You’ve gotta love Austin. Over the last decade, we’ve been early adopters of so many culinary movements like slow food, dining clubs, the handmade cocktail revival and, of course, the farm-to-table revolution. This, in particular, is really more of a throwback than an actual revolution, considering the fact that folks used to always get their food locally before mega stores and eating vegetables from 1000 miles away became de rigeur. But we digress. Seizing on this intrinsic love of all things Central Texas, Edible Austin is celebrating our homegrown best by hosting its annual Eat Local Week through December 11th at locations around town!
Staged to raise money and awareness for Urban Roots, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and to increase the access of healthy food in Austin, Eat Local Week has a week of highlights in store for us. Among the events that stick out to Austin Social planner include:
Monday, December 6 – 7pm
Alamo BeneFeast will feature the hit movie Chocolat, and Alamo Drafthouse chefs John Bullington and Trish Eichelberger will prepare an exquisite multi-course dinner inspired by food featured in the film. South Lamar location. 7 pm.
Tuesday, December 7 – 6pm
Drink Local Night hosted by Péché at Cedar Street, celebrates locally made spirits and features the 3rd Annual Drink Local Cocktail Contest produced by Tipsy Texan‘s David Alan and Joe Eifler.
Wednesday, December 8 – 4pm-8pm
Local Foods Holiday Gift Fair at City Hall hosted by Better Bites of Austin. Meet local food makers and buy local products for making your own custom holiday gift baskets with locally sourced treats from the best of Austin’s food artisans.
Thursday, December 9 – 6pm-10pm
Fine Art and Food Night presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier. Take a progressive tour of local food and art, beginning at Wally Workman Gallery (on W. 6th Street), with a curated show featuring well-known Texas artists offering works of art and a new show by Will Klemm, while enjoying chef-prepared appetizers and cocktails by Paula’s Texas Spirits.
Friday, December 10 – 6:30pm (Showcase) – 8pm (Michael Pollan)
An Evening with bestselling author, journalist and food activist Michael Pollan. Attendees can also check out the Farm Direct Showcase on the fourth floor of Bass Concert Hall before the show. This is a great opportunity to meet over 20 local food producers, businesses and nonprofits and sample their wares to connect with the best of Austin’s local food resources.
Saturday, December 11 -10am (Celebrity Cook Off); 2pm-5pm (Craft Brewers Festival)
The Media Celebrity Cook Off features local media celebrities going head-to-head in an “Iron Chef”-styled competition to prepare the best meal made from ingredients sourced from the farmers market that day. This year’s competitors are Addie Broyles of the Austin American-Statesman vs. Nik Ciccone of FOX 7 News.
Texas Craft Brewers Mini-Festival. Meet the finest Texas craft brewers and sample their wares at this always popular event. Craft brewers scheduled to participate include: Live Oak Brewing Company, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Real Ale Brewing Company, Independence Brewing Company, Thirsty Planet Brewing Company, Black Star Co-op, Jester King Craft Brewery, 512 Brewing Company, Twisted X Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, Circle Brewing Company, South Austin Brewery, Hops and Grain (brewery and canine bakery) and more!
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