This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Friday, November 4
The Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival is sure to be a blast. Running over the course of two days, this third annual festival offers hours of cheese exploration: Hobnob with the cheese elite while touring farms, dairies, and creameries; go to pairing seminars, with sessions focusing on rum, scotch, beer and wine; score a ticket to one of the ten special cheesemaker dinners being held around town -- or just nibble a curd at the opening cheesemaker gala. It's all good. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., all day Friday and Saturday, $20-$125 for different events. See Facebook and call 358-7837 for more info.
These babies only come around once a year, and the lutefisk and meatball dinner at Lakeview Lutheran Church is a doozie. Try the lutefisk (hint: use lots of melted butter!) and chow down on homemade meatballs, lefse, mashed potatoes, rutabaga, coleslaw, cranberries and pies. Don't miss the bazaar and bakesale either. Lakeview Lutheran Church, 4001 Mandrake Rd., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $15 adults and $6 kids 6-12. Call 244-6181 for more info.
Saturday, November 5
First cheese, and then lutefisk; now indulge in the state libation this weekend at the Wisconsin Beer Expo. Presented in two four-hour sessions, this tasting festival offers sampler sizes from over 40 breweries, serving 100+ craft beers. Expect harvest ales, Oktoberfest styles, and pumpkin-spiked seasonals. Taste, eat some of the food for sale, and then call a taxi home. Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Energy Center Way, 1-5 p.m. or 6-10 p.m., $35 advance and $40 day. See Facebook and call 267-3976 for more info.
Sunday, November 6
Fall is the season for pies, and the seventh annual Pie Palooza may inspire you to start making your own. Flaky crusts and savory and sweet pies will be on hand from restaurant kitchens across town at this brunch that serves as a fundraiser for the REAP Food Group. Ticket covers two slices of pie (your choice), a side salad and beverage. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $16 advance and $18 day. Call 310-7836 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, November 1
Six Spices with Neeta Saluja class, with the chef preparing a menu of chicken tikka masala, rice with black cumin seeds, and eggplant pakora. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Wednesday, November 2
Hilldale Farmers' Market, concludes 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.
Dane County Farmers' Market, in operation just off the Capitol Square, concludes its weekday edition for the 2011 growing season. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 455-1999 for more info.
Great Halloween Candy Buy Back, in which kids can receive $1 per pound of unopened Halloween candy, which will be donated to Operation Gratitude for distribution to U.S. soldiers serving abroad. No Fear Dentistry, 344 S. Yellowstone Dr., 4-6 p.m. Call 836-5700 for more info.
CHEW meeting, a monthly gathering hosted by Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin, and featuring a talk by UW-Madison Department of Hebrew & Semitic Studies professor Jordan Rosenblum titled "CHEW the Cud: Food & Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism." Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 7:15 p.m., free. Call 241-1574 for more info.
Thursday, November 3
Community Business Expo, the third annual municipal exposition organized by the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, featuring a food court with free samples, seminars, exhibitors, and a "Miracle on the Hudson" talk by pilot and Oregon, Wisconsin-native Jeff Skiles. Wisconsin Distributors, 900 Progress Way, Sun Prairie, 3-7 p.m., free. See Facebook and call 837-4547 for more info.
Friday, November 4
Fertility for Vegetables, a workshop organized by the Madison Area CSA Coalition and designed for commercial growers, with Allen Philo and Tim Williams from Midwestern Bio Ag discussing soil science and stewardship, plant monitoring and nutrition, and more. UW West Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd., 2 p.m., free. Call 226-0300 for more info.
Market Mingle, the inaugural seasonal indoor exposition at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, combining a farmers' market with a craft fair, each featuring only locally-produced and -made goods. Rotary Gardens, 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville, 4-8 p.m., $5 admission. Call 608-752-3885 for more info.
Saturday, November 5
Dane County Farmers' Market, now in its 40th year of operation in downtown Madison, concludes its outdoor weekend edition for the 2011 growing season. Capitol Square, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 455-1999 for more info.
Hilldale Farmers' Market, concludes its 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.
Westside Community Farmers' Market, now in its seventh year of operation, concludes for the 2011 growing season in the parking lot at the corner of Segoe and Sheboygan. Hill Farms State Transportation Building, 4802 Sheboygan Ave., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 847-903-8703 for more info.
