Austin Foodie Bits ~ Food & Wine Things to Do, September 20 Edition

Greetings from lovely Chicago! I’m out and about this week at a social media conference and am enjoying learning about ways to do more on the social web for my clients and for my own blog. It’s great fun but it’s put me just a little behind in getting my posts out. Add to it that Austin has exploded with food events in September and you get a very long but slightly delayed post. I hope the wait has been worth it. Before I jump into this week’s events, here are a couple of quick reminders about multi-day events going on around town right now:

  • Austin Restaurant Week is in full swing. The first week end this Wednesday, September 22, and the next starts on Sunday, September 26 and runs through the 29th. The folks at Austin Restaurant Week have been giving away gift cards on twitter, so you might follow them there if you’re so inclined.
  • Central Market’s Brewtopia is a celebration of all things beer from September 22 to October 5. The event will feature meet-and-greets with brewmasters from around the country, tastings, lessons on pairing beer with food as well as cooking with beer, and more. Be sure to check out all of the tastings and dinners at the cooking school for plenty of opportunities to deep dive the offerings of a specific brewery.

Be Spontaneous – This Week’s Events

  • September 21: Slow Session on Fall Foraging – If you’ve been curious about foraging, this is a great way to get started. Amy Crowell, owner of Edible Yards and writer for Edible Austin on wild foods will lecture on how to identify, harvest and prepare some of the most delicious and nutritious wild foods Central Texas has to offer. Free. Habitat Suites. 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • September 22: Caymus Interactive Wine Dinner – For true fans of Caymus wines, or wine connoisseurs, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Caymus owner and winemaker Chuck Wagner will join the dinner via live video conference, discuss wine selections for the evening, and take questions. The evening will also feature a remarkable side-by-side vertical tasting of the 2000 and 2008 vintages of Caymus Special Selection Cabernet and paired four-course dinner. $125/person. Fleming’s at the Domain. 6:30 pm. Call 512.8359463 to reserve.
  • September 22: Harvest Wine Dinner –Christine Hanna, President of Hanna Wineries, cookbook author, and chef, will celebrate fall food and wine with a three course dinner paired with Hanna wines. I’ve taken classes with her before and she is a true master of wine and food. $60/person. Central Market Cooking School. 6:30 pm. Reserve online.
  • September 22: French Wine and Cheese Pairing – The haut Hotel St. Cecilia is teaming up with local cheese experts from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop to present a wine and cheese pairing event featuring six different French wines and cheeses. You’ll gain insight into the culinary culture of France while you enjoy a lovely evening at this exclusive hotel. $75/person. 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Call 512.586.8465 or email to reserve.
  • September 22: Con’Olio Chef’s Table – Chef Donoho highlights the freshest olive oils and finest balsaminc vinegars from around the world as he hosts Jeff Tabatha Conarko, the owners of new local olive oil boutique Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars. You’ll never think of oil and vinegar in quite the same ways again. $75/person. FINO. 6:30 pm. Call 512.474.2905 to reserve.
  • September 22 and 23: Supper Friends Spanish Supper Club – The Supper Friends welcome back chef Larry Kocurek, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and owner of Kocurek Family Charcuterie for a Spanish-themed dinner. The menu includes arugula salad with membrillo vinaigrette and manchego, paprika-dusted yellow fin tuna, Moorish-styled braised leg of lamb, and more. The dinner is BYOB so you can bring along your favorite beverage $75/person. SWOOP House. 6:45 pm. Call 512.467.6600 to reserve.
  • September 23: Bordeaux the Easy and Fun Way –For such a small set of acreage in France, Bordeaux can sure be intimidating. It doesn’t have to be though. In this event lead by an accredited Bordeaux educator, you’ll learn about blending, wine styles, appellations, and more. And of course you’ll taste wines along the way. Free. Twin Liquors Hancock. 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Reserve online.
  • September 23: An Evening with Max’s Wine Dive JP Lacoste – Max’s Wine Dive is all about gourmet comfort food, and in this class with their executive chef you can learn to make those same dishes in your own kitchen. He’ll show you how to make Max’s jalapeno-marinated fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and crawfish Etouffee. $45/person. Whole Foods Culinary Center. 6:30 pm. Reserve online.
  • September 23: Austin Monthly’s Craziest Cake Competition – Austin Monthly Magazine is bringing together Austin’s most creative bakers in a competition for a feature in the November food issue. You can join in the fun with a cake tasting and champagne toast. Free. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. 7:00 pm 10:00 pm. RSVP to
  • September 24: Lunch Express Bacon Fest – Some have said that bacon has jumped the shark as a food phenomenon, but I would beg to differ, and this lunchtime class at Whole Foods is proof. In an hour you’ll enjoy a great lunch and learn how to make these baconey dishes on your own at home. For $18 it’s the best lunch deal around. Whole Foods Culinary Center. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Reserve online.
  • September 25: 2nd Annual Lucha Libre Wrestling Event – What’s more fun than Mexican street food, Mexican wrestling, and Mexican art? Not much if you’re on the hunt for a fun evening. The Hosteria Verde Supper Club is hosting their 2nd wrestling match with proceeds benefiting the Pump Project Art Complex with the express intent of helping you have lots of Mexican-inspired fun. $45/person. Pump Project Art Complex. 8:00 pm. Buy tickets online.
  • September 25: Austin’s Taste of India – Enjoy Indian food, music, dance, games, and more at this evening festival. This is a great way to immerse yourself in Indian culture, or possibly introduce yourself. Either way, you’re guaranteed to leave the event fat and happy. $3/person + nominal food costs. St. William Catholic Church. 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Buy tickets at the door.
  • September 26: TRIBEZA Supper Club at Uchiko – Uchiko is the talk of the foodie- inclined these days and if you haven’t visited yet, or just can’t get enough, you can enjoy a private dinner with Chef Paul Qui at the latest TRIBEZA supper club. The menu is divine, featuring a combination of raw and cooked delicacies as well as desserts you can’t imagine until you actually taste them. The entire dinner will also be paired with wines selected to complete your experience. This is a true treat at $100/person but it will be well worth every dollar. 6:30 pm. Reserve online.

Plan Ahead – Events in the Next Three Weeks



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