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Week of Dec 11th

Since we have two big holidays at the end of this month (Christmas and New Years), several restaurants are starting to take reservations and are also offering several take out options.  I’ve rounded them all up at the bottom of this page, and included events coming up at the top.

EVENTS COMING UP

The holiday spirit is getting crafty at Still Austin Whiskey Co. The distillery’s newly opened, adjacent event and gallery space will play host to Austin’s creative community for a holiday market event. Attendees can peruse wares from the city’s finest local craftsman and artists including Sono Osato/Studio DittiesMonsters in AustinSassmouth ApparelArctic UnionMy BFF Grooming333 SucculentsJenergie NaturalsFeats of ClayBrock Caron ArtMerida Bow TiesFifty-Nine Parks and more!  Guests can always enjoy delicious food from Still’s neighboring food truck, Puli-Ra, cocktail specials and live music! RSVP on Facebook.  The event takes place this Sunday, December 17th, from 12 – 5 p.m. at Still Austin Whiskey Co., 440 E. St. Elmo Rd, Austin 78745

Head out to Treaty Oak Ranch to eat, drink and be merry this time of year. Get yourself out there for their annual holiday Luau party benefiting Helping Hands of Dripping Springs, collection boxes for nonperishable food items will be onsite. An epic tree lighting, the sweet music stylings of Peggy Stern (4pm) and a very special Treaty Oak Reserve Rum release are just a few of the things in store because ya’ll have been so good this year (*release limited to 100 bottles). They’ll have a special Tiki Class from 4-6pm with bites by instructor/ Tiki specialist Trey Jenkins who will teach participants how to craft 3 Tiki cocktails. In addition, check out the special menu we will be cooking up for you: Coconut Roasted Pork or Jerk Pulled Chicken, Cilantro-Lime Jasmine Rice, Black Beans, Grilled Mahi-Mahi Tacos
,Smoked Pineapple Chutney, Lemon Aioli, Ahi Poke with  Sushi Rice, Napa Cabbage Slaw, Avocado, Crisp Wonton, and Upside Down Pineapple-Bourbon Cake.  As always, they will have all the drinks your merry little heart can handle. Grab your friends and come snuggle up at the bonfire! The event takes place this Saturday, December 16 from 12pm to 9pm.

Guild (the upcoming project from the Chameleon Group) will participate in a special pop-up dinner at Foreign & Domestic during their “Indie Chef Series” on Monday, December 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The dinner is $60 per person and includes a five-course dinner with an optional wine pairing for an additional $30 – tickets are now available here.  Seating for the dinner is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations can also be made by calling 512.459.1010.

Also on Monday December 18th from 6 pm until 9 pm, Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden celebrates the holiday season with a special Mega Mutt Monday featuring Santa! The event will feature live music from The Blues Posse, an all-day happy hour and dog-friendly vendors. Bring your dog to hang out and get a free picture with Santa. Although photos with Santa are free, donations to Paws Ranch Rescue & Animal Sanctuary are highly recommended. This month’s vendors are: Night in Light,  Phydeaux and Friends, Fabulous Paws, PAZ Veterinary, Austin Guide Dogs for the Blind- GDB Austin, Wondercide.  For more information, visit the Banger’s event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/297144254128230/

CHRISTMAS

El Chipirón
Offerings: El Chipirón is offering a Spanish Holiday feast
Price: Feeds 2: $105, Feeds 4: $210, Feeds 6: $260
Menu: Whole or Half Turkey; Gravy + mashed potatoes + corn bread + stuffing + braised greens + cranberry sauce Spanish cheese and charcuterie board of  Iberian chorizo, Iberian salchichon, sobrasada Cheese: Manchego, murcia al vino, mahon;  Tortas de aceite (Spanish olive oil cracker), pickled grapes, pickled carrots and tomato jam. Add One bottle of Spanish Red Wine for $20. Add 100 gr Spanish Iberico Ham for $20
Deadline: Order by Saturday, Dec 16
How to Book:  contact@elchipironaustin.com  or call 512-518-3618
Mon-Sat from 5pm to 10pm, $25 deposit required
How to Pick Up: At the restaurant Dec. 22-23, 3pm to 5:30pm
Hours: 5-10pm Mon-Thu.; Fri & Sat 5-11pm.
Location: 2717 S Lamar Blvd #1085, Austin, TX 78704
Holiday Buy Outs: Sun-Thurs: F&B included, 5.5K-6.5K; Sat-Sun 7.5K-9.5K,
tax and gratuity not included

