This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Friday, March 30
The Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo is ideal for anybody who really knows where their meat comes from, i.e., those who hunt turkey and deer. Running over three days, this 28 annual expo encompasses exhibits, seminars, demonstrations, contests, and live animal displays. Bill Hesselgrave will demonstrate how to butcher and process venison in one daily session, while others will cover everything from turkey vocalizations to trail cameras. Alliant Energy Center-Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Way, 2-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, $21 two-day and $13 one-day admission. Call 800-324-3337 for more info.
Animals are likewise the central focus of the Spay-ghetti & No Balls Dinner, a benefit in support of Shelter From the Storm and its program to spay and neuter pets. The meal lives up to its name -- that's right, no meatballs, and the spaghetti is vegetarian. It's followed by an open house at the Spay Me! Clinic, where attendees can will find a bake sale, a raffle and silent auction, info booths, and tours. An article in last week's Isthmus details the work of the rescue. What's Brew'N Cafe. 3140 Edmonton Dr., Sun Prairie, 4:30-7 p.m., $8 advance and $10 door with kids 7 and under free. Call 834-2700 for more info.
Beer -- great beer -- is just a part of life here in Wisconsin. There were some lean times, though, after Big Beer put smaller hometown breweries out of business. Now the craft beer movement has small brewers on the rise again. That story will be told at a screening of Comeback: The Wisconsin Beer Movie. Filmmaker Tim Tynan and brewmaster Tanner Brethorst of the forthcoming Port Huron Brewing Company will attend and speak about their work. Indie Coffee, 1225 Regent St., 7 p.m. Call 259-9621 for more info.
The Polish Heritage Club Spring Festival looks like a good bet. Beyond traditional Easter eggs and the sale of Polish baked goods, there will be a luncheon featuring the Polish sausage kielbasa, and the darling dumplings called pierogi, which are often filled with cheese, or potato, or meat, or sauerkraut, or some combo of the above. Heavenly. The Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin-Madison throws this party annually on Palm Sunday, with all of the food accompanied by Easter egg displays, imported crafts for sale, live music, and children's activities. Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Marion Hall, 4913 Schofield St., Monona, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 516-0182 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, March 27
Kitchen Chemist, a session for kids to make ice cream and learn about the science of freezing and melting. Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., noon, free with $8 admission. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Gourmet Soups for Entertaining class, with instructor Jennifer Jones demonstrating how to make soups from scratch. 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, March 28
Rooftop Farmers, a weekly session for kids to explore gardening, raising animals, harvesting, and cooking. Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., 3:30 p.m., free with $8 admission. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Youth Cooking School: Winter Beach Bash, for kids ages 6-12, with instructors preparing a menu of homemade ice cream, cupcake ice cream cones, and whole wheat pizza puffs. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 4:30-6 p.m., $10. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Thursday, March 29
Youth Cooking School: Spring with Sprouts, for kids ages 3-5, with instructors preparing a menu of homemade ice cream, cupcake ice cream cones, and whole wheat pizza puffs. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 10-11 a.m., $5. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Celebration of Service, the 13th annual fundraiser for Access Community Health Centers, featuring dinner, a silent auction, and live music. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen. Dr., 5:30 p.m., $90. Call 443-5500 for more info.
Seafood Basics class, with instructor Jennifer Jones covering how to prepare and serve mussels, oysters, shrimp, clams, and other delicacies in the home. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-7:30 p.m., $25. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Six Spices with Neeta Saluja class, with the chef preparing a menu of moong dal with spinach, cumin rice, and chicken with peanut sauce. Willy Street Co-op West, 6825 University Ave., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 284-7800 for more info.
Seed Starting with Charles Dykman class, with the instructor detailing how to start tomato plants from seed, as well as seed selection and saving, watering and artificial light, and transplantations. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 6-9 p.m., $10 owners and $20 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Friday, March 30
Indian Cooking: Curry class, with chef Neeta Saluja covering the traditional methods of making curry paste, and preparing a menu of shrimp curry, lemon rice, and seviyan kheer. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6-8:30 p.m., $25. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Screening of Comeback: The Wisconsin Beer Movie, a 2012 documentary by Tim Tynan and Caitlin Iverson about the ongoing growth of craft brewing in the Badger State. Indie Coffee, 1225 Regent St., 7 p.m. See Facebook, and call 259-9621 for more info.
Saturday, March 31
"Taste of the Market" breakfast at the Dane County Farmers' Market, with chef Joey Dunscombe from the Weary Traveler and volunteers from the UW-Madison Dietetics and Nutrition Club preparing a menu of: eggs over Semolina toast, smothered in Mediterranean style tomato stew; green salad with spinach, pears, cucumbers, sheep's milk feta, and a homemade vinaigrette; sausage patties; and, a lavender cookie. Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St., 8 a.m.-noon, $8 adults and $4 kids and smaller portions. Call 455-1999 for more info.
Great Eggspectations, two sessions of a spring and Easter-themed nature hike and craft project, with basket decorating and egg-dyeing. Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Dr., Monona, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $7. Please RSVP by March 29, and call 221-0404 for more info.
Susan Troller book reading, with the author discussing her book Cluck: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks about the backyard chicken movement. Frugal Muse Books-West, 235 Junction Rd., 1-3 p.m., free. Call 833-8668 for more info.
Ukranian Egg Decorating at Orange Tree Imports, with artist Pat Hall demonstrating how to use a kistka (stylus), hot wax, and dye to create a pysanka. Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe St., 1-3 p.m., free. Call 255-8211 for more info.
Egg Art Contest entry deadline, for the 34th annual competition at Orange Tree Imports, open to children and adults and with entries accepted of raw or blown chicken eggs decorated as Ukrainian pysanka or using batik, watercolor, natural dyes, paper wrapping, and other methods. Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe St., free. Call 255-8211 for more info.
Sunday, April 1
Monday, April 2
Healthy Habits Week at the Madison Children's Museum, running from April 2-6, featuring activities and lessons on nutrition, edible seeds, farm animals, egg dyes, and other topics. Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., free with $8 admission. Call 256-6445 for more info.
Edible Book Festival submission deadline, for the annual culinary art installation on April 10 in celebration of National Library Week, with proposals accepted for books and other reading-themed objects made with edible materials. UW Memorial Library, 718 State St., free. Call 262-8271 for more info.
The Urban Gardener Part I: Laying the Groundwork for a Productive Year class, with instructors from Madison FarmWorks at Troy Community Farm covering intermediate and advanced gardening skills, including design and layout, planting schedules, crop rotation, cover cropping, and succession planting. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 6-8 p.m., $20 owners and $30 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Save the date
Sunday, April 15
School Garden Project grants, in which Madison students, teachers, and parents encouraged to submit essays about planned or ongoing school gardens, with two $500 awards going to two programs, along with five $100 Whole Foods gift card awards for schools to use for seeds and other supplies for garden-to-food education. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., with the project application process running from February 1 through April 15. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Wednesday, May 9
Celebrating the Wines of Southern California, a wine tasting in the L'Etolie Oenophile series, with wine director Michael Kwas presenting samples of Sauvingnon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah vintages, all accomapnied by Wisconsin artisan cheese. L'Etoile, 1 S. Pinckney St., 6:30 p.m., $65. Call 251-0500 for more info.