The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, September 8
Chef Kum Ng conducts a Asian Fusion class based within the concept of Framework Cooking. Tonight's framework is based on a three flavors: Japanese Teriyaki Chicken and Sushi Rice, Steamed Cabbage with Indonesian Curried Shrimp, and Thai Mango Salad. At press time, spots in the class were still available. Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe St., 6:30-9 p.m., $45. Call 608-255-8211 for more info.
Thursday, September 10
A free semester of Ian's Pizza? Sign us up! Whoops, it's a contest. The third annual Ian's eating contest includes a speed round (who can eat a slice of cheese the fastest) and a finalists round in which the top eight vie for the top prize. Library Mall, 5-8. p.m. Call 257-9428 for more info.
Who could resist the allure of something dubbed an old-fashioned lacto-fermented soft drink? That's kombucha, a.k.a. fermented tea, chock full of nutrients. You won't find it on the menu at Sonic, so learn how to make your own by taking the one-session class Home Brew Kombucha, complete with the brewing kit of a jar, scoby, sugar, tea and cover. What is a scoby? It stands for "symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast." Kombucha II: Beyond the Scoby is the masters degree class in the topic and follows immediately thereafter. Willy-Street Co-op, 6-7 p.m., $30 for members, $40 for all others; second class is at the same location, 7:15-8:15 p.m., $10 for members, $20 for others. Pre-register by calling 251-6776.
Saturday, September 12
Bike the Barns, the major fundraising event for the Madison Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC), wends its way among three southern Wisconsin CSA farms today. Starting with a breakfast prepared by Cafe Soleil, the ride runs 52 miles, and includes gourmet dishes prepared by the Underground Food Collective at three stops through the day. There are no day-of ride registrations (and all spots have long been filled), but all are welcome at a finale celebration with Bike the Barns volunteers, MACSAC farmers and staff. Elver Park, 4-7:30 p.m Tickets to the party only $20, and include a beverage and grilled pizza. Reservations are required, call 226-0300.
New Glarus Brewing plays host this weekend to the Bounty of Green County, a celebration of local eats and drinks produced throughout this abundant section of southwest Wisconsin. The Meet Your Maker showcase features regional farmers, bakers, brewers, cheesemakers, and candy makers, who will be sharing recipes and serving samples of their creations. Sample New Glarus brews will be on tap too, along with brewery tours, live music, artisan displays, and more. The event closes with the Feast on the Hilltop, a limited-seating five-course dinner of local foods, complete with beer pairings. New Glarus Brewing Company Hilltop Brewery, noon-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, $5 for adults with children 16 and under admitted free. Call 608-527-5850 for more info.
Sunday, September 13
Billed as the most authentic Mexican fiesta in the region, the Festival Viva México is being held in Oregon today to mark Grito de Dolores, the declaration of Mexican independence from the Spanish Empire on September 16, 1810. Sponsored by La Movida Radio, the party includes a car parade, live music, an "El Grito" ceremony, the coronation of Miss Viva México, and plenty of food. Union Sports Club, Oregon, noon-8 p.m., free. Call 608-441-3754 for more into.
Monday, September 14
The craft home brew club Beer Monks & Maidens is holding its official robed monthly meeting and membership drive tonight. Babes Grill & Bar, 5614 Schroeder Road, 7:30 p.m. Call 628-9806 for more info.