Freedmen’s
Offerings:  classic holiday mains & sides, with a Texas BBQ twist!
Menu: 
MAINS: $120: Whole Smoked Turkey 14-16 lbs (feeds 8-10), $80: Smoked Turkey Breast 4-5 lbs (feeds 8-10).
SIDES: Brisket Burnt-End Cornbread Stuffing, Smoked Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole: Half Pint: $5.50, Pint: $11, Quart: $22
Deadline: deadline to preorder for Christmas is Dec. 19
How to Book: Place your order online at freedmensbar.com or call 512-434-0334
How to Pick Up: pick up between 11 am & 9 pm on Dec. 24.
Buy Outs: Upstairs Saloon (up to 48 guests): $2000,
Outdoor Beer Garden (up to 80 guests): $3500, Full Buyout (parties larger than 80): $12,000
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 am to 10 pm, Thursday – Saturday: 11 am to 12 am,
Sunday: 11 am to 10 pm.
Location: 2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705

MezzeMe
Offerings: MezzeMe offers an incredible Mediterranean feast,
easy to pick up & set up for a unique, fresh, flavorful holiday buffet.
Menu: $13 per person includes 2 proteins (choice of Beef/Lamb Doner, Chicken Doner, Lamb Chops, Lamb Stew, Kofte Meatballs, Falafel), 2 bases (choice of Basmati Rice, Crazy Grain, Organic Spring Mix or Pita Bread), 4 Mezze’s (choice of hummus, tabouli, shakshuka, zucchini yogurt, carrot yogurt, cranberry beans, seasonal vegetables) 4 toppings & 4 dressings. Serves 20-250 people and includes all serving supplies.
Deadline: 24 hours notice on all orders
How to Book: Call [512] 900-8200 or catering@mezzeme.com
How To Pick Up: Pick up in-store or delivery options
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-9pm
Location: 4700 West Guadalupe Street #9,
The Triangle, Austin, TX 78751

Monger’s Market
Offerings: fresh seafood & party platters ready to pick up or for preorder
Menu: 
Readily Available Items: Chowder $10 / pint $20 / quart, Gumbo $10 / pint $20 / quart, Fish Dip $16 / lb, Peel ‘n Eats (with fixins) $11 / half lb $21 / lb, Crab fingers $15 / half lb $28 / lb, Smoked Salmon $20 / lb, Ahi Poke $28 / lb, Crab Cake$6.5 each
Advance Order Items (please allow 24 hours): Party Platters- Whole Fish mp, Clams Casino $8 / half dozen $15 / dozen, Baked Oysters $15 / half dozen $27 / dozen, Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese $23 / half pan $20 / quart, Shrimp Salad $30 / lb, Shrimp Cocktail (with fixins) $13 / half lb $23 / lb
Price: Priced by the pint or by the pound
Deadline: Advance Order Items (please allow 24 hours)
How to Book: email Julie@mongersaustin.com or call 512-215-8972
How To Pick Up: Pick up at the restaurant
Buy Outs: 3.5K (food and beverage minimum) on Sundays & Mondays
Hours: Market is open 11:30 am to 7 pm Tuesday – Saturday, Market closed Sunday & Monday
Location2401 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702

