This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Friday, March 17
If you don't drink and don't eat corned beef, we guess you're going to be enjoying a bowl of cabbage today. Finding St. Paddy's beer specials is no problem. But if you are seeking spots that will be dishing up the corned beef and cabbage, check out this compendium of . And Sláinte.
If you're looking to taste a similar St. Patrick's menu in another setting, try the American Legion Post 385 Benefit Dinner in Verona. American Legion Hall, 207 Legion St., Verona, 4:30-7:30 p.m., $9. Call 845-7407 for more info.
Sunday, March 18
One of the best things you can do for your health (and for that matter, the planet's) is increase the amount of plants -- fruits and veggies -- you eat. One of the best things you can do for local agriculture is support a local farmer. Your health meets Old McDonald (not McDonald's!!!) with a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, wherein customers pay upfront for a share of the farm's produce, which is then delivered weekly to various pickup spot around town. Want to check out some local CSA's? The CSA Open House is the easiest way to meet the farmers and see what plans are available. This 20th annual spring offers nearly 40 farms, complete with opportunities to talk with farmers about their share options, as well as workshops and a raffle. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., 1-4 p.m., free. See Facebook and call 226-0300 for more info.
Cajun food featuring locally made meats and craft beer are on the menu for the third annual Burning Socks at the Rox, a fundraiser in support of the and their work on improving the Wisconsin River. On the menu: po'boys made with Lodi Sausage meat or pork from Willow Creek Farms of Loganville. Brews are from Vintage Brewing Company, Port Huron Brewing and Lake Louie. There will be a bonfire to celebrate the spring equinox. Socks will be tossed upon it. The Cajun Strangers will play. 'Nuff said. Roxbury Tavern, 8901 Hwy. Y, Roxbury, 3:30-6:30 p.m., $10. Call 608-347-6203 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, March 13
Kitchen Chemist, a session for kids to make ice cream and learn about the science of freezing and melting. Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., noon, free with $8 admission. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Indigenous North American Ethnobotany, a public lecture series hosted by the UW Botany Department, with this talk by Univeristy of Victoria professor Nancy Turner titled "Adam's Gardens': Biodiversity and Traditional Food Production of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America." Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Dr., 1 p.m., free. Call 890-1170 for more info.
Madison FarmWorks at Troy Community Farm covering intermediate and advanced gardening skills, including design and layout, planting schedules, crop rotation, cover cropping, and succession planting. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $25. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Seafood Basics class, with instructor Jennifer Jones covering how to prepare and serve mussels, oysters, shrimp, clams, and other delicacies in the home. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Wednesday, March 14
Rooftop Farmers, a weekly session for kids to explore gardening, raising animals, harvesting, and cooking. Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., 3:30 p.m., free with $8 admission. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 4:30-6 p.m., $10. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Thursday, March 15
Kids in the Kitchen: Crazy Calzones!, a class for kids ages 6-12, with instructor Lily Kilfoy covering how to prepare and bake calzones, along with a citrus sorbet dessert. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 4-5:30 p.m., $10 owners and $20 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
preparing a menu of cranberry almond biscotti, coconut macaroons, and chocolate meringue cookies. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m., $25. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Cabin Fever, a public lecture series hosted by the founder Grant Albert titled "Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms & Fertility Mattered." Baraboo Arts Building, 323 Water St., Baraboo, 7 p.m., free. Call 608-355-7512 for more info.
Friday, March 16
Breadmaking for Teens class, with instructor Jennifer Jones covering the basics of making and baking bread from scratch. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-7:30 p.m., $10 owners and $20 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Saturday, March 17
"Taste of the Market" breakfast at the Madison Club preparing a menu of: stout gingerbread French toast with spiced pear butter, whipped cream, and maple syrup; deviled eggs with fried egg yolk, pickle beet whipped yolks, and crispy ham; mixed greens with micro greens and buttermilk cheddar dressing; an option of caramelized onion and apple blood sausage or roasted potato and root veggie cake with mushroom hollandaise. Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St., 8 a.m.-noon, $8 adults and $4 kids and smaller portions. Call 455-1999 for more info.
A Slice of CSA, a gathering hosted by the FairShare CSA Coalition and Roman Candle, with free samples of St. Patrick's Day-inspired pizza. Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., 1-3 p.m., free with $8 admission. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Sunday, March 18
, a 5K walk organized by the Hody Bar & Grill
Monday, March 19
Quarterly meeting of the , with members discussing "their 2012 priorities relating to organic agriculture including the Farm Bill, genetically modified organisms, and food safety laws," along with a guest address by DATCP board member and Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Dr., 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 224-5120 for more info.
Sardine, 617 Williamson St., 5:30 p.m., $35. Call 441-1600 for more info.
Breadmaking class, with instructor Jennifer Jones covering the basics of making and baking bread from scratch. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Introduction to Forest Gardening class, with instructors covering site preparation and design, plant species and communities, garden management, and harvesting. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
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Thursday, March 22
Sunday, March 25
Spanish Wine & Food Dinner, with chefs Ian Stowell, Megan Bell, Nate Hamilton, and Michael Liotta preparing a six-course menu that features a charcuterie board, torta, honeycomb tripe, salt-crusted fish, lamb shoulder, and a dessert, each paired with wine from Spain. Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 6 p.m., $65. Call 255-6075 for more info.
UFC at Msco, a casual family-style dinner prepared by the Madison Sourdough Company, 916 Williamson St., 6:30 p.m., $60. Purchase tickets Trimbach Wine Dinner, with special guest Anne Trimbach of Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 6 p.m. Call 255-6075 for more info.