Open: Micheladas Cafe y Cantina, a Tex-Mex restaurant at 333 E. Second St. serving food from chef Tyler Johnson, formerly of Along Came a Slider, Hugos and Bacon. 320-0300, micheladasaustin.com
Open: Brio Tuscan Grille, the first Austin location of the national Italian chain at the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd. 794-1234, brioitalian.com
Open: Snap Kitchen, the fifth area location of the locally owned prepared meals store at 6317 Bee Cave Road in West Lake Hills. 326-8600, snapkitchen.com
Renamed: Noble Pig, the artisan charcuterie and sandwich shop at 11815 620 North has changed its name to Noble Sandwich Co. Owners John Bates and Brandon Martinez say a second Austin shop is in the works for 2013. noblesandwiches.com
Moved: Bud’s Poboys, the food trailer specializing in Cajun sandwiches, gumbo and ettoufee, has moved to the Mueller Trailer Eats food court at 4209 Airport Blvd, next to the Browning Hanger. Other trailers at the site include Short Bus Subs, Mmmpanadas, Elixir Coffee, Me Llamo Taco and Fresh Off the Truck.
UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is celebrating its first anniversary with 12 days of smoked meats. Each day through Dec. 23 (except Monday), the restaurant at 6610 N. Lamar Blvd. will offer an off-the-menu smoked meat, such as cornish game hens, pork chop on a stick, brisket meatloaf, brisket tamales and prime rib. For a calendar of specials, go to facebook.com/stilesswitchbbq or call 380-9199.
Max’s Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto Blvd. (904-0111), is getting in the holiday spirit with an ugly sweater party all day Friday. Guests wearing a sweater “that puts the ‘err’ in ‘merry’ ” will get a free dessert or small plate.
Zed’s, the restaurant at 501 Canyon Ridge Drive (339-9337), is hosting a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Friday with musician Scott Helmer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Austin Pets Alive, and for each $5 donation to the nonprofit, guests can get a copy of Helmer’s album, “Wake Me When It’s Over.”
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St., is preparing for the end of the world with a pig roast from 5 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 21, the day that may or may not be the last day on the Mayan calendar. $15 a plate, including sweets from Butterface Bake Shop. 386-1656, bangersaustin.com. Bastrop Rotary Club is hosting its second annual Men Who Cook fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road. More than 35 men from the community, including Camilo Chavez, Chris Duggan, Mike Morphew, Tom Scott, Michael Candelario and State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, will serve appetizers and other small bites. In addition to food, guests can bid on both a live and silent auction. (Event organizer Gina Nesloney is still accepting donations for the auctions, and you can contact her at 512-332-9880 or email@example.com.) Tickets ($60 a person, reserved tables for 10 starting at $1,500) can be purchased at Bastrop Brewhouse, Cripple Creek Company, Baxters on Main, the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce and bastroprotary.com before Dec. 26. Proceeds will support Rotary Club projects, which in the past have included Bastrop wildfire relief programs, Children’s Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocate.]]