VOX Table
Offerings: Chef crafted holiday mains, sides & sauces
Menu: MAIN COURSE (feeds 6-8): 48OZ RIBEYE – with red wine au jus $135, TURDUCKEN – with mushroom gravy $115
SIDES (feeds 6-8): WILD MUSHROOM BREAD PUDDING $15, MAC & CHEESE $15, MASHED POTATOES $15, DINNER ROLLS $8, PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE $15
SAUCES: RED WINE AU JUS $8 per pint, MUSHROOM GRAVY $8 per pint
PACKAGES (comes with all 5 sides): 48OZ RIBEYE $195, TURDUCKEN $175
Deadline: End of day on Wednesday, Dec. 20
How to Book:  Visit voxtableaustin.com or call 512.375.4869
How To Pick UpSunday, Dec. 24 from 3-8 pm
Hours: Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.
Location: 1100 S Lamar Blvd #2140, Austin, TX 78704

Walton’s Fancy & Staple
Offerings: Walton’s Fancy & Staple is offering gourmet mains, sides & desserts for all of your holiday gathering needs.
Deadline: Accepting orders Dec 18Jan 1
How to Book: To place order, call 512.391.9966; or email catering@waltonsfancyandstaple.com.
72 hour notice for all dinner orders; 48 hour notice for all pie/cake orders
How To Pick Up: Pick up at Walton’s catering counter in back of store
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 am to 7 pm, Sundays 8 am to 4 pm,
Closing at 4 pm on December 23
Location609 W 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
Photoshttp://bit.ly/2A8WLxA
Menu: 
Mains: Standard Full Turkey | $120 / $180.64  12-14 lbs or 18-20 lbs
Thyme-Rubbed Airline Turkey Breast with Turkey Gravy  | $89.99/$150   Serves 5-8 or 12-15 guests
Rib Roast | $138 Horseradish & Herbcrusted with a Porcini Cream Sauce
Grilled Pork Loin | $78 With a Maple Gastrique
Bone-In Sliced Ham | $68 Glazed with brown sugar
Prime Beef Tenderloin | $160 Herbcrusted with a Port Demi Glace
Sides:
Whipped Yukon potatoes & cauliflower; Southern yams & mellows with Texas pecan; Creamed sweet corn with crimini mushrooms & farmer’s cheese; Sage & pecan corn bread stuffing; Roasted green beans with spicy almonds & Boquerones vinaigrette  All $29 each
Andouille & jalapeno corn bread stuffing   $48
Roasted green bean & Brussels sprouts casserole   $40
Cranberry, citrus & sage compote Broccoli cheddar & leek casserole   $14/quart
Oyster Dressing   $32
Sweets:
11″ Deepdish pies, serves 10-12 guests (Lattice apple, pumpkin, pecan) $25
9″ Spice Bundt Cake with maple cream cheese icing; 8″ Vanilla cheesecake with a cherry topping $19 each

The YARD at Waller Creek

December 24th & 25th | Christmas Dinner Menu, 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This holiday season, gather the family for a special Christmas Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Lonny Huot and The YARD at Waller Creek. Available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, indulge in a delectable, three-course menu featuring dishes such as: Parsnip Velouté with bleu cheese wild mushroom crostini; New York Strip Steak with Yukon potato tartsautéed asparagusroasted cauliflowertruffle & bacon demi, and crispy tobacco onions; and Peppermint Cheesecake with vanilla bean anglaise. Menu complemented with wine pairings.  Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 512-478-1111Christmas Dinner Menu | $42 per person; $70 per person w/ Wine Pairings. Full menu can be viewed here.

Toulouse Café and Bar

Available on December 24th., Toulouse Café and Bar is offering a delicious menu of French dishes for guests to enjoy at their Domain NORTHSIDE location leading up to Christmas. The menu includes Lobster Tail Tournedos or bacon wrapped lobster tail served with devil sauce, green peas and goat cheese raviolis, Diver Scallops and Sweetbreads Vol Au Vent served in acreamy truffle sauce with sautéed spinach, a decadent Rack of Lamb with sweet potato puree, crispy lardon and wild mushrooms and for dessert, a Praline Chocolate Cake made with hazelnut praline, chocolate sauce and served with vanilla ice cream from Amy’s ice cream. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 512-615-1070  Price: $12-44 Full menu can be viewed here 

Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE

December 24th | Normal business hours & menus // December 25th | Christmas Family Meal, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Christmas Family Meal – Be merry, jolly and satisfyingly full from a delicious Christmas Day brunch or lunch prepared by Executive Chef David Bull. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, December 25th, complete your holidays with Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE’s Christmas Family Meal special. Enjoy a savory selection of starters and family-style plates; carving station featuring Herb Roasted Prime Rib and Maple Glazed Ham; bar buffet with charcuterie, cheese and fruits; plus, a winter wonderland of dessert bites by Executive Pastry Chef Michelle Arcilla Hall.  Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE will also be open normal business hours & menus on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24th.Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 737-300-4800. Christmas Family Meal | $48 adults; 24 kids  Full menu can be viewed here.

 Mattie’s at Green Pastures: December 24th  and 25th Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Honoring Green Pastures’ legendary holiday brunches, Executive Chef Joshua Thomas has curated a Christmas brunch that continues the tradition of serving Southern-inspired cuisine while using rustic, farm-fresh produce and ingredients. Adults receive one alcoholic drink included in the price. Reservations are required: 512-444-1888 Price: $85 for adults; $40 for kids age 6-12; kids under 6 eat free

LeRoy and Lewis is offering a special new school barbecue menu available for pre-orders during the holidays. Enjoy all the smokey goods with none of the work, plus pitmaster Evan LeRoy’s housemade tamales featuring locally sourced meats from 44 Farms, Peaceful Pork, and Cobb Creek. Email sawyer@leroyandlewis.com with questions or to place your order. Final orders due by Sunday, December 17th. Scheduled to be picked up by 4pm on Sunday, December 24th.

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon will once again offer a special menu this holiday season. Fresa’s holiday tamales, tamale meals, and desserts will be available at both of their locations from December 22 to December 24 only. These special menu items will be available for pre-order or for same-day ordering. Pre-orders will start on Friday, December 8th, and can be placed online at www.fresaschicken.com. Same-day orders can be placed at either Fresa’s location December 22 to 24 from 11am until sold out. This year, Fresa’s is offering two types of tamales: Chicken Tinga or Black Bean & Cheese. The tamales will be served with crema and salsas and can be ordered a la carte or as part of a meal that includes rice, beans, and choice of queso or guacamole. Fresa’s special holiday desserts will include Mexican Wedding Cookies and Brown Butter Fudge Brownies by the dozen and Candy Cane Crunch Ice Cream by the pint. Pre-orders begin online on Friday, December 8. Available for same-day orders from Friday, December 22, to Sunday, December 24.

MAX’s Wine Dive Austin is offering special holiday pricing on select bottles of wines all day on Christmas Eve (10:00 AM – 10:00 PM) Guests will receive a free appetizer with every bottle of wine purchased during the timeframe of 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. As an added bonus, MAX’s Wine Dive is implementing a holiday rewards program from December 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Guests that purchase a $50 gift card will receive a $10 bonus card!  Select bottles include:

Bubbles 

  • Argam ‘Reserva’ Cava, Penedès, Spain, $24.50
  • Huet ‘Pétillant’ Brut, Vouvray, France, $38.00
  • J Vineyards ‘Cuvee 20’ Brut, Russian River Valley, $39.50
  • La Brezza Prosecco, Colli Euganei, Italy, $20
  • Moët & Chandon ‘Impérial’ Brut, Champagne, France, $34.50
  • Prodige Brut Rosé, France, $22

Red Wine 

  •  Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $69

For those who don’t want to spend the holidays slaving away in the kitchen, let the pros at TRACE do the cooking for you and your family. The restaurant’s special Christmas Day four course menu features offerings like Niman Ranch Prime Rib; Spiced Crusted Duck Breast; Herb & Citrus Crusted Rack of Lamb; Eggnog Rice Pudding; Chocolate Buche De Noel; Gingerbread Cake; as well as the option to start with flaky housemade biscuits to share ($4/person). Want a little something sweet for later? Take a hot chocolate kit to go with housemade hot chocolate mix, mini marshmallows, a candy cane and keepsake coffee sleeve to go for $7. Dinner is $60 per person, and for reservations call 512-542-3660 or make through OpenTable.