Oregon Area Senior Center Auction, an annual fundraiser for the Oregon Area Senior Center, featuring a pie sale and pie-by-the-slice, along with an auction, raffles, and more. Oregon Area Senior Center, 219 Park St., 9 a.m.-noon, free admission. Call 835-5801 for more info.
McFarland Farmers' Market, commencing its indoor edition for the remainder of the 2011 harvest season. McFarland Municipal Center, 5915 Milwaukee St., McFarland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 873-9443 for more info.
Polish Christmas Bazaar, the fifth annual holiday sale and celebration hosted by the Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin: Madison, featuring a lunch of Polish cuisine, along with Polish arts and crafts, holiday decorations and ornaments, Szopka (nativity sets), Choinka (Christmas trees), Boles?awiec pottery, and traditional Polish music. West Side Club, 437 Hwy. M, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission. Call 238-9189 for more info.
Food Fab, the culmination of a food drive at the Madison Children's Museum for the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, with kids building sculpture-buildings with donated nonperishable food items. Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free with $8 admission, food donations encouraged. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Jazzed for Hope, an annual fundraiser for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, featuring cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and live music. Nakoma Country Club, 4145 Country Club Rd., 7 p.m., $75. Call 920-650-7602 for more info.
Fall Fest of Ale, the ninth annual beer tasting festival hosted by the Janesville Noon Kiwanis Club, featuring selections from more than 30 breweries and free food with admission. Holiday Inn Express & Janesville Convention Center, 3100 Wellington Pl. Janesville, 7-9 p.m., $45 advance and $50 door. Call 608-756-3100 for more info.
Sunday, November 6
Northside Winter Farmers' Market, the self-proclaimed "Sunday Morning Meeting Spot" of north Madison, commencing its indoor edition for the remainder of the 2011 harvest season with markets on November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 18. Northside Town Center, intersection of Northport Dr. and Sherman Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 695-0946 for more info.
Savory Sunday, with volunteers need to prepare and serve a fresh, hot meal for the hungry, now serving once again in the Wisconsin Capitol cafeteria. Lutheran Campus Center, 325 N. Mills St., 11 a.m. Call 233-6967 for more info.
Iron Cupcake, a regular competitive cooking challenge and fundraiser for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, in which bakers share mini cupcakes made with their favorite recipes, with a special theme of caramel and butterscotch. East Side Club, 3735 Monona Dr., 1 p.m., $10. See Facebook and call 239-1804 for more info.
Jorandal Chicken and Beer Dinner, an all-you-can-eat-and-drink meal featuring Jorandal Farm chicken and sides served family-style, along with beer and an appearance by farmers Eric and Carrie Johnson. 43 North, 108 King St., 6 p.m., $35. Call 255-4343 for more info.
Monday, November 7
Food Fight Against Hunger, a week-long fundraiser by the Food Fight Restaurant Group in support of the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, with diners at the Avenue Bar, Bluephies Downtown Deli, Bluephies Restaurant & Vodkatorium, Cactus Ranch, Carl's Cakes, The Coopers Tavern, Eldorado Grill, Fresco, the Hubbard Avenue Diner, Johnny Delmonico's Steakhouse, Luigi's, the Market Street Diner, Monty's Blue Plate Diner, Ocean Grill, Steenbock's on Orchard, and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace encouraged to give donations on their tab or at the register. Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13. Call 246-2719 for more info.
Save the date
Wednesday, November 16
Taste Traditions of Wisconsin, a monthly lecture and dinner series that features UW-Oshkosh professor Randall Davidson discussing his book 9XM Talking: WHA Radio and the Wisconsin Idea and a Forward Theater preview of The Farnsworth Invention. Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St., 6:30 p.m., $20. Please RSVP by November 2, and call 264-6563 for more info.
Thursday, November 24
UFC Thanksgiving CSA, a special holiday catered by the Underground Food Collective, and featuring a menu of heritage turkey, house-made cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, gravy, and additional options of charcuterie and cheese platters, as well as apple and pumpkin pies. Home-delivered on Thanksgiving day or in advance, $25 per person for the meal with $5 fee for hors d'oeuvres platters and $20 per pie. Email catering at undergroundfoodcollective.org to make reservations.