The Super Bowl, Fat Tuesday, and Valentine's Day are all finally in the rear-view mirror. Let's take things down a notch and learn some stuff. Here is what's happening around town this week.
BEER HERE — California-based burger chain Eureka! kicks off its first Barrel Aged Beer Week with a dinner on Monday, February 15 featuring pairings with brews from Austin Eastciders and 512 Brewing Company. Tickets are $60. [EaterWire]
WINE WIRE — Al Fico hosts a wine dinner featuring the wines of Barolo vintner Paolo Scavino on Tuesday, February 16. The dinner will feature six wines, five courses, and remarks by Italian wine expert Ricardo Sgarra. Tickets are $125. [EaterWire]
BEER PONG — Tuesday nights are ping-pong tourney nights at Lustre Pearl East. Sign-ups are at 8:30 p.m., games start at 9 p.m. [EaterWire]
TACO WEDNESDAY — In the Breakfast Week spirit, take advantage of Taco Cabana's free breakfast tacos on Wednesday, February 17 as part of Random Acts of Kindness day. Look out for 'em on 6th Street, at UT, the State Capitol, and near the downtown MetroRail station from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. [EaterWire]
MORE TACO WEDNESDAY — Food writer Alejandro Escalante will give a talk, "Foodways of Mexico: La Tacopedia," on the history and practices behind the Mexican taco on Wednesday evening at the IBC Bank Plaza. Historian Rachel Laudan, who knows a bit about the foodways of Mexico herself, will also give remarks. A reception, book signing, and taco tasting will follow at El Naranjo. The event is waitlisted. [EATX]
LIVE WIRE — Tickets are still available for food critic and novelist Ruth Reichl's talk at the Paramount at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 18. [EATX]