Posts tagged ‘sample’

September 22, 2011

Austin: Texas Craft Brewers Festival

The biggest beer fest in the land, Denver’s Great American Beer Fest, is next weekend, but this weekend, Austin plays host to the first annual Texas Craft Brewers Festival on September 24. Texas has some serious craft brewers popping up, and this non-profit outdoor fest (benefiting Austin Sunshine Camps) at Fiesta Gardens will showcase all the Texas-brewed beer and ale (as well as non-alcoholic beverages) you can handle!
Texas Craft Brewers Festival
“The Texas beer scene is on fire!” says Tim Schwartz, Director of Brewery Operations for Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas, and President of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. “New breweries are opening all over the state and established craft breweries are expanding. This is a perfect time for the resurgence of the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. The festival brings all of this variety together in one venue. Come on out and see what Texas brewing has to offer.”

Cooler than that even? Several breweries who haven’t released beer yet are using the festival as their target date to publicly introduce their first beers!

Tix are $8, sampling tokens appear to be $1.50/ea:

September 24, 2011, 2 – 8p / Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St. /

21+ Event ID required at entry / Rain or Shine / NO chairs or coolers or glass or dogs allowed

November 5, 2010

Austin: Gypsy Picnic

Gypsy Picnic flyer AUstin
In other words, 35 trailers in one place (Auditorium Shores) with $3 sample plates (steal!) in an all-out battle for culinary supremacy.
Perhaps best of all, the eats will be arranged geographically throughout the park, so if you forget where to find something you found you loved at this event, you can just figure out whether it was a SoCo or DT trailer and go from there. My money is on Kebabalicious, but I also advise you really give your belly a workout and go for at least 4 sample plates.
May 14, 2010

Austin: Taste North Austin at the Domain

Taste North Austin is an all-day family event Saturday from 11am to 5pm in the original Domain. The Domain will also host a post-party from 5-7pm in the new-ish Domain II with desserts, drinks, and music by T Bird and the Breaks.

To sample bites from all the restaurants, you buy a $20 tasting wristband and get 10 tastes. Participating restaurants:
–          The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf                             – Marie Callender’s
–          County Line                                                             – The Melting Pot
–          Crú – A Wine Bar                                                    – Newks Express Café
–          Daily Grill                                                                – NoRTH
–          Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar         – Panera Bread
–          Kona Grill                                                                – The Steeping Room
–          Lick it, Bite it or Both
–          Mangia Pizza

You can also sample AND watch cooking demonstrations from these restaurants:

– California Pizza Kitchen                                                – Sushi Zushi
– Cookwell and Company                                                 – Urban: An American Grill
– Jasper’s Gourmet Backyard Cuisine                           – Viva Chocolato
– Maggiano’s Litte Italy

Kids can decorate their own chef hat, make a sand art bracelet, craft a beaded key chain, and get their face painted!

In case you live under a rock, The Domain is located at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, it includes a 57-acre first phase with an upscale Main Street center anchored by Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, nine upscale restaurants, 75,000 square feet of Class A office space, 390 high-end apartments and a Westin Hotel. Phase 2 of The Domain opened this year with 136,000 square feet of small retailers and restaurants.

March 24, 2009

All the musicians haven’t left Austin yet … TOOL at Whole Foods

Maynard James Keenan, the front man for TOOL, will be signing bottles of his Arizona Stronghold wine Tuesday from 4:30-7:30pm at Whole Foods downtown.

The Rules: No one under 21 admitted – No cell phones, cameras, or recorders – No bags, large purses, strollers, backpacks, or coats – Only wine bottles purchased during the event will be signed – No personal property or memorabilia will be signed or allowed – Minimum one purchase per person required – Each person must have a receipt to proceed from the registers. – No alcohol consumption or loitering – minors may go through the line with a parent or guardian; but the parent/guardian MUST purchase one bottle for each individual. For more information please contact Rebecca Scofield at 512-542-2260.

