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Sixth Annual Jo’s Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off

On Saturday February 4th, from 11:00a to 3:00p , Jo’s Coffee on S. Congress is hosting the 6th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off, Two Steppin’ Competition and Benefit sponsored by Shiner. All proceeds benefit the Lila Tenenbown Recovery Fund. It is only $20 to taste all the chilis! Featured bands performing include Li’l Cap’n Travis, Chili Cold Blood, Chaparral and Woodsboss. Free two-stepping lessons at 11 am, dance contest at 12 pm, live music and chili tasting from 11 to 3. There will also be a bake sale by Katy Cupcakes and a silent auction. For more information, click following link.
Updated January 30, 2012

The Austin Burns Supper: A Night of Whisky and Rhyme

This February 4th, at 7pm, groups around the globe sit down to a time honored celebration to recognize the works and life of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. The evening, known as a Burns Supper, includes speeches, music, poems and dancing. One group in Austin will be celebrating at The Crowne Plaza. Of course, the main event is the meal! The haggis is brought in via piper and adulation with a hearty recitation of Burns’ Address to the Haggis. This event will include a 3 course meal: Cock-a-leekie Soup, Steak Pie (Vegetarian Option Available), Neeps & Tatties and Scotch Trifle for dessert.  To purchase tickets, click here.
Updated January 30, 2012

Delysia Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Chocolate & wine…what better way to spend a Tuesday?! On February 7th, from 5:00p to 7:00p, join Sommelier Mark Sayre and Delysia Chocolatier owner Nicole Patel for a special Wine and Chocolate Tasting that examines what makes chocolate such an interesting complement to wine. Each pairing, which includes one Delysia truffle and a half-glass of wine, is $5. This is a 21 and up event and will be held at Four Seasons Lobby Lounge. No reservations are necessary. For additional information, please call (512) 685-8300. Sweetdreams to all you Chocoholics!
Updated January 30, 2012

Annual Beer and Chocolate Tasting

Chocolate & beer this time! Intrigued? Think it may not pair well together? Let Ginger Man prove you wrong! Join us on February 12th at 3pm for 2 hours of fun! 10 beers will be paired with artisanal chocolates from Austin’s own Arte y Chocolate. $35 per person; reservations encouraged. Try to RSVP by February 9th. Call (512) 473-8801 for more information. We’re sure this will be “beery” delicious!
Updated January 30, 2012

Austin Chocolate Festival

Attention chocolate lovers!! The 5th annual chocolate festival is right around the corner and will be better than ever. This year’s event will be heldOctober 15th and 16th at the Norris Conference center. This chocolate lovers event consists of local chocolatiers and chocolate artisans including restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, patisseries, authors, and catering companies from Texas. The vendors compete against each other in several categories, offer samples to festival guests, and sell their products.  A portion of the proceeds will help raise money and community awareness for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Updated October 9, 2011

Craft Brewers Festival

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival is back! It will take place on September 24th, from 2pm to 8pm at the historic Fiesta Gardens complex in East Austin. Beer and brewers from across Texas will be on-site for what is anticipated to be the largest annual celebration of craft beer in Texas. This non-profit outdoor festival, produced by the Young Men’s Business League and benefiting Austin Sunshine Camps, will feature Texas-brewed beer and ales (as well as non-alcoholic beverages), a commemorative tasting glass, live music, local food vendors, beer educational sessions, food and beer pairings, and a good time to be had by all at this beautiful venue on the banks of the Colorado River. Having a few cold ones is a sure-fire way to keep cool in this Texas heat. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Updated August 30, 2011

Austin Restaurant Week

Austin Restaurant Week is here again! From September 25th – 28th and October 2nd – 5th, you can celebrate Austin’s best restaurants. Have a 3-course dinner for either $25 or $35! This time around, restaurants have the option to offer a prix-fixe lunch menu for $10 – $15. And what’s noteworthy is that 5% of the proceeds will benefit a great service: Sustainable Food Center. The SFC cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. So indulge in fine dining from a customized menu at reasonable prices. There are over 50 establishments to choose from – how exciting! Here’s a link with more information and restaurant menus:
Updated September 23, 2011

Vodka Tasting Dinner Party

Attention Austinites! Here is an exciting event that you do not want to miss. On September 9th, the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation is honoring Doug English’s election to the college football Hall of Fame. Guests of the event will enjoy a fabulous pairing of a 5-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Josh Watkins and 5 unique vodka drinks. The event will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Updated August 30, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse and Parkside present: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

On September 11th, from 7:30pm – 11:30pm, Sixth Street will be a star attraction this summer as Ferris Bueller’s fans paticipate in a fundraiser to clean up and revitalize Austin’s downtown entertainment district . Come see a sunset screening at the free Alamo Rolling Roadshow & Downtown Street Party. Admission is free ($5 suggested donation) with donations and proceeds from the food and beverage sales benefiting the 6ixth Street Austin Association. Parkside will provide a menu of upscale street food, cocktails and beer. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information on the 6ixth Street Austin Association, visit or call (512) 203-7280.
Updated August 30, 2011

