This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Wednesday, May 4
Cheese doyenne Jeanne Carpenter of Cheese Underground and Wisconsin Cheese Originals will speak on "The Renaissance of the Wisconsin Farmstead Dairy" at the latest monthly talk organized by Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin. This meeting is a good thing for fans of good cheese, well-run dairies, and smaller scale production of all types, as Carpenter will have many stories to tell and, more importantly, she's bringing cheese to taste. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 7:15 p.m., free. Call 241-1574 for more info.
Thursday, May 5
Class up the bar crawl with a Spring Wine Walk. Downtown Middleton wouldn't have it any other way. Featured wines include selections from California, Washington, Spain, Italy, Chile and New Zealand and the tastings will take place at 12 downtown Middleton businesses: Bloom Bake Shop, Vin Santo's, Neena, Chauette, M&I Bank, National Mustard Museum, Happy Pastime, Camelot Interiors, Inc, DINY's Jewelers, Terry Burke DDS, Sofra Family Bistro and Villa Dolce. Each location will also be serving hors d'oeuvres. If nothing else, you will at last discover how to pair wine with mustard. Downtown Middleton, 5-8 p.m., $15. Call 628-0773 for more info.
Saturday, May 7
It's a little drive, but worth it to go to the Bloody Lake Rendezvous in Woodford this weekend. The park is west of Monroe, and it's always nice to take a cheese tour out Monroe way, come spring, This 30th annual black powder and fur trading-era re-enactment and encampment organized by Yellowstone Flint & Cap features a food tasting, among other more martial pursuits like knife throwing. Pemmican? Jerky? Cheese? Blackhawk Memorial Park, 2995 County Trunk Y, Woodford, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, $2 admission and free for kids under 12 and military personnel. Call 325-9890 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, May 3
Downtown Middleton Farmers' Market, commencing for the 2011 growing season behind the Hubbard Avenue Diner by the rail tracks. Terrace Ave., between Parmenter St. and Middleton St., 3-6:30 p.m. Call 836-5559 for more info.
Green Tuesdays, a film and lecture series organized by The Natural Step Monona featuring screenings of the environmental documentaries Big River, King Corn, and An End to Slim Pickings, followed by discussion. Garfoot Library, 2107 Julius St., Cross Plains, 6:30 p.m., free. Call 798-3881 for more info.
Wednesday, May 4
Hilldale Farmers' Market, commencing its weekday outdoor edition for the 2011 growing season behind Macy's at the corner of Segoe and Heather Crest. Hilldale Shopping Center, 702 N. Midvale Blvd., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 209-7130 for more info.
Pork Chop: Pork Carcass Anatomy class, with instructors from the Badger Meat Science Club demonstrating where pork cuts are sourced in pigs, their relationship to the animal's anatomy, and the processing of ham and bacon. Meat Science and Muscle Biology Lab, Rm. 240, 1850 Linden Dr., 6 p.m., $20. Call 262-0463 or email email@example.com for more info.
Thursday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, a fundraiser for the Friends of La Gloria English School that features food and drinks, and a live and silent auction. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 6:30-9:30 p.m., $15 advance and $20 door with kids 12 and under free. Call 680-3476 for more info.
In the Kitchen with Cathy: Dehydrated Breads & Crackers cooking class, with Cathy Thomas demonstrating how to make almond and onion breads, croutons, and crackers for accompanying salads and raw food entrées. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Friday, May 6
Brat Bash, the third annual lunch fundraiser for the Oregon Senior Center that features single and double baskets of brats and hot dogs during as part of the community-wide garage sale program. Oregon Senior Center, 219 Park St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $3-6. Call 608-835-5801 for more info.
Stand Up for Kids, an annual fundraiser for Dane County CASA that features a performance by the Second City Improv All Stars, a dessert buffet, a silent auction, and more. Orpheum Theatre, 216 State St., 6:30 p.m., $25. Call 358-4448 for more info.
Wisconsin Women's Health Foudnation Spring Gala, an annual fundraiser for the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation that features hors d'oeuvres, desserts, drinks, and dancing. Capitol Rotunda, 2 E. Main St., 7:30 p.m.-midnight, $90. Please RSVP by May 6, and call 251-1675 for more info.
Summer Kick-Off Cook-Out, a Slow Food UW Hands-on Cookbook launch party and meal hosted by Slow Food UW-Madison, with guest chef Tory Miller of L'Etoile and Graze preparing a picnic-style menu of grilled marinated tenderloin, mixed greens, potato salad, grilled asparagus, and more. Eagle Heights Community Gardens, 611 Eagle Heights, 4 p.m., $7 advance and $10 door. Call 257-1039 for more info.
Saturday, May 7
Midvale School Garden Plant & Bake Sale, a fundraiser for the Midvale Community Gardens and the Healthy Lawn Team with donated plants and treats. Midvale Elementary School, 502 Caromar Dr., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 231-2902 for more info.
Beekeeping for Beginners class, an introductory workshop organized by the Dane County Beekeepers Association that covers the basics of becoming an apiarist. Dane County Extension Building, 1 Fen Oak Dr., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $40. Call 244-5094 for more info.
Maifest, a spring celebration and benefit for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence that features an outdoor grill, "A Walk in Her Shoes" charity walk, and live music. Essen Haus, 514 E. Wilson St., 11 a.m., free admission. Call 255-4674 for more info.
Abundance Celebration, a fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services of Dane County that features a vegetarian Indian buffet, henna art, massage, a raffle, live music, and more. Inner Fire Yoga, 5003 University Ave., 5-8 p.m., $15 for buffet. Call 661-0167 for more info.
Cinco de Mayo celebration, a gathering hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and other organization that features food, kids' activities, live music, and more. Belmar Hills Park, 4600 Jenewein Rd., Fitchburg, 4-7 p.m., free. Call 257-2606 x. 223 for more info.
Sunday, May 8
Pancake breakfast, a monthly fundraiser for Madison Hours, and featuring organic and vegan pancakes, roasted potatoes, and beverages. Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., 8:30-11 a.m., $8.50 adults and kids free. Call 259-9050 for more info.
REAP snack prep, with volunteers needed to prepare and package fresh, healthy, and locally-grown treats for kids at 14 elementary schools around Madison. RP's Pasta, 1133 E. Wilson St., 9 a.m.-noon. Call 310-7836 for more info.
Pancake breakfast, a fundraiser for the Soldiers' Angels program providing "Blankets of Hope" for wounded servicepersons and veterans. American Legion Post 534, 4911 Burma Rd., McFarland, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $8.50. Call 838-3249 for more info.
Monday, May 9
MAGNetiquette Dinner, a three-course meal and networking session hosted by Madison MAGNET that focuses on learning proper etiquette at the table. Lombardino's, 2500 University Ave., 5:30-8 p.m., $25 members and $35 all others. Call 443-1948 for more info.
Save the date
Sunday, June 5
Asparagus Dinner, with a six-course menu in tribute to spargel season in Germany and Austria, each dish paired with a European white wine. Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 6 p.m., $65. Call 255-6075 for more info.