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Austin’s busy fall culinary calendar continues to be packed with nonstop events. Here are nine can't-miss Austin food and drink happenings, plus one New Orleans event featuring an award-winning Austin chef.
The James Beard Foundation will be in Austin November 2-4 for the Taste America culinary tour, including a lavish benefit dinner featuring culinary superstars like Ludo Lefebvre, Tyson Cole, Aaron Franklin, and Laura Sawicki. But if you can’t make it to the dinner, you can still get in on the action with a free day of culinary events November 4 starting at 10 am at Sur la Table in Domain Northside headlined by Lefebvre and Cole.
AIDS Walk Austin, the annual fundraiser for 10 local HIV/AIDS organizations, is adding a post-walk bar crawl to the event this year, with part of the proceeds from specialty cocktails going to the cause. Sellers Underground will be debuting the Good for the Sole cocktail made from watermelon schnapps; Taaka vodka; and watermelon, orange, and cranberry juices. Highland Lounge will be creating the Soleful Sip with Deep Eddy cranberry, soda, cranberry, and lemon — both playing off the 30th anniversary theme, “Celebrating 30 Years of Sole.”
Central Standard is hosting a Meet the Makers event Wednesday, October 18, featuring Wild Turkey brand ambassador Bruce Russell. There will be complimentary tastes of Wild Turkey Bourbon and Russell’s Reserve Rye, as well as two whiskey cocktails available at happy hour prices: the Smoked Walnut Old Fashioned and Manhattan. No RSVP is required.
Contemporary Italian restaurant Juniper will be hosting renowned Piedmontese winery Cigliuti Winery for a pairing dinner on Tuesday, October 24. The fall-inspired menu features a chestnut tajarin with cream sauce and truffles and a beef tongue, lamb neck, chicken and spicy pork sausage bollito misto with pumpkin risotto.
Searsucker’s Cans and Jams music series returns Sunday, October 29, with discounted prices on Karbach Brewing Co. beers and a pig roast served with elotes-style corn on the cob, whole grain mustard slaw, stewed black beans, potato salad, and Hawaiian rolls from Houston’s artisan Kraftsmen bakery.
The Green Corn Project’s Fall Festival, celebrating local agriculture, returns to Boggy Creek Farm on Sunday, October 29. The annual event features sips from Paula’s Texas Spirits, Pepe Z Tequila, Hops & Grain Brewing, Buddha's Brew Kombucha and Saint Arnold Brewing Company, as well as bites from locavore-minded restaurants Asti Trattoria, Barley Swine, Odd Duck, Bullfight, Cafe Josie, Confituras, Contigo Austin, Cuvee Coffee Bar, Dolce Neve, Eden East Austin, Foreign & Domestic, The Hightower, Hoover's Cooking, Pitchfork Pretty, Sala & Betty, Sesa Pure, Texas French Bread, Thai Fresh, Vox Table, and Wink Restaurant & Wine Bar.
Speaking of fall and farms, Johnson’s Backyard Garden is hosting their fall open house on Saturday, October 28, with activities for the whole family including farm portraits, tours, and sunset yoga.
77 Degrees Rooftop Bar in Domain Northside is hosting a Five-to-Gala Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 25, benefiting the Andy Roddick Foundation. The VIP ticket includes bites, complimentary Grey Goose cocktails, and exclusive entry to the mezzanine deck.
Epicerie and LeRoy & Lewis are teaming up for brunch at the North Loop cafe on Saturday, October 28. The menu includes pork belly kolache, brisket and grits, chorizo chilaquiles, and Epicerie’s cult beignets.
Chef Kevin Fink of lauded Rainey Street restaurant Emmer & Rye will be the only Texas chef participating in Emeril Lagasse’s Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer event November 3 in New Orleans. There he will be putting his own spin on Cajun cooking along with several NOLA notables including Alon Shaya and John Folse.