Fonda San Miguel: Five-Course Copain Wine-Pairing Dinner

Fonda San Miguel is hosting an exclusive five-course wine-pairing dinner highlighting Russian River Valley wines and authentic Mexican flavors. Scheduled for Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m., this special wine-pairing event ($85 per person) will feature favorites and new creations from Chef Jeff Martinez and selections from California-based Copain Wines chosen specifically for the meal by Fonda Sommelier Brad Sharp. “Copain is a really solid winery producing wines of high quality,” says Sharp, a certified specialist of wine and spirits. “Their pinot noirs are polished and bold, and their syrahs are deeply brooding, powerful wines. When you marry Copain wines with Chef Martinez’s food, the result is spectacular.” As a special gift to dinner guests, Austin Wine Merchant co-owner John Roenigk will provide a list from which guests may order the featured Copain wines at a specially discounted price. Seating for this special wine-pairing event is limited, and guests are asked to RSVP to (512) 459-4121. For menu and wine details, click here.
Updated August 30, 2011

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

Summertime in Austin just got a bit hotter!! Join the Austin Chronicle and the Capital Area Food Bank for one of the world’s largest hot sauce festivals.  Live music and a heated hot sauce competition make this a unique and fun event. Also, it is free to the public with a donation of three healthy non-perishable food items or a $3 cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank . This Hot Sauce Festival draws upwards of 15,000 spectators every year! This year it will take place on Sunday, August 28 at Waterloo Park from 11:00am to 5:30pm. Food vendors will provide a wide array of foods – enjoy treats from Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant, Buffalo Billiards, Curra’s Grill, Matt’s Famous El Rancho, Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina, Sun Garden Shaved Ice and Torchy’s Tacos! Put your sunscreen on and grab your shades…let’s have some fun!
Updated August 12, 2011

Patron Spirits Dinner at Jasper’s

Jasper’s at the Domain is always serving up wonderful food. They have several upcoming events, but the August 30th dinner really got our attention! The menu for the Patron Spirits Dinner looks mouth-wateringly delicious and is one of the more affordable ones, at $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.  Click here if you want the menu details.  Each course is accompanied by a Patron-infused cocktail. “Jasper’s serves the type of food you’d get at my house if I were cooking,” says Executive Chef Kent Rathbun. Chef Rathbun is a nationally recognized chef, who defeated Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America. For reservations call Lane Strickland at 512-834-4111.
Updated August 12, 2011

Dessert for Dinner: An 8 Course Cupcake Tasting

On Tuesday July 26th at 6pm, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop is happy to bring back Australia’s Sugadeaux Cupcakes for a guest baking stint in Austin. This will be a ‘Dessert for Dinner’, a sit-down tasting featuring eight courses of mini cupcakes. Mmmm sounds delicious! This private event will be hosted at the Volstead Lounge and you’ll be welcomed with a signature cocktail created especially for the the tasting. The cupcakes will be served by Olivia (Sugar Mama’s) and Jess (Sugadeaux) who will be explaining the process behind new flavor development and inspiration.  Aside from the complimentary welcome cocktail, the bar will be open throughout the event for drinks for purchase. Seats are limited, and guests must be over 21.
Updated July 14, 2011

Paella Cooking Classes!

We know how much you love a good paella…what if we were able to make it at home?! On Tuesday August 9th, learn how to cook Paella at Malaga Tapas & Bar! For a mere $25, you can watch the talented Chef Alejandro Duran walk you through all the steps of creating the perfect Paella. The paella will start cooking at 6:30pm and be finish and ready to serve at 8pm. Enjoy a Bowl of Paella paired with a glass of wine. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend this class. There are only 15 servings per pan, so call us today to reserve your spot at 512-236-8020. Can’t make it on August 9th? They offer this Paella class every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month!
Updated July 14, 2011

MIX: Celebrate Texas Cocktails

On June 17, enter into the historic Mansion (Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, 2312 San Gabriel) and sip custom-made specialty libations from 9:00pm to midnight. Mixologists like Jason Stevens from East Side Show Room and Joe Eifler from The Tipsy Texan will each craft two extraordinary cocktails featuring one of 13 different Texas born and bred spirits for a total of 26 different drink options. There will be a delightful range of sweet, salty and spicy to captivate your taste buds! Pair your cocktails with freshly baked mmmpanadas, sammachies from Sugar Shack BBQ and gastro pub fare from J. Black’s. JWG Photography will be capturing the memorable night of drinks, food and merriment at their photo booth all night long! Tickets are $50 online or $60 at the door; price includes drinks and food. Purchase tickets here. Cheers!!
Updated June 6, 2011

Domino’s Pizza “Cans for Cinna Stix”

Attention pizza lovers! For the first two weeks of June, Domino’s Pizza will be giving away free Cinna Stix to everyone who donates two or more cans of food to the Capital Area Food Bank at any of their 16 participating locations! Enjoy some delicious cinna stix while helping feed the less fortunate Austinites. It’s important to note that not all Domino’s locations are participating. For more information, click here.
Updated May 15, 2011

