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Austin Weekend Planner: Barbecue and Chili

By Megan Giller
January 23, 2014

Friday
Benefit Lunch at Jack Allen’s Kitchen for Astros Caravan UPDATE: event canceled due to weather
Chef and owner Jack Gilmore is hosting a benefit for the Oak Hill baseball field floods that occurred last October. All proceeds will go toward the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association ($50, 11:30 AM-1 PM, 7720 Texas Hwy 71).

Firkin Friday at Banger’s  
The sausage house and beer garden is tapping Branchline Brewing’s smoked pumpkin hatch-chile ale from San Antonio (6 PM, 79 Rainey St.).

Saturday and Sunday
Jam & Jive Weekend at Travaasa Austin
The luxury resort is hosting a two-day culinary event with a series of workshops, a farm-to-table dinner and a tour of the farm at Travaasa ($75 for day pass, $279 for overnight package, 13500 Farm to Market 2769).

Saturday
Man Up Texas BBQ Tour
Compare smoked meats at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington with Louie Mueller in Taylor, plus skip the lines, get your meal straight-away and then take a tour of the pits. Tour guide Drew Thornley will also take you to El Monumento for a drink and Monument Café for dessert ($125 or $90 with discount, 8 AM-3 PM, leaves from Takoba parking lot, 1411 E. Seventh St.).

Vinyl and Upstairs on Trinity Launch Party
Yesterday we showed you some of the cocktails at this hip new downtown lounge. On Saturday it’s time to party, with music by Stulust Beats, Le Motif and Galvanix as well as craft cocktails and bites (9 PM-2 AM, 607 Trinity St).

Sunday
Jo’s Chili Cook-Off
The eighth annual event will pit 14 participants (La Condesa, Foreign & Domestic and more) against one another to see who has the best chili. The competition gets pretty into it, as you can see in the photo from 2012, above. There will also be live music and door prizes ($20, 12-3 PM, 1300 South Congress).

Somms Under Fire
The third-annual wine-and-food-pairing competition also features event wines and small bites from Parkside’s Shawn Cirkiel ($65 GA, $125 VIP, 6 PM, AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.).

Places Mentioned

Snow's BBQ

Barbecue • Lexington

Food28 Decor15 Service22 Cost$18
 
 
 
Jack Allen's Kitchen

American • Oak Hill

Food26 Decor22 Service24 Cost$26
 
 
 
Foreign & Domestic

American • North Loop

Food23 Decor17 Service21 Cost$40
 
 
 
Parkside

American • Downtown

Food23 Decor21 Service21 Cost$39
 
 
 
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

Bar • Rainey Street

Atmo.- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
La Condesa

Mexican • 2nd Street District

Food23 Decor26 Service22 Cost$38
 
 
 
Louie Mueller Barbecue

Barbecue • Taylor

Food29 Decor16 Service21 Cost$21
 
 
 
 
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