FOOD: Rarely does one encounter a perfect party. Venue, guests, music, food, drink, chat all exquisitely aligned. Such was the case with the fifth annual Authentic Mexico gala at the Long Center. Organizer Monica Peraza staged the benefit in a processional manner, moving from the lobby to the house then the stage. Guests included State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte and State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who introduced the evening’s honoree, Eugene Sepulveda. At our table, architect Juan Miró and wife/business partner Rosa Rivera kept the repartee white hot. The dishes, meant, as always to spotlight different regions of Mexico, were light and pleasing, especially a tender, flaky fish that’s hard to reproduce for several hundred guests at the same time. The beneficiary? MexNet Alliance, which, among other things, trains Mexican immigrants to become impresarios. Authentic Mexico has entered that rarefied club of indespensable Austin parties.
SCHOOL: Human capital is a precious thing.Skillpoint Alliance knows that. Shockingly, the nonprofit group has trained more than 130,000 Central Texans for ready jobs. Yet its Human Capital Honors lunch at Getaway Motor Club — catered cleverly by two food trucks — was as much about humor as enlightenment. Executive director Margo Dover, emcee Matt Curtis, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe and honoree Bruce Todd had this midday assembly of business, government and charity folks in stitches. At one point, Curtis, who works these days for HomeAway, praised award presenter Biscoe as if he were actually receiving the award. The bumble was good for another dozen jokes. Some say our booming regional economy can be credited to low taxes and scant regulations. Others might point to our landscape, amenities and creative culture. How about adding the human capital trained efficiently and effectively by groups like Skillpoint?
SOCIAL: Take your pick. This is one of those fall weekends when you just land where you land. Among the choices: Tonight: Boardwalk Bazaar for Austin Music Foundation and Future of Water Philanthropy for Well Aware. Thursday: ADL’s Torch of Liberty Awards, Rainforest Partnership Dinner, Style Week Kick-Off Party, Tour du Vin, Austin Food Bank Dinner and Literacy Coalition benefit. Friday: Imaginarium at Thinkery, Smoked Meat and Metal for Style Week, Hill Country Nights and Hyatt Regency’s Zilker Bash. Saturday: Ballet Austin Fête, Aztlan Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary Bash and Urban League Honors. Sunday: Austin Way magazine Launch. Enough for you?
HISTORY: More than 100 local stories waiting for you. Taken from our Austin history page: "Robert Godwin reckons he has watched Austinities give away $3 billion. That’s because the photographer has documented Austin charity events since 1976. As his new book, "Austin Faces of Philanthropy, 1976-2012," clearly shows, the city’s social scene has evolved considerably since the American Bicentennial. "It was as vanilla as you can imagine," Godwin says of local charity socializing during the 1970s. "There was a degree of exclusion by demographics if nothing else. And a $5,000 fundraiser was big back then. Nowadays that’s postage for invitations." Published by Waterloo Press and pulled from the personal collection that Godwin donated to the Austin History Center, "Austin Faces" is social history at its purest. The hairstyles and fashions alone tell one story. The mix of faces and causes, the increased variety of social sets tell other, more serious tales." www.mystatesman.com/s/life/austin-history