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Event Menu

July 29–Aug. 3

By Virginia B. Wood, July 30, 2010, Food

• Want to know more about understanding and investing in a sustainable local food system? Attend a free slow money primer hosted by Slow Money Austin at the Ventana del Soul Cafe (1834 E. Oltorf). For more details, go to Thursday, July 29, 7pm.

• After nearly 80 years of serving Tex-Mex cuisine to generations of Austinites, Jaime's Spanish Village (802 Red River, 476-5149) is closing. Make donations to the Jaime's Spanish Village Employee Fund, 12319 N. MoPac, Austin, TX 78758-2403. Friday, July 30, 11am-12mid.

• Messina Hof Vineyards & Resort (4545 Old Reliance Rd., Bryan, celebrates the annual harvest with murder mystery dinners (July 30, Aug. 7 & 14) and vintner dinners (July 31, Aug. 14). For complete info, pricing, and reservations, call 800/736-9463 x234. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30pm.

• Frequent Chronicle contributor Claudia Alarcón presents a cooking demonstration on preserving the bounty of the summer garden harvest at the SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley (3200 Jones). Saturday, July 31, 9:30-10:30am.

• Drawing inspiration from Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain, chef James Holmes presents a six-course Spanish dinner at Olivia (2043 S. Lamar, 804-2700, $80 per person with wine pairings and live jazz on the patio; reservations necessary. Monday, Aug. 2, 7pm.

Mirabelle (8127 Mesa, 346-7900, continues its wine dinner series with a visit from Swanson Vineyards winemaker Chris Phelps. $65 per person, all inclusive. Reservations necessary. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 7pm.

• Volunteer to participate in the harvest of vintage 2010 at the award-winning Flat Creek Estate (24912 E. Singleton Bend Rd., Marble Falls, 512/267-6310) by contacting Weekends in August, dawn-11am.

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