6 Things to Do Before Summer's Over

By Megan Giller | August 5, 2013 By Megan Giller  |  August 5, 2013

We Austinites know that although it’s already August, the hot months are hardly far from over. The good news though is that there are plenty of exciting events, pop-ups and seasonal meals to enjoy before fall comes our way. Here are six things to entertain you while you sweat it out.

  • Dessert and Drinks at the Carillon 

    James Beard Award-nominated pastry chef Plinio Sandalio has used his mixology knowledge to pair savory-sweet desserts with craft digestifs, and the results are too good to be true (check out our recap of his recent Dinner Lab dessert dinner). For example, the olive oil sponge cake with pea custard, bacon brittle, mint sorbet and mascarpone comes with Amaro Braulio, and the corn fritters with salted butter ice cream, spiced lime curd and cotija crumbles come with bacon moonshine. Hurry to try them before Sandalio decides it’s finally time to move back to Bolivia to work at a new location of Noma (1900 University Ave.).

  • Olamaie Pop-Up Dinners

    The modern Southern restaurant isn’t slated to open until winter, but you can get a feel for the cuisine at a series of pop-ups this summer. The chefs, Lenoir’s Grae Nonas and Michael Fojtasek, who both worked at Son of a Gun in LA, are trying to remind Austinites that Southern doesn’t have to mean fried, presenting dishes like marbled eggplant with white barbecue sauce, red pepper and country ham crumble as well as pickled prawns with soft scrambled egg, smoked tomato and Deep Elm IPA. They’ve already had one round of pop-ups at Lenoir, and look out for Olamaie at Fino on Aug. 25, Lenoir on Sept. 23 and Asti on Sept. 29.

  • Trailer Food Tuesdays

    Only a very special event can bring together stellar trucks like the Peached Tortilla, Kebabalicious, Coolhaus, Way South Philly, Garbo’s Lobster Truck and more. Head to the Long Center on the last Tuesday of the summer months (through October) to grab some trailer grub, and sit on the lawn while you listen to live music and soak in the Austin skyline (free admission, Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., last Tuesday of every month through October, 5-9 PM).

  • Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

    You think it’s hot now? Wait until your mouth is on fire from some of the Scoville scale-rated salsas at the 23rd annual hot sauce festival on Sunday, Aug. 25. The celebration, which draws around 15,000 people and more than 350 entries, is also a fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, and admission is free with a donation of three nonperishable food items or cash. And food vendors like Amy’s Ice Cream, Austin’s Pizza and Curra’s Grill will be there when you need a break from chips and salsa. But just remember: it’s good for you to sweat out all those toxins (free with donation, Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Aug. 25, 11 AM-6 PM).

  • Austin Ice Cream Festival

    Before you burn your mouth with all of that hot sauce, check out the seventh annual ice cream festival on Aug. 17. Admission is $10, and all the ice cream is free. In addition to the cold stuff, there will be games, activities, contests and live music. In addition to making every kid’s fantasy come true, the event raises money for local charities ($10 admission, Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Aug. 17, 10 AM-7 PM).

  • Eat.Drink.Empower at Max’s Wine Dive

    Max’s chef Erica Beneke has put together the first in a series of wine dinners featuring talented female chefs from some of Austin’s best restaurants. For example, Abby Yates of Swift’s Attic, Alexis Chong of Sway, Bridget Bishop of Westwood Country Club, Kenzie Allen of Searsucker and Kersten Knight of Perla’s. Part of the proceeds from the five-course meal on Aug. 24 benefit SafePlace, “a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for individuals and families suffering through incidents of domestic or sexual violence.” Reserve online or call Max’s at 512-904-0111 ($150, Max’s Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto Blvd., Aug. 24, 6-9:30 PM).

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MAX's Wine Dive

Wine Bar Downtown
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LENOIR Restaurant

French Bouldin Creek
Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$63
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ASTI Trattoria

Italian Hyde Park
Food25 Decor20 Service23 Cost$41
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Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar

Spanish West Campus
Food23 Decor25 Service23 Cost$41
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The Carillon

American Campus
Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$68
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Swift's Attic

American Downtown
Food26 Decor26 Service24 Cost$48
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Thai Bouldin Creek
Food27 Decor24 Service25 Cost$50
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New American Warehouse District
Food24 Decor24 Service21 Cost$34
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Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar

Seafood SoCo (South Congress)
Food25 Decor23 Service22 Cost$47

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