Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge in the Domain, formerly known as Austin Cake Ball Kitchen & Bar, is now open. The re-branded restaurant and confectionery features a new lunch and dinner menu, a new beverage program, a newly designed and decorated dining room and bar with a specialty of serving the late night dessert, coffee, cake ball and cocktail audience in North Austin. The restaurant and confectionery are located in Phase 1 of the Domain at 3401 Esperanza Crossing, Suite #104, Austin, TX 78758. Reservations for parties of six or more can be made by calling (512) 215-3633. For more information, please visit www.copperaustin.com.
Bravo Catering has expanded to Austin, bringing fresh, innovative food to events across the city. With over 15 years of experience, Bravo offers unique fare while gracefully tackling the most extravagant events. Under the helm of co-owners, chef Mike Swirczynski and Sally Strong, Bravo has built their catering company to fulfill the need for a creative, memorable catering experience. http://bravocateringaustin.com/
Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden – Beginning Monday, May 6, Banger’s will close for lunch service Monday through Wednesday. The restaurant will open at 4PM on those days and its full lunch menu will still be available Thursday – Saturday starting at 11AM, with its Sunday brunch menu available from 11AM – 3PM. Their Executive Lunch is also no longer available.
BIKE TO EAT WEEK - Get 10% off your meal at participating restaurants if you pedal your way to a full stomach. Discount applies to food at all restaurants and alcohol at most. Valid during normal business hours. http://www.biketoeatweek.org/
2013 AMERICAN WHISKEY FESTIVAL - Opal Divine’s annual event presents over 60 varieties of American Bourbons as well as Tennessee and Canadian Ryes. Brand ambassadors will be on hand with swag and Chef DJ will prepare delectable appetizers. 7-10pm. Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 3601-K S. Congress. $35 at the door. http://www.opaldivines.com/2013-american-whiskey-festival.html
BASIC HOG BUTCHERY – Ren Hogue will demonstrate how to butcher a half hog from start to finish. Participants will learn how to break down its useful parts and get to put their knowledge to use. Class has a limited amount of hands-on work, but attendees need basic knife skills. 6 pm. Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria, 1912 E. Seventh. $150; email for a spot at email@example.com, http://www.saltandtime.com. Additional class available May 30th.
UPCOMING RESTAURANT SEARSUCKER LOOKING FOR 80 EMPLOYEES, HIRING FAIR THIS WEEK - Located in the heart of the Warehouse District, the restaurant will serve New American Cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails, craft beer and thoughtfully selected wines from all around the world. Searsucker will serve lunch during the week, dinner daily, and brunch on Sundays with a late night menu and fun upbeat music playing until 2 a.m. on weekends. The hiring fair will take place this week, off-premise from the restaurant which is currently under construction. 12 PM – 3 PM. Vuka, 411 West Monroe, Austin, TX 78704. www.searsucker.com. Hiring fair May 2nd and 3rd.
(512) BREWING BREWERY TOUR - The folks at (512) are opening their doors to beer lovers. Learn the step by step process of craft brewing from ingredients to equipment. Designated drivers do not need a ticket and will receive a free logo pint glass or $5 off any merchandise. 11 am – 12 pm. 407 Radam Ln, F200, Austin, TX 78745. $10, purchase here. http://www.512brewing.com/
CRAFT BEER SCENE TOUR – Austin Brew Bus hosts another afternoon of sipping beer at local breweries and craft pubs around town while you get to sit back and learn about the local craft brewing scene. 11 am – 4 pm. Corner of 5th and rio grande, 700 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701. $65, purchase here. http://www.austinbrewbus.com/. Additional tour date May 18th.
