The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Wednesday, June 3
Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) hosts its June speaker, Eva Eliscu, on Why We Dine as We Do: The History of the Dining Table. Eliscu is a Chicago-based food and travel writer, restaurateur, and culinary consultant, and will reveal "why the dining table -- or some form of it -- is arguably the most important conduit by which humanity has passed down its values throughout time." At 7:15 p.m. at the Goodman Atwood Community Center, Bolz Room A; 149 Waubesa St.
Thursday, June 4
Celebration of Summer benefits the Midvale Community Gardens with a sneak preview of the documentary film Gates to Midvale Garden, light food from Sundance and beer from The Great Dane, $10. 5-9 p.m., Sundance Cinemas 608 Roof Top Bar, Hilldale Shopping Center.
Watch the trailer for the doc.
Friday, June 5
Saxon Creamery of Cleveland, Wisconsin, will present a cheese demo 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Willy Street Co-op, 1221 Williamson Street.
Saturday, June 6
Cows on the Concourse returns to the Capitol Square. Available for tasting: ice cold milk, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream, yogurt and cream puffs. Mmmmm... ice cold. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Sunday, June 7
Access to Health Care presents a fundraiser featuring food from area restaurants, wine, music and a silent auction. Proceeds will be divided between helping cover the uninsured hospital expenses of Monroe Street restaurant owner Barbara Wright and supporting the Access Community Health Centers of Madison. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Dardanelles, 1851 Monroe Street. Tickets: $40/person, available at Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe Street.
Monday, June 8
A Unibroue tasting at The Malt House is part of its one-year anniversary celebration. The Quebec brewers utilize the process of in-bottle refermentation (with some exceptions) and only partially filter the brews. Unibroue staff will be on hand with samples, plus prizes and more. 5 p.m.-7 p.m., 2609 E. Washington Ave.; 608-204-6258.
Bike to Work Week kicks off with free coffee, bakery items at the Southwest Commuter Path at Glenway Street, the East Isthmus Bike Path at Ohio Street, and the Capitol City Trail at Broom Street from 7-9 a.m.. (Bike to Work Week continues on Tuesday June 9 with free coffee and bakery items at Isthmus, 101 King St., from 7-9 a.m.)