This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Saturday, April 9
While at this time of year folks are mainly getting excited about the return of the outdoor "Taste of the Market" breakfast, which closes out the season with a menu of maple and currant blintzes with sheep milk cheese, bacon, sweet potatoes and carrots, and lavender cookies, all prepared by students under the direction of Chef Tory Miller of L'Etoile. And, of course, stock up on cheese, root vegetables and more. Take that, outdoor market. Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St., 8 a.m.-noon, $7.50 adults and $3.75 kids and smaller portions. Call 455-1999 for more info.
The Back Roads Brewery Tour starts at the Alchemy Cafe today, where there will be a breakfast buffet to get you started. From there, a bus heads to Arena for a private tour of the otherwise not-tourable in Mount Horeb for lunch and a tasting, and finally back east to , 9:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m., $65. Call 467-5707 for more info.
Sunday, April 10
A real harbinger of, well, June usually (June is Dairy Month, you know) is the dairy breakfast, typically held at dairy farms in practically every county home to a lot of cows. In this case we're jumping the gun a bit, with the 16th annual Breakfast on the Farm at the UW campus. A fundraiser for the UW Stock Pavilion, 1675 Linden Dr., 8 a.m.-noon, $7. Call 231-3702 for more info.
More events this week
Wednesday, April 6
CHEW meeting, a monthly gathering hosted by Green Thursdays, a film and lecture series organized by The End of the Line and Getting Them Home, followed by discussion. Garfoot Library, 2107 Julius St., Cross Plains, 6:30 p.m., free. Call 798-3881 for more info.
Saturday, April 9
Middleton High School Band and Orchestra Spring Supper, an annual fundraiser featuring a spaghetti or vegetarian lasagna meal with live music and silent auction. Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St., Middleton, 4:30-8 p.m., $12 and $6 kids under 12. Call 831-1842 for more info.
An Evening of Good Taste, the seventh annual scholarship fundraiser dinner for Madison College, and featuring a buffet of dishes and desserts prepared by culinary and baking students, along with a wine raffle and silent auction. Madison College - Truax Campus, 3550 Anderson St., 6 p.m., $100 or $1,000 for table of eight. Please RSVP online, and call 246-6003 for more info.
Sunday, April 10
REAP snack prep, with volunteers needed to prepare and package fresh, healthy, and locally-grown treats for kids at 14 elementary schools around Madison. Pancake breakfast, a monthly fundraiser for Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., 8:30-11 a.m., $8.50 adults and kids free. Call 259-9050 for more info.
tequilas and a tasting menu of ceviche stuffed ancho, pan-fried and panko-encrusted tilapia, and Willow Creek pork spare ribs. Eldorado Grill, 744 Williamson St., 6 p.m., $50. Call 280-9378 for more info.
Monday April 11
DNR Spring Conservation Congress, an annual public hearing to elect delegates and review proposed changes to fish and wildlife regulations in Wisconsin. E.F. Schwan Performing Arts Center, Monona Grove High School, 4400 Monona Dr., Monona, 7 p.m. Call 266-2621 for more info.Family Dinner Night, a weekly meal hosted by The Crossing
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Thursday, April 14
Growing Raspberries in Southern Wisconsin, a class taught by Dane County UWEX horticulture educator Lisa Johnson the selection, care and harvesting of raspberry bushes. Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., 6:30 p.m., $15. Please RSVP by April 7, and call 246-4550 for more info.