Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of December 6, 2018

Beer + Bluegrass

photo: St. Elmo FB

Thursday 6

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. Always a good idea to schedule a class and learn new skills and tips from this hometown bastion of instructional gastronomy. Daily Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. www.centralmarket.com/cooking-school

EASY TIGER: CHRISTMAS FLIGHT Not one of those planes-trains-automobiles scenarios, but a flight of beers, of course, a seasonal sampler featuring four of those winter-specific brews that are so good during cooler weather: Deschutes Jubelale Nitro, Anchor Christmas Ale, Bell's Christmas Ale, and Karbach Yule Shoot Your Eye Out. Wed.-Thu., Dec. 5-6, 11am-2am Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. $10. www.easytigerusa.com

MIRACLE ON 5TH STREET The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore. Through Dec. 29 The Eleanor, 307-A W. Fifth, 512/494-4094. www.theeleanoratx.com

NICKEL CITY: SIPPIN' SANTA Wait, Nickel City has done what? Turned itself into a sort of tiki-powered Polynesian holiday wonderland? Yes, until the year's end – with a raft of new themed cocktails among the classic oceanic gewgaws. (Kris Kringle Colada, anyone? How about a Rudolph Shoots the Curl?) And they'll be hosting a luau party every Saturday in December. Bonus: 10% of all sales go to Action Against Hunger. Through Dec. 31 Nickel City, 1133 E. 11th. www.nickelcitybar.com

SALTY SOW: HOMEGROWN BY HEROES LUNCH The popular neighborhood gastropub has teamed up 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

TITO'S & TWIN LIQUORS: UGLY SWEATER PARTIES It's time to don your most hideous knitted upper-body covering and get yourself to that Twin Liquors – the one at Hancock Center or the South Lamar location – and enjoy some complimentary Tito's Vodka-spiked hot chocolate and cranberry mules. And, not to put to garish a thread on it, a chance to win Tito's Ugly Sweater Collection. Thu., Dec. 6, 6:30-8pm. (2018) TIE: Twin Liquors; Twin Liquors Marketplace, Twin Liquors, 1000 E. 41st, 512/451-7400; Twin Liquors Marketplace, 4001-A S. Lamar, 512/442-6575. www.twinliquors.com

Friday 7

FLUFF UP SOME FINE CERAMICS Sure, this busy Fluffery is a fine thing all year 'round – but, oh holy meringue, does the confectioner truly shine during the winter holiday season! Bourbon-walnut and orange-chestnut tarts? Sparkling meringue drops in pistachio and peppermint? Oh, yes. And you know when's a perfect time to check out their latest offerings? When they're hosting Eliana Bernard, local artisan of beautifully marbled porcelain dinnerware. Stop by today for some elegant shopportunities among the sweetness. Fri., Dec. 7, 3-7pm. (2018) Fluff Meringues & More, 4800 Burnet Rd. #450. fluff-meringues.com/

GIBSON STREET BAR GETS JOLLY WITH IT And now that rockin' Gibson on South Lamar joins in with the jiggery jingles, featuring over-the-top holiday decor (a totally Instagrammable sleigh, FFS) and a slate of seasonal libations. (We're partial to the so-called Rum-Pa-Pa-Pum, because a mix of Sailor Jerry's, cinnamon-brown-sugar butter, clove, and honey is, woooo, powerfully delicious.) Bonus: live music from the Misfit Toys on Wednesday nights. Through Dec. 31 Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar, 512/386-1345. www.gibsonstreetbar.com

MIRACLE ON 5TH STREET The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore. Through Dec. 29 The Eleanor, 307-A W. Fifth, 512/494-4094. www.theeleanoratx.com