Fonda San Miguel will serve their Sunday Hacienda Brunch Buffet both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 11am-2pm, featuring $5 mimosas. The popular brunch includes a sumptuous variety of dishes ranging from the more traditional to exciting takes on ancient Mexican recipes. Fonda’s brunch is 38.95 plus tax. Full dinner service will be also be available both Sunday nights, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, from 5-10pm. The restaurant will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Salt & Time has a wide variety of roasts and sides as well as desserts from Fluff Bake Bar available for pre-order for pick up between Decmber 19-23.  Click here to see the whole list and place your order now!

On Sunday, December 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., celebrate Christmas Eve with a $16 brunch buffet at The Park which will include all the typical Sunday morning favorites served with a holiday flare such as biscuits and gravy, applewood smoked bacon, migas, sausage, french toast, pancakes, and more. The Christmas Eve brunch will also feature $1 mimosas with five flavors to choose from – classic orange, strawberry citrus, prickly pear, mango ginger and pineapple basil – as well as a $5 build-your-own Grey Goose Bloody Mary Bar.

 

NEW YEARS

Eberly on South Lamar is hosting a James Bond-themed New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2018. Tickets are available online now with a limited number to be sold at the door. The party will feature DJ and burlesque entertainment, a full casino with prizes, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Each guest will also receive drink coins valid for beverages of their choice, including James Bond-themed cocktails and a Moët & Chandon champagne toast at midnight. The event will also feature a costume contest where the best James Bond, Bond girl, or villain will be awarded. In addition, the Eberly dining room, which will be open for regular service from 5 to 10 p.m., will offer New Year’s Eve dinner specials. Tickets to the event, which sold out last year, are $150 and are available for purchase in advance of the event online HERE. A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the door.
South Congress Hotel is ending the year with a Moroccan-themed New Year’s Eve party. The night will be complete with fortune tellers, henna artists, late-night Moroccan cocktails, snacks and more from 9pm to 1am on December 31stTickets for South Congress Hotel’s “Moroccan Night Market” celebration are now available to purchase here: nyeatsch.splashthat.com. The $130 ticket includes: Booze, bubbles, Moroccan-style cocktails, Champagne toast at midnight, Pastries + late-night Moroccan snacks, Dance party by DJs King Louie + Manolo Black, Fortune tellers + henna artists, MyEventistheBomb photobooth. Limited on-site parking is available. The event is for 21+ only. Guests are also invited to make a night of it and stay at South Congress Hotel. All South Congress Hotel room types are 15% off for stays on 12/31 with promo code NYEATSCH.
Juniper Italian restaurant in East Austin will be offering a special prix fixe menu to celebrate New Year’s Eve on Sunday, December 31.
The restaurant, which just began offering Sunday dinner when previously closed Sunday nights, will be open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. with a special prix fixe dinner available for $70 per person, in place of their regular menu that night. The menu features five courses including cicchetti — popular Italian bar snacks at Juniper; a “then” course; a pasta course; a main course with choices like Chicken Saltimbocca, Halibut with blue crab, fennel gratin, lemon and capers and more; and dessert with the choice between tiramisu and and a frozen parfait.
Reservations are not required but are highly encouraged. Parties of 11 or more should call 512-220-9421 or email reservations@juniperaustin.com.
Rose Room will be selling tickets for the party of the year, starting at $30 here. Admission gets you both into The Rose Room and 77 Degrees – guests can expect two live DJs and bottle service pricing deals depending on group size. Table sections and reserved seating are also available at both venues by calling 512-743-1400. 21 + only.

