From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown and Sunset Valley farmers’ markets on Saturday, the Sustainable Food Center will be hosting a donation drive for Austinites affected by the recent floods. Requested items include gift cards to HEB, furniture, household items, water, clothing, toiletries, baby items, diapers and toys. Drop off items at the info booth at either market.
From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Farmshare Austin is hosting its first fundraiser, a brunch at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, 9515 Hergotz Lane, featuring live music from Shinyribs. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for kids 16 and under, and you can buy them at farmshareaustin.org.
After more than 25 years in Round Top, the popular Royers Round Top Café is finally opening an extension pie shop in Austin. Royers Pie Haven, 2900 B Guadalupe St. , is hosting a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, when they’ll show off the range of sweet and savory pie treats on the menu. Royers Café founder Bud Royer says that in addition to the traditional pies that have garnered national attention for the café and Round Top location of Pie Haven, they’ll also serve pie truffles, pie muffins, pie shakes and savory creations, like a margarita pizza-inspired pie served in an herbed crust. You can buy pies whole or by the slice, and the store is also accepting orders for holiday pies, which you’ll be able to pick up at the Austin store. Royers Pie Haven, which also has a full coffee bar, will be open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 512-474-2800, royerspiehaven.com.
Don’t tell the folks who run the Lone Star Veggie Chili Championship that chili is only made with ground beef and spices. This event, which started in 1989 and will takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Green Space at Whole Foods, 4301 West William Cannon, is considered the longest-running vegetarian chili cook-off in the country. (If you’d like to compete, send an email to organizer Brendan Good at email@example.com.) Tasting tickets cost $10 for adults and teens and $7 for children ages 6 to 12, seniors, college students and veterans. You can buy them and find out more about the event at veggiechilicookoff.com.
Cooking Up Cultures is hosting a Global Soup Party at 6 p.m. Sunday at In.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, to help raise money to expand its program that teaches languages through cooking classes. Each month, the nonprofit highlights a language and cuisine through this multicultural soup party, and this month’s focus is on Spanish and foods of Spain. Anyone can come to the event, which costs $10 at the door or $6 in advance. You can buy tickets and learn more at globalsoup-efbevent.eventbrite.com.
The Austin Girls’ Choir’s annual fundraiser, Women Who Cook, will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Northwest Hills United Methodist Church Family Life Center at the corner of Hart Lane and Far West Boulevard. Participating chefs include Allison Jenkins of the soon-to-open laV, Michelle Doyon of Michelle’s Patisserie, Jaynie Buckingham of Cutie Pies, Sylvia Heisey of Beets Living Foods Café and recipe developer Birjis Adeni Rashed. In addition to food, there will also be live music from Erin Ivey and Lex Land, as well as a silent auction. You can buy tickets ($30 in advance, $35 at the door) at girlschoir.com.
A roster of some of Central Texas’ top chefs will showcase their piggy prowess from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the third annual Wine and Swine, a fundraiser for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Two dozen chefs, including Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue), Tatsu Aikawa (Ramen Tatsu-Ya), Josh Watkins (the Carillon), Jack Gilmore (Jack Allen’s Kitchen) and Alma Alcocer-Thomas (El Alma), will tackle entire locally raised Berkshire pigs to create their favorite pork dishes at Ceres Park Ranch. Tickets cost $75 in advance and $95 at the door. This year there is also a shuttle ($25) from the downtown Whole Foods to the event and back, with shuttle ticket-buyers receiving a Whole Foods tote bag and an invitation to a Wine and Swine happy hour at the store following the event. More information at AustinFoodWineAlliance.org.
The Mueller Farmers’ Market is hosting a pie-luck on Sunday with Kate Lebo, a Seattle author who recently published a quirky pie book called "A Commonplace Book of Pie." (Next year, she’s publishing a pie cookbook, and you can find out more about her pie classes by going to her website, pieschool.tumblr.com/welcome.) The pie-luck officially starts at 12:30, but they’ll start receiving pies when the market starts at 10 a.m. It’s free to bring a homemade pie, but if you just want to sample other pies, there is a $3 suggested donation. You can find out more and sign up to bring a pie at muellerpieluck2013.eventbrite.com.