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Isn't it romantic? Haven is offering a December-long special for lovebirds (or, hell, for two people who feel platonically about one another but also like to eat great food): Date Night.

For $80 (exclusive of tax and tip), the two of you will be able to sample some of the locavore mecca's most popular fare: an appetizer trio of wild boar chili, deviled eggs and shrimp corn dogs; an entree of either beef filet, chicken or shrimp and grits; a vegetable dish on the side; and a dessert of either tres leches bread pudding, chocolate ice box pie or the layer cake of the day.

The real kick is a bottle of 2007 Donati Family Vineyards Claret to split, meaning that a meal that could easily cost $100 a person is only a little over $100 when all is said and done. Make sure to mention "Date Night" when you make your reservation -- but you don't have to mention it to your date if you don't want to; we won't tell.

This coming Sunday marks the final Money Cat brunch from Justin Yu, Justin Vann, Ecky Prabanto and David Buerher at Umai in Chinatown. If you're unfamiliar with Money Cat, read Nick Hall's recap of a not-so-typical meal at this chef-driven brunch, then head over to Umai any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get the last of Chef Yu's creative fare before he opens his new restaurant, Oxheart, next year.

Looking for something new to do this Christmas Eve? Then try Paulie's, where the restaurant will be teaming up with one of Austin's favorite chefs, Ned Elliott from the much-raved-about Foreign & Domestic, for an Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes. Dinner runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and includes four family-style courses and Italian desserts for $70 a person. Wine and beer are available for purchase, but it's better to BYOB. Reserve your seats online at Foreign & Domestic today.

The second annual My Table magazine golf tournament is right around the corner, and if last year is any indication, this tournament will fill up fast too. The tournament on February 15 will take place at BlackHorse Golf Club to benefit the My Table Endowment at the University of Houston's Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, so your entry fees are helping future chefs and GMs secure their futures.

There's an early-bird entry fee for foursomes -- $500 -- but that goes up to $600 after December 31, while single players can enter for $150. Entry fees also include complimentary wine and cocktails as well as a huge spread of food from some of the city's best restaurants. Register online now while it's still cheap and before all the teams are filled up.

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