November 3, 2014
November marks the final victory lap of Austin’s massive 2014 food calendar. As the events wind down and holiday party season gets going, several longstanding nonprofits will bring back popular food and drink events that raise money for notable causes. Each is different in theme and tone, but all offer the rare treat to enjoy a great night out and contribute significantly to a worthwhile local charity.
Wine & Swine — November 23
Location: Star Hill Ranch
Benefits: Austin Food and Wine Alliance’s Annual Grant Program
Details: Just before Thanksgiving, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance brings the popular Wine & Swine party to Bee Cave. The party matches top regional chefs with a bevy of solid wines and live music, and this year’s event has attracted great talent once again. Chefs include Dallas legend John Tesar (Knife), barbecue rib king Ronnie Killen, Jason Stude (Congress), Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki (Launderette), Mat Clouser (Swift’s Attic), Janina O'Leary (LaV) and hot newcomers Grae Nonas and Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie. The chefs will each prepare pork-themed plates to match with a selection of more than 70 wines to taste. Producers showcased will include California notables such as Cakebread, Silver Oak, J and Hess Collection. Because this is Austin, there will (of course) also be live music from the Marshall Ford Swing Band. For tickets, visit the event’s page at the Austin Food and Wine Alliance site. Proceeds go to the organization's grant program, which awards funds to farmers, small businesses and educators in the Texas food system . Past winners include Salt & Time, Argus Cidery, Confituras and Tecolote Farms.