Sunday, March 30, the Hill Country Galleria hosts this annual benefit for rescue pups, including Hound Rescue and Austin Pets Alive! Last year, a doggone good time was had by all. The two-mile dog walk raised $15,000 for 14 canine rescue groups, who were on hand to showcase doggies available for adoption. Helo, above, has his own Facebook page and was proudly displaying the skills of his owners, Midtown Groom & Board. Whether you walk or not, it’s a fun event with lots of vendors and plenty of pups. From 12 to 2 pm.
To donate, sign up or learn more: Wagathon Walkathon website
(map) The former Noble Pig chefs are now hamming it up in their new location, which boasts a bigger dining room. The paucity of parking at their old place gives way to a plethora of spots here. What hasn’t changed is their amazing cooking: dishes with a laser-like focus on house-made and See More »
(map) The newest flavor at Hey Cupcake! brightens up the menu like a ray of sunshine. Moist, tart lemon cake topped with tasty lemon buttercream, the John Lemon makes a sweet treat to welcome spring.
Long before Rick Perry, Texas lawmakers dreamed of freedom from pesky, far-off rulers meddling in Texas’ bidness. 178 years ago, they did something about it, officially declaring independence from Mexico. Celebrate today with some native hooch: Cinco Vodka, so smooth they call it the five-star vodka. Shake up a Texa-tini (okay, I made that name up), sit back and savor the achievements of a bunch of hot-headed Texans a long time ago.
(map) What better way to celebrate Texas Independence Day than with free Lone Star beer? Tomorrow, Rudy’s Bar-B-Q does just that. You don’t even have to buy anything (although it would be nice of you). Cheers!
The Austin Chronicle lists its top restaurant choices for First Plates of 2014, and surprisingly, there are a lot of them out West. For the complete list including Artisan Bistro, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Mandola’s Italian Market, Schmidt Family Barbecue, The Grove and The League, read the article here.
(map) With racehorse-like speed, Celtic Seafare has galloped from a mere commercial kitchen to a tasting room to serving gourmet, three-course meals. On Fridays and Saturdays, Chef Sebastian turns out a menu that would shine anywhere in town, showcasing his amazingly tasty smoked salmon along with See More »
(map) This Saturday the 22nd is Spicewood Vineyards’ 6th annual chili cookoff. $20 gets you a chili-tasting wristband, as well as a souvenir glass of Spicewood’s Cabernet Claret. Judges will decide which chili pairs best with the claret and the competition gets plenty hot! Find ticket info and team entry forms here.
(map) This Saturday the 22nd, the 13 wineries on the Wine Road 290 Trail (between Fredericksburg and Johnson City) are throwing a fun, Mardi Gras-themed event. Top local chefs are creating dishes pairing tastes of Texas wines with Texas Gulf shrimp. There’ll be shrimp gumbo, shrimp Creole, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, blackened shrimp tacos and more. They’ll be handing out Mardi Gras beads, too! No ticket necessary, free till samples run out. Get more information here at the Wine Road 290 website. (Thanks to Zatarain’s for the photo.)
Next Saturday, Wags Hope and Healing, a local animal-rescue group, hosts a family-friendly benefit for dogs like this little guy. The fundraiser features a 30-40-minute “pack walk,” doughnuts and refreshments, as well as lots of raffle items from local businesses like Lake Austin Spa and Flintrock Falls. There’ll be plenty of adoptable doggies on hand, too, and you are welcome to bring your own furry friends. Sign-in starts at 9:15; the walk starts at 10 in John Simpson Park in Steiner Ranch. Wags Hope and Healing’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving forever homes for dogs who were the victims of abuse or neglect. To register, contribute or find more info, click here.