Where: Sway, South First
When: Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m.
What: The Boston Indonesian street food pop-up is making its Texas debut at Sway. The dinner will consist of five courses, with family-style dishes sprinkled throughout, spanning slow roasted beef, charred eggplant, toasted shredded coconut, and pickled carrots.
More info: Tickets are $75, with an additional $50 for wine pairings.
SUPER BOWL 50
Where: Throughout Austin
When: Sunday, February 7
What: Football is an excuse for beer, wings, and barbecue, right? Look out for watch parties or takeout options, and see whether the Panthers or Broncos win.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Where: Throughout Austin
When: Starting Monday, February 8
What: Look out for lion dances, firecracker shows, and good luck food for the year of the monkey.
Where: IBC Bank Plaza, 500 West 5th Street
When: Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
What: Learn all about the beloved taco with Alejandro Escalante, the writer of La Tacopedia during Foodways of Mexico's event, lead by Rachel Laudan, food historian. There will be a book signing, and taco-filled reception courtesy of El Naranjo. Both Spanish and English books will be available for purchase.
More info: Entry is free.
Where: Paramount Theatre, Downtown
When: Thursday, February 18, 7 p.m.
What: Ruth Reichl, award-winning restaurant critic, former Gourmet editor in chief, memoirist, and novelist, is making an Austin stop during her cookbook tour behind My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. Those looking to splurge on VIP tickets will be able to hang out with the writer before the show, and shop around the pop-up farmers market afterwards.
More info: Tickets range from $20 to $100 (VIP).
PORK SHOP & PIG ROAST
Where: Salt & Time, East 7th
When: Sunday, February 21, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; 7 to 9 p.m.
What: Salt & Time is hosting a pork shop with Texas Foodways, an in-depth workshop for amateur pork cooks, rounded out by a pig roast by Black Hill Meats and Patrick Feges from Houston’s Southern Goods and Feges BBQ, with beer from Saint Arnold and sweets from Spun Ice Cream.
More info: Tickets for the pork shop are $150, and $30 for the pig roast.
AUSTIN OYSTER FESTIVAL
Where: French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street
When: Saturday, February 27, noon to 6 p.m.
What: Get ready for nothing but seafood at the fourth annual oyster festival. Look out for the raw bar (oysters, oyster shooters, shrimp), grill bar (Oysters Rockefeller, barbecue shrimp), fry bar (oyster banh mi, po’boys, cheesy gruyere fritters), and of course, the Bloody Mary bar. Over at the VIP lounge, Mongers’ Shane Cook and Bauer will host oyster tastings with paired drinks in the VIP lounge.
More info: General admission is $50, VIP is $90
CRAFT PRIDE’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY
Where: Craft Pride, Rainey Street
When: Saturday, February 27, 3 p.m.
What: For the Rainey Street beer bar’s third birthday, Craft Pride is celebrating with special taps and bottles, along with music.
TOAST & ROAST
Where: Stonehouse Villa, 15110 Ranch to Market Road 150, Driftwood
When: Sunday, February 28, 2 to 5 p.m.
What: Drink wine and eat meaty roasts prepared by Noble Sandwiches’ John Bates at the Texas Wine & Food Foundation’s annual event. Look out for wines from Texas Monthly’s best of list, paired along with grilled pig, goat, and lamb.
More info: General admission is $75, and $65 for members of the Texas Wine & Food Foundation.
AMERICAN LAMB JAM
Where: Barr Mansion, Far North
When: Sunday, February 28, 3 to 6 p.m.
What: It’s all about the lamb with the return of the American Lamb Jam, where 12 chefs, including Shawn Cirkiel, Julio Peraza from Madrina and Proof + Pantry in Dallas, Barrett Black from Black’s BBQ, and Contigo’s Brian Moses, will compete to represent Texas in the final contest in New York. The winner will be dubbed the Lamb Jam Master. Salt & Time will also hold a butcher demo.
More info: Tickets are $60.