AUSTIN BEERWORKS BREWWERY TOUR - Celebrate Austin Beerworks’ 2nd anniversary on-site at their brew house. Tickets get you a custom 2nd anniversary 12 oz pilsner glasses and 5 drink tickets. Kids are welcome, but leave the pups at home. Musical guests and the finest food trucks in town will be in attendance. Designated drivers are welcomed at no cost. Two sessions are available to keep lines short. Session 1, 12 pm – 3 pm; session 2, 3 pm – 6 pm. 3009 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758. $15, buy tix here. http://austinbeerworks.com/
DRINK.WELL DERBY DAY – Drink.Well. is hosting its annual Derby Day celebration on Saturday, May 4, in honor of the oldest continuous sporting event in the U.S. The always inventive bar staff at drink.well. has compiled a portfolio of unique Julep drinks – a mix of both classic and contemporary expressions of the style. The award-winning bar staff of drink.well. will don their finest headwear and Churchill Downs-inspired attire, and encourage others to do the same. As tradition goes, the fastest two minutes in sports will be played at the bar, and a prize ($50 drink.well. gift certificate) will be given to whoever can predict the trifecta (1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners). 4 pm – 11 pm. 207 East 53rd St., Austin, TX, 78751. FREE. http://www.drinkwellaustin.com/
THE BONNEVILLE DERBY DAY – The Bonneville is also hosting a celebration in honor of the 139th Kentucky Derby. Celebrations will begin this Saturday starting at 3PM at The Bonneville’s downtown location. Sponsored by Bulleit Bourbon and Ketel One Vodka there will be drink specials with traditional juleps including the Bulleit Bourbon Mint Julep and a Fresh Blackberry Mint Julep. If bourbon doesn’t make your horse race (pun intended) try their freshly made Kettle One Peach Tea Collins. Chefs and owners Chris Hurley and Jennifer Costello will be serving a Kentucky staple, Hot Brown sandwiches, as well as their Red Curry Coconut Mussels and signature flatbread pizzas, all on special. 3 pm. 202 W Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701. FREE. http://thebonnevilleaustin.com/
CONTIGO 2ND ANNIVERSARY PARTY – Join Contigo in the celebration of its 2-year anniversary, with food and beverages available for purchase, live music, and competitions and prizes. Live music will be provided by The Austin Steamers and a special musical guest. To sign up for games, email with name, email, phone number and date of birth to firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 pm – 10 pm. 2027 Anchor Lane, Austin, TX 78723. FREE. http://contigotexas.com/austin
PLANT THE MOTHER OF ALL TREES – Corners of Time, online proprietors selling Lebanese olive oils and Mediterranean accoutrements, is committed to research and propagating the US with Mediterranean/Lebanese olive tree varieties. Join them, and culinary and plant experts, on Saturday to plant olive trees descended from the 6000 year old olive trees in Bechealeh. 11 am – 4 pm. Pedernales Cellars, 2916 Upper Albert Rd., Stonewall, TX 78671. FREE. RSVP here and go here for more info. http://www.cornersoftime.com
LA CONDESA’S 5TH ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO BLOCK PARTY – La Condesa, located at 2nd and Lavaca, is throwing Austin a big, fat party. Food, drinks and activities for the whole family, including face painting, balloon makers, dancing and live music will fill the streets. Everyone is welcome. 1 PM – 9 PM. 400 W 2nd St – 499 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701. FREE. Go here for more event info or check out their Facebook.
A FOOD ADVENTURE – Farmhouse Delivery will host a tantalizing farm-to-table dinner to introduce Gracie Cavnar and her children’s cookbook Eat it! Food Adventures with Marco Polo. Join them for an evening of indulgence and delicacy as James Beard award semifinalists, chef Rene Ortiz and pastry chef Laura Sawicki of La Condesa, reveal a carte du jour that you won’t soon forget. 6 pm. 914 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78702. $150. Go here for tickets. http://farmhousedelivery.com/home.html, http://www.rainlilydesign.com/pages/farm/
A TASTE OF PLACE: FRANCE - Antonelli’s Cheese Shop hosts multiple classes throughout the month ranging from tastings of regional cheeses to styles of cheese. Tickets are under $40 and you’ll be regaled with cheesemonger anecdotes and historical facts about the cheeses you’re tasting. Come hungry for knowledge. 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm. 4220 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751. <$40. Go here for tickets. http://www.antonellischeese.com/. Additional dates available: May 9th, May 15th, May 22nd, May 30th.
