Find out where you can cheers Oktoberfest in Austin, and more in this month's dining news....
How to Celebrate Oktoberfest Without Leaving Austin
If a spontaneous trip to Munich isn’t in the cards, there’s plenty of chances to celebrate Oktoberfest locally. Banger’s third annual Oktoberfest promises four days of crazy activities and special menu items (October 15–18, 79 Rainey St., 512-386-1656). Easy Tiger is celebrating with the release of Montecore, a Marzan-style collaboration beer with Austin Beerworks brewed specially for Oktoberfest. (September 19, 709 E. 6th St., 512-614-4972). But true lederhosen-loving Central Texans will make the 90-minute drive to Fredericksburg, where the town’s German roots will be celebrated at its 35th annual Oktoberfest. With an expected attendance of 20,000, it’s the largest event of its kind in Texas. October 2–4, 100 W. Main St., Fredericksburg
Toni Tipton-Martin Takes a Closer Look at Southern Cooking
Austin author Toni Tipton-Martin has one of the largest private collections of African-American cookbooks. In her new tome, The Jemima Code, she details 150 of those books and debunks the Aunt Jemima/Mammy narrative by revealing the true role that African-American women had in creating Southern cuisine. “We see these authors as trained professionals who served as apprentices and developed culinary proficiencies by practice,” she says. On September 24 at 7 pm, Tipton-Martin will lead a discussion at BookPeople. 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-472-5050
The Townsend Offers a Sophisticated Interior & Menu
The Townsend, a new high-end bar by Penumbral Strategic Ventures, has opened downtown. Designed for an upscale clientele, the dark, sophisticated interior—lit by an expansive window facing the Paramount Theatre’s marquee—is the perfect setting for a thoughtful menu of drinks and food, as well as a live-music program (Kathy Valentine, formerly of The Go-Go’s, is a partner). Justin Elliott, who manned the bar at Qui, has curated a top-notch bar menu centered on cocktails. “We’re not a creative bar, but we’re in the business of executing at a really high level,” Elliott says. “I’d like to take as much ego out of it as possible. There’s an understated quality to the menu that fts the classical design of the room.” 718 Congress Ave., 512-887-8778