Barley Swine Dinner

On Monday May 2nd, Barley Swine’s Bryce Gilmore (a 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef) has partnered up with Rob and Amy Cartwright of Independence Brew Co. to create a multi-course beer dinner. Gilmore’s infinite affection for all things local and all things beer have come together for a delectable dining experience at Barley Swine. Gilmore has created six succulent courses all expertly paired with local brews that showcase the chef’s talent and creativity with use of local ingredients.  The cost of this event is $75 per person. To reserve your seat, call (512) 394-8150. This is going to be a great way to beat a case of the Mondays!
Updated April 25, 2011

Austin Restaurant Week

Austin Restaurant Week is here again! From April 10th – 13th and April 17th – 20th, you can celebrate Austin’s best restaurants. Have a 3-course dinner for either $25 or $35!  This time around, restaurants have the option to offer a prix-fixe lunch menu for $10 – $15. And what’s noteworthy is that 5% of the proceeds will benefit a great service: Sustainable Food Center. The SFC cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. So indulge in fine dining from a customized menu at reasonable prices. There are over 50 establishments to choose from – how exciting! Here’s a link with more information and restaurant menus:
Updated April 10, 2011

Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

It’s that time of the year again! Beginning on March 31st, this four-day wine and food celebration features a myriad of events scattered around the greater Austin area. The festival highlights food and wine producers, writers, and renowned chefs who have contributed to Texas’ culinary expansion. Here are some events to choose from; luncheons in beautiful vinyeards, burger & beef seminar, beer & cheese pairing class, a charcuterie & wine tasting class and many others! For a full list, click here. We went to Stars Across Texas last year and it was one of the most memorable foodie events we’ve ever attended!
Updated February 7, 2011

Austin Bakes for Japan

The country and people of Japan need our help! Come together for a great cause. On Saturday, April 2nd from 10am – 2pm, hundreds of bakers, bloggers, businesses, and consumers will unite for a bake sale fundraising event to help survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Over 70 home cooks and dozens of local bakeries will be contributing baked goods at locations throughout Austin with proceeds going to AmeriCares work in Japan. For more information, click here.
Updated March 25, 2011

The Pork Experiment

After hosting a series of highly-successful amateur cooking competitions in Brooklyn, NY, cook-off pros Nick Suarez and Theo Peck have decided to take their show on the road. Lucky for us, their first stop is Austin! On Sunday, March 13th, 20 home chefs will compete for an opportunity to advance to the National cook-off in Brooklyn. We encourage you to enter this Pork Extravaganza because there are still a few spots available! These chefs will be creating a variety of dishes using the featured ingredient – Pork. Event attendees will have the opportunity to taste these fabulous creations and pick their favorite. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Youth Launch. You don’t want to miss this unique, fun-filled experience. Brooklyn Brewery is generously providing beer and tasting samples. For more information, click here. Oink Oink – We will see you there!
Updated February 7, 2011

“2011: Caked Crusaders” Art Show & Cake Competition

Ready for a cake extravaganza?! On February 26th and 27th at the North Austin Event Center, hundreds of elaborate show cakes and other works of sugar art will be on display.  This all-ages public event features judged competitions ranging from beginner through master levels, classes, demonstrations, vendors, and kid events.  Purchase your tickets online prior to February 24th, for general admission tickets $8 a day or $14 for a weekend pass. Children under 18 are FREE! Bring a non-perishable food item to save $1 off your at-the-door entry price. For more information, click here.
Updated February 7, 2011

Zinfandel Festival

On March 6th, The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas is hosting the Zinfandel Grand Tasting event at the AT&T Conference Center.  Attendees will have the opportunity to sample award-winning Zinfandels from over 35 wineries, meet with winemakers, learn about the history and versatility of the wine, and sample food created by Chef Jeff Watkins of The Carillon.  This is a one of a kind event that is great for novices and connoisseurs! Tickets for the event are $60 for the general public and $50 for foundation members. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Updated January 4, 2011

Cannoli Joe’s “Chef Exposed” Demo

Want to do something fun on hump day? Cannoli Joe’s is hosting its next “Chef Exposed Cooking Demonstrations and Wine Pairings,” presented by Executive Chef Quirino “Q” Silva, on Wednesday, January 19th at the restaurant in South Austin.  Silva will choose four dishes of Italian cuisine for his classes, with wine pairings for each course. Class participants will enjoy a full serving of each of the four courses as the chef demonstrates how to prepare each dish. You will also get a recipe booklet to take home as a reference. Click here for more information.
Updated January 14, 2010

Austin Restaurant Throwdown

Wondering where to grab a reuben now that Katz’s Deli has closed its doors? On January 22nd, Manny’s Uptown Kitchen in the Arboretum is hosting the first ever Austin Restaurant Throwdown food competition. Four area delis will be competing for the title of “The Best Reuben in Austin.”  The winning restaurant will receive a trophy and all proceeds go to charity. Tickets are $4 and include a tasting of each of the restaurant’s rueben. For more information, click here.
Updated January 4, 2010

