• Austin food truck fans have the opportunity to vote for any of 19 local mobile food businesses nominated in the Food Network's new online contest, America's Favorite Food Truck Giveaway. The winning truck gets $10,000 and the opportunity to audition for the second season of The Great Food Truck Race. All voters are entered to win a trip to the 2010 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. Vote online at www.foodnetwork.com/foodtrucks through Sept. 10.
• Mirabelle (8127 Mesa, 346-7900, www.mirabellerestaurant.com) makes the most of its relationships with great wineries by offering a Great Names, Great Values wine tasting complete with appetizers. $25 per person, reservations required. Friday, Sept. 3, 6:30pm.
• North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery (10010 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 467-6969, www.nxnwbrew.com) celebrates its 11th anniversary with a benefit for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. Donate $5 at the door to enjoy live music, fire dancing, and the tapping of the anniversary cask. Sunday, Sept. 5, 5-11pm.
• Faraday's Kitchen Store (1501-A RR 620 N., 266-5666, www.faradayskitchenstore.com) offers several fall cooking classes, including its Simplify Series ($249 for six classes starting Sept. 14) and a Night in Havana with Mary Ann Robalino for $45 per person. Reservations necessary. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 6-8pm.
• Acclaimed Oaxacan chef and culinary instructor Iliana de la Vega is the next speaker in the Foodways of Mexico series, presenting the Culinary Birth of a Nation: Gastronomy and the Making of Mexican Identity. The free event at the Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River) is followed by a reception. Thursday, Sept. 9, 6-7:30pm.
• The Zhi Tea Gallery (4607 Bolm, www.zhitea.com) hosts a complimentary End of Summer Bash: live music, chilled teas, specialty cocktails from the Tipsy Texan and Graham's Texas Tea, plus tasty bites from Best Wurst, Pie Fixes Everything, and Rio's Brazilian Cafe. Thursday, Sept. 9, 6-10pm.
• Executive Chef Josh Watkins kicks of the fall Culinary Adventure Series at the Carillon (in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.) with a four-course dinner paired with Old World wines. Dinner is $45 per person, wine pairings $20; contact Katy Carlson for necessary reservations: 404-3655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday, Sept. 9, 7pm.
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