2017 Schmezolutions: Food, Drinks, & Fun!


Photo by El Sapo
Photo by El Sapo

Everyone’s screaming, “New year, new me!” and I’m sitting here with a mimosa waiting on the ‘resolutioneers’ to leave my gym. It’s called balance, people! Let’s be realistic, food is fun! Drinks are fun! Socializing is fun! Just because the holidays stopped, doesn’t mean that living has to. Here’s my roundup of the best food-related, wine-related, cocktail-related, and just plain fun (mostly free) events that are coming up.

It’ll be First Thursday on January 5th! First Thursday is when the shops on South Congress (typically) stay open late, offer refreshments in store, and South Congress Hotel throws a huge, albeit often crowded party. There’s also an art reception going down at Dimension Gallery from 6-8 that promises incredible sculptures, and free beverages.

Friday the 6th kicks off with a closing reception at Art for the People. Did I mention there’s also a free Burgundy tasting hosted by Glazer’s at that? Well, now I did. Chi’Lantro’s new location will be having free food and drinks with donations to some great charities. Also, shout out to my vegan friends: Vegan Nom is doing a special all weekend with ‘brisket barbecue’ and mac-n-cheese. For my pescatarians: All you can eat sushi, yakitori, and sashimi every Friday at Pacific Rim! Without sashimi it’s $29, with sashimi it’s just $5 more.

Sundays are always fun days, so mix up your brunch with El Sapo’s Burger Brunch: $1 mimosas, $5 bloodies, and a lineup of DJs. Speaking of brunch options, VOX is extending their brunch for one day only, this day, and it’s till 4 people. I’ve seen photos of brunches there. It looks amazing.

Monday doesn’t mean the party has to end. Hotel Vegas is throwing a post-election pity party complete with junk food, Juiceland, and bands. PJs (or sweats) are required, and there’s a $3 suggested donation to Planned Parenthood at the door. I see nothing wrong with any of this, though admittedly don’t own sweat pants.

Kimchi! Kimchi! Kimchi! On Thursday the 12th, check out this amazing, hands-on Kitchen Underground class on Home Fermentation. Word on the street is, there will be cocktails, snackies, and you definitely get to take home your own jar of kimchi.

Saturday night is a date night for most, and on the 14th you have got to check out what Antonelli’s is doing. For $110 (that covers 2 people) you will have composed cheese plates, charcuterie boards, fancy chocolates, and various other sweets.

Wednesday, the 18th, Craftsman will be hosting a $15 beer and cheese pairing class that sounds well worth the cost: 5-3 oz pours, 3 cheeses, crackers, and dried fruits.

Imagine a free Italian wine tasting. Got that visualized? Well, on Thursday the 19th you can have it at Italic from 4:30-6:30. There will also be a pop-up dinner, and a ton of a la carte items.

Get to El Chile on Tuesday, the 24th for an art reception, tequila samples, and $5 margarita specials from 7-9.

What the hell, Edible Austin? This Bacon and Beer Festival on Saturday the 28th sounds a-ma-zing (strap on some Uggs, and read that in a super white girl voice). It’s not just bacon. It’s a ton of local places making things with bacon. The list includes places like Fukumoto Sushi, Amy’s Ice Cream, Frank, Canon + Belle, plus several more! Even better, check out the list of beer providers.

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