A PLACE AT THE TABLE SCREENING - Hosted by in.gredient and Joan Brook, enjoy an evening of networking, music, and local foods while viewing “A Place at the Table,” a moving documentary about the struggles Americans face providing food for their kids. 6:30 pm. in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road Austin, TX 78722. $1o suggested donation. Go here to RSVP.http://ingredientrestaurant.com/
FARM TOUR: FRUITFUL HILL FARM – Slow Food Austin, a local group intent on focusing on where our food comes from and honoring its role in our lives, is hosting an afternoon tour of Bastrop farm, Fruitful Hill Farm. Visit with the animals and speak to the farmers and purchase farm-fresh goods. 10 am – 1 pm. Fruitful Hill Farms, Bastrop, TX, $20; children are free. Go here for tix. http://fruitfulhillfarm.com/
MIDDLE DE MAYO TOUR – Tap Brew Tours says it perfectly: “[We] host one of a kind events blending the best of what Austin has to offer. Through our love of craft beer and a good time we’ve come together to organize brewery tours led by local Austin comics featuring a chartered bus, free (delicious) beer straight from the breweries tap and a bevy of on board games with prizes you actually want.” 12 pm – 6 pm. $64. Go here to buy tickets. http://tapbrewtours.com/
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 101 CLASS & BALSAMIC VINEGAR 101 CLASS – Con’ Olio Oils & Vinegars hosts multiple events a month which revolve around their passion for high quality, excellent tasting food stuffs. Their olive oil and balsamic vinegar classes take class-goers through the history, process, and tasting of each and are informative, yet relaxed, with yummy snacks at the end. 6:30 pm. 10000 Research Blvd, #130, Austin, TX 78759. $22. Go here for tix. http://www.conolios.com
BELGIAN BEER FEST – Pinthouse Pizza is throwing its inaugural party in celebration of Belgian Beer. Each session will have the same 40+ Belgian and Belgian Style beers available. Get a limited edition Pinthouse Pizza Belgian Beerfest glassware, 1 raffle ticket and 4 tickets, each good for a 6 oz. tasting. Additional tasting tickets will be available for purchase for $3 each (cash only). Music, a raffle for craft beer swag and a Jean-Claude Van Damme Look-Alike Contest are also on the roster. Session 1: 12 pm – 4 pm; Session 2: 5 pm – 9 pm. 4729 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756. $25; no kids or pets. Get your tix here. http://pinthousepizza.com/
MAIFEST: GERMAN BIER TASTING – The folks at Saengerrunde Hall want you to come visit and drink lots of beer, listen to Grammy Award winning Brave Combo, and pretend you’re in Germany. Lederhosen is optional, fun is guaranteed. 2 pm – 6 pm. Next to Scholz Garden, 1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701. $10 – $45; children are free. Tickets at the door and sold here. http://www.saengerrunde.org/index.html
SALT & JAM POP-IN CONCEPT RESTAURANT - Like a speakeasy, except it’s a restaurant, Tasters & Makers hosts this dinner at a yet-to-be-revealed spot somewhere off of South 1st. Spots are limited, but delicious food is guaranteed via a multi-course tasting menu fresh from Central Texas. It’s a memorable farm-to-table experience. No children or pets. Cocktails start at 7:30 pm, dinner at 8 pm. Salt & Jam (exact address nearby – TBA), South 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704. $100 – $130. Click for tickets and info. http://www.tastersmakers.com/
SAVING THE SEASON: LACTO-FERMENTATION WORKSHOP – Ever wonder how you can preserve all the goodies from your summer and fall harvest? This is the workshop for you. Hosted out of the home of Kate Payne, author of the blog Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking and the book of the same name, Kate hopes to show you an alternative to vinegar preservation. You’ll leave with a recipe packet and a jar of cucumbers to ferment at home. 1 pm – 5 pm. 1174 Ridgeway Drive Austin, TX 78702. $65. Buy tickets here.
FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM FARM TO TABLE SPRING HARVES DINNER - You’re invited to participate in supporting a living part of Texas history. The French Legation Museum is hosting a fundraiser which includes cocktails, dinner, and live music at its historical address. Dinner prepared by Madeline Pizzo Willcott and Texas French Bread. 6:30 pm. 802 San Marcos, Austin, TX 78702. $100+. Tix available here. http://frenchlegationmuseum.org/
ATX SWAPPERS XV – Kate Payne and Megan Myers have organized their 1th food swap. Participants bring one homemade item to be swapped 1:1 with another homemade item. Geared towards creating a community around food, the swap offers an opportunity to get back to our food-making roots. Anyone remember Ma Ingalls and her “bake offs”? Hosted at Green Gate Farms, food makers are encouraged to bring snacks and/or samples of their swap. 10 am – 12 pm. 8310 Canoga Ave., Austin, TX 78724. $2. Tickets available here. Visit their Facebook page for more info.
AUSTIN WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS “A SUNDAY AFFAIR” – Stroll about Driftwood Estate’s bluff over looking the beautiful vineyard canopy below. The event will feature the festival’s unique, 6-member Texas wineries and be accompanied by Texas music. Leashed, and well-mannered dogs are welcome to attend. 1 pm – 8 pm. Driftwood Estate Winery, 4001 Elder Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619. $30. Tickets available here. http://www.austinwineandmusicfestival.com/
TRAILER FOOD TUESDAYS - The last Tuesday of every month at The Long Center is the temporary home to 10 of Austin’s food trucks. Each month, the trailers change affording Austinites a convenient way to sample their delicious food. In 2013, there will be one out of town truck per month. Check their website closer to the date to see who will be represented. 5 pm -9 pm. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX 78704. FREE admission + cost of food. http://www.trailerfoodtuesdays.com/about