Things to Do in Austin: Tomato Dinner, Jaws on the Water, drink.well. Takes on Tiki

As of June 20, summer is officially here. This means heat, heat and more heat. Even so, Austin is, and always has been, the most effortlessly cool of all the capitals. So, with a shrug of nonchalance and a wink at the sun, our slacker city continues to move and shake with awesome things to do in Austin. This week, you can put your fears to the test at, “Jaws on the Water” or sample the finest produce of the season at Springdale Farm’s Tomato Dinner. Really feeling the heat?  Ride that proverbial rum wave up to drink.well. and start tiki-ing your summer up to the next level.

June 21: Tomato Dinner 2016

Image Courtesy of Slow Food Austin

Image Courtesy of Slow Food Austin

Perusing fresh, summer produce at local farmer’s markets is one of our favorite things to do in Austin. No amount of summer heat can keep us away from the promise of those perfect, pristine fruits and vegetables.

As some of us were once surprised to discover, tomatoes are a fruit, not a veggie. Like many fruits (i.e. raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, etc.), tomatoes are best consumed when in season. Truly one of the sweetest exchanges for the hot Texas summer has to be the vibrant juicy tomatoes it yields.

To celebrate the seasonal arrival of this salad, sandwich and all-around staple, Springdale Farm is hosting a Tomato Dinner to benefit the Springdale Center for Urban Agriculture and Slow Food Austin.

The menu highlights numerous varieties of Springdale Farm’s own freshly ripened tomatoes and includes a seasonal cocktail, appetizers, multi-course meal, dessert and a selection of wines from the Slow Wine Guide. Veggie visionaries from Eden East, Bufalina, Weather Up, Confituras, Jeffery’s, Olamaie and our own Damien Brockway of COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII. are lending their talents to the event.

The gates open at 6:30 p.m., for the dinner and tickets are only $85. This is really quite a deal when you consider that you get a multi-course, farm-fresh meal handcrafted by some of the best chefs in Austin as well as a craft cocktail and wine. That’s not just a deal, that’s a steal!


Starting June 23: Jaws on the Water

Image Courtesy of Eventbrite

Image Courtesy of Eventbrite

Austin isn’t just a food city, its a film city. Thanks to Richard Linklater’s cinematic slackers and South by Southwest Film, Austin has become a bit of an oasis for film-enthusiasts and filmmakers getting into their groove.

One of our favorite things to do in Austin, is to catch a flick and grab a bite at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. This Austin institution is well known for it’s sing-alongs and themed movie nights, as well as its strict rules when it comes to movie-going etiquette. Now with six total locations across the capital, the Alamo consistently puts out some of the most epic Austin events.

Those of us who were brave enough to sit through Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, “Jaws” know that ever since, it’s been difficult to look at any body of water the same way again. If you can’t see the bottom, who knows what could be lurking around your toes? This summer, The Drafthouse is taking movie immersion experience to the max with their “Jaws on the Water” screening.

From this Thursday, June 23 through Monday, July 4, you can watch Jaws with your feet dangling in the water. Easily one of the best things to do in Austin all summer, this Austin event includes a pre-screening Amity Island beach party. There you’ll find games, Lone Star beer, food trucks and a Sperry pop-up shop in case you needed some new boat shoes for all that shark hunting. A custom inner tube specially designed for the event is included in your ticket price and after the show, it’s yours to keep. Just be careful where you take it. We don’t want you ending up like little Alex Kintner…


Starting June 21: drink.well. Takes on Tiki

Photo by Adrienne Dever

Photo by Adrienne Dever

Bars have been hitting some serious revival trends within the last several years. First, the speakeasy made a rollicking comeback, and most recently, the fern bars of the 1970s have begun to reappear. Somewhere in between, the tiki trend hit full force and it seems as though it’s here to stay – and we couldn’t be happier.

Austin’s own drink.well. is officially taking on tiki for the whole season. Starting on Tuesday, June 21, you’ll find tiki classics, like their rotating “Daiquiri of the Day.”  This one is also offered during drink.well.’s happy hour which runs  from Tuesday through Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m.

drink.well. has some original tiki material as well. The Black Lagoon, for example, is a new in-house concoction made from Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, Giffard Banana Liqueur, Fernet-Vallet and demerara syrup. St. George’s New Orleans coffee liqueur further accents the drink. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Now all you need is a beach towel and a pair of frayed cutoffs and you are officially on vacation.

For those of you who would rather play captain than beach bum, it’s all hands on deck! The CRÚ of The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and Jessica Sanders of drink.well. are teaming up for a tiki cocktail class on Tuesday, June 28. As well as insider advice, cocktail secrets and tiki lore, those aboard will enjoy two tiki cocktails and tropical bites.  The class is only $25 for current Crú members and $35 for those who haven’t yet gotten their sea legs.




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