This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, November 8
Thursday, November 10
Partake in the grazing at the Madison Signature Chef's Auction. This annual tasting and fundraiser for the March of Dimes features specially prepared entrees, hors d'oeuvres, chocolates and desserts as well as wines, microbrews, and coffees, all prepared by chefs from 15 restaurants around the city. Attendees can also partake in silent and live auctions. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., 5:30 p.m., $150. Call 243-7764 for more info.
Friday, November 11 - Saturday, November 12
The semi is empty. The goal? Stuff it full of food donations! That's the object of Stuff-a-Semi, a two-day charity drive for area food pantries and the at Hilldale, 726 N. Midvale Blvd., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 223-9121 for more info.
Saturday, November 12
It is a popular misconception that the Dane County Farmers' Market "ends." The Dane County Farmers' Market does not end. It moves indoors, to Monona Terrace through December, and then on to the Madison Senior Center come the new year. What will be on hand at the Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., 7:30 a.m.-noon. Call 455-1999 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, November 8
Wednesday, November 9
Gluten-Free on a Budget: No-Processed-Sugar Cakes class, with students working in teams to prepare vegan honey-sweetened banana date cake with walnut and coconut topping (substitutions available for allergies) and vegan stevia-and-agave-sweetened vanilla cake with sunbutter and agave frosting. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Thursday, November 10
Think Local Fest, a benefit celebration for Dane Buy Local, featuring hor d'oerves from East Side Club, 3735 Monona Dr., 5:30-8:30 p.m., $40 advance and $45 day. Purchase tickets Harvest Dinner, the third annual seasonal celebration for preparing a menu of pork and beef tacos with a tomatillo salsa, butternut squash and roasted potatoes, cabbage slaw, and Mexican rice, accompanied a cash wine bar featuring vintages from Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd., 5:45-8:30 p.m., $45. Purchase tickets online, and call 223-9571 for more info.
Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-7:30 p.m., $25. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Six Spices with Neeta Saluja class, with the chef preparing a menu of chicken biryani, potato puff rolls, and butternut squash raita. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Library Libations, the third-annual tasting benefit for the Friends of the Middleton Public Library, featuring hors d'oeuvres from , 2551 Parmenter St., Middleton, 6-8:30 p.m., $40. Call 827-6387 for more info.
Friday, November 11
Wisconsin Forum on Rural & Urban Agriculture, a two-day convention hosted by UW Memorial Union-Tripp Commons, 800 Langdon St., and UW Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., 5-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, $30 registration for Saturday sessions. Call 734-3223 for more info.
Veterans Day dinner, a commemoration marking the national holiday, featuring a talk by retired U.S. Army Col. Tom Greco titled "Desert Storms in Our Lives" and a presentation about Badger Honor Flights. Edgewater Hotel, 666 Wisconsin Ave., 6:30 p.m., $20. Call 276-8381 for more info.
Party Under the Palms, a benefit celebration marking the 20th anniversary of Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, featuring a rainforest-inspired menu of Asian chicken salad puree in cucumber cups, Spanish manchego with fig preserve, Latin beef poke, Creole shrimp wonton cups, fresh fruit skewers, Cubano mini paninis, and chocolate cups with Mexican chocolate and agave crème, along with a raffle, live music, and more. Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., 6:30-9:30 p.m., $55. Call 246-4550 for more info.
Saturday, November 12
St. Christopher Holiday Bazaar and Lunch, an annual sale and luncheon for the , 301 N. Main St., Verona, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 845-7028 for more info.
Holiday Craft Bonanza, an annual seasonal celebration in Mount Horeb, featuring a food court, bake sale, more than 50 craft vendors, buggy rides, Julenisse (the Scandinavian Santa), raffles and auctions, live music, and more. Mount Horeb Middle School, 900 E. Garfield St., Mount Horeb, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $2 donation. Call 608-437-2400 for more info.
Irene Sandvold and Ingeborg Baugh book signing, with the authors of Gudrun's Kitchen: Recipes from a Norwegian Family discussing their new cookbook and memoir. Barn Dance, a family-friendly Heartland Farm Sanctuary, featuring food and beer from Whole Foods, the Willy Street Co-op, Bunky's Cafe, and Ale Asylum, along with square dancing, barn animals, live music, children's activities, and more. Full Compass, 9770 Silicon Prairie Pkwy., 4-7 p.m., $25 individual and $75 family. Purchase tickets Dane County Timebank Birthday Party, the sixth anniversary celebration for the Madison Senior Center
John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Award Dinner, the inaugural agricultural community celebration hosted by Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 5:30-9 p.m., $85. Call 260-0900 for more info.
Sunday, November 13Savory Sunday, with volunteers need to prepare and serve a fresh, hot meal for the hungry, now serving once again in the Wisconsin Capitol cafeteria. Lutheran Campus Center, 5 N. Mills St., 11 a.m. Call 233-6967 for more info.
Oregon Basketball Tip-Off for Charity, a festival and fundraiser for Oregon/Brooklyn Food Pantry, featuring a bake sale, a silent auction and raffle, youth basketball clinics, and more. Oregon High School, 456 N. Perry Pkwy., Oregon, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $10 per participating athlete. Call 732-1901 for more info.
Susan Troller book reading, with the author discussing her new book Cluck: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks about the backyard chicken movement. A Room of One's Own, 307 W. Johnson St., 2 p.m. Call 257-7888 for more info.
Monday, November 14
preparing a menu of coconut curry soup, apple walnut salad, wild rice with herbs and vegetables, garlic green beans, pesto-stuffed mushrooms, raw apple pie, and pomegranate twist cocktails. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $10. Call 233-9566 for more info.Family Dinner Night, a weekly meal hosted by The Crossing, 1127 University Ave., 6:30 p.m., $5. Call 257-1039 for more info.
Fondue dinner, a family-style meal at community tables featuring cheese and chocolate fondues and a wine pairing of 2009 Gunderlock Riesling Kabinett. Sardine, 617 Williamson St., 5:30 p.m., $35. Call 441-1600 for more info.
Save the date
Wednesday, November 16
Habitat Young Professionals Wine Tasting, the third annual fundraiser and membership drive for Young Professionals Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, featuring hors d'oeuvres and wine. Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St., 6 p.m., $25 members, $35 non-members, $125 membership and wine tasting. Please RSVP by November 11, purchase tickets online, and call 255-1549 for more info.
Monday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 23
Wil-Mar Holiday Pie Sale, the 24th annual fundraiser for the Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., pick-up from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Monday, November 21-Wednesday, November 23, delivery to any location in Madison from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22-Wednesday, November 23, $17 single pie, $32 two pies, or three or more for $15 per pie. Call 257-4576 for more info.
Sunday, December 11