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5 delectable Austin food and drink events to kick off the new year

Editor’s note: This special edition of our weekly Food News Roundup focuses on delicious events that you can join in the first week of 2023 and repeat throughout the year. Consider these your first aspirations, which were quickly dashed once you reached RSVP.

Trivia Night at Butterfly Bar — January 3
The last thing you want to avoid when abstaining from alcohol is to abstain from social events. Home to Austin’s premier fringe show, The Vortex, the Butterfly Bar serves creative alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. (Plus, Patrizi’s truck serves pasta every day.) The first weekly trivia night of the year is his January 3rd, and it’s sandwiched between jazz, indie, and other music shows for the rest of the week. Check the calendar at

Sharpen Your Knife Skills at Central Market — J1/4
Starting a dedicated foodie lifestyle can be difficult and expensive, but the Central Market is once again saving the day by hosting many accessible classes. On January 4th, Central Market’s Sharpen Your Knife Skills will cover one of the most important aspects of home cooking, like making sushi and chopping vegetables for pizza (both of which are available in other classes this month). available at). It’s still an investment, but cheaper than most similar classes. Tickets ($65) are available on Eventbrite.

Mezcal tasting with Pelon’s Tex-Mex at Bar 508 Mezcalerita — 4th January
Some of us need to burn 2022 out of ourselves (no judgment), but mezcal can get the job done. Head to Bar 508 Mezcalerita and Pelon’s Tex-Mex adjacent to the Red River Cultural District on January 4th to sample six different he mezcals while learning about production, flavors and cultural context. These are the only events currently scheduled for these two businesses, but finding a mezcal tasting in Austin is like finding Bruce his guitarist at South Congress. Tickets ($55) are available on his Eventbrite.

Social Series: Evening Out at Antonelli’s Cheese — January 5
It’s always a good time to learn about cheese, especially since Antonelli’s calendar is packed with opportunities for outings, cheese-focused tastings that aren’t just on the board, and fun ways to brush up on your cheese knowledge. On social his series: An Evening Out at Antonelli’s Cheese, scheduled for Jan. 5, he will share information and chat about “his seven styles of cheese” and delightful pairings such as chocolate and pickles. or make friends. Tickets ($45) and information about other events are available at Book early; many fill up quickly.

Open Mic Night at Kick Butt Coffee — January 8
Getting together for drinks and snacks is a great starter plan, but in 2023 you really need to motivate yourself. Kick Butt Coffee hosts his one of the city’s most popular open mic nights at 7pm every Sunday, including January 8th, and a comedy open mic on Wednesdays. The long-established store is known for its coffee and cocktails, as well as its extensive vegetarian menu. It is a spot with atmosphere all day and night. Check the calendar at