And because ’tis apparently the season of celeb bottle-signings:

BONUS: On Saturday, Danny DeVito will be at Twin Liquors Marketplace in Hancock Center passing out samples of his limoncello and signing bottles of it as well. 11am-1pm, March 28.

February 15, 2009

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week=Trying new restaurants on the cheap!

Sunday-Wed for two weekends in March, you can try some of Austin’s finest restaurants with prix-fixe menus … start making reservations now! There are links for ones that have online reservations, or call the others to make reservations stat–I’ve waited and been totally denied because many restaurants will be booked solid, so get on it!

Restaurant Area Price Download Menu Reserve Online
1886 Cafe & Bakery Downtown $25 Menu
34th Street Cafe Midtown $35 Menu
Aquarelle Downtown $35 Menu
Austin Land & Cattle Downtown TBD Coming
Blue Star Cafeteria Midtown $25 $ $35 Menu
Botticelli’s South $35 Menu
Chez Zee North $25 Menu Reserve Online
Cissi’s Wine Bar South TBD Coming
Cru Downtown Downtown $35 Menu
Cru at the Domain North $35 Menu
Daily Grill North $25 Menu Reserve Online
Driskill Grill Downtown $35 Menu Reserve Online
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Downtown TBD Coming Reserve Online
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse North TBD Coming
Green Pastures South $25 Menu
Gumbo’s Downtown $35 Menu
Imperia Downtown $35 Menu Reserve Online
J. Black’s Downtown TBD Coming
Jasper’s North TBD Coming Reserve Online
Jeffrey’s Downtown $35 Menu Reserve Online
Judges’ Hill Restaurant Campus $25 Menu
Louie’s 106 Downtown $35 Menu Reserve Online
Maiko Downtown $35 Menu
Manuel’s Downtown Downtown $25 & $35 Menu Reserve Online
Manuel’s Great Hills North $25 & $35 Menu Reserve Online
The Melting Pot Downtown TBD Coming Reserve Online
The Melting Pot North TBD Coming Reserve Online
Paggi House South $35 Menu
Parkside Downtown $35 Menu
Perry’s Steakhouse Downtown $35 Menu Reserve Online
Primizie Osteria East $35 Menu
Roaring Fork Downtown $35 Menu
Roy’s Downtown $35 Menu Reserve Online
Sagra Downtown $25 & $35 Menu Reserve Online
Siena North TBD Coming
Silver & Stone Georgetown TBD Coming Reserve Online
Taste Select Wines Downtown $35 (D); $15(L) Dinner / Lunch Reserve Online
Truluck’s Downtown Downtown $35 Menu Reserve Online
Truluck’s Arboretum North $35 Menu Reserve Online
The Woodland South $25 Menu
Zax Downtown $25 Menu Reserve Online
December 1, 2008

Mondays … save yourself for The Warehouse Sale

There’s nothing like the Monday after a holiday weekend. It’s so worthless from a work standpoint–you’ve got four times the amount of email you normally do, everyone wants to chat about their holiday, and you’d really just rather be running off the pies you ate than sitting at a desk. Did you participate in Black Friday? I did not; I was trekking between grandparents’ houses in Houston. But I don’t know what the rush was, sales now should be even better than before as retailers struggle to make their holiday boon.

Of course, I also knew that The Warehouse Sale was coming to town tomorrow (Tuesday), so I could save my shopping dollars until then. The Warehouse Sale comes to town twice a year with tons of designer denim and a smaller selection of dresses and tops. The prices are about 50% off what you’d pay retail, so they aren’t STEALS, but they’re definitely cheaper–between $60-$100 a pair.

I’ve gotten a pair of jeans and/or a dress every time I’ve gone (they have BCBG–my fave designer–dresses, so I can’t help it!). RSVP:

The Warehouse Sale

November 25, 2008

3 Ms: New Bars I Haven’t Checked Out

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving break, I’m rounding up three new bars I haven’t been to yet, but would love to check out if I had the time. I hear the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a great night for partying–less if you’re driving to Houston the next day (me), but still …

Malaia – a new 6th Street (dirty 6th!) “World Lounge” by Yassine Enterprises, which owns Qua, Vicci, Spill, Pure, Fuel, Treasure Island … almost all great dancing bars. Looking forward to tearing up the dance floor soon!

