The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, July 14
Reap Food Group is holding Local Night Out, an annual fundraiser and celebration of local foods, open to the public. Participating restaurants include Alchemy Café, the Dayton Street Grille, Pizza Brutta and the Roman Candle, all of which will be offering summer seasonal dishes. Each restaurant will donate a portion of its proceeds from this fundraiser to the Buy Fresh Buy Local Program run by REAP. The celebration runs from Tuesday to Thursday. Call 310-7832 for more information.
Wednesday, July 15
Take a summertime break the Cool Chefs Cooking Class (ages 6+) and learn how to make your own ice cream and cones. Bean Sprouts Café, 6719 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton, 4-4:45 p.m., $18 per class.
Thursday, July 16
The annual DiverCity Picnic put on by the Madison Department of Civil Rights features the presentation of the Rev. James C. Wright Human Rights Awards and a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share. Warner Park Shelter, 1511 Northport Drive, 5-7 p.m., free. Call 267-4900 for more information.
Chef Tory Miller will share culinary tips for summer entertainment as the mid-season cornucopia of foods blossoms from farm to table. L'Etoile, 25 N. Pinckney St., 6:30 p.m., $95 per person. Call 251-0500 to sign up.
Friday, July 17
The Young Connoisseur Club holds its first meeting for teen foodies. Prepare and indulge in an elaborate meal while planning future menus for the club. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $10.
Saturday, July 18
As Madison's longest running ethnic festival, Greekfest 2009 promises to be fun and overflowing with food. Come enjoy live music, Capital Brewery beers and gyros from Parthenon all weekend long. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 11 N. 7th St., 4-9 p.m. Saturday, and 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, free. Call 244-1001 for more information.
Sunday, July 19
"Extend the local season with dehydration" and learn how to savor berries and other summer fruits all year long. Willy Street Co-op, 1221 Williamson St., 10-11:30 a.m., free.
Enjoy a seasonal Garlic Dinner by the light of the Capitol. Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 6 p.m., $65 per person.