food and wine Briefs

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD MATTERS - — M.S., A.B.

• Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Cater­ing Ex­ec­u­tives is host­ing next week’s na­tional con­fer­ence in Austin, which will in­clude an open­ing ses­sion mod­er­ated by Food Net­work’s Marc Sum­mers. Lo­cal chefs, in­clud­ing Todd Du­plechan of Trio, Brian Krel­len­stein of Café Bon Appétit, Jes­sica Ma­her of Dai Due Sup­per Club and Javier Or­tiz of the Hy­att Re­gency, have been tapped to show off their tal­ents.

• Jack Allen’s Kitchen will host a four­course din­ner to ben­e­fit the Coastal Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Louisiana at 5 p.m. Mon­day. $50. 7720 W. Texas 71. 852-8558, www.jack­allen­

• The South Austin res­tau­rant Olivia is host­ing a six-course din­ner fea­tur­ing wines from Spain at 7 p.m. Aug. 2. The menu in­cludes a tapas trio, grilled oc­to­pus, braised rab­bit, ox­tail with a rose­mary churro, a pork em­panada and orange lau­rel cake, each paired with wine. $80. 2043 S. La­mar Blvd. 804-2700,

• 24 Diner is host­ing a five-course din­ner fea­tur­ing beers from Avery Brew­ing Co. at 7 p.m. July 29. Among the cour­ses: duck con­fit, mus­sels, ribs and pork belly. $55. 600 N. La­mar Blvd. 472-5400,

• Green Gate Farms is of­fer­ing shares of pas­ture-raised pork reared on the East Austin farm. You can buy half a hog for $500 or smaller $50 or $100 shares. Green Gate co-owner Erin Flynn says you can also buy chicken, cat­tle and lamb share through their farm.­gate­

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