Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of December 1, 2011

› Texas AgriLife Extension hosts a workshop on commercial wine grape production at its Gillespie County office (95 Fredericks­burg Rd., Fredericksburg). $150 per person, $250 per couple; register at Friday, Dec. 2, 8:30am-3pm.

Slow Money Austin hosts a benefit at the Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle) with a discussion about growing Austin's food economy followed by dinner, vendor booths, and live music. Minimum $25 donation at the door. Friday, Dec. 2, 5pm.

› Teachers from the Sustainable Food Center's Cocina Alegre present a tamale-making class featuring healthy local ingredients at 5604 Manor Rd. $55 at Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am-1pm.

La Chaparrita Peruvian restaurant (Highland Mall food court) celebrates its first anniversary with prizes, giveaways, and live music. Saturday, Dec. 3, 6-11pm.

› Fusebox Festival hosts the Digestible Feats Spirit Salon at the East Side Show Room (1100 E. Sixth) with six American whiskeys and two classic cocktails. A limited number of $35 tickets are available at Sunday, Dec. 4, 5pm.

› This year's Wine Me Dine Me series at Cafe Josie (1200-B W. Sixth) ends with a five-course Sparkling Celebration dinner. $75 all-inclusive, at 322-9226. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6-9pm.

› Enjoy cocktails made from local spirits paired with wild game at Jack Allen's Kitchen (7720 Hwy. 71 W.) to benefit the Lone Star Paraly­sis Foundation. $100 per person at 745-4713. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7pm.

› The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas hosts a wine and chocolate dinner at La Sombra Bar & Grill (4800 Burnet Rd.); $55 for members, $65 for nonmembers. Reserve at Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7pm.

› Gusto Tastings hosts a sommelier-led wine tasting at Westcave Cel­lars Winery (25711 Hamilton Pool Rd., Round Mountain). $10 advance; $20 at the door. Find registration information at Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7pm.

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