Edible Austin’s 6th annual Eat Drink Local Week kicks off Saturday, December 1 at the SFC Farmer’s Market Downtown. It continues with a full week of events and special dining options at some of Austin’s favorite local restaurants.
The mission behind Eat Drink Local Week is to get Austinites cooking with, dining out and enjoying the ingredients, landscapes and people behind our locally-sourced meals. Proceeds from the events (and participating restaurants) benefit the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots Farm, so consider it another reason to indulge in your favorite local fare.
To whet your appetite, here's a look at Eat Drink Local's upcoming events:
Spend your Saturday on a family-friendly bicycle tour that includes stops at Austin's urban farms, school gardens, community gardens and more. Along the way, you’ll get to tour several farms, taste an array of chef-prepared snacks and local food products, and watch chef demos. The full trek is 20 miles, but you can adjust that depending on how many stops you make along the way. Start your tour at the Triangle at 9 a.m. or the SFC Farmers' Market Downtown (4th & Guadalupe) at 10 a.m. Day of tickets are available for $40.
Join Edible Austin at Stateside at the Paramount for an inspirational evening featuring best-selling author, academic and activist Raj Patel. The author of current New York Times bestseller, The Value of Nothing, Patel is embarking on a new project called “Generation Food,” which explores the ways we can improve our means of growing food and feeding the world. Patel speaks Sunday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28. VIP tickets, available for $103, include preferred seating and a pre-event reception with Raj Patel featuring seasonal tastings from Austin-area chefs and beverage makers.
On Monday, December 3, cozy up at your favorite dine-in theatre for a special showing of Sideways. The event at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar will include a viewing of the film and an exquisite 4-course dinner from Chef John Bullington with pairings by Bill Norris, all inspired by the film that made Merlot fun again. Reserved tickets are available now for $70 a piece.
From December 1 through December 8, a host of local restaurants will be serving up signature Eat Drink Local meals throughout the week. Some of our recommendations? The Noble Pig’s Fried Countryside Farm Duck Eggs with The Noble Pig Shoulder Bacon, Local Greens and Aioli; Second Bar + Kitchen’s House Made Ricotta Ravioli with Broccoli Rabe and Braised Radish (Johnson's Backyard Garden), Crisp Sweet Potato (Thomas Kindle) and Apple Cider Butter (Argus Cidery); and Contigo’s Sunchokes with Marigold and Pecans.
If you’d rather eat a private meal with seven of your closest friends, you can bid in the Eat Drink Local Chef Dinner Auction between now and December 8. Winning bidders will enjoy an exclusive dinner for eight at their home, or an agreed upon private location, featuring pairings for each course and host gifts. Chefs up for grabs include Uchi’s Philip Speer, Parkside/Olive & June’s Shawn Cirkiel and Top Chef winner, Paul Qui.
For more information on Eat Drink Local week, visit the Edible Austin website.