Food Events

Fresa's Thanksgiving Dinner

photo: Photo courtesy of Madeline Ritchie

Friday 17

FRESA'S THANKSGIVING DINNER The restaurant will be accepting nominations of families and individuals who are deserving of a free Thanksgiving meal at thanksgiving@fresaschicken.com. Or pre-order a meal of your own. Wed., Nov. 1 - Mon., Nov. 20, 8am-10pm. (2017) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 1703 S. First, 512/992-2946. www.fresaschicken.com

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Saturday 18

BIRD BIRD BISCUIT POP-UP This is the first public preview of the biscuit sandwiches from Bird Bird Biscuit, which is opening on Manor Rd. in spring 2018. They'll be serving a limited number of breakfast and lunch biscuit sandwiches (pay as you order). Sat., Nov. 18, 9-11am. (2017) Patrizi's, Behind Vortex Theatre, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/522-4834. www.patrizis.com

FARM TO FORT FARMERS' MARKET Every Saturday Buzz Mill Coffee, 1505 Town Creek, 512/912-9221. www.buzzmillcoffee.com

FRESA'S THANKSGIVING DINNER The restaurant will be accepting nominations of families and individuals who are deserving of a free Thanksgiving meal at thanksgiving@fresaschicken.com. Or pre-order a meal of your own. Wed., Nov. 1 - Mon., Nov. 20, 8am-10pm. (2017) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 1703 S. First, 512/992-2946. www.fresaschicken.com

GOODALL'S AFTERNOON TEA Mmmmm, sip your weekend afternoons away with a selection of organic blends from Austin-based Zhi Teas and an assortment of traditional tea sandwiches, pastries, and confectionary sweets. Saturdays & Sundays, 3-5pm. Goodall's Kitchen, 1900 Rio Grande, at the Hotel Ella, 512/628-4200. $15-25. www.goodallskitchen.com

INFINITE MONKEY THEOREM TURNS TWO This second-year celebration includes free LeRoy and Lewis barbecue and free samples of Blue Owl + IMT mashup brew, plus live music from jazz group Tommy Howard Trio and $5 henna tattoos. Sat., Nov. 18, 2-10pm. (2017) Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, 121 Pickle Rd. #110, 512/956-7757. austin.theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com

ORGANIC VEGGIE GARDENING 201 Linda Wall presents an intermediate-level class: Organic Veggie Gardening 201. Learn about cover crops, vegetable families for crop rotation, no-till, soil life, common mineral deficiencies, and more. Sat., Nov. 18, 10-11am. (2017) The Natural Gardener, 8648 Old Bee Caves Rd., 512/288-6113. Free. info@naturalgardeneraustin.com, naturalgardeneraustin.com

SFC FARMERS’ MARKET HOSTS MARCUS SAMUELSSON Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson will be teaching four short, hands-on cooking sessions at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown starting in conjunction with his partner organization, Spectrum Naturals. Stay and shop the market. Sat., Nov. 18, 9am-1pm. (2017) SFC Farmers' Market Downtown, Fourth & Guadalupe, 512/236-0074. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

TAILGATE AT THE BACKYARD On every away game in the UT season, join Texas Exes Austin Chapter for activities and food & drinks. Pre-game with a Bloody Mary bar, themed cocktails, craft brews, and signature tacos from backYARD’s airstream. Plus, a livestream of the game on a big screen. Sat., Sept. 16 - Sat., Nov. 18, 6:30pm-1am. (2017) Backyard at Waller Creek, 701 E. 11th.

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Sunday 19

AUSTIN EMPTY BOWL PROJECT Select a artisan-crafted ceramic bowl to keep, fill it up with gourmet soup and bread from more than 30 local restaurants, and enjoy live music while fighting hunger. The donation goes to Kids Cafe, a program of the Central Texas Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels Central Texas. A preview party happens the night before, for $75. Sun., Nov. 19, 11am-3pm. (2017) Central Texas Food Bank, 6500 Metroplis Dr.. $20. www.centraltexasfoodbank.org

AUSTIN MAC & CHEESE FEST Up to 35 vendors will be spooning out cheesy goodness at this second annual event hosted by Austin Food Magazine and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Sun., Nov. 19, 1-4pm. (2017) Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, 6020-B Dillard, 866/552-2433. $45-100. www.austinmacandcheesefestival.eventbrite.com

FRESA'S THANKSGIVING DINNER The restaurant will be accepting nominations of families and individuals who are deserving of a free Thanksgiving meal at thanksgiving@fresaschicken.com. Or pre-order a meal of your own. Wed., Nov. 1 - Mon., Nov. 20, 8am-10pm. (2017) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 1703 S. First, 512/992-2946. www.fresaschicken.com

GOODALL'S AFTERNOON TEA Mmmmm, sip your weekend afternoons away with a selection of organic blends from Austin-based Zhi Teas and an assortment of traditional tea sandwiches, pastries, and confectionary sweets. Saturdays & Sundays, 3-5pm. Goodall's Kitchen, 1900 Rio Grande, at the Hotel Ella, 512/628-4200. $15-25. www.goodallskitchen.com

