Tuesday, April 14
Steven Rinella’s book The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine related his yearlong attempt to re-create Escoffier’s original recipes with wild-gathered ingredients from snapping turtle to mountain goat. His book Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter is also a successful television series and podcast. Is he the anti-Bittman? He’ll talk about the hunting lifestyle, wild game, the ethics of hunting, and the spiritual need for wilderness at 5:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St., followed by a book-signing at 6:30 p.m. Free. More info at go.wisc.edu/9uwtq5 or 608-890-2442.
Your only chance for zombie punch?
Thursday, April 23
Harvest’s private dining room will be the site of a special Flavors of Haiti dinner. It’s a fundraiser for Wisconsin Microfinance’s project to help those in Haiti who lost businesses or other sources of income due to the 2010 earthquake. Five courses include classic Haitian appetizers, stewed chicken, red snapper, crispy pork, drinks including zombie punch, and dessert. 5:15 p.m. cocktails; dinner at 6 p.m., 21 N. Pinckney St. $99; tickets sold via wisconsinmicrofinance.com; 608-267-2761.