French-inspired gastropub Hopfields (3110 Guadalupe St.) celebrates its third anniversary Saturday with an all-day party. The details are vague, but I’ve been told there will be pork rillette sandwiches, poutine, free beer, various beer specials, multiple giveaways, and raffles.
The Austin Food and Wine Alliance showcase some of the state’s top culinary talent at its fourth annual Wine & Swine event Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Star Hill Ranch (just outside of Austin). Twenty-three chefs will prepare whole Berkshire hog in various styles. Visiting talent includes Dallas chef John Tesar, whose Knife was just named one of the best new restaurants in the country by Esquire magazine, and Steve McHugh, whose excellent Cured at the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio received a runner-up nod on the same list.
The event will also give attendees a chance to taste food from upcoming Austin restaurants Launderette/Angry Bear (Rene Ortiz, formerly of Sway and La Condesa) and chef Lawrence Kocurek’s Counter 3. Five. VII. Austin restaurants participating in the day of grazing (and wine tastings) include Mat Clouser of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow; Michael Fojtasek & Grae Nonas of Olamaie; Brandon Fuller of Café Josie; Jason Stude of Congress; and Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo.Tickets cost $85 and proceeds benefit the culinary grant program from the Austin Food and Wine Alliance, which will distribute $30,000 in grant money to chefs, farmers, artisan producers and entrepreneurs in 2014. Click here for ticket information and the complete menu.