This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, October 18 - Thursday, October 20
Local Harvest is a different kind of restaurant week for Madison. Organized by the Buy Fresh Buy Local program, this annual "Taste of the Town" showcases local foods and celebrates the harvest. Chefs will be using local ingredients in great menu items. There are thirteen participating restaurants -- Alchemy, Bloom Bake Shop, Bunky's Cafe, Graze, Greenbush Bar, Harvest, jacs, L'Etoile, Liliana's, Lombardino's, Mermaid Cafe, Monty's Blue Plate Diner, Sardine, and Umami. One of them is probably already your favorite, or try out a new one. What better time? For more info, call 310-7832.
Thursday, October 20
When you can't actually be eating, reading about food is the next best thing. Food is a hefty side dish at this year's Wisconsin Book Festival. This gustatory element to the fest kicks off with a panel discussion titled "Voices from the Kitchen, Aromas from the Page." Participants Betsy Draine, Ronnie Hess, Michael Hinden, and Giovanna Miceli-Jeffries explore how and why they reference food and cooking in their writing, and how food serves as a metaphor for culture and politics, literature and life. Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., 5:30 p.m, free. Call 266-6350 fore more into. For more food-related events happening throughout the book fest, see the complete list below.
Friday, October 21
Around this time of year, a bonfire and a Wisconsin microbrew can hardly be improved upon, but add in some food and music and a beautiful setting and the fact that Crackle: Fire and Froth is a fundraiser for Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., 7-10 p.m., $20, with info about day-of tickets to be published online at noon Friday. Call 246-4550 for more info.
Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23
Lots of samples -- everybody loves samples! -- and the Dueling Chefs competition make the Madison Food & Wine Show a hot ticket. There are over 150 vendors and exhibitors on hand, as well as food and cooking seminars, across all three days of the expo. And don't forget the wine. Alliant Energy Center - Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Way, 5-9 p.m. Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, $42 day or $70 weekend. Call 270-3632 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, October 18
History Sandwiched In brown-bag lunch program, with Nicholaas Mink of Knox College speaking on the early roots of fast food in American culture. Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St., 12:15 p.m., $2 donation. Call 264-6555 for more info.
Wednesday, October 19
Wisconsin Book Festival readings and discussion, titled "Animal Voices: Art & Stories about Cows, Chickens & Dogs," with Wayne Simmons, Susan Troller, S.V. Medaris, and Paul Thoreson. Overture Center - Rotunda Studio, 201 State St., free. Call 262-0706 for more info.
One Ingredient, Many Flavors class, with chef Angela Trentadue demonstrating how to use a single seasonal ingredient to prepare multiple unique dishes utilizing Latin, Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean flavors. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Wisconsin Book Festival screening and discussion about Mad City Chickens, a 2008 documentary about the urban chicken movement in Madison, with filmmakers Robert Lughai and Tashai Lovington of The Marquee, UW Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St., 8 p.m., free. Call 262-0706 for more info.
Thursday, October 20
Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-7:30 p.m., $25. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Saturday, October 22
Wisconsin Book Festival readings and discussion, with author Erika Janik sharing her new book Apple: A Global History, and author Theresa Weir sharing her new book The Orchard. A Room of One's Own, 307 W. Johnson St., 10:30 a.m., free. Call 262-0706 for more info.
Mushroom Log workshop, covering how to prepare, inculate, overwinter, and force shitake and oyster mushroom logs. Old Ways Herbal, 2090 Town Hall Rd., Mount Horeb, noon, $30 adults and $10 kids. Call 608-832-6446 for more info.
Wisconsin Book Festival reading, with author Catherine Tripalin Murray sharing her new book Spaghetti Corners and all that...Sauce!. Italian Workmen's Club, 914 Regent St., 3 p.m., free. Call 262-0706 for more info.
Sunday, October 23
Halloween at the Zoo, a family-friendly seasonal celebration featuring free trick-or-treats, live music, and children's activities. Henry Vilas Zoo, 702 S. Randall Ave., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 266-4732 for more info.Savory Sunday, with volunteers need to prepare and serve a fresh, hot meal for the hungry. Lutheran Campus Center, 325 N. Mills St., 11 a.m. Call 233-6967 for more info.
Wisconsin Book Festival reading and discussion, with author Ed Janus sharing his book Creating Dairyland: How caring for cows saved our soil, created our landscape, brought prosperity to our state, and still shapes our way of life in Wisconsin. Overture Center - Rotunda Studio, 201 State St., noon, free. Call 262-0706 for more info.
Monday, October 24South Madison Farmers' Market, in Family Dinner Night, a weekly meal hosted by The Crossing, 1127 University Ave., 6:30 p.m., $5. Call 257-1039 for more info.