— Austin Central Library restaurant Cookbook Cafe is celebrating Texas cookbooks through the month of October with events, dinner specials, and more. The kick-off party honors the late Chronicle food editor Virginia B. Wood and her personal cookbook collection, which is featured in the restaurant. Then there are cooking demonstrations with chefs like Jesse Griffiths, panels featuring Texas wine, beer, and booze makers, and Saturday night prix fixe dinner specials with steak, mussels, and cookies. It runs from Tuesday, October 3 through Sunday, October 28.
— Essential Austin restaurant Contigo is changing up its menu look starting this Friday, which means it will also add some new dishes as well as an entire new section with items meant for sharing like the half-chicken and 40-ounce bone-in ribeye. Even better: the restaurant is allowing reservations for up to 50 people for those group dinners.
— There’s a new haunted bar tour in Austin courtesy of national company Nightly Spirits. The tour takes small groups to four downtown bars that are supposedly haunted, including the Russian House and Gatsby, with themed drinks and stories. Tickets are $25, and it runs beyond Halloween.