Madison – a swanky bar at the corner of 5th & Guadalupe, plenty of other things have failed in its spot, can Madison succeed? According to a friend of mine, it’s “awesome, a good club/bar.” But, the dude has been in Houston for the past five or so years, so we’ll see if his taste holds true to his Austin roots.

Mulberry – a new wine bar at the foot of the 360 condos, I’ve heard great things about its neighborhood-y atmosphere.

Has anyone been to any of these? Love to hear your thoughts!!

November 12, 2008

Twin Liquors jumps on the Spec’s/Grapevine Bandwagon

Which isn’t a bad thing. Turn shopping for liquor/beer/wine into shopping for the aforementioned plus cheese/crackers/gourmet food/chocolate and you’ve got yourself a whole afternoon–especially if it’s Friday and samples abound (hi, me, tipsy at Spec’s).

The new 15,000 square foot Twin Liquors Marketplace will be in the Hancock Center, just ripe for UT students. The center will be a 20-foot-long granite wine-tasting bar where the store will host daily wine and spirits tastings. It will also be the spot for educational seminars and other events. There’s also a 50-seat classroom for wine and pairing classes that can also be turned into a dining room for wine-pairing dinners. There’s also a dining room in the cellar?

Then there’s the humidor, with nearly 1,000 cigars. Well hello there fellas.

A grand opening event will take place in December … I’ll keep ya posted.

[ps: I so had this post written before this came out in the Statesman … ugh.]

November 11, 2008

I quote: “Free drinks and art viewing”

So said a friend of mine. About one of these events, but I can’t remember which. He had no idea Wednesday is the new Thursday this week and it is jam-packed with events.

Wednesday Post-Work Agenda:


Join Austin designer Linda Asaf as she hosts her 4th Annual Austin Designer Sample Sale. Head to her West 6th Street (1405 W. 6th Street) studio space from 3 – 8pm. Enjoy designer samples at 25% – 75% off from Linda herself, Myka Cosmetics, Tracy Tenpenny, Jesica Ciarla, Sikara Jewelry, David Hall Hodges [LOVE his leather stuff!! I wrote an article about him once, his stuff is badass], Mint Owl, Betty Lash, Shimmer & Bliss, Moxie & the Compound, and Catherine Nicole.

Sip some wine and enjoy Cupprimo Cupcakes. RSVP here.


7 – 10pm at super-cool new downtown spot RED RIVER FLATS on Red River between 9th and 10th, across from the Mohawk and Club de Ville. Casey McPherson from Alpha Rev is doing a solo, acoustic show, and free booze and food from Primizie, Kenichi, Tito’s, Miller, Sweet Leaf, Maine Root, etc. will abound. There will also be an art show, Photo Booth, and it all benefits the Austin Music Foundation. (Um, question? If this is all free, what exactly benefits the AMF?)

RSVP here.

Second on Sixth is StrataTX‘s annual Anniversary Party. The networking/social group for creatives in the arts, culture, and economy (that’s what the “about” says on the website …) uses this event to drive membership for the upcoming year. Hosted at Este (2235 East 6th Street), this event features free food and drinks and is great for networking, meeting new folks, and seeing a variety of different forms of art, including:

– John Pointer in the Members-Only Lounge
– Bboy City Dancers with DJ Lo-Res
– Video art curated by Austin Museum of Digital Art
– Artwork from Young Master Katie Pipkin
– Improv Troupe Paralellogramophonograph
– Live graffiti art from Slok

RSVP here.

November 8, 2008

Sunday Afternoon Veggie Chili Cook-Off

They may bill it as the Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off, but all the chili actually has to be vegan! It’s just $8 to sample all the chilis there, and teams get wild with their booth decorations and themes. Sunday from 12-4 at the Historic Austin Farmer’s Market 6701 Burnet Rd. There are also door prizes, live entertainment, and educational booths!
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