St. Genevieve will be offering a four-course dinner for $50 per person with a $25 optional champagne pairing. Reservations will be taken anytime before 9 p.m. by calling 512-659-5537.  After 9 p.m., there will be a $20 cover and guests can enjoy entertainment provided by a live DJ, party favors and a complimentary toast of champagne at midnight. On Monday, January 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Genevieve will be offering their weekend brunch menu that will include favorites such as English toffee french toast, waffle-battered country sausage, crabcake Benedicts, and more. The New Year’s Day brunch will also feature $20 mimosa carafes and house-made mixers

On Monday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate the first day of the new year with a $16 brunch buffet at The Park which will include all the favorites such as biscuits and gravy, applewood smoked bacon, migas, sausage, french toast, pancakes, and more. The New Years Day brunch will also feature $2 mimosas with five flavors to choose from – classic orange, strawberry citrus, prickly pear, mango ginger and pineapple basil – as well as $5 build-your-own Grey Goose Bloody Mary Bar.

The community is invited to join Hotel Granduca’s Grand New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31st, 2017. The restaurant will offer two seatings, at 6pm and 9:30pm, each featuring different specialty menus and live music. The 6pm seating is 3-course dinner with menus items such as Roast Beets, Seared Scallops, Beef Filet and Torchon of Foie Gras and Warm Apple-Chestnut Crostata. The 9:30pmseating offers a 5-course dinner menu of Champagne Poached Oyster, Caulifolower-Saffron Puree, Butter Braised Lobster and Seared Scallops, Beef Filet and Seared Foie Gras and Warm Apple-Chesnut CrostataThe 6pm seating is $120 per person and 9:30pm seating is $140 per person. Wine pairings are available for both for an additional $60. Reservations can be made on opentable.com or by emailing visconti@granducaaustin.com
Andiamo presents a delicious 4-course menu, created by Executive Chef Victor Ibarra. $85 per person and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 512-719-3377 or emailing  andiamoitaliano@gmail.com. Menu includes: salads such as Butter lettuce, tossed with Pistachios, orange supremes and red radishes in a creamy blood orange dressing with goat cheese, or Baby Arugula, carrots, pomegranate seeds and Gorgonzola cheese in a pomegranate, vinaigrette. Antipasti such as Wild caught Salmon and Scallops marinated with capers, watermelon radishes, chives and lime zest, in extra virgin olive oil, or Baked homemade Polenta drizzled with cheese fondue, and topped with spinach and crispy prosciutto. Entrees that include risotto with lobster, filet mignon medallions, spinach fetuccine with porcini mushrooms, or panroasted branzino fillet, and of course your choice from several desserts.
Ring in the New Year with loved ones this year with a celebratory dinner featuring special menu items at Juliet Italian Kitchen. The classic Italian-American restaurant will offer an exclusive New Years Eve menu, in addition to regular menu items, complete with special sips and bites to help kick off the New Year. The specials will run Thursday, December 28 through Sunday, December 31. Seatings at 5:00PM. The menu will feature items including Wild Mushroom and Black Truffle Risotto, Duck Confit Torchio, Steak Tartare, Blue Crab and Arugula Salad and Scallops & Pork Belly. For dessert, don’t miss the Champagne Float and Torta Barozzi. For the adults, toast to 2018 with champagne specials including Zardetto, Gruet and more. Specialty New Years Eve cocktails include Barrel-Aged Lower Eastside Manhattans with Elijah Craig bourbon and Dripping Springs 75s with Dripping Springs gin and lemon twists. Feel the New Years love with the Flame of Love cocktail made with Grey Goose Vodka, Fino dry sherry and flamed orange peel. Juliet Italian Kitchen will be open on New Years Eve from 5:00PM – 10:00PM. New Years Eve specials will be available beginning Thursday, December 28 through Sunday, December 31To keep the celebration going, Juliet Italian Kitchen will also be serving brunch on New Years Day from 11:30AM – 3:00PM and an all day happy hour from 11:30AM – 7:00PM. For reservations, please call (512) 479-1800 or visit juliet-austin.com

Whisler’s is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash for the books! NO COVER, DJ Jeff Strange set from 10 pm to 2 am, special NYE cocktail menu, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Whisler’s is open from 2 pm to 2 am on NYE.

