I have had the first week of December marked off on my calendar for a year because it is time for a weeklong celebration of Central Texas farms, food artisans and locally sourcing restaurants. Edible Austin’s Eat Drink Local Week starts Saturday and it is food for the body, brain and soul.
The festivities kick off with the annual Urban Farm Bike Tour this Saturday, December 1st during which you can explore urban farms and community gardens while you nibble on dishes from local chefs. It is hands down one of my favorite events all year and it only costs $35, a bargain.
Sunday, December 2nd brings some food for thought with an evening with author and activist Raj Patel at the Stateside Theater. His Generation Food multimedia project highlights men and women around the country who are changing the way we eat. Regular tickets are $28, but you can upgrade to a VIP ticket ($103) to enjoy a private reception before the presentation.
Alamo Drafthouse will host the Eat Drink Local Week Benefeast on Monday, December 3rd with a showing of Sideways and a four course dinner with wine pairings. For $70 you get a little drama, a little laughter and a delicious dinner.
All week long (December 1st through 8th), you can dine at participating restaurants and enjoy special dishes sourced from local farms. I’ve already made my reservations at Lenoir and can’t wait to try the salad at Swift’s and the sandwich at Noble Pig. Yum!
And, if you are really feeling flush, you can participate in an online auction to have some of the best chefs in Austin cook for you and 7 guests. The bidding starts at $2,000 for each dinner, but a private dinner party for eight cooked by any of these chefs is a good reason to dig deep in those pockets.
The best part is that the proceeds from the events, meals and auction go to benefit Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots, two organizations critical to the success of our local food community. So, grab the calendar and start making plans. You get to explore, think, enjoy and savor while you do good. I can’t imagine a better way to start December.