This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, April 10
The Edible Book Festival returns to UW-Madison with an exhibit presenting books in the form of food. Participant bakers commemorate the written word, or in some cases specific books, often (but not always) via cake in this UW Memorial Library, 728 State St., 4:30-6:30 p.m., free. Call 262-8271 for more info.
Saturday, April 14
Titanic Dinner. It's a repeat of last year's anniversary dinner, with Chef Michael Pruett preparing eleven courses, including oysters, pate de foie gras, lamb, squab, filet mignon, salmon, and more . Protein, anyone? The meal was served in a first-class dining salon on the RMS Titanic on April 14, 1912, the evening before she hit the iceberg and sank. Period attire is encouraged, and reservations are recommended. Steenbock's on Orchard, 330 N. Orchard St., 6:30 p.m., $100 with wine pairings. Call 204-2733 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, April 10
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.
Wednesday, April 11Rooftop 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.
Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 4:30-6 p.m., $10. Call 233-9566 for more info.
Thursday, April 12
In the Kitchen with Cathy: Salad Preparation, with instructor Cathy Thomas demonstrating how to create salads, through covering knife skills, vegetable storage techniques, dressing recipes, and the use of a "Salad Box" for the refrigerator. 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, April 13
Saturday, April 14
Curious Cupcake Decorating Wars, a contest in celebration of National Library Week, featuring creations made with cupcakes and frosting from Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery and open to adults and youth in 6th grade and up, with Monona Library, 1000 Nichols Rd., 2 p.m., free. Call 222-6127 for more info.
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 Market, 3313 University Ave., with a Savory Sunday, with volunteers need to prepare and serve a fresh, hot meal for the hungry. Lutheran Campus Center, 325 N. Mills St., 11 a.m. Call 233-6967 for more info.
Monday, April 16
Ravioli Making class, with the instructors introducing the history of and traditional tools for the dish, and preparing a menu of creamy herb butternut squash ravioli with sage and browned butter sauce, and porcini mushroom and white wine ravioli with a lemon-based sauce. Willy Street Co-op East, 1221 Williamson St., 6-8 p.m., $15 owners and $25 all others. Call 251-6776 for more info.
Save the date
Sunday, May 6
Asparagus Dinner, with chefs Nate Hamilton and Chef Ian Stowell preparing a six-course menu in tribute to spargel season in Germany and Austria, each dish paired with wine. Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 6 p.m., $65. Call 255-6075 for more info.
Saturday, June 2
Burgers & Brew, the fifth annual fundraiser feast for REAP Food Group, featuring mini-burgers made with locally-grown ingredients and are paired with local beers. Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton, 4-7:30 p.m., $30 or $25 advance, with special early entry tickets for REAP members. Purchase tickets online, and call 310-7836 for more info.