Check this page out weekly to stay up to date on all the best upcoming food and drink events in Austin, updated every Monday for the week ahead.


Ongoing programming:

Swift’s Attic Bar Manager, Curtis Hansford wanted to bring something different to the table – whiskey. Hansford has been working on building the extensive collection of more than 100 different types of whiskeys, priced between $8 – $200 per pour, ranging from small batch producers to everyday makers to rare and hard to-get-finds. He has been building the whiskey program for more than 5 years and has turned it into something special and unique — really distinguishing the program from anything like it in the city. By putting thought and passion into this program, Hansford is committed to educating the public about various whiskeys as well as continuing to learn more about them along the way. Through the process, he has created a “Whiskey Bible” that is available for guests to peruse and the Swift’s Attic staff to use on his days off. The “Whiskey Bible” includes a listing of whiskeys such as King Alexander III, Pappy’s – 10, 12, 20, 23, and his personal favorite Rock Hill Farms. Visitors can ask to learn more about the program during Swift’s Attic hours – lunch is Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m; Dinner service is Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m, Friday and Saturday 5 to 11:00 p.m; Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m; and Happy Hour run from Monday through Friday 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Mighty Fine Burgers will be featuring a special Butterscotch Toffee shake at all locations during the month of September. Made with creamy Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and mixed with butterscotch toffee. Cool off with one during the last days of summer, and it’s for a great cause: 50 cents from each Butterscotch Toffee shake sold in September will go to No Kid Hungry!

September 4th:

Rosewood, the popular East Austin dining destination, will begin lunch service on Tuesday, September 4th, when it will also officially launch al fresco service on the property’s outdoor dining on its pergola-covered patio. The lunch menu, available Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., will include Campachana with poached shrimp, jumbo lump crab and avocado; Pumpkin Seed Hummus served with seasonal crudité, quinoa crackers and flour tortilla; Fresh Oaxacan Cheese with Tomato jam, hoja santa and bolio; Field Pea Salad with heirloom tomato, sprouted lentils and fresh ricotta; Mixed Greens Salad served with buttermilk chicken, cucumber and jalapeno ranch; Barbacoa Taco with fried egg aioli, pickled onion radish; Fried Shrimp Taco with Pico de Gallo, avocado puree and flour tortilla; Pork Milanesa Torta with avocado, refried beans and pickled jalapeno; Blackened Catfish Po-Boy served with remoulade, cocktail and LTO; and Flat Top Burger with poblano queso, tomato jam and brioche bun.

Fresa’s is excited to announce the return of their beloved Wood-Grilled Chicken Wings, which serve as the fall 2018 installment in Fresa’s year-round rotating series of special seasonal menu items. Football fans will remember Fresa’s Wood-Grilled Wings from the restaurant’s Super Bowl Party earlier this year, during which Fresa’s wings were available for one day only at the special event. These fall-off-the-bone wings are topped with Fresa’s Sweet Arbol Chile Glaze, providing a sweet and savory flavor profile perfectly matched to the Poblano Ranch and Salsa Bruja dipping sauces that come with the dish. The Wood-Grilled Wings are also served with slices of Jicama, as well as the traditional chicken wing sides of Carrots and Celery. For fall 2018 Fresa’s Wood-Grilled Chicken Wings will be available for both dine-in and to-go orders of 12 wings for $16, or 6 wings for $9 from the restaurant’s South 1st Street and North Lamar locations beginning today through November 21.
Pluckers is excited to announce that this year they will be hosting back-to-school specials at all Pluckers locations, celebrating the new school year on Tuesday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 5Students of all ages with a valid school ID will receive 5 free bone-in wings with a $2 minimum purchase. The requirements per age group are as follows:
  • If 16 or older – Student must show the server their Pluckers Club Lite or Pluckers Club phone app. (1 redemption per PR/PC Lite member)
  • If 15 or younger – Student must be accompanied by a PC Lite or PC Member. (1 redemption per student)
  • Elementary school students do not need a student ID. High school and college students will need to show their student ID to get the special.

NOTE: The special is for students dining in only and cannot be combined with other offers; it may only be redeemed once per day.


September 5th:

La Condesa is hosting a monthly series on all things agave, starting with Intro to Mezcal on Wednesday, September 5th at 7pm. Dig into botanas, taste a variety of mezcals and nerd out with resident expert Joshua Prewitt in this fun 101 class on how the smoky Mexican liquor gets made. Click here to get tickets.


September 8th: 

Summer marks the Southern Hemisphere EVOO season at Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars, where the bounty of freshly harvested olives from Chile, South Africa, Australia and Peru are on tap to be tasted and enjoyed. Not only are these the freshest EVOO in the world, but they are some of the most highly decorated and awarded oils available from the 2018 International Olive Oil competitions. Con’ Olio is celebrating the arrival of the fresh Southern Hemisphere EVOOs with a Southern Hemi Crush Party on Saturday, September 8 from noon to 4 pm. Celebrating at all three Austin-area locations, Con’ Olio will be sampling the freshly crushed single varietal Extra Virgin Southern Hemisphere olive oils along with food and wine sourced from the same regions as the olive oils: South Africa, Chile, Australia and Peru. Customers will also receive a free gift with any purchase.

