Open: LA BBQ. Three days after taking over control of her brother John’s barbecue trailer at 1502 S. First St. due to alleged financial mismanagement issues, LeAnn Mueller reopened it on Saturday as LA BBQ. John Lewis, a former Franklin BBQ employee who had been working with John Mueller at the South First Street trailer in recent weeks, is at the helm of the pit. 605-9696, facebook.com/labbq78704.
Opening Friday: Galaxy Moviehouse & Eatery, a new movie-and-a-dinner business at 8300 RM 620 North near the Four Points area. In five of the 11 theaters, guests can order from an extensive menu of dishes ranging from salads and pastas to pizzas, burgers and fish and chips from chef Brandon Hanna, who also offers a brunch menu with frittatas and biscuits and gravy. (The other six theaters are set up for a traditional moviegoing experience.) In addition to beers such as (512) Pecan Porter and Real Ale’s Devil’s Backbone, you can order cocktails including a blueberry ginger sangria and a cucumber strawberry mojito. Menu and showtimes at themoviehouse.com, or call 501-3520.
Open: Hanabi Modern Japanese Cuisine, a restaurant at 2525 W. Anderson Lane serving lunch and dinner from executive chef Dong Ho Choo, who previously oversaw kitchens at Afin and Beluga. 407-9000, HanabiAustin.com.
Open: PBK Stem & Stein, a restaurant at 111 E. Main St. in Pflugerville serving “Southern comfort cuisine.” 251-3810, pbkstemandstein.com.
Open: Nik’s Italian Kitchen & Bar, an Italian restaurant at 7900 RM 620 North, serving lunch and dinner just north of Steiner Ranch. 487-5999, niks620.com.
Open: Gandhi Bazar, the third location of the locally owned Indian grocery market, at 3421 W. William Cannon Drive. 899-1000, gandhibazar.com.
The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas is hosting its 10th annual Big Reds & Bubbles from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. Fine champagnes and sparkling wines paired with gourmet dishes. Tickets ($100, $80 for foundation members) at 327-7555 or winefoodfoundation.org.
Spritied Foods owner Andrew Brooks and nutrition counselor Nina Beucler Rebstock are hosting a fundraiser event for the local nonprofit Latinitas. From 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the East Fourth Gallery and Art Studio, 3401 E. Fourth St., Brooks will demonstrate cooking and serve healthy dishes in an event called Para Tu Salud. Tickets ($50, at laslatinitas.com) include food and wine.
Max’s Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto Blvd., is hosting a Cool Whites, Hot Nights event with Chenin Blanc wines from South Africa at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets ($20) at coolwhiteshotnightsaustin.eventbrite.com.
From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Casa Chapala, 101 San Jacinto Blvd., is hosting the Austin Tequila Fest, featuring dozens of Mexico’s most famous spirit. Tickets $25. 479-1200, casachapala.com/austintequilasociety.html.
Friends of Austin publicist Pam Blanton, who has been dealing with a number of health issues in recent years, are hosting a fundraiser called A Song for Pam from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Donn’s Depot, 1600 W. Fifth St. Musicians including Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Schneider and Johnny Goudie will perform, and a number of area restaurants are donating food. The suggested minimum donation is $25, and you can buy tickets or donate any amount at asongforpam.eventbrite.com.
On Sunday, Travaasa Austin, a resort near the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and Lake Travis, is hosting a Farm to Table Harvest Dinner to raise money for the Sustainable Food Center. Travaasa Austin executive chef Ben Baker will be joined by a number of local chefs, including Erica Beneke of MAX’s Wine Dive and Uchiko chef de cuisine Tim Dornon, for the multi-course meal. Tickets ($95, which include pre-dinner cocktails from Drink.Well) are available at travaasadinner.com.
The 24th annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-off will take place at noon Sunday at the 6701 Burnet Road Farmers Market. Founder Shirley Wilkes-Johnson, a longtime vegan activist in Texas, died last year, and the event has now become a project of the Lone Star Vegetarian Network and the Texas Humane Legislation Network. More than 20 teams will show off their best vegan chili for judges and attendees. Admission costs $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 12, college students and senior citizens.
At 7 p.m. Monday, Foreign and Domestic will host visiting chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing from MiLa in New Orleans for a six-course dinner to celebrate the release of their new cookbook, “Southern Comfort: A New Take on the Recipes We Grew Up With” (Ten Speed Press, $35). Tickets ($100 at fndaustin.com) include a signed copy of the book.