WINE & SWINE In a tribute to the food, drink, and music of New Orleans, Wine & Swine features 20+ chefs preparing pork dishes and whole roasted pigs for the outdoor party that includes live music, premium wine, beer and spirit tastings, and plenty o’ pork. Sun., Nov. 19, 1-4pm. (2017) Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th. www.austinfoodwinealliance.org

WINE FOR THE PEOPLE'S INAUGURAL HARVEST CELEBRATION Celebrate the fruitful 2017 Texas winegrowing season & support Northern California wildfire relief. This first-ever release of Texas Nouveau Wines includes single-vineyard wines from Texas High Plains grapes: Dandy Nouveau, Sangiovese Nouveau, and Trebbiano Nouveau. The event also features holiday gift shopping, and a DJ spinning classic vinyl soul. Sun., Nov. 19, 4-7pm. (2017) Palm Door on Sabine, 401 Sabine St., 512/391-1994. $30 in advance; $35 at the door.

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Monday 20

CENTRAL MARKET COOKING CLASSES Check out the CM Cooking School for a full slate of classes covering everything from savories to sweets, from paella to pork to pomegranate au gratin. And, word to the wise, longtime (and way popular) instructor Cindy "Knife Skills" Haenel will be retiring in January – as we report in full right here – so now is the time to schedule a class and glean some sharp acumen from this hometown guru of gastronomy. Daily Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. www.centralmarket.com/cooking-school

FRESA'S THANKSGIVING DINNER The restaurant will be accepting nominations of families and individuals who are deserving of a free Thanksgiving meal at thanksgiving@fresaschicken.com. Or pre-order a meal of your own. Wed., Nov. 1 - Mon., Nov. 20, 8am-10pm. (2017) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 1703 S. First, 512/992-2946. www.fresaschicken.com

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Tuesday 21

UNCLE BILLY'S BEER DINNER AT STELLA PUBLIC HOUSE Farm-to-pizza gastropub Stella Public House will host a special four-course beer pairing dinner that will showcase selections from Uncle Billy's Brewing – like the Green Room IPA paired with sourdough panzanella and Barton Springs Pale Ale paired with pulled pork egg rolls. Tue., Nov. 21, 7-10pm. (2017) Stella Public House, 1905 Aldrich #110. $54. stellapublichouse.com

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Wednesday 22

GOOSE ISLAND BLACK WEDNESDAY Chicago’s award-winning brewery Goose Island Beer Co. will be back at Banger’s with another noteworthy Black Wednesday beer event featuring the highest-rated beers in the world. Beers will be available via tap and bottles, accompanied with live music from the Boxcar Preachers from 7-10pm. Wed., Nov. 22, 5-10pm. (2017) Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656. Free entry; food & drink to purchase. info@bangersaustin.com, www.bangersaustin.com

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Thursday 23

APIS RESTAURANT & APIARY Dine along the Pedernales River for this holiday with snacks like James Brown cornbread; appetizer choices including crab salad or duck and foie gras terrine; entrée choices including sunflower miso-glazed Ōra King salmon pavé, Painted Hills N.Y. strip with Robuchon potatoes seasoned with Meyer lemon, and heritage turkey with sourdough stuffing; plus several desserts. (To-go packages available, serving 10 people; $275.) For the complete detailed menus, see the website. Thu., Nov. 23, 11am-3pm. (2017) Apis Restaurant & Apiary, 23526 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood, 512/436-8918. Prix fixe $70 per person, $20 per child under 12. www.apisrestaurant.com

BEER + BLUEGRASS Thursdays, 7-10pm St. Elmo Brewing Co., 440 E. St. Elmo, 737/300-1965. www.stelmobrewing.com

BOUNTIFUL THANKSGIVING DINNER AT CRU Save yourself the stress and headache of preparing a lavish Thanksgiving meal and let Cru take care of dinner. The fall-inspired menu will commemorate the holiday with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Thu., Nov. 23, noon-9pm Cru Food & Wine Bar, both locations. $42; kids 12 and under half-off.

CANNON + BELLE'S FEAST This three-course dinner from chef Yesica Arredondo includes options such as smoked corn and pancetta chowder, fried turkey with quail gravy, family-style sides like sweet pepper stuffing or mushroom apricot wild rice, several dessert options, and discounts on wine and beer. Thu., Nov. 23, 3-8pm. (2017) Cannon + Belle Tex Fresh Fare, 500 E. Fourth. $36. jeff.shull@hilton.com

CENTRAL MARKET COOKING CLASSES Check out the CM Cooking School for a full slate of classes covering everything from savories to sweets, from paella to pork to pomegranate au gratin. And, word to the wise, longtime (and way popular) instructor Cindy "Knife Skills" Haenel will be retiring in January – as we report in full right here – so now is the time to schedule a class and glean some sharp acumen from this hometown guru of gastronomy. Daily Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. www.centralmarket.com/cooking-school

