The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday June 16
The Wisconsin Historical Society's "History Sandwiched In" brown-bag lunch program today features a talk on ice cream in Wisconsin, by Bill Klein. He'll discuss history, trends, and production details of the UW's own Babcock Hall Ice Cream, plus share samples. 12:15 p.m, suggested $2 donation; 608-264-6555.
Wednesday, June 17
The Middleton Area Historical Society's holds its annual Ice Cream Social fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. at Lakeview Park, Allen Boulevard at Mendota Avenue, Middleton; with pie, cake, other baked goods, ice cream, lemonade, coffee and music by the New Horizons Concert Band. 608-836-8235.
Thursday June 18
The annual Tandem Press Wine Auction returns with an eyepopping selection of wines, plus hors d'oeuvres and a gourmet dinner catered by one of Madison's favorite Italian restaurants, Lombardino's. Plus, aerial dance troupe Cycropia and Peruvian music by Richard Hildner and Franklin Gomez and fine art prints from Tandem Press. Some of the wines being auctioned: a 1971 Johannisberger Klaus Riesling Beerenauslese, a 1986 Chteau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 1990 Chteau Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion, plus other good stuff like U2 tix and a Trek Travel Adventure Weekend to the California Wine Country. Proceeds fund graduate student fellowships at Tandem Press, UW-Madison. $125, 6 p.m.10:30 p.m. at Promega Corporation, 5445 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg. 608-263-3437.
Friday June 19
Neeta Saluja conducts a class in Indian cooking, and you get to eat the results, too. On the menu: Besan Chila, chick-pea flour crepes filled with fresh coconut and cilantro or freshly sautéed mushrooms, black-eyed peas gently simmered with freshly prepared seasoning of cumin seeds, onions and tomatoes); and potatoes cooked with mild spices. $25, 6-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave.
Saturday, June 20
Wollersheim Winery's Prairie Fumé Picnic Days features wine tastings, music, self-guided tours, kids' activities. Picnic lunches are welcome. The 20th anniversary of Prairie Fumé is being celebrated, but also the release of the newly released Prairie Sunburst Red and Prairie Blush. Free; 11 am-3 pm at the winery outside of Sauk City. Take Hwy 12 west to north on Hwy 188. 800-847-9463. Also Sunday, June 21.
Sunday June 21
There's a Summer Solstice celebration and benefit for NorthWest Dane Senior Services at the Roxbury Tavern. Pork sandwiches with pasture-raised pork from Willow Creek farm, Lake Louie beer, and the Westside Andy and Mel Ford band. $10 donation; BYOLC (bring your own lawn chairs). 1-6 pm, 8901 County Road Y, Roxbury. 608-643-8434.
St. Joseph Parish, Baraboo, holds a chicken dinner from 11 a.m.-1:30 pm as part of its annual festival, at the Sauk County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Lincoln Ave., Baraboo.
Monday, June 22
The Fitchburg Fields food group presents the Madison-area debut of the new documentary Fresh, by Ana Joanes. It looks at the global food system and the new local foods movement and features Will Allen, Joel Salatin, and David Ball. Bring a dish to pass; potluck at 6 p.m., film at 6:45 p.m., followed by discussion, at the Fitchburg Community Center, 5520 Lacy Rd., lower level. 608-223-9571.
Watch the trailer.