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6 Austin food fundraisers to dine out for a good cause in May

6 Austin food fundraisers to dine out for a good cause in May

Skull & Cakebones Austin Depressed Bake Shop
Bakeries around Austin are making gray treats as part of the Depressed Bake Shop campaign for mental health awareness. Skull & Cakebones/Facebook

If reading the constant coverage of the ongoing beef between popular YouTubers Tati Westbrook and James Charles has dampened your faith in humanity, we have a solution. Instead of wallowing in internet drama, close the laptop and head out in support of a good cause.

May’s event roster makes it easy — just sit down for a tasty meal or a drink, and let these Austin bars and restaurants do the rest.

Emancipet and Tito’s Brunch — May 18
Bring your pups to Easy Tiger Linc for this special Sunday Funday event on May 18 benefiting Emancipet’s low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary services. While you are soaking in the sun on the patio, order a round of basil-jalapeño spiced Salty Dog cocktails for the table. Tito’s Handmade Vodka will donate $1 of each sale to the beloved Austin organization.

Care For the Caravan — May 19
Social justice group Buffalo Tree is partnering with Still Austin Whiskey for a special event on May 19 to help bring aid to immigrants in need at the border near McAllen. Hosted by former KVUE anchor and author Olga Campos Benz, the event includes appearances from musicians like Kiko Villamizar, Atash, Tiarra Girls, Bamako Airlines, Leti Garza, and Grupo Massa. While there is no cover, organizers do encourage guests to make monetary donations and bring essential new items like toiletries, shoes, clothing, baby supplies, and phone and gift cards. In addition, Still will be donating 10 percent of event sales to the cause.

Fresh is Best Beer Pairing & Ice Cream Making Class  — May 21
Lick Honest Ice Creams is giving Austinites multiple ways to support the Sustainable Food Center. On May 21, the team is headed to Lazarus Brewing Co. on east Sixth Street for a special beer pairing event featuring an ice cream making demo from Lick chef and co-owner Anthony Sobotik with all proceeds from the $40 tickets going to SFC. Can't make that event? Throughout the month, $1 of every cilantro lime flavor sold at any location will also be donated to the nonprofit.

Dining Out for Life — May 23
Now in its 27th year, this annual fundraiser for AIDS Services of Austin is a traveling feast with over 75 local restaurants donating a portion of the days sales on May 23 to support the nonprofit’s lifesaving programs. The participating eateries cover a wide array of price points, including fast casual spots like Snarf’s Sandwiches, classics like Hoover’s Cooking, and date night haunts like Pitchfork Pretty and The Hightower. There’s even ice cream from Amy’s and Lick, so there’s no excuse not to keep your belly — and heart — full all day.

Texas Meats Canada — May 28
East Austin’s Intero is welcoming a trio of Canadian chefs on May 28 for this meat-centric dinner benefiting Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Chefs Tim Schulte (Bauhaus Restaurant); Tushar Tondvalkar (Mumbai Local); and Brockton Lane (a celebrity personal chef) will prepare a five course meal with Intero’s Ian Thurwachter and Krystal Craig featuring duck, goat, wild boar, beef, and pork sourced from Texas farms. Tickets are on sale now for $80.

Depressed Cake Shop — all month long
This sweet tradition marking Mental Health Month raises awareness by asking bakeries like Zucchini Kill, Le Politique, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, and Confituras to produce specially decorated treats. Each dessert includes a gray element to represent the struggle of those affected by mental health issues and a brightly colored center representing hope. Each item also comes with a card offering suggestions on how to start a mental health conversation. Skull & Cakebones is even taking the event one step further by hosting complimentary workshops in Dripping Springs throughout the month.