Saturday, September 12, 2009

September Restaurant Deals

So there are a couple of awesome food events coming up in the next few weeks. Not only can you eat a great meal, you can feel good about doing it to!

Dining for Life
Dining for Life is sponsored by AIDS Services of Austin. On Monday Sep 14 and Tuesday Sep 15, if you go to a participating restaurant and tell them you're Dining for life they'll donate anywhere from 10%-25% of the meal ticket to AIDS Services of Austin. Where do you get the most bang for your buck?

9/15 - Ruby's BBQ 512 W 29th St - 20% of bill
9/15 - Vivo 2015 Manor Rd - 25% of bill

Austin Restaurant Week
So this event is a whole hell of alot bigger than the Dining for Life event. For 2 weeks, Sunday Sep 13 - Wednesday Sep 16 & Sunday Sep 20 - Wedneday Sep 23, eat at a participating restaurant and (a whopping) 5% of your bill will be donated to Sustainable Food Centers and AIDS Services of Austin.

What makes this event really cool though is that each participating restaurant will offer a special 3 course menu for $25-$35. If you've been wanting to try a more expensive restaurant but don't want to shell out as much dough AND feel good about helping a local charity, now is your time.

Who has good menu's this year?

8212 Wine Bar $35 (Cherry Bourbon Glazed Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Cheddar Grits, Orange Jicama Radish Salad)
Aquarelle $35 (Pan Roasted Lamb Chops Mint Gnoccho, Spicy Melting Onions, Swiss Char, Lamb Jus)
Driskell Grill $35 (Fresh Texas Pea Tortellini Basil-Pesto, Earl Grey Tea-Orange Blossom, Olive Oil Powder, Parmesan, Pomegranate Gastrique)
Fabi & Rosi $25 (House Made Chicken Liver Pate Gewuertztraminer gelee and cornishons)
Green Pastures $25 (Porcini and Brie Soup, Brie Sandwich with Hazelnuts, Caramelized Onion and Balsamic-Fig Coulis, Brie, Bananas, Pecans, Waffles, Creme Fraiche and Maple Syrup, And thats just an appetizer!)
Hudson's on the Bend $30 (Smoked Duck Diablos—duck breast, jicama, jalapeno, figs in balsamic all wrapped in apple wood bacon with a red chili glaze dipping sauce)
La Condessa $35 (Hongos y Huitlacoche Huarache wild mushrooms, huitlacoche, queso chihuahua, epazote, truffle oil)
Lambert's $25-$35 (Citrus Brined & Maple Glazed Pork Ribs Roasted Fennel & Apple Salad)
Louie's 106 $35 (Saffron Risotto with Diver Scallops, Jumbo Shrimp, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Lobster Consomme)
Paggi House $35 (Niman Ranch Poussin Roasted with Asparagus, Foie Gras Mashed Potatoes and Pan Jus)
Parkside $35 (Chocolate crunch, peanuts, popcorn, salted caramel ice cream)
Perla's $25-$35 (Oak Grilled Gulf Prawns, Herb Salad and Poached Garlic Drawn Butter)
Roy's $35 (Pan Sautéed Spiced Tiger Shrimp Cous Cous, Sundried Tomato, Spinach, Smoky Potato Puree)
Sagra $35 (Forest Mushroom Stuffed Quail Chard and Barley Risotto, Blackberry-Chianti Syrup)
Siena $35 (Bistecca Tagliata: Wood grilled sirloin sliced and served on assorted young greens in a fresh lemon, white truffle vinaigrette with balsamic roasted portabello mushrooms and

shaved Grana Padano)

Enjoy your food and enjoy giving back to your community!