Wu Chow will be offering Dim Sum service from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and dinner from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Dinner will feature eight-courses for $65 per person, plus an optional $10 add-on for Shanghai Soup Dumpling, and a $35 optional Wine Pairing with a champagne toast at midnight.  The eight-course prix fixe menu features: Gulf Crab and Scallop Soup, Black Bean & Garlic Wagyu Beef, Salt and Pepper Gulf Alligator, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Spicy Sichuan Fried Rock Shrimp, Honey Pecan Gulf Prawns, Dry Fried Local Green Beans, Three Treasures Lion’s Head Meatballs, and a dessert course. Reservations can be made online here or calling the restaurant at 512.476.2469.
Swift’s Attic will be offering a special four-course dinner for $75 per person, complete with a champagne toast at midnight. Each course offers 4-5 menu items to choose from, such as: Course 1 Choices- Bacon Wrapped Dates, Foie Gras Torchon, Pozole Verde, Turn up the Beet (roasted beets, Asian pear, goat cheese, almond crumble). Course 2 Choices- , Rutabaga Tagalatelle, Tuna Crudo, Lamb Tartare, Crispy Baby Octopus. Course 3 Choices-Buttercup Squash (with a carrot demi-glace, trumpet mushrooms, and pickled pearl onions), Skate Wing, Olive Oil Poached Salmon, Dry Aged Flannery Beef Ribeye. Tender Belly Pork Belly. Course 4-A choice of dessert.  Reservations can be made online here or calling the restaurant at 512.482.8842.

Go big for 2018 and get ‘Wild’ at  W Austin with two floors of parties throughout the hotel. URBAN WILD party // 10PM – 2AM: Explore the modern street culture underground with graffiti and the urban landscape mix with a neon jungle in TRACE and Living Room Bars. Beats by DJ Heat and DJ Vicious. Cash bar and champagne toast at midnight. (Hotel guests complimentary.) TICKETS: $75.  JUNGLE GLAM party // 10PM – 2AM:  A glamorous wilderness. Gold, glitter and extravagance meet a living jungle. A night of wild rides and ferocious surprises on the 2nd floor. Beats by DJ Creativity and DJ Javi. Includes entry, drink vouchers, champagne toast and a midnight snack. Ticket levels include: GA TICKETS: $175, VIP TICKETS: $300 (Includes upgraded bar, reserved seating, exclusive experiences, & opportunities to win incredible prizes *drink vouchers provided with each ticket). URBAN JUNGLE ELITE: $400: Full access to both parties including cocktails*.  Limited tickets available.  For tickets and information visit whotelaustin.com/newyears.  BOTTLE SERVICE- Includes tickets for 15 people, 2 bottles of your choice of spirits, reserved seating.  Contact Nick Sanchez, limited reservations available for $2,000/each.

Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar Date + Time: available January 1st. New Year’s Day Brunch: Both Oasthouse and District Kitchen + Cocktails will be open for brunch on New Year’s Day. Specials include a Prime Rib French Dip Sandwich and Black-Eye Peas along with a Bloody Mary Bar. Reservations can be made at Oasthouse via Resy or by calling 737-222-5779

Ring in the New Year with your loved ones this year with a celebratory dinner at Emmer & Rye. Dinner is $100 per person for 5 courses. The special menu will be offered Saturday, December 30 and Sunday, December 31. There will be three seatings, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 10:15 p.m. Make reservations via email at emmerandrye@gmail.com or call at 512-366-5530.

Ring in the New Year at downtown staple Searsucker with four courses and a celebratory toast at midnight. Choose from dishes like spanish chorizo croquettes, beef cheek cassoulet, rack of lamb, dry aged ribeye, and more. $75 per person. To reserve call 512-394-8000 or book through OpenTable.

W Austin’s TRACE wants to take care of the New Year’s festivities with an indulgent four course dinner worthy of a year-end highlight. Enjoy dishes like Tuna Capaccio, 30-Day Dry Aged Niman Ranch Strip Sirloin, Butter Poached Lobster, and more. Dinner is $115 per person, to reserve call 512-542-3660 or do so through OpenTable.