Bennett and Eugenia Sewell, the owners of El Gaucho Winery, a relaxed rustic-luxe spot nestled in the lush terrain of the Texas Hill Country, are hosting Discover El Gaucho Winery, a sip and socialize affair for guests to learn more about their award-winning Argentinian wines, winery, and the culture of Argentina. Just 25 miles from downtown Austin, Discover El Gaucho Winery will be held September 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature $1 glasses of Malbec Rosé (limit 2 glasses), Asado Dinner, and live music. Summer hours are Thursday-Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. El Gaucho is located at 21301 Kathy Lane in Spicewood, about 40 minutes from downtown Austin. For more information, call 512-382-0620 or go to

Wedding Oak Winery and Old Man Scary will be hosting San Saba’s Second Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Celebration. Join them for a day of grape stomping and entertainment. Tickets includes a t-shirt, grape stomping, lunch entertainment, and five wine tasting tickets for 100% Texas grown award winning wines!  The event is from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT at 316 East Wallace Street, San Saba, TX 76877. Tickets are $25 and are available here

Kitty Cohen’s is having their anniversary party on Saturday, September 8th and they wanna party with you. Join them 12-5PMfor a Rm 101 Club *Members Only* patio party with live music from Interstellar Yacht Rock fellas Wonderbitch, a culinary pop-up with their favorites Mama Kong’s Cambodian Soul Food, live t-shirt art, drink specials and good vibes to end the summer in style. Here is the link to their Facebook event page.

September 10th: 

As part of the Wine & Dine series, Austin Food & Wine Alliance has announced the four-course family style menu for the next chef collaboration dinner featuring celebrity Chef Alon Shaya and local favorite Chef Kevin Fink, which will take place at Emmer & Rye on Monday, September 10. Tickets for the dinner are now on sale for $250 per person at menu will feature four family style courses with wine pairings, including the following:

Passed Appetizers

  • Cocktail by Casey Petty: Negev – Milagro Tequila with Liqueur de Violettes, Pomegranate, and Baharat

  • Wine: Gerard Bertrand Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Cremant de Limoux Brut 2015

1st Course

Wood-Fired Pita with Fresh Milled Red Fife Wheat, Ikra with Trout Roe, Hummus Tahini with Aleppo pepper, Lutenitsa, Tabouleh with Walnuts, Preserved Lemon and Avocado, and Bulgarian Feta with Preserved Leeks and Crispy Lentils.

Wine: Chateau Ste Michelle Eroica Riesling

2nd Course

Cold Smoked King Fish with Whipped Cultured Butter, Challah, Onion, Parsley, and White Sonora Bourekas

Wine: Massaya Cinsault/Syrah Rose, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2017

3rd Course

Harissa Roasted chicken with Smoked Wheat Berry & Root Vegetable Salad, Baba Ganoush, Seared Paneer, and Tomatoes

Wine: Rall Cinsault, Coastal Region, South Africa 2017

4th Course

Rouge de Bordeaux Knafeh with Peanuts, Turk’s Cap, and Farmer’s Cheese

Wine: Vermouth La Copa by González Byass

September 14th:

Austin-based perfumery Roux Saint James will have their grand opening event for their new retail space and studio at their brand new location inside The Cloth Pocket at 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. #101A, Austin, Texas 78751. The event be from 6 – 9 p.m. and is open to the public. To RSVP, please see here. Once the space opens, the company will not only showcase its perfume and product line, but will also offer workshops, custom perfume formulations, and access to a large collection of essential oils.

September 21st:

Hotel Ellahas partnered with The Paper + Craft Pantry to feature mini workshops where attendees can make their Pinterest dreams a reality with easy DIY crafts. After the workshop, guests may enjoy a dip in the pool and half-off the beverage program during happy hour which lasts from 4 to 7 p.m. 

  • Friday, September 21st at 3:30 p.m.
  • Students will learn the basics of macramé knots and work on a mini tapestry
  • Tickets on sale for $70 each
  • Tickets include all supplies needed for the workshop, first glass of bubbly + light snacks, post-workshop pool access and complimentary valet parking


September 28th:

Wine Riot is coming to Austin and they’re celebrating Fall with this incredible, instructional, and interactive event. The thirsty and curious can sit in on fun activities to expand their palates and their minds, such as Wine 101, an interactive tasting focused on wine categories and Crash Courses, 20-minute seminars on a particular wine subject via a compare and contrast tasting. Join thousands of other wine-curious friends just like you for an epic event filled with unlimited wine tastings of premium wines from around the world, souvenir glasses, local food vendors and access to all the crash courses your wino mind can handle.

Friday, September 28 7:30pm – 10pm
Saturday, September 29 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Saturday, September 29 7:30pm – 10pm

September 30th:

Revered interior Mexican food restaurant Fonda San Miguel brings one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, Jorge Vallejo, to its kitchen September 30 as part of its 2018 Guest Chef Dinner series. Vallejo is the gastronomic genius behindMexico City’sQuintonil, which opened to much fanfare in 2012 and is ranked number 11 on the 2018 list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Vallejo’s menu will feature a first course of Nopal Ceviche with Granite, second course of Nixtamalized Braised Tomato, third course of Bison Tail in Black Recado or Fish in Chiles Secos, and fourth course of Buttermilk Ice Cream, Sunchoke and Apple Compote, Brioche Crumb, Pink Pinenuts. The Guest Chef Dinner with Jorge Vallejo begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and a four-course dinner at 7:30 on September 30. The cost is $150 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 512.459.3401.

That’s all I have for you this week, and feel free to email me at in case I’m missing anything important going on this week.


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