• The 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau arrives at Chez Nous (510 Nueces, 473-2413, www.cheznousaustin.com) this week. Drop by and toast the season! Thursday, Nov. 19.
• The South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (1311 S. First) and Torchy's Tacos (www.torchystacos.com) host a relaunch party to introduce the cake balls, custom hot chocolates, and ice cream floats of Holy Cacao (www.theholycacao.com) and the innovative hot dogs and sausage creations of Man Bites Dog (www.manbitesdogaustin.com). Ten percent of the proceeds from the whole day will benefit the families of the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood. Drop by for s'mores around the campfire and music from DJ Chicken George. Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30-9pm.
• Chronicle contributor Claudia Alarcón offers "A Brief History of Tamales," the first segment of the speaker series Foodways of Mexico – Past, Present, and Future, sponsored by UT's Institute of Latin American Studies. The talk and a reception to follow will be in an AT&T Education Room at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside. Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-7:30pm.
• The Moveable Feast Supper Club offers a multicourse fall meal with two seatings. $40 per person, BYOB. The Clarksville location will be revealed upon confirmation of reservations; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, Nov. 21, 6pm and 9pm.
• Dishola and Whole Foods Markets join forces again this year with their Dish-for-Dish benefit campaign. Here's how you can help: For every restaurant review posted to Dishola.com by Nov. 30, they'll donate a meal to Meals on Wheels and More! Dishing makes great holiday giving! Nov. 19-30.
• The 13th annual Empty Bowl Project and first-ever preview party take place this weekend at the Mex-ican American Cultural Center (600 River St.) to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. The Saturday night preview offers bowls, soup, beer, wine, desserts, and live music for $75. Make necessary reservations at www.austinemptybowl.org. At Sunday's benefit, buy a $15 bowl that will be filled with delicious soup from a local chef, and the money will help feed hungry Central Texans this holiday season. Nov. 21-22; Saturday, 6-9pm and Sunday, 11am-3pm.
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