NICKEL CITY: SIPPIN' SANTA Wait, Nickel City has done what? Turned itself into a sort of tiki-powered Polynesian holiday wonderland? Yes, until the year's end – with a raft of new themed cocktails among the classic oceanic gewgaws. (Kris Kringle Colada, anyone? How about a Rudolph Shoots the Curl?) And they'll be hosting a luau party every Saturday in December. Bonus: 10% of all sales go to Action Against Hunger. Through Dec. 31 Nickel City, 1133 E. 11th. www.nickelcitybar.com

SALTY SOW: HOMEGROWN BY HEROES LUNCH The popular neighborhood gastropub has teamed up 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

UNCLE BILLY'S: LAGER LAUNCH PARTY But not just any lager! No, the popular joint will be offering specials on Uncle Billy's brand new KCCO Austin-Style Lager this day – and you get to keep the branded pint glass. Fri., Dec. 7, 5-7pm. (2018) Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 512/476-0100. www.unclebillys.com

Saturday 8

EASY TIGER AT THE LINC: GRAND OPENING Sure, we've spent a lot of time snarking about how the former Lincoln Village complex rebranded itself with the heyyyyy-we're-so-casually-hip appellation "The Linc" a few years ago. We've been cracking wise about it even though the rambling mall is home to the Austin Film Society cinema we love so much. Because, what else did it have? A Pluckers? Ha!

But then came that excellent Peruvian restaurant Lima Criolla into the same complex, and we were like, uh, OK, hold on just a second.

And then, most recently, Tio Pepe Chicken opened its Portuguese-inflected doors to birdy heaven in that very Linc.

And now we're just gonna STFU and embrace the area's corporately cute name – because next week the expansion of Downtown's brilliant bakery-and-brewpub Easy Tiger is opening in the Linc, and we've had a sneak peek at it, and we're thinking that, no matter what you call that commercial development between ACC Highland and I-35, by now it should be one of your best friends. Even just because of that big new Tiger all by itself: The new digs boast more of the same thirst-quenching beers and other adult beverages, ditto for delectable culinary creations – the pastries to die for, those big soft pretzels, charcuterie and loaves of bread and sandwiches like they probably serve in Valhalla – all the things that Easy Tiger's become known for. And now the venue's infrastructure is a soaring Furman + Keil-designed store and outdoor biergarten (full bar, gorgeous dining tables, Ping-Pong rigs), and their grand opening is this weekend, and, tbh, we just want to hang out there all the livelong day and night, forever, and the rest of the world and its stress-o-matic bullshit can go to hell.

Grand opening: Dec. 8-9. Sat., 7am-2am (bake shop), 11am-2am (beer garden); Sun., 7am-12mid (bake shop), 11am-12mid (beer garden) Easy Tiger, The Linc, 6406 N. I-35. www.easytigerusa.com

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

FRESA'S HOLIDAY MENU PREORDERING Fresa's, that local powerhouse of Mexican-inflected sabor – is offering a special menu this holiday season, featuring tamales (chicken tinga or black bean & cheese) and a variety of tasty desserts – and you can preorder the goods online for your own fête as of … right now! (Note: Same-day orders can be placed December 22-24, from 11am until they're sold out.) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 915 N. Lamar, 512/428-5077. www.fresaschicken.com

GIBSON STREET BAR GETS JOLLY WITH IT And now that rockin' Gibson on South Lamar joins in with the jiggery jingles, featuring over-the-top holiday decor (a totally Instagrammable sleigh, FFS) and a slate of seasonal libations. (We're partial to the so-called Rum-Pa-Pa-Pum, because a mix of Sailor Jerry's, cinnamon-brown-sugar butter, clove, and honey is, woooo, powerfully delicious.) Bonus: live music from the Misfit Toys on Wednesday nights. Through Dec. 31 Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar, 512/386-1345. www.gibsonstreetbar.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

MIRACLE ON 5TH STREET The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore. Through Dec. 29 The Eleanor, 307-A W. Fifth, 512/494-4094. www.theeleanoratx.com

