This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Wednesday, March 3
The Worthington Park Neighborhood Association continues its series of urban farming workshops this evening in support of a Darbo Community Garden at the east side Salvation Army Community Center. This workshop explores the topic of "Black Farmers in Modern America," with a look at success stories in Madison and around the nation, as well as suggestions for how young people can make money during summer break by getting involved in urban agriculture. Hawthorne Library, 2707 East Washington Ave., 6 p.m., free. Call 32-1493 for more info.
Science writer Kathleen Kline is the featured guest and speaker at the monthly meeting of the People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, she will share spear-fishing stories and discuss the history, lore, and culinary customs surrounding the resurgent population of Acipenser fulvescens in Lake Winnebago. Membership in CHEW is open to all. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 7:15 p.m., free. Call 233-5488 for more info.
Chef Derek Rowe of present another craft beer dinner this evening, their third in a series of four this winter. The featured beers will be from Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 6 p.m., $45. Call 255-6075 for reservations.
Friday, March 5
Aldo Leopold Weekend at the Lunch With Leopold, a brown-bag reading and discussion. The focus of the gathering, as described by organizers, is "on the challenges the Arboretum faces today and an exchange of ideas about how Leopold might have managed these issues." UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy., noon-2 p.m., free. Call 890-2555 for more info.
Saturday, March 6
Only a half dozen weeks of the Taste of the Market breakfast at the winter Dane County Farmers' Market remain before the action returns to the Capitol Square. Chef Leah Caplan, a food consultant at Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St., 8 a.m.-noon, $7.50 adults and $3.75 kids. Call 455-1999 for more info about the market.
open house this weekend, a two-day introduction to the basics of vinification in southwestern Wisconsin. The activities open each day with a talk about grape cultivation and a demonstration of grapevine pruning, followed by presentation's about the winery's heritage, cooking demonstrations, and self-guided tours. A light lunch provided by Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Hwy. 188, Sauk City, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free. Call 800-847-9463 for more info.
A sure sign of the impending arrival of spring in Madison is the annual International Festival, an all-day frenzy of live choral and instrumental music, folk dance, storytelling, puppetry, and many other forms and combinations of performances inspired by and in homage to cultures around the globe. Six stages of shows and an accompanying craft bazaar is bound to work up an appetite, though. That's where the International Cafe comes in, with its promenade of vendors that include Ruby Restaurant, Cafe Costa Rica, Catering a Fresco, Italian Women's Group, Italian Workmen's Group, Jamerica, Paciugo Italiano Gelato, and Spice Yatra. Overture Center, 201 State St., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 258-4177 for more info.
The Men Who Cook scholarship fundraiser in Fitchburg this evening. Guests will be able to eat and vote on their favorite dishes prepared and served by a variety of Madison male celebrities, as well as win raffle and door prizes. The 2009 edition of the dinner is detailed in The Madison Times. Fitchburg Community Center, 5510 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg, 3 p.m., $25 or $20 in advance and $5 for kids under ten. Call 845-2579 for more info.
The chili dinner this evening as a fundraiser for its scholarship program. The meal will include both meat and vegetarian chilis, along with plenty of sides, desserts, and beverages, all provided by a variety of east side establishments, including Lazy Jane's, The Weary Traveler, Monty's Blue Plate, the Willy Street Co-op, the Jenifer Street Market, Ground Zero, Mother Fool's, The Crystal Corner. The Kristy Larson Trio will perform honky tonk tunes following the dinner. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to scholarship funds awarded to two graduating high school seniors who live in the neighborhood. Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., 5:30 