on Sunday? What about brunch at Crú – A Wine Bar? They'll serve a three-course brunch designed by chef Patrick Taylor, complemented by choices from their extensive wine list. $24.95 per person, children half-price, reservations suggested. 238 W. Second, 472-9463; 11410 Century Oaks Plaza #104, 339-9463. Sunday, May 11, 11am-3pm.
Mom would love a relaxing drive through the Hill Country, culminating with a three-course brunch in the Lavender Haus Reception Hall at Becker Vineyards (www.beckervineyards.com). Chef at Large Catering will prepare the meal paired with Becker wines. $60 plus tax per person. Reservations necessary: 830/644-2681. Sunday, May 11, 11:30am.
If Mom's a film lover, consider an Alamo Drafthouse Food & Film Feast designed with her in mind: The Thin Man at the Ritz, Raising Arizona at the Village, or Breakfast at Tiffany's at South Lamar. For tickets and more details, go to www.originalalamo.com.
The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas presents Spring Fling – a tasting of 100 fine wines from around the world, paired with tasty appetizers prepared by some of Austin's best chefs, served at the Zilker Clubhouse. $60 for the public, $50 for foundation members. Make reservations at www.winefoodfoundation.org or by calling 327-7555. Wednesday, May 14, 6-9pm.
In response to a study about the health benefits of beef brisket recently published by Texas A&M, the owners of Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q are celebrating Long Live Brisket Day. They'll give a complimentary quarter-pound of their beef brisket to health-conscious guests at any of their four area locations. Wednesday, May 14, 2-4pm.