GOODALL'S KITCHEN FEAST The buffet features herb-roasted turkey breast, grilled acorn squash, and sourdough stuffing. Thu., Nov. 23, 11am-8pm. (2017) Goodall's Kitchen, 1900 Rio Grande. $72 per person; $25 for children 12 and under. 512/495-1800, www.goodallskitchen.com

HOLIDAY AT HOOVER'S KITCHEN This made-from-scratch, Texas-sized feast has entrée choices like fried chicken, smoked brisket, and vegetarian options like grilled portabello on grit cakes; a long list of sides, plus many extras and dessert. See website for complete menu. Thu., Nov. 23, 11am-7pm. (2017) Hoover's Cooking, 2002 Manor Rd., 512/479-5006. $19.99 per person; turkey plate for kids 12 and under $9.95. www.hooverscooking.com

HOLIDAY AT THREADGILL'S Mighty portions of Southern fare are served up for this feast. See the website for their special menu. Thu., Nov. 23, 10:30am-10pm. (2017) Threadgill's World HQ, 301 W. Riverside, 512/472-9304. www.threadgills.com

HYDE PARK BAR & GRILL'S 23RD ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FEAST This year’s menu includes an all gluten-free menu of roasted turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, cranberry relish, fresh green beans, bread, a choice of soup or salad, and a choice of beverage. Seating is first come, first served; reservations will not be accepted. Thu., Nov. 23, 11am-7pm. (2017) (both locations). $21.95/$15.95; $12.95 for kids 10 and under. www.hpbng.com

RUSSIAN HOUSE THANKSGIVING The regular menu will be served all day, along with a Thanksgiving special. Reservations can be made through OpenTable. Thu., Nov. 23, 10am-11pm. (2017) Russian House, 307 E. Fifth, 512/428-5442. www.russianhouseofaustin.com

THANKSGIVING AT TRACE Trace will be offering a three-course feast (plus a special kids' menu) with options including salade niçoise, kale and white bean soup, coffee-rubbed shortrib, prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast, golden beet risotto, apple spice cake, and pumpkin pie. Thu., Nov. 23, 11am-8pm. (2017) Trace at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3660. $57. www.traceaustin.com

THE DRISKILL'S THANKSGIVING BRUNCH BUFFET A Driskill tradition, the mezzanine brunch features delicious options like banana bread French toast, snow crab claws, lemon-poached jumbo shrimp, a Chef’s Butcher’s Block with slow-roasted turkey and garlic-crusted prime rib, pumpkin ravioli, and family favorites like stuffing and garlic whipped potatoes. Thu., Nov. 23, 10am-3pm. (2017) The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos, 512/391-7227. $85 for adults; $40 for children age 6-12; free for children under 5. www.driskillhotel.com

THE PARK'S THANKSGIVING DAY BUFFET Collegiate and pro football fans will be able to watch Thanksgiving Day games, while enjoying a traditional turkey dinner buffet. Thu., Nov. 23, noon-3pm TIE: The Park; The Park on South Lamar, The Park, 11601 Domain Dr. #200, 512/478-7275; The Park on South Lamar, 4024 S. Lamar. $20 per person. www.thepark.us

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Friday 24

BLACK FRIDAY AMARO NIGHT The entire amaro/digestif and vermouth list will be $5 for neat pours. There are also two featured amaro flights with tasting cards curated by the bar ($12 each) and a special menu of digestif/dessert cocktails ($10 each). Fri., Nov. 24, (2017) Drink.Well, 207 E. 53rd, 512/614-6683. www.drinkwellaustin.com

OPENING NIGHT PARTY: A BOOZY CHRISTMAS MIRACLE Christmas arrives early (and lasts over a month!) this year with the arrival of popular Christmas pop-up bar, Miracle.

 Expect Eighties Christmas kitsch and cocktails like the Christmopolitan, How the Gimlet Stole Christmas, and You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out, plus a variety of themed shots. Each of the cocktails is served in custom Miracle glassware from Cocktail Kingdom, and 10% of glassware sales benefit Action Against Hunger. All of the tips from the opening night party benefit the Austin Children’s Shelter. Fri., Nov. 24, 6pm. (2017) The Eleanor, 307-A W. Fifth. www.theeleanoratx.com

WORLD VEGAN DAY MEAL In honor of world vegan day, Whole Foods Market and Vedge restaurant have created all-new recipes for the holidays. The dishes will be served on Whole Foods Market hot bars across the nation and can be ordered online. The meal includes mustard-glazed cauliflower, lentil mushroom stuffing, “cheesy” rutabaga and potato mash, sauerkraut-roasted rainbow carrots, and chocolate toffee mini cake. Wed., Nov. 1 - Wed., Dec. 6, 8am-10pm. (2017) Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 512/476-1206. www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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