Taste of Austin 2011

It’s baaack! Taste of Austin is an annual event designed to showcase top local restaurants, caterers, and hotels. Enjoy samples from over 50 restaurants and discover what some of our finest eateries have to offer. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Austin Restaurant Association scholarship fund plus Austin area High School Culinary and Marketing programs. This food extravaganza takes place Thursday, January 27th from 5:30pm-8pm at the Palmer Events Center. General admission tickets are $25. We went to this last year and had so much fun!  For more information and to order tickets, click here. One week before the event, they will post a list of participating restaurants. Forget your New Years Resolution for just one day and bring your appetite!
Updated January 4, 2010

Paggi House’s Champagne & Oyster Fest

Paggi House is celebrating oysters on November 17th, from 6:30pm to 9pm. We can’t think of a better way to spend a Wednesday evening and get over hump day! Chef Stark will prepare over a dozen varieties of fresh raw oysters in a variety of ways; Pickled Vegetables, Pates and Touraines; Oyster Stew; Romaine or Sesame Slaw; Oysters Rockefeller or Grilled Oysters with Sherry Vinegar Minuette, House-made Cocktail Sauce and Champagne Granita; and S’mores for only $35 per person. An enticing selection of sparkling wines and champagnes will be offered at an additional cost. For inquiries or to make reservations, call (512) 473-3700 or email
Updated November 7, 2010

Alamo Drafthouse Chocolat Feast

Calling all chocoholics! On December 6th, Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar is hosting a dinner and screening of the Academy award winning film Chocolat. Chefs John Bullington and Trish Eichelberger have prepared a fabulous multi-course dinner featuring chocolate (and tons of it!). The meal is inspired by the movie and will use the finest local ingredients. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Urban Roots Youth Development Program. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Updated November 7, 2010

Annual Paella Cook-off

The Austin-based organization, Paella Lovers United, will be holding their 8th annual cook-off on November 6th. Over 30 teams will be competing for the title of best Paella in the city. Attendees of the events will be treated to tapas, paella, beverages, live flamenco music, and dancing performances. Tickets to this event is $39 for adults and $15 for children. Whether you are a paella newbie or a paella lover, this event is for you! For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
Updated October 13, 2010

Arthouse Reopening Block Party

Celebrate the reopening of the Arthouse at the Jones Center with a fun-filled day of festivities. There will be arts and crafts, food, musical performances and film screenings for the entire family to enjoy. Some of the best trailers in town will be in attendance selling food, such as: Best Wurst, Chi-Lantro, Coolhaus, and more! This event will take place on October 25th from Noon to 8pm and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Updated October 13, 2010

Dim Sum Class

Want to impress your friends by learning the names of your favorite dim sum dishes? This way you will know what you are ordering off the carts!  On October 17th, Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant will help you explore the unique culinary experience of dim sum, a staple of the Chinese dining culture. You will have the opportunity to try many traditional dishes, such as har gau (crystal shrimp dumpling), siu mai (pork & shrimp dumpling), and much more. This is a casual, hands-on experience and an instructor will be present to explain each dish and answer questions. Guests of all ages & expertise are welcome. The $20 ticket will include hot tea and a family style dining meal. There is limited seating, so click here to register now!
Updated September 24, 2010

Tour de Vin 2010

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas invites you to get your passport stamped at Tour de Vin 2010, a world tour consisting of international wine and fine cuisine. This year, the focus will be on the delicious food and exceptional wine from Europe and South America. The Tour de Vin will take place at the rooftop plaza of Whole Foods Market on Thursday, October 7th. Enjoy dancing under the stars with upbeat Cuban music by Cienfuegos. To buy tickets and view more information on upcoming events, click here.
Updated September 24, 2010

Tea Party

Greenling and Zhi Tea Gallery are hosting a local tea party on August 21st, from 6pm-9pm, so we can all indulge in the wisdom (zhi) of tea. You will be able to sample iced elixirs of organic bliss, frozen treats and yummy bites from Good Pop and Lift Café. Guests are encouraged to bring side dishes and desserts for this potluck, but it is not a requirement. All dishes should please include one ingredient of locally produced, organically grown food. The dish that gets the most votes will get a free Local Box! This box includes $35 worth of local, seasonal veggies! So whip out those recipe books and bring a little item and enjoy our very own Austin Tea Party! For more information, click here.
Updated August 9, 2010

Alamo Drafthouse Eat Pray Love Feast

On Tuesday, August 17th at the 7:30pm showing, celebrate the opening of Eat Pray Love by enjoying a multi-course feast inspired by the locations featured in the film. There will be food from Italy, India and and Indonesia, paired with carefully selected wines. Click here for more information.
Updated August 9, 2010

Austin Ice Cream Festival

The 4th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival will take place at Waterloo Park on August 14th, from 10am-7pm. Bring the whole family out for a fun time.  There will be music, several entertaining contests, and lots of ice cream!! What a yummy and great way to cool off on these warm summer days. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 8 years and under get in FREE! For more information, visit or call (512) 480-5966.
Updated August 9, 2010

