This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, March 30
this evening to teach the Six Spices: Classic Indian Cooking class. The menu for the lesson includes: sambhar, a lentil and vegetable southern Indian dish simmered with a seasoning prepared with chilies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and fresh coconut; a cabbage salad featuring tomatoes and seasoned with mustard seeds, whole chilies, and fresh curry leaves; oothappam, savory pancakes made with a rice flour and cream of wheat batter; and, red pepper chutney. Willy Street Co-op, 1221 Williamson St., 6-8:30 p.m., $15 owners and $25 non-owners. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Wednesday, March 31
Thursday, April 1
The licenses and permits for upcoming hunting, fishing, trapping, and various other seasons. New annual licenses are valid for the next year, from today through March 31, 2011. Licenses can be purchased online, and customers can call 877-945-4236 to purchase them over the phone. Additionally, the department started selling those permits for the spring 2010 turkey season that remained after last fall's application process; limited quantities remain in a few zones. Call 888-936-7463 for more info.
Saturday, April 3
Dane County Farmers' Market winds down for the season. The menu will include: Pecatonica Valley and Sylvan Meadows poached egg with ham; Tomato Mountain sungold tomato preserves, basil, and hollandaise on brioche toast; Butter Mountain Pommes Anna with Forgotten Valley Gruyere; a Don's Produce petite salade verte with Renaissance Farm lemon basil vinaigrette; an apricot or chocolate mini-croissant; and, organic fair trade Just Coffee and tea, Greens Orchards apple cider, cranberry juice, and milk. Mike Kehl and friends will be performing music during the meal. Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St., 8 a.m.-noon, $7.50 adults and $3.75 kids. Call 455-1999 for more info about the market.
Easter Bunny Breakfast this morning. A pancake breakfast will be followed by an Easter egg hunt, and kids will also be able to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Proceeds from the event will go to support Wisconsin wildlife. Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Rd., 9-11 a.m., $10 adults and $7 kids 2-12 and $4 for the egg hunt only. Call 838-0413 for more info.
The new west side store, signing a 15-year lease last week for a space near the corner of University Avenue and Park Street in downtown Middleton. This commitment followed a 15-day consultation period, over which the co-op board reports it received "overwhelming support and encouragement" from owners and community members. Now the co-op is working to translate this sentiment into concrete financing for the expansion, looking to sell some $600,000 of bonds during a 60-day drive that ends May 26. To celebrate the project and engage the community in the drive, the co-op is holding a Willy West Welcome open house at its new Middleton location, and invited interested community members to stop by and learn more about its plans for the store. There will also be a $5 meat or vegetarian brat lunch benefit, with all proceeds going to support the Plant-A-Row-For-The-Hungry program at the Bock Community Garden. More informational meetings and events about the new location will be held over the summer, with construction beginning in April and a tentative opening date set for October. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., Middleton, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free. Call 251-6776 for more info.
regional first round in the 2010 National Homebrew Competition, and today is the deadline for entries. Brews from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas will be judged in a variety of beer, mead, and cider categories. The best selections will move on to the final round of the National Homebrewers Conference being put on by the American Homebrewers Association in Minneapolis over June 17-19. Gold, silver, and bronze medal winners will be selected in 28 style categories. Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton. Call 836-7100 for more info.
Sunday, April 4
Easter community meal for anybody spending the holiday alone or in need. Anybody who is homebound is encouraged to call 251-4407 to RSVP for a delivery meal between noon and 2 p.m., and those interested in volunteering at the meal should call 249-0540. First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., 12:30 p.m., free. Call 256-9061 for more info.
Monday, April 5
The Friendly Supper Club welcomes "people of all colors and ages" to join in its monthly community dinner, now in its 23rd season. Wong's Garden, 2044 Atwood Ave., 6:30 p.m. Call 249-5979 for more info.
Upcoming eats events
It's worth knowing about some events that require reservations farther in advance.
Sunday, April 18
UW students who are confident in their casual culinary prowess are invited to submit their best thick crust and flatbread pizza, sandwich, and wrap creations in the UW Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St. Call 265-3000 for more info.
Thursday, April 22
The Earth Day and the legacy of its founder Gaylord Nelson with a Taste Traditions of Wisconsin meal this evening. Simply named the Earth Dinner, it was originated by Organic Valley in 2004 as a celebration of local, seasonal, and organic foods and the role they and agriculture play in connecting people to their communities and surrounding environment. This year's dinner will be catered by the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St., $6:30 p.m., $35 members and $39 non-members. Tickets are available online, and must be purchased by April 15. Call 264-6563 for more info.
Wednesday, May 5
L'Etoile, 25 N. Pinckney St., $95. Call 251-5000 for reservations.