NICKEL CITY: SIPPIN' SANTA Wait, Nickel City has done what? Turned itself into a sort of tiki-powered Polynesian holiday wonderland? Yes, until the year's end – with a raft of new themed cocktails among the classic oceanic gewgaws. (Kris Kringle Colada, anyone? How about a Rudolph Shoots the Curl?) And they'll be hosting a luau party every Saturday in December. Bonus: 10% of all sales go to Action Against Hunger. Through Dec. 31 Nickel City, 1133 E. 11th. www.nickelcitybar.com

Sunday 9

EASY TIGER AT THE LINC: GRAND OPENING Sure, we've spent a lot of time snarking about how the former Lincoln Village complex rebranded itself with the heyyyyy-we're-so-casually-hip appellation "The Linc" a few years ago. We've been cracking wise about it even though the rambling mall is home to the Austin Film Society cinema we love so much. Because, what else did it have? A Pluckers? Ha!

But then came that excellent Peruvian restaurant Lima Criolla into the same complex, and we were like, uh, OK, hold on just a second.

And then, most recently, Tio Pepe Chicken opened its Portuguese-inflected doors to birdy heaven in that very Linc.

And now we're just gonna STFU and embrace the area's corporately cute name – because next week the expansion of Downtown's brilliant bakery-and-brewpub Easy Tiger is opening in the Linc, and we've had a sneak peek at it, and we're thinking that, no matter what you call that commercial development between ACC Highland and I-35, by now it should be one of your best friends. Even just because of that big new Tiger all by itself: The new digs boast more of the same thirst-quenching beers and other adult beverages, ditto for delectable culinary creations – the pastries to die for, those big soft pretzels, charcuterie and loaves of bread and sandwiches like they probably serve in Valhalla – all the things that Easy Tiger's become known for. And now the venue's infrastructure is a soaring Furman + Keil-designed store and outdoor biergarten (full bar, gorgeous dining tables, Ping-Pong rigs), and their grand opening is this weekend, and, tbh, we just want to hang out there all the livelong day and night, forever, and the rest of the world and its stress-o-matic bullshit can go to hell.

Grand opening: Dec. 8-9. Sat., 7am-2am (bake shop), 11am-2am (beer garden); Sun., 7am-12mid (bake shop), 11am-12mid (beer garden) Easy Tiger, The Linc, 6406 N. I-35. www.easytigerusa.com

FRESA'S HOLIDAY MENU PREORDERING Fresa's, that local powerhouse of Mexican-inflected sabor – is offering a special menu this holiday season, featuring tamales (chicken tinga or black bean & cheese) and a variety of tasty desserts – and you can preorder the goods online for your own fête as of … right now! (Note: Same-day orders can be placed December 22-24, from 11am until they're sold out.) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 915 N. Lamar, 512/428-5077. www.fresaschicken.com

GIBSON STREET BAR GETS JOLLY WITH IT And now that rockin' Gibson on South Lamar joins in with the jiggery jingles, featuring over-the-top holiday decor (a totally Instagrammable sleigh, FFS) and a slate of seasonal libations. (We're partial to the so-called Rum-Pa-Pa-Pum, because a mix of Sailor Jerry's, cinnamon-brown-sugar butter, clove, and honey is, woooo, powerfully delicious.) Bonus: live music from the Misfit Toys on Wednesday nights. Through Dec. 31 Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar, 512/386-1345. www.gibsonstreetbar.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

LONE STAR FARMERS’ MARKET AT HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA Sundays, 10am-2pm 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

MIRACLE ON 5TH STREET The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore. Through Dec. 29 The Eleanor, 307-A W. Fifth, 512/494-4094. www.theeleanoratx.com