Gold Class Cinemas Eat Pray Love Event

Beginning August 13th, Gold Class Cinemas in the Domain is hosting a one-of-a-kind experience in honor of the film Eat Pray Love. This unique package includes a movie ticket, live cooking demonstration from their chef, choice of any two items from the movie inspired menu, and two drinks. This special menu will feature food from Italy, India and Indonesia; such as Bali fruit salad, masala chicken salad, and capresse skewer.  Treat yourself to gourmet food and enjoy the movie while sitting back in large, comfortable recliners…we plan to this Friday!  For information on pricing and availability, call 512-568-3400 or click here.
Updated August 18, 2010

Beat the Heat Summer Tasting

On Saturday July 31st at Max’s Wine Dive, The Black Door Presents: Beat the Heat Summer Tasting Event. Join the fun as guests enjoy summertime dishes, wines, and great deals. Savor the gourmet dishes prepared by the executive chefs who make use of fresh local ingredients, and choose from up to 30 summertime wines that are paired perfectly for the Texas heat! There will also be live music while you wine & dine! This event takes place from 1pm – 4pm, and tickets are $25. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Updated July 9, 2010

Rio’s Grand Opening

Want to beat the Sunday night blues next weekend and start the week out right?! On Sunday, July 25th, from 5pm – 10pm, Rio’s Brazilian Cafe will be celebrating their grand opening! There will be a DJ spinning some Tropicalia, which is 60’s era Brazlian music. You won’t want to miss the samba and jiu-jitsu demonstrations either! Be sure to enter the free raffle for your chance to win an exciting prize. Families are welcome, and even dogs can hang out on the patio. We are looking forward to drinking a few caipirinhas and eating a warm Brazilian hot dog. For more information, visit
Updated July 20, 2010

Domino’s Pizza Food Drive

Domino’s Pizza stores in the Austin-area have teamed up with the Food Bank to help collect healthy, non-perishable food.  Until July 25th, customers who donate one or more cans of food will receive a large one-topping pizza for $5.99 for carry-out only. As an added bonus…on July 24th and July 25th, customers who bring in two or more cans of food will receive a one-topping medium pizza for $3.99 for carry-out only.  Help nourish hungry Central Texans this summer. Not only is this a great cause but it is also a fabulous deal!
Updated July 9, 2010

The Market Wine Party

The Market at Steiner Ranch is hosting their monthly wine party Friday July 16th, from 5pm – 8pm. Knowledgeable professionals will be pouring samples of over ten wines and our Le Cordon Bleu chefs will serve up samples of the house specialties. There will be live music from local talent for you to boogie to while drinking and eating. The Market has smaller wine tastings every Friday, but this one is a more elaborate event. It is also complimentary and should be a lot of fun! The Market at Steiner Ranch specializes in an array of beer and wine from around the globe. They offer a full service deli, and their meat and seafood department offers aged beef and fresh seafood, poultry and pork, plus an assortment of Market Specialties.
Updated July 9, 2010

Contemporary Wine Trends

Love to follow wine but can’t quite keep up with the flow? On Thursday, July 15th at 6:30pm – come indulge your senses at a Foundation Academy Class – Contemporary Wine Trends! In this class, Sommelier instructor Michael Vilim will inform wine lovers of the hottest wine trends of 2010. Come sip on sparkling, Riesling, and Bordeaux varietals as Michael fills you in on what’s currently popular, affordable, and most importantly, delicious. Ten wines and an array of appetizers from the just-opened StrEat Restaurant will be served. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for general admission. Purchase tickets by calling 512-327-7555 or visiting
Updated July 9, 2010

Clos La Chance Wine Dinner

On Tuesday, June 29th at 7pm, Z’Tejas is hosting an unforgettable evening of dinner, wine, and a special guest.  The chefs from Z’Tejas will be preparing a fabulous five-course menu, each paired with a wine.  Some exciting items on the menu include: duck breast with guajillo peach sauce, chili crusted beef tenderloin, chocolate truffle, and more! Marc Garcia (from the Clos La Chance Winery in California) will also be attending. The cost of the event is $65 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. For more information and to RSVP for the event, call 512-970-3834. You do not want to miss this great feast!
Updated June 17, 2010

Texas Artisan Showcase

On Saturday, June 26th from 4pm – 8pm, come take part in a fun-filled, family-friendly event! This Artisan Showcase features beers, breads, cheese and charcuterie, coffee, tea and more. Besides 12 tasting stations, there will also be live music at the marketplace, a silent auction and educational demonstrations! On-site childcare is available, RSVP to to reserve a spot for the kiddos. Email for more information and to purchase tickets.
Updated May 18, 2010

Austin Wine & Music Festival

A unique celebration featuring local wineries, breweries, musicians, artisans, and vendors. From May 29th – 31st, this 3-day festival will take place on the lovely grounds of The Domain. Foodies will enjoy having all of their senses engaged…from the aromas of chocolates and olive oils, to beautiful jewelery for sale, to live music in the background, and delicious wines and beers to sample. A portion of the proceeds will be go to the Sustainable Food Center, and in honor of all service men and women, some proceeds will benefit the Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation. You do not want to miss this shindig! Click here for more information and ticket prices.
Updated May 18, 2010

Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival

Craving some crawfish, jonesin for some jambalaya? Well you’re in luck! The 3rd annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival takes place May 28th – 29th and will have Louisiana-style live Zydeco music and food – yummy red beans and rice, boudin and some other Cajun favorites. For those of you who are afraid of crawfish, don’t worry because burgers and German sausage will be available. Other fun activities include a gumbo cook-off, arts and crafts, jumping castles, face painting and a rockwall for children. Fredericksburg is about 45 minutes away from Austin, but this festival sounds like it is worth the drive! Click here for ticket prices, hours and general information.
Updated April 22, 2010

Texas Wine Wednesday

On May 5th from 5:30pm – 8pm, Spec’s at Arbor Walk will be having a huge wine and food event. Come sample 20 Texas Wines and lots of food items from Texas vendors and Spec’s kitchen. This is all FREE! As if that weren’t enough to get you excited – everyone will also receive a complimentary wine glass from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Believe us when we say…this is a most excellent way to spend a Wednesday evening!
Updated April 22, 2010

Austin Reggae Festival

Hey Austinites, now that SXSW is over and ACL Festival is still a while away, are you getting antsy waiting for the next music festival? Well, this year’s Reggae Festival will take place the weekend of April 16th. Come out and enjoy 3 days of music from over 30 artists from around the country and Jamaica Mon! There will be food stalls setup to satisfy your jerk chicken cravings and vendors selling handmade crafts. This event will take place on the beautiful grounds of Auditorium Shores. Advance tickets are on sale for $12.50 per day or $15 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Updated April 2, 2010

Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival

April 15th – 18th Hear ye hear ye Foodies!!
This four-day wine and food celebration features a myriad of events scattered around the greater Austin area. The festival highlights food and wine producers, writers, and renowned chefs who have contributed to Texas’ culinary expansion. Here are some events to choose from; wine & cheese synergies, luncheons at beautiful Hill Country wineries, New Orleans influenced cooking class, blindfolded wine-tasting, cocktail showdown at the Driskill, food & wine pairings at Ruth Chris, or sip and sample your way though a multitude of tents during the Sunday fair at the Saltlick. One of the events we’re attending is the Texas 25 at Whole Foods – where you can jam to a local DJ, eat tasty treats and toast to Wine & Food’s 25th Anniversary. Click here for more information
Updated March 2, 2010

Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival

Ever wonder what 5,000 pounds of crawfish look like? Well here is your chance to find out. On April 10th, come out and enjoy a fun-filled day of Louisiana cuisine and music. An extensive menu of Cajun seafood will be featured from several different establishments. For entertainment, there will be a variety of live music (Cajun, Zydeco, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Rock, etc) along with dancers, juju mamas, beads and tokens. Admission to this downtown event is $15, which includes all-you-can-eat crawfish! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Updated March 30, 2010

Taste of Round Rock 2010

The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 8th Annual Taste of Round Rock fundraiser on March 9th. Over 50 restaurants and caterers will be showcasing their culinary creations and providing “tastes” to attendees. This is a great opportunity to sample a wide selection of foods from various cuisines. This fun-filled family event will take place at the Dell Diamond. The price for admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Bring your appetite because you have never seen a buffet like this before! For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Updated March 3, 2010

Austin Restaurant Week

Austin Restaurant Week is here again! From February 28th – March 3rd and March 7th – 10th, you can celebrate Austin’s best restaurants. Have a 3-course dinner for either $25 or $35!  This time around, restaurants have the option to offer a prix-fixe lunch menu for $10 – $15. And what’s noteworthy is that 5% of the proceeds will benefit a great service: Sustainable Food Center. The SFC cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. So indulge in fine dining from a customized menu at reasonable prices. There are over 50 establishments to choose from – how exciting! Here’s a link with more information and restaurant menus:
Updated February 16, 2010

Satisfy the Sweet Tooth In You

Ever wondered what happens when you combine Star Trek and desserts? Well, wonder no more! The 2010 Cake Odyssey “That Takes the Cake” sugar arts show and cake competition will take place February 27th and 28th at the Crockett Center. Come check out sci-fi and fantasy themed cakes decorated by all skill levels, from children to chefs. Guests can attend mini-classes and demonstrations to learn decorating techniques from world-renowned sugar artists. Tickets are $8 per-day or $14 for the weekend, but receive $1 off with a food donation to the Capital Area Food Bank. A special buffet dinner is also available at an additional cost. For more information, visit
Updated February 10, 2010

Local Food Potluck

On Friday, February 19th, Rio’s Brazilian is hosting a potluck food event. Guests are asked to prepare a dish using locally grown ingredients, and the best dishes will be included in the Greenling Central Texas Seasonal cookbook. It’s ok if you can’t cook, you can still join the festivities. Beverages, spirits, and desserts will be provided! This event is FREE, but you must RSVP by calling (512) 440-8449 or emailing If you aren’t able to attend, be sure to check out Rio’s for some delicious Brazilian food!
Updated February 9, 2010

