• Make a difference for Austin families trying to make ends meet by enjoying a delicious outdoor seafood feast at Mike & Marcel's 9th Annual Fish Cookoff to benefit 1House at a Time (www.1houseatatime.org). Food, live music, and family fun at the Frisch home (5437 Hitcher Bend) for $20 donation; kids under 12 free. Saturday, Oct. 17, 5pm.
• Explore culinary aspects of the Medit-erranean at the Texas Culinary Academy's (11400 Burnet Rd., 837-2665, www.tca.edu) annual Mediterranean Festival with symposia, cooking classes, and demonstrations. Schedule and reservations at www.chefs.edu. Saturday, Oct. 17, 11am-7pm.
• Enjoy an authentic Cuban Pig Roast & Fall Harvest Dinner at Rain Lily Farm (914 Shady Ln.) – the main course will be a 150-pound heritage breed hog. $35 per person, BYOB. For details and necessary reservations, e-mail email@example.com or call 529-8569. Saturday, Oct. 17, 6pm.
• Check out chic fall fashions from Soigné Boutique (4800 Burnet Rd., www.soigneaustin.com) while indulging in Brazilian culinary specialties next door at Sampaio's Brazilian Cuisine (www.sampaiosrestaurant.com) during a fall fashion brunch. $15, make necessary reservations at 469-9988. Sunday, Oct. 18, noon-2pm.
• Cookbook author and TV personality Alton Brown will sign copies of his new book, Good Eats: The Early Years (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $37.50), on the rooftop plaza at Whole Foods Market (525 N. Lamar). To get a wristband for the signing line or to get a book signed, buy a book at BookPeople (603 N. Lamar). Sunday, Oct. 18, 1-4pm.
• Party with a purpose at Hill Country Pasta House (3519 RR 620 N., 266-9445, www.hillcountrypasta.com) to benefit Wonders & Worries. A pumpkin patch, face painting, games, family portraits, plenty of great food and live music. Advance tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for kids, $45 for a family pack (2 adults, 2 kids); prices are slightly higher at the door. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6-9pm.
• The Austin Film Festival kicks off with the annual Film & Food tasting event at the Driskill Hotel (604 Brazos). Cock-tails and culinary creations from some of Austin's most notable chefs. Buy tickets at 478-4795 or www.austinfilmfestival.com. $85. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7-10pm.
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