NICKEL CITY: SIPPIN' SANTA Wait, Nickel City has done what? Turned itself into a sort of tiki-powered Polynesian holiday wonderland? Yes, until the year's end – with a raft of new themed cocktails among the classic oceanic gewgaws. (Kris Kringle Colada, anyone? How about a Rudolph Shoots the Curl?) And they'll be hosting a luau party every Saturday in December. Bonus: 10% of all sales go to Action Against Hunger. Through Dec. 31 Nickel City, 1133 E. 11th. www.nickelcitybar.com

Monday 10

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. Always a good idea to schedule a class and learn new skills and tips from this hometown bastion of instructional gastronomy. Daily Central Market North Cooking School, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1014. www.centralmarket.com/cooking-school

FRESA'S HOLIDAY MENU PREORDERING Fresa's, that local powerhouse of Mexican-inflected sabor – is offering a special menu this holiday season, featuring tamales (chicken tinga or black bean & cheese) and a variety of tasty desserts – and you can preorder the goods online for your own fête as of … right now! (Note: Same-day orders can be placed December 22-24, from 11am until they're sold out.) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 915 N. Lamar, 512/428-5077. www.fresaschicken.com

GIBSON STREET BAR GETS JOLLY WITH IT And now that rockin' Gibson on South Lamar joins in with the jiggery jingles, featuring over-the-top holiday decor (a totally Instagrammable sleigh, FFS) and a slate of seasonal libations. (We're partial to the so-called Rum-Pa-Pa-Pum, because a mix of Sailor Jerry's, cinnamon-brown-sugar butter, clove, and honey is, woooo, powerfully delicious.) Bonus: live music from the Misfit Toys on Wednesday nights. Through Dec. 31 Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar, 512/386-1345. www.gibsonstreetbar.com

HEY, BEER LOVERS: GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE STOUT Did you know that Independence Brewing Co. and the Alamo Drafthouse team up once a year to produce an annual release called End Credits? They do – and 2018's thirst-quenching finale is the above-named stout, now available at all 20 Drafthouse locations in Texas. Through Dec. 31

MIRACLE ON 5TH STREET The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore. Through Dec. 29 The Eleanor, 307-A W. Fifth, 512/494-4094. www.theeleanoratx.com

NICKEL CITY: SIPPIN' SANTA Wait, Nickel City has done what? Turned itself into a sort of tiki-powered Polynesian holiday wonderland? Yes, until the year's end – with a raft of new themed cocktails among the classic oceanic gewgaws. (Kris Kringle Colada, anyone? How about a Rudolph Shoots the Curl?) And they'll be hosting a luau party every Saturday in December. Bonus: 10% of all sales go to Action Against Hunger. Through Dec. 31 Nickel City, 1133 E. 11th. www.nickelcitybar.com

ODD DUCK'S ANNUAL TRAILER THROWBACK Here's a party to celebrate the acclaimed restaurant’s fifth year in a brick-and-mortar space, and everyone's invited to stop in for beer and wine, as well as Odd Duck Farm to Trailer food from back in the day. Yes, it's the one time each year when those OG dishes return – including chef Bryce Gilmore’s famous pork belly sliders. Note: A portion of the proceeds goes to the Sustainable Food Center and Zilker Elementary. Mon., Dec. 10, 6-9pm. (2018) Odd Duck, 1201 S. Lamar, 512/433-6521. $35. www.oddduckaustin.com

OLIVE & JUNE: HOLIDAY DESSERTS Can desserts ever be too delicious? Can they look too fancy? Or do you just love your friends and family so much that you would, for instance, include a few of these confectionary wonderments from Olive & June in your holiday celebrations? Pumpkin cheesecake bars topped with almond streusel and salted caramel, chocolate cake topped with chocolate glaze and white chocolate peppermint bark, gingerbread cake topped with almond streusel, vanilla orange glaze, and orange chips … OMG, are you drooling yet? Through Dec. 20 Olive & June, 3411 Glenview, 512/467-9898. www.oliveandjune-austin.com

Tuesday 11

"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.

