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austinrestoweekLabor Day marks the traditional end of summer and while the weather is still in the upper 90′s, calendars and inboxes are filling up with fun events around town.

Austin Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 13-16 and the following week — Sept. 20-23. The event is a great opportunity to try fixed price meals at higher end eateries throughout the city from $25-$35. Five percent of the proceeds will go to the Sustainable Food Center and AIDS Services of Austin.

On Sunday, Sept. 13, the JCAA invites the community to FallFusion,a gala and fundraiser benefitting the programs, services, and events at the JCC of Austin.  Many great local businesses have donated food including Chinatown, madCakes, Oaxacan Tamaleo, Shoreline Grill, Soup Peddler,  TacoDeli, Tiff‘s Treats, Whole Foods, and more. Tickets are $125 each and we’ll be giving away a ASApair on the KGSR “Late Show” Thursday morning so be sure to listen in!

Dining for Life is Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15. Restaurants throughout the city will donate a substantial portion of each diner’s check to AIDS Services of Austin (10%-20%). Click here to check out a list of participating restaurants and make your reservation.

Go_TexanFinally, the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up, one of the only statewide restaurant weeks in the nation, is Monday, Sept. 28 – Friday, Oct. 2. Many of the restaurants are donating a portion of the proceeds to their local food bank.

I’ve only seen a handful of sample menus from Central Texas restaurants and my mouth is watering.

Sliders-Chipolte-Mayonnais_s4x3_lgAt Kerbey Lane I’ve gotta try The Gambler — three different types of mini burgers or sliders. The Gambler includes a Broken Arrow Ranch antelope slider with jalapeno and bleu cheese, Thunderheart Ranch bison slider with chipotle and feta cheese and Twin Oaks Ranch lamb slider with Parmesan and tomato.

At the Roaring Fork, the Hill Country pecan pie with sweet cream and Amy’s Butter Pecan Ice Cream caught my eye.

TRIO at the Four Seasons is offering a $39 prix fixe menu that features local ingredients and wine pairings. They are offering their take on the classic S’mores for a dessert — Housemade Graham Crackers, Vanilla Bean Marshmallow, Milk Chocolate Ganache, Graham Cracker Ice Cream with Messina Hof Port.

Leaning+PearsIf you’re looking for a way to escape the crowds during the Austin City Limits Music Festival, head out of town on Friday, Oct. 2 and check out The Leaning Pear in Wimberley. I had never heard of the Leaning Pear before recently but after reading their planned menu, I’m crossing my fingers for a preview of their GO Texan offerings this Sunday. They include a Hill Country-Inspired Cheese Plate, Real Ale Brewhouse Brown Ale and Sharp Cheddar Soup, Seguin’s Wholesome Harvest Farm Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Gulf Shrimp (lunch) or Broken Arrow Ranch Wild Boar Poblano Rellenos (dinner), and Texas Pear and Apple Cobbler with Hill Country Pecan Ice Cream for dessert.

TEXA-LICIOUS.

While I may not always blog about events going forward, Natanya A. does an amazing job on her weekly roundup, Foodie Bits. You can also check out upcoming events on my right sidebar, or on the events page where I’ll list recommended food-related events and deals around town.

Slow_Food_ATXLast but definitely not least, Cathy Strange, the Global Cheese Buyer for Whole Foods Market, will be joining us on the KGSR “Late Show” this Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8:30 a.m. You can meet Cathy yourself at the Slow Food Austin fundraiser on Oct. 21 at the Barr Mansion. She will be leading a tasting of raw-milk cheese and pairing those with local beer and honey.

Check out Slow Food Austin’s web site for information about the group and the great free events they host throughout the year. If you decide to join, they are offering a special “pay-what-you-can” membership fee during the month of September.

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  • http://www.restaurantzoom.com/ RestaurantZoom

    Don't miss the fun and excitement of restaurant week. It is a blast!

  • http://www.rebeccammendations.com/ Rebecca

    Thanks for the info on so many food events coming up! I never knew there was such a “restaurant week” season!

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  • http://www.icecreamvendingcarts.net/ Ice cream vending carts

    A lot of the restaurants don't have menus up yet…but I spot several I've been wanting to try, like Woodland, Jaspers, Mizu, and Trulucks (been there before but wanna go back on the cheap). Oh and Flemings has scallops!

  • http://www.icecreamvendingcarts.net/ Ice cream vending carts

    A lot of the restaurants don't have menus up yet…but I spot several I've been wanting to try, like Woodland, Jaspers, Mizu, and Trulucks (been there before but wanna go back on the cheap). Oh and Flemings has scallops!

  • http://www.icecreamvendingcarts.net/ Ice cream vending carts

    A lot of the restaurants don't have menus up yet…but I spot several I've been wanting to try, like Woodland, Jaspers, Mizu, and Trulucks (been there before but wanna go back on the cheap). Oh and Flemings has scallops!

  • http://www.icecreamvendingcarts.net/ Ice cream vending carts

    A lot of the restaurants don't have menus up yet…but I spot several I've been wanting to try, like Woodland, Jaspers, Mizu, and Trulucks (been there before but wanna go back on the cheap). Oh and Flemings has scallops!