Ring in the New Year at South Austin staple St Elmo Brewing and soak up the evening’s brews with Southeast Asian food from Soursop all night long. The 21+ event will feature live music from. Tickets are $30 and include entry to the party, live music from Foot Patrol play and DJ The Mood, plus a complimentary Carl toast at midnight. Purchase tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3191621

Chef Michael Fojtasek invites you to kick off the New Year at Olamaie’s first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration on Sunday, December 31. Enjoy a four-course meal that includes Olamaie’s famous biscuits and a sparkling wine toast for just $100 per person. To complement the dinner, Olamaie will offer two wine pairing options, a $50 wine pairing or a reserve pairing for $100 with wines from some of the United States’ premier vineyards. Additionally, Olamaie will offer a $50 cocktail pairing option curated by Bar Manager Erin Ashford.  Olamaie will offer seatings at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. Reservations can be made at https://olamaieaustin.com/reservations.  Large groups up to ten guests can be accommodated at the Chef’s Table for $2,000. The group will have the table for the evening and be treated to additional courses, including full caviar service.  For more information, please visit http://olamaieaustin.com/ or Olamaie Facebook page.

Ease into the New Year with W Austin‘s hangover brunch at the Living Room Bar from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For $25 enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes with brunch add-ons available as well, plus Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars.  Visit whotelaustin.com/hangoverbrunch to purchase tickets.

Downtown restaurant Searsucker will be offering brunch on New Year’s Day to kick off the new year and relieve your hangover. Enjoy Searsucker’s brunch favorites such as short rib chilaquiles, tenderloin benedict, biscuits and gravy, or brioche french toast with grand marnier, plus the signature bacon infused Bloody Mary with sriracha and blue cheese – the ‘dazed & infused’.

The original 6th Street Bar, Star Bar, will open on 11:00 AM on New Year’s Day and will be offering their signature Hail Mary featuring a P Terry’s Cheeseburger, dill pickle, Gerkins, Hard Boiled Egg, Pickled Okra, Lil Cheddar Smokies, Chicken Nuggets, Powdered Mini Donut, Celery, Cheddar Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese, and cherry tomatoes. In the mood for something spicy? Tumble 22 will also be open and will have various fried items ready to cure your hangover.

Can’t get enough of the holidays? Lala’s, the year round Christmas bar, opens at 3:00 PM on New Year’s Day and will have Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, and Eggnog on the menu.

Mean Eyed Cat will be open throughout the day and will have mimosas and Bloody Marys available for those looking to get their New Year drink on.

All three Lavaca St. Bar locations, Downtown, South Lamar, and Rock Rose, will open at 11:00 AM and will have Mimosas and Bloody Marys available. Turf N Surf will be offering breakfast tacos from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Lavaca St. Bar Downtown and Rock Rose while the South Lamar location will have regular items starting at 3:00 PM

Texas French Bread is offering a $55 per person prix fixe dinner, with seatings between 6 – 6:30 pm and 8 – 8:30 pm. Reserve online/read the menu here.

Launderette is hosting another NYE bash with bubbles, divination, and decadence! The restaurant’s Third Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza will include a $85 four-course prix fixe dinner. Reservations can be made beginning today online at aunderetteaustin.com, with availability between 5 pm to 10 pm that Sunday night.

Freedmen’s: Will host a special BBQ & Bubbles Brunch on New Year’s Day from 11 to 3. On special will be a 1.5 lb Beef Rib Benedict & bottle of Mumm for $95 (serves 2-4 guests). Regular brunch menu will be served as well as a special sparkling cocktail menu. Call 512-434-0334 to reserve or preorder your reservation online. $40 deposit required for bbq & bubbles special.

That’s all I have for you as far as events go this week, make sure to check back next week for more food and drink events in Austin, or sign up for the newsletter below to be notified whenever new food and drink events in Austin go up.

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