Rainforest Partnership Fundraiser

How would you like to celebrate Fat Tuesday/Carnaval and save the Rainforest at the same time? On Tuesday, February 16th, the Rainforest Partnership is hosting a fundraiser to help fund conservation projects in South America. Enjoy free appetizers, drink specials, door prizes, and music by DJ Gobot and Soulphonics. Also, view spectacular photos from Tim Hawkins’ recent Trans-Amazonian Expedition! The event will take place at Copa Bar & Grill and there is no fee for the event, but there is a $20 suggested donation. For more information, click here.
Updated February 9, 2010

Taste of Austin 2010

Attention fledgling and avid foodies! Taste of Austin is an annual event designed to showcase top local restaurants, caterers, and hotels. Enjoy samples from over 50 restaurants and discover what some of our finest eateries have to offer. Participants include: Imperia, Jasper’s, Zocalo Cafe, and many more! Proceeds will benefit the Greater Austin Restaurant Association scholarship fund plus Austin area High School Culinary and Marketing programs. This food extravaganza takes place Wednesday, January 27th from 5:30pm-8pm at the Palmer Events Center. Early bird tickets are available until January 10th for only $20. For more information and to order tickets, click here. Bring your appetite and we’ll see you there!
Updated January 8, 2010

Alamo Drafthouse Iron Chef Event

Love watching those Iron Chef Challenges on the Food Network? Then don’t miss out on this local competition! The chefs at the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz will team up against the acclaimed kitchen of Parkside Austin, located just across the street. The film will be a classic: A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. The premise is similar to the TV show but the secret ingredient in this battle is not foie gras, it is celluloid! Each contestant will deliver to the attendees a series of 4 dishes (that’s 8 dishes in all), and 4 wine courses will also be provided! At the end of the show, the audience will decide on the winner. Proceeds from this evening will benefit 6ixth Street Austin, a non-profit organization trying to preserve and enhance the district’s unique historic character and create a vibrant community. This event will take place on Wednesday, Jan 20th at 7pm at Alamo Drafthouse Downtown at the Ritz. Tickets are $80/each. Buy tickets here.
Updated January 7, 2010

CASA Day at Phil’s Ice House and Amy’s Ice Cream

On Thursday January 14th, from 11am – 10:30pm, Phil’s and Amy’s (5620 Burnet Road) will donate a portion of the sales to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). CASA is a local non-profit organization that advocates for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Come out and support a great cause while eating some delicious burgers and Mexican vanilla ice cream! For more information, call 512-459-2272
Updated January 7, 2010

Eat Local Week 2009

Edible Austin’s Eat Local Week will kick-off on December 5th at the Austin Farmer’s market.  This goal of this fundraiser is to explore and celebrate the abundance of local food and to raise money for Urban Roots, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase the accessibility of healthy food in Austin. Here are a few of the exciting events that take place:
Saturday, December 5 – Edible Austin tea festival
Tuesday, December 8 – Whole Foods skating event with music and food tasting
Friday, December 11 – Local beer tasting and live entertainment
For a complete list of events, click here.
Posted December 1, 2009

Taste of the NFL Charity Event

Tokyo Steak House and Sushi Bar has joined efforts with E&J Gallo Winery to host this year’s “Taste of the NFL” (TNFL) fundraiser. The TNFL is a food and wine tasting event held the night before the Super Bowl in the game city, and supports hungry-related charities. The event will take place December 2nd and proceeds will benefit Austin’s Capital Area Food Bank. Patrons will enjoy a five course meal, wine, and entertainment. Don’t miss out on this fancy feast with a worthy cause! The dress code is cocktail attire, and cost is $50 (plus tax & gratuity). RSVP before Friday November 27th by calling 512-388-7896 or 512-965-4449. For more information, click here.
Posted November 24, 2009

Vertigo Burger Challenge

Want to be the next Kobayashi? Elevation Burger in the Arboretum is hosting its first eating competition.  Contestants will be tasked with the challenge of eating the famous Vertigo Burger, a ten-patty monster of organic, grass-fed beef and aged cheddar. During this challenge, each eater will also have to finish a basket of Elevation Burger’s famous olive-oil French fries! The first person to finish the Vertigo meal will receive free burgers for one year. The contest will take place Thursday, December 3rd.  If you think you have what it takes, send your name, age, and contact info to
Posted November 29, 2009

Home Slice Carnival-O-Pizza

On December 5th, Home Slice Pizza on South Congress is having their annual funfest. There will be carnival-style booths, raffles, live music, performers and more! There will even be cool contests such as extreme pizza eating and pizza tossing. Free admission to the event (food & drinks not included) and you can bring your whole family for the festivities. As Home Slice puts it…”Tons of games for kids and tons of beer for big kids!” Best part? All proceeds from the event will benefit Austin Pets Alive. For more information, click here.
Posted November 9, 2009

Austin Culinary Scholarship Fundraiser

The Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is holding an online auction to raise money for their culinary scholarships! This group is a world-wide philanthropic society of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. The Austin Chapter consists of a group of chefs, winemakers, restaurateurs, writers, and others dedicated to giving back to their community. So far, there are 63 items and services to choose from and the auction and will end November 20th at 5pm. You can bid on items such as: dinner for two at Primzie, Texas wine country weekend getaway, or cooking classes.  For more information and to start bidding, click here.
Posted November 9, 2009

