Weekend Planner

Austin Weekend Planner: Barbecue and Chili

By Megan Giller  |  January 23, 2014

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).

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).

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.).