Friday, October 11: You’ll have plenty of chances to fill up on Texas vinos and music during the 27th annual Gruene Music & Wine Festival. The fest includes Texas wine and food on Friday; tastings, live music, food trucks and more on Grapevine grounds on Saturday; and a big ol’ music fest with a Gospel Brunch, day-long tastings and music in Gruene Hall. $15-$75, times vary, downtown Gruene, gruenemusicandwinefest.org.
Friday, October 11: Beethoven Maennerchor celebrates Oktoberfest the only way they know how: with tons of bratwurst, hot potato salad and beer (duh). The event runs Friday and Saturday and in addition to sloshing steins, you can get down to live music by house choirs and acts such as Byron Simpson, Fred Lytle, German VolksTanz, Hermann Sons Polkateers and the Air Force Band of the West. $3-$5, 5pm-midnight, 422 Pereida, (210) 222-1521, facebook.com/the.Beethoven.
Saturday, October 12: Learn about Turkish culture and support this nonprofit while upping your kitchen skills. The Raindrop Turkish House hosts cuisine classes for women only. The menu for this week includes rice, yogurt soup, green salad and a semolina dessert. $10, 10:30am-1:30pm, 4337 Vance Jackson, (979) 422-9260, email rwasanantonio (at) turkishhouse.org to reserve a spot.
Saturday, October 12: It seems like only yesterday that The Brooklynite opened its doors. The cocktail bar is turning one with a speakeasy-themed bash, half-off select menu items until 10 and the release of a brand-spanking-new bar menu after 10 p.m. No cover, 5pm-2am, 516 Brooklyn, (210) 444-0707, thebrooklynitesa.com.
Monday, October 14: Don’t let hosting dinner parties intimidate you. This how-to class led by Sur La Table chef-instructors walks you through recipes like spinach salad with caramelized pears and goat cheese, pan-seared chicken, wild mushroom risotto, toasted pecan green beans, focaccia bread and classic chocolate mousse. $69, 6:30-8:30pm, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy, (210) 978-5586, surlatable.com.
Monday, October 14: Texas Wine Month is on at Central Market. Beer and wine manager Heidi Holcomb leads this talk on the state’s trademark wines including Llano Cellar Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet, Becker Vineyards Viognier and Claret and more. Learn what techniques these winemakers are using to help grapes thrive. $10, 6:30-7:30pm, 4821 Broadway, (210) 368-8617, centralmarket.com.
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