This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Wednesday, May 4
Cheese doyenne Jeanne Carpenter of will speak on "The Renaissance of the Wisconsin Farmstead Dairy" at the latest monthly talk organized by Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 7:15 p.m., free. Call 241-1574 for more info.
Thursday, May 5
Class up the bar crawl with a Spring Wine Walk. Downtown Middleton wouldn't have it any other way. Featured wines include selections from California, Washington, Spain, Italy, Chile and New Zealand and the tastings will take place at 12 downtown Middleton businesses: Bloom Bake Shop, Vin Santo's, Neena, Chauette, M&I Bank, National Mustard Museum, Happy Pastime, Camelot Interiors, Inc, DINY's Jewelers, Terry Burke DDS, Sofra Family Bistro and Villa Dolce. Each location will also be serving hors d'oeuvres. If nothing else, you will at last discover how to pair wine with mustard. Bloody Lake Rendezvous in Woodford this weekend. The park is west of Monroe, and it's always nice to take a cheese tour out Monroe way, come spring, This 30th annual black powder and fur trading-era re-enactment and encampment organized by Blackhawk Memorial Park, 2995 County Trunk Y, Woodford, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, $2 admission and free for kids under 12 and military personnel. Call 325-9890 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, May 3
Downtown Middleton Farmers' Market, commencing for the 2011 growing season behind the Hubbard Avenue Diner by the rail tracks. Terrace Ave., between Parmenter St. and Middleton St., 3-6:30 p.m. Call 836-5559 for more info.
Wednesday, May 4
Hilldale Farmers' Market, commencing its weekday outdoor edition for the 2011 growing season behind Macy's at the corner of Segoe and Heather Crest. Hilldale Shopping Center, 702 N. Midvale Blvd., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 209-7130 for more info.
Pork Chop: Pork Carcass Anatomy class, with instructors from the Badger Meat Science Club demonstrating where pork cuts are sourced in pigs, their relationship to the animal's anatomy, and the processing of ham and bacon. Meat Science and Muscle Biology Lab, Rm. 240, 1850 Linden Dr., 6 p.m., $20. Call 262-0463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Thursday, May 5
In the Kitchen with Cathy: Dehydrated Breads & Crackers cooking class, with Cathy Thomas demonstrating how to make almond and onion breads, croutons, and crackers for accompanying salads and raw food entrées. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Friday, May 6
Brat Bash, the third annual lunch fundraiser for the Oregon Senior Center that features single and double baskets of brats and hot dogs during as part of the community-wide garage sale program. Oregon Senior Center, 219 Park St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $3-6. Call 608-835-5801 for more info.
Summer Kick-Off Cook-Out, a Slow Food UW Hands-on Cookbook launch party and meal hosted by L'Etoile and Graze preparing a picnic-style menu of grilled marinated tenderloin, mixed greens, potato salad, grilled asparagus, and more. Midvale School Garden Plant & Bake Sale, a fundraiser for the Midvale Community Gardens and the Midvale Elementary School, 502 Caromar Dr., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 231-2902 for more info.
Beekeeping for Beginners class, an introductory workshop organized by the Maifest, a spring celebration and benefit for the Essen Haus, 514 E. Wilson St., 11 a.m., free admission. Call 255-4674 for more info.
Sunday, May 8
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 fundraiser for the "Blankets of Hope" for wounded servicepersons and veterans. Radical Potluck, a Mother's Day edition of the monthly gathering for anti-authoritarians in Madison. Burrows Park, 25 Burrows Rd., noon-3 p.m., bring a dish to share. Call 262-9036 for more info.
Monday, May 9
Save the date
Sunday, June 5
Asparagus Dinner, with a six-course menu in tribute to spargel season in Germany and Austria, each dish paired with a European white wine. Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 6 p.m., $65. Call 255-6075 for more info.