Austin Weekend Planner: Celebration Time
Although new restaurants seem to be opening at a furious clip, this weekend it’s all about celebrating established restaurants with a few years already under the belt, such as Mulberry and Little Woodrow’s bar. Throw in a wine festival and a celebration of female chefs and our weekend is looking mighty fine.
Tour de Vin
The exclusive wine and food tasting features global wines from places like Italy, France, Germany, Spain, North and South America, and Australia. Plus taste bites from local restaurants like Trace, épicerie, Freedmen’s and DFG Noodles. ($60 for members, $80 for nonmembers; 6:30-9:30 PM).
Eat.Drink.Empower at Max’s Wine Dive
Austin’s most promising female chefs are gathering this Saturday at Max’s to prepare a five-course meal benefiting SafePlace, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for individuals and families suffering through incidents of domestic or sexual violence. Join Max’s executive chef Erica Beneke, Swift’s Attic’s Abby Yates, Foreign and Domestic’s Jodi Elliott and more for a memorable night (207 San Jacinto Blvd., $150).
Head to Fiesta Gardens for some hot weather and even hotter salsa. The festival has been spicing up Austin since 1990, and last year it drew more than 350 entries. Listen to live music and sample salsas as well as fare from local purveyors like Amy's, Curra's, Torchy's and more (2101 Jesse E. Sevogiva St.; free with canned good donation or cash donation).
Anniversary Specials at Mulberry
The wine bar with excellent fare is celebrating its fifth anniversary: for $5, get a bowl of Fideua, a Valencia fish pasta and a glass of white sangria. Call 512-320-0297 for reservations (360 Nueces St., #20; 4-7 PM).
Little Woodrow’s Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The party includes drink specials, giveaways and live music, plus a dunk tank. On Friday the party goes from 3 PM-2 AM, and on Saturday and Sunday the party starts at noon and lasts until 2 AM (520 W. Sixth Street).