FRESA'S HOLIDAY MENU PREORDERING Fresa's, that local powerhouse of Mexican-inflected sabor – is offering a special menu this holiday season, featuring tamales (chicken tinga or black bean & cheese) and a variety of tasty desserts – and you can preorder the goods online for your own fête as of … right now! (Note: Same-day orders can be placed December 22-24, from 11am until they're sold out.) Fresa's Chicken al Carbon, 915 N. Lamar, 512/428-5077. www.fresaschicken.com

GIBSON STREET BAR GETS JOLLY WITH IT And now that rockin' Gibson on South Lamar joins in with the jiggery jingles, featuring over-the-top holiday decor (a totally Instagrammable sleigh, FFS) and a slate of seasonal libations. (We're partial to the so-called Rum-Pa-Pa-Pum, because a mix of Sailor Jerry's, cinnamon-brown-sugar butter, clove, and honey is, woooo, powerfully delicious.) Bonus: live music from the Misfit Toys on Wednesday nights. Through Dec. 31 Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar, 512/386-1345. www.gibsonstreetbar.com

HEY, BEER LOVERS: GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE STOUT Did you know that Independence Brewing Co. and the Alamo Drafthouse team up once a year to produce an annual release called End Credits? They do – and 2018's thirst-quenching finale is the above-named stout, now available at all 20 Drafthouse locations in Texas. Through Dec. 31

HOLY ROLLER: CELEBRITY PIE-EATING CONTEST Chef Callie Speer and her team welcome some of the city's most prominent chefs and culinary personalities for a pie-eating contest to kick off the holiday season – with current champion, chef Casey Wilcox of Central Standard, ready to defend his title against an onslaught of determined combatants. And besides the face-smearing spectacle itself, there'll be pie, pie, and more pie, and a raffle for ACL 2019 wristbands and more. And 100% of the proceeds benefit SAFE. Tue., Dec. 11, 6pm. (2018) Holy Roller, 509 Rio Grande, 512/502-5119. www.holyrolleraustin.com

MIRACLE ON 5TH STREET The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore. Through Dec. 29 The Eleanor, 307-A W. Fifth, 512/494-4094. www.theeleanoratx.com

NICKEL CITY: SIPPIN' SANTA Wait, Nickel City has done what? Turned itself into a sort of tiki-powered Polynesian holiday wonderland? Yes, until the year's end – with a raft of new themed cocktails among the classic oceanic gewgaws. (Kris Kringle Colada, anyone? How about a Rudolph Shoots the Curl?) And they'll be hosting a luau party every Saturday in December. Bonus: 10% of all sales go to Action Against Hunger. Through Dec. 31 Nickel City, 1133 E. 11th. www.nickelcitybar.com

OLIVE & JUNE: HOLIDAY DESSERTS Can desserts ever be too delicious? Can they look too fancy? Or do you just love your friends and family so much that you would, for instance, include a few of these confectionary wonderments from Olive & June in your holiday celebrations? Pumpkin cheesecake bars topped with almond streusel and salted caramel, chocolate cake topped with chocolate glaze and white chocolate peppermint bark, gingerbread cake topped with almond streusel, vanilla orange glaze, and orange chips … OMG, are you drooling yet? Through Dec. 20 Olive & June, 3411 Glenview, 512/467-9898. www.oliveandjune-austin.com

Ongoing

BARTON CREEK FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

HOPE FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal, 512/727-8363. www.hopefarmersmarket.org

LONE STAR FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

SFC SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT LAKELINE Saturdays, 9am-1pm Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/363-5700. www.texasfarmersmarket.org/lakeline

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT MUELLER Sundays, 10am-2pm Mueller Lake Park & Browning Hangar, 4209 Airport. www.texasfarmersmarket.org/mueller

BOGGY CREEK FARM STAND Wed.-Sat., 8am-1pm Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. www.boggycreekfarm.com

SPRINGDALE FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale, 512/386-8899. www.springdalefarmaustin.com

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