Sushi Den Tasting Event

Sushi Den is celebrating the changing of their restaurant name (formerly Exotic Thai), by hosting a Tasting Event this Thursday November 19th. Executive Chef Lee will introduce exciting dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam for you to enjoy. Your taste-buds and stomach will be delighted after trying these tasty treats! Complementary beverages will be served. The cost of the event is $15 and is from 5:30pm to 7pm. This restaurant is located in North Austin, on the corner of North Lamar and Braker Lane. Call 512-719-4300 to RSVP.
Posted November 16, 2009

Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off

The 21st Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Network Chili Cook-Off will be held on November 15th, 2009 at the Austin Farmer’s Market. Teams from across Texas will complete for the title of best tasting and healthiest vegetarian chili. The event is open to the public and free for children 5 and under, $3 for ages 6 to 12 and $7 for 13 and older. There will be many interesting people to meet, guest speakers, door prizes, live music, vendors and educational booths/exhibits. Don’t miss out on all the fun!
Posted October 4, 2009

Lovexotic 2009: A Benefit for Family by Choice

Celebrate a melange of cultures at Lovexotic this weekend! Thanks to Luna Park Events and Amy Dodenhoff – your senses will be stimulated at this multicultural event. On November 14th at The Clay Pit, from 8 PM – midnight, enjoy wines, spirits, signature hors d’oeuvres, dance and music from various regions around the globe. There is an Asian, European, and Latin-American lounge. Tickets are $50/person and benefits Family by Choice, a non-profit adoption service organization for GLBT, singles, traditional and non-traditional families throughout Texas. Come out and you are guaranteed to have an “out of this world” experience! To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.
Posted November 11, 2009

Austin Cellar Classic

Max’s Wine Dive will be hosting this year’s Austin Cellar Classic – a celebration of wine and food! This two day event kicks-off Friday November 6th with the Grand Wine Dinner where you will enjoy an incredible six-course meal expertly paired with multiple wines. On Saturday, indulge in a sampling of over 100 different wines from around the world, listen to live music and taste delicious food prepared by the chefs at Max’s.  You don’t want to miss out on all the excitement! And best of all, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. For the schedule, prices, and food & wine list, visit
Posted November 2, 2009

Austin Film Festival Event

The Austin Film Festival kicks off with the annual Film & Food tasting event at the Driskill Hotel. Cocktails and culinary creations from some of Austin’s most notable chefs.  Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on unique, exciting items and experiences during silent and live auctions. Buy tickets for $85 by calling 478-4795 or visiting Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7-10pm.
Posted October 20, 2009

Texas Fall Fest & Wine Austin

Located in beautiful Marble Falls, the 5th Annual Texas Fall Fest & Wine Auction takes place from October 2nd – 4th, 2009 and offers everyone an opportunity to sample the unique Texas wines, foods, chefs and restaurants. The goal of this 3-day event is to serve as a major fundraiser for Texas wine research as well as for other worthy healthcare needs. For more information on this event, click here.
Posted September 29, 2009

Restaurant Coupons and Deals

Hey Austin Foodies! We added a section to our website called Coupons and Deals, where you can find discounts for your favorite Austin fast-food joints and restaurants! We will be adding offers regularly, so check back often. Also, if you have any you would like to contribute, feel free to e-mail us!
Posted September 21, 2009

Austin Restaurant Week

Austin Restaurant Week is here again! From September 13th – 16th  and 20th – 23rd you can celebrate Austin’s best restaurants. Have a three course meal for either $25 or $35!  And what’s noteworthy is a portion of the proceeds will benefit two great services: AIDS Services of Austin and Sustainable Food Center.  It’s fine dining from a customized menu for reasonable prices. And there are nearly 50 establishments to choose from – how exciting! Here is a link with more information and restaurant menus:
Posted September 14, 2009

New and Improved Website

Welcome to our new and improved website!  If you have seen our original site, it was not very easy to find restaurants. With our new design, you can now view our reviews by cuisine, by rating, and by location! Also, we have a search box on the right-side of the page to help you quickly find what you are looking for.  In the coming weeks we will be continuing to make improvements to the site. We hope you enjoy the new site and please send us your feedback and suggestions.
Posted April 5, 2009

Koreana Destoyed By Fire

We are sad to report that one of our favorite Austin restaurants was destroyed yesterday. After 12 years, Koreana Sushi Grill & Bar sustained a devastating fire at 5:30am.  We will miss their Fiesta Roll and delicious Galbi. For more information on the fire, click here.
Posted April 1, 2009

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Ildiko January 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Hi there! I’m working on the ticket committee for Taste of Austin, and came across your email to Mike. It prompted me to check out your website, and I’m hooked!! I live in Northwest Austin, near Anderson Mill and 183, and checked out some of your local recommendations…we are on the same page!

One place you have to check out is Saccone’s Pizza on 620 and Anderson Mill Road, across from the HEB Plus. They have the best pizza we’ve found in Austin. It’s New Jersey-style pizza…we’re biased because my hubby is from NJ.

See you at Taste of Austin! I’ll be at the ticket window.

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