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for Fri., Dec. 24
  • Be the Change Virtual Cooking Classes

    Chef Pierre Thiam is a celebrated chef, restauranteur, author, entrepreneur, and environmental activist known for his innovative cooking style, rooted in West African culinary traditions. Virtual class access + cook along ingredient kit are $85 per household; virtual class access only is $20 per household.
    Fri. Feb. 4, 6pm-7:30pm  
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    Cru Food & Wine Bar: Christmas Eve

    CRU's festive Christmas Eve menu lets you enjoy a night out with loved ones (Downtown or in the Domain) for a brief respite of stress-free wining and dining before the big day. Choose from a set menu for a fabulous three-course meal (or, sure, go a la carte instead). Appetizers include lobster bisque and tortelloni fonduta with black truffle butter; the entrée brings choices among jumbo shrimp scampi, NY strip steak, Alaskan halibut, braised short ribs; and you can opt for any of three different desserts (but we're totes focused on that chocolate mousse cake, omg). Note: Kids 12 and younger eat for half off.
    $55 dine-in, $125 for two to-go.
    Downtown at 238 W. Second #13; in the Domain at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace #104
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    DrinkWell New Year's Eve

    The beloved neighborhood bar welcomes guests back in person for New Year's Eve, with an intimate, lively celebration without the wild crowds or overly fussy logistics. The soirée kicks off at 3pm with delicious food and champagne and celebratory libations until after the clock strikes midnight in the new year. And then, DrinkWell will be open on New Year's Day, too, for the first time ever – with a special event supporting The Barman's Fund.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 3pm-closing  
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    Eberly New Year's Eve

    Eberly is hosting a Galactic Rodeo themed party, where you’ll explore the cosmos-themed dance floor with interstellar clouds, live performances, and a mechanical bull. (Reckon that's a sort of space cowboy, then? And will some people call you Maurice?) Chef Jo Chan will be making brisket, borracho beans, and Mexican corn; chef Sarah Seghi will serve space-themed desserts. The cosmic evening also includes sets by DJ Gatsby, retro arcade games and photo booth, midnight champagne toast, and a costume contest at 1am.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 8pm-closing. $125.  
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    Emmer & Rye New Year's Eve

    To speak of what chef Kevin Fink and his team are preparing for their acclaimed eatery's year-end feast is to speak the language of angels with a culinary fetish. Oysters, fennel mignonette, blue crab, salsa matcha, red snapper, dry-aged wagyu beef tartare, burnt-edge lasagna, paddlefish caviar, smoked mushroom custard, wagyu ribeye, egg amino tart, and more – comprising a ten-course lesson in what delicious means.
    Fri., Dec. 31. $125 ($200, with wine pairings).  
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    Fareground: The Ginger Festival

    The thing about Fareground is that it's like the fanciest food court in the city, featuring outposts of some of our finest restaurants, all gathered in a stylish Downtown setting: Little Wu (from Wu Chow), Henbit (from Emmer & Rye), Austin Rotisserie, TLV, Taco Pegaso, and more, and they're celebrating with a venue-wide showcase of ginger- and turmeric-focused specials. YMMV, foodie, but your reporter's main reco: TLV's Chicken Hawaiej Hummus, with chicken thighs marinated in Yemenite spice blend served over hummus. Follow that with a Ginger Island negroni at Ellis, and it's already the happiest of holidays, even mid-week.
    Through Jan. 3. Daily, 11am-9pm
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    Food Access Resources From SFC

    The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they're accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
    Citywide
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    Hestia New Year's Eve

    Hestia, the goddess of fire, must weep tears of joy to know that her name's invoked by this epicenter of live-fire cooking. Hell, we've seen enough mortal citizens weeping such tears when dining in the place, and now the year's terminus brings a ten-course wonderment featuring tomato tart, mille feuille, Norwegian crab, wagyu ribeye, roasted beets, grilled halibut, chocolate truffles, and more. After all that and excellent wine pairings, probably not a dry eye in the place.
    Fri., Dec. 31. $195 ($295, with wine pairings).  
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    Hotel Van Zandt's South Pole Winterscape

    That style-forward boutique hotel Downtown brings back its fourth-floor South Pole, a reimagined rooftop deck featuring outdoor igloos for private dining, with holiday-themed cocktails and dishes courtesy of Geraldine’s restaurant. Note: That last part means delicious noms from chef Chris Schaefer and pastry chef Yolanda Diaz, which might even surpass the awesomeness of the new seasonal drinks (and those continuing Friends-inspired tipples, too).
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    Il Brutto New Year's Eve

    This Eastside neighborhood Italian spot will treat you right as 2021 gives way to 2022, with house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and an extensive wine list. Bonus: Fire pits on the patio and live jazz by Django Foxtrot (7-10pm). And, after dinner, there's a city's worth of dive bars to get lost among until the new year dawns.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 4-10pm  
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    La Condesa New Year's Eve

    Get a healthy leg up on your resolution to eat more greens, with La Condesa's all-vegetarian NYE specials menu – featuring charred broccoli tamales with garlic confit, grilled sweet potato "steak" and café con leche with Oaxacan double cream. And, look, carnivores: Their regular menu will also be available the whole night.
    Fri., Dec. 31  
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    Old Thousand New Year's Eve

    Old Thousand, that popular bastion of "Dope Chinese" noms, is offering a bucket of golden fried chicken with ginger scallion salt, a bottle of bubbles, and sides for dine-in or takeout at both locations on New Year’s Eve. And, listen: That's just the NYE special; their amazing regular menu will also be available. (Yes, that does mean, omg, that brisket fried rice.)
    Fri., Dec. 31. $80-125.  
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    Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Austin

    This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. "On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind," goes their announcement on Facebook. "There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better." Or, if you'd like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of nonalcoholic beverages, please reach out to redbeansaustin@gmail.com.
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    Sway New Year's Eve

    Oh, we're missing that Sway on South First; luckily, Westlake's Bee Caves Road still, y'might say, holds Sway. And this location is bright with splendor as a setting for caviar-topped oysters, waterfall beef tartare, aged ribeye, a whole Thai fish, and more. Say good riddance to a problematic year in this place where even the charcuterie board – foie gras torchon, rabbit rillet, northern Thai sausages, fruit jam + yuzu curd, miso aged tofu, coconut cheese, pickles + crackers – is like something out of your fanciest dreams.

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