Food Events

Friday 8

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

PILS! PILS! PILS! THE SOLID GOLD PARTY! This event will feature ABGB's three gold medal-winning pilsners: Rocket 100, Industry Pils, and Velvet Revolution. There'll be live music from Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks, Carson McHone, plus a Solid Gold taste Challenge benefiting Ghisallo Cycling Initiative, a photo booth, and live screenprinting by Fine Southern Gentlemen. Also, cake. Fri., Dec. 8, 5pm-12mid The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., 1305 W. Oltorf, 512/298-2242. www.theabgb.com

SALTY SOW: HOMEGROWN BY HEROES LUNCH The popular neighborhood gastropub has teamed with veteran-owned Ranger Cattle to offer Wagyu burgers and meatloaf sandwiches on their patio on Thursdays and Fridays, with a portion of sales going to benefit the Homegrown by Heroes program. Thu.-Fri., 11am-2pm. Salty Sow, 1917 Manor Rd., 512/391-2337. www.saltysow.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

Saturday 9

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

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

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

Sunday 10

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

FOURTH ANNUAL TAMALE CLASS Learn how to make tamales, taste tamales, drink Ponche Navideño (Christmas spiked punch), and take home a dozen tamales. The recipe is a family recipe from Abuelita "Doña Queta" of Mi Madre's Mexican Restaurant. Sat., Dec. 2 - Sun., Dec. 10, 10am-1pm. (2017) School House Pub, 2207 Manor Rd., 512/469-7630. $45/ person. www.schoolhousepub.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

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

Monday 11

CELEBRATION LIBATIONS COCKTAIL CLASS Jessica Sanders offers a class that covers setting up a festive home bar and balanced recipes using seasonal holiday flavors. Attendees will enjoy two cocktails, light snacks from Antonelli's Cheese Shop, a recipe sheet and printed gift guide, and a holiday punch starter kit with a custom cordial. Mon., Dec. 11, 7-9pm. (2017) Drink.Well, 207 E. 53rd, 512/614-6683. $55. www.drinkwellaustin.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

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

HIP-HOP & WINE DANCE PARTY Aviary Wine & Kitchen’s Krush Groove-inspired event, Krush Juice, features seven different wine tastings from the Vine Street Imports portfolio plus discount bottles for purchase. The space will be temporarily transformed into a dance space complete with a linoleum floor and classic hip-hop tunes. Mon., Dec. 11, 9pm-12mid Aviary Wine & Kitchen, 2110-C S. Lamar, 512/916-4445. $25. www.aviarywinekitchen.com

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

ODD DUCK’S TRAILER THROWBACK PARTY Celebrate the restaurant’s eighth year open, and fourth year in their brick-and-mortar space. Dishes from the trailer days will return only for this event, and include grits with meatballs, grilled broccoli, and chef Bryce Gilmore’s famous pork belly sliders. A silent auction will benefit Zilker Elementary’s school garden, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation. Mon., Dec. 11, 5-9pm. (2017) Odd Duck, 1201 S. Lamar, 512/433-6521. $35 minimum donation. www.oddduckaustin.com

THE CRAFT SERIES AT 1886 WITH HI SIGN BREWING The Driskill's 1886 Cafe & Bakery will join forces with Hi Sign Brewing for the winter installment of the craft series beer pairing dinner. It's four courses with four beers, and the first course includes waffled crab cakes, compressed fennel bulb, and citrus-coriander cream paired with Christie the American Blonde Ale. Mon., Dec. 11, 6pm. (2017) 1886 Cafe & Bakery, 604 Brazos, Driskill Hotel, 512/391-7073. $40. www.1886cafeandbakery.com

UCHIKO'S SECRETS OF SUSHI ROLLING This maki class in the private dining room features sushi chefs demonstrating how to create a proper sushi roll (with the P38 Roll and spicy tuna roll), and then guests roll their own. Snacks, saké samples, and dessert will be served. Mon., Dec. 11, 6:30pm. (2017) Uchiko, 4200 N. Lamar #140, 512/213-0212. $95, tax and gratuity not included. maggie@cultivatepr.com, https://uchikoaustin.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

Tuesday 12

"222" NIGHTS AT THE LOCAL POST In which the popular watering hole partners with Los Cazadores Tequila (on the second Tuesday of each month) for a night featuring free tacos and liquor specials. Tue., June 12, 7-9pm The Local Post Pub, 7113 Burnet Rd., 512/375-5599.

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

HOLY ROLLER'S TOP CHEF PIE-EATING CONTEST Chef Callie Speer and her team welcome some of the city’s most prominent chefs and culinary personalities for a holiday pie-eating contest. You could come for the pies, and for the raffle that supports SAFE, but we'll be there because we wanna see Aaron Franklin,Tyson Cole, Shane Stiles, Philip Speer, Shawn Cirkiel, Nic Yanes, Brandon Hunt, Travis Tober, Laura Sawicki, Casey Wilcox, Tako Matsumoto, Nadia Chaudhury, and especially that Brandon Watson stuffing their fruit-smeared gobs with more and more pastry. Tue., Dec. 12, 6pm. (2017) Holy Roller, 509 Rio Grande, 512/502-5119. www.holyrolleraustin.com

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

Wednesday 13

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

TX WHISKEY TASTING & DINNER Enjoy a four-course chef's pairing menu featuring Firestone & Robertson Distillery Co. Wed., Dec. 13, 7pm. (2017) The Bonneville, 202 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/428-4643. $75. www.thebonnevilleaustin.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

Thursday 14

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

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

EDIBLE HOLIDAY BAZAAR: SUPPORT WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES Two Hives Honey presents this market of women-owned local artisanal foodmongers – La Flaca, Springdale Handmade, Sheena's Pickles, Texas Keeper Cider, and more – offering their favorite edible gifts for you and yours. Bonus: live holiday caroling from Lamar Middle School Choir. Thu., Dec. 14, 7-9pm Two Hives Honey, 720 Bastrop Hwy. #307.

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

PRIX FIXE DINNER AT LA CONDESA The evening's menu includes a hanger steak, aquaponic greens, pinto beans with bacon, and pecan pie, as the acclaimed modern Mexican restaurant hosts this one-night prix fixe meal as part of the 2nd Street District's Sip & Shop initiative. Thu., Dec. 14, 5-8pm La Condesa, 400-A W. Second, 512/499-0300. $45. www.lacondesa.com/austin

SALTY SOW: HOMEGROWN BY HEROES LUNCH The popular neighborhood gastropub has teamed with veteran-owned Ranger Cattle to offer Wagyu burgers and meatloaf sandwiches on their patio on Thursdays and Fridays, with a portion of sales going to benefit the Homegrown by Heroes program. Thu.-Fri., 11am-2pm. Salty Sow, 1917 Manor Rd., 512/391-2337. www.saltysow.com

SOURS & STOUTS WITH AVERY AND ODELL Banger’s welcomes two popular Colorado brewers, Avery Brewing Co. and Odell Brewing Co., to a friendly competition of sours & stouts. The event pits eight beers in each category, from each brewery, against each other. Thu., Dec. 14, 7-10pm. (2017) Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey, 512/386-1656. www.bangersaustin.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

Friday 15

EASY TIGER: HOLIDAY BREAD SPECIALS If people ever did live "by bread alone," it'd probably be on loaves from this lovely place. And now, just for the year's end, they're doughing it up all international holidaywise – with Stollen (Dec. 8-24), Swedish Saffron Buns (Dec. 9-13), Vörtbröd (Dec. 15-17; 22-24), and Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls (Dec. 15-24). Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigeraustin.com

FREEDMEN’S MARKS FIVE YEARS WITH A WHISKEY PIG ROAST Freedmen’s celebrates its fifth birthday with a Southern-style whiskey and pig roast in its beer garden. Each guest receives a plate featuring a half-pound of pork, collard greens, jalapeño-cheddar grits, black-eyed peas, and a buttermilk biscuit. During December, five whiskeys and a pairing menu of select barbecue options will also be available. Fri., Dec. 15, 6:30pm. (2017) Freedmen's, 2402 San Gabriel, 512/220-0953. $25. www.freedmensbar.com

ICE CREAM FOR BLOOD We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good! Through Dec. 31 www.weareblood.org

LUCKY ROBOT'S WINTER COCKTAILS The popular SoCo eatery spikes the year's end with imbibables called apple cinnamon-infused bourbon saké, Pear Fizz, and Drunken Pun'kin. (That last one, OMG, it's coffee-infused saké, nigori, pumpkin, and cream.) Bonus: Demon Slayer saké juiceboxes during lunch. Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, 1303 S. Congress, 512/444-8081. www.luckyrobotrestaurant.com

MOTOWN CHRISTMAS AT GERALDINE'S The Hotel Van Zandt grooves up its annual holiday series with a Motown Christmas-inspired show by Tje Austin at Geraldine’s tonight, the fourth-floor pool deck sparkling with a cookie bar, fireplace, specialty cocktails, and more. Fri., Dec. 15, 8pm. (2017) Geraldine's, 605 Davis, 512/476-4755. Free. www.geraldinesaustin.com

SALTY SOW: HOMEGROWN BY HEROES LUNCH The popular neighborhood gastropub has teamed with veteran-owned Ranger Cattle to offer Wagyu burgers and meatloaf sandwiches on their patio on Thursdays and Fridays, with a portion of sales going to benefit the Homegrown by Heroes program. Thu.-Fri., 11am-2pm. Salty Sow, 1917 Manor Rd., 512/391-2337. www.saltysow.com

SANS BAR POP-UP Yes! Here's the sneak preview opening of the first sober bar in Texas – with food, drinks, entry, free parking, and live music from Juston Hargrove and DJ Isabella Von Black. Fri., Dec. 15, 8pm. (2017) 2055 S. Lamar. $22. www.thesansbar.com

SLOWPOKE BRISKET SHACK HOLIDAY PARTY This barbecue joint's inaugural year-end shindig has Santa in a hot rod (for photo ops!), crafts for kids, an ugly sweater contest, a cake walk, and more – with the Jess Ross Band performing holiday hits. And they're accepting donations for SAFE Austin. Fri., Dec. 15, 6pm. (2017) Slowpokes Brisket Shack, 737 FM 1626, Manchaca. www.slowpokesbrisketshack.com

WHISLER'S TOYS FOR TOTS MENU IN DECEMBER During the month of December, Whisler’s will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Toys for Tots menu. A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail goes toward the charity, all month long. There's Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, Whisler's Eggnog, and a whiskey and mulled spice Smooth Criminal. Fri., Dec. 1 - Sun., Dec. 31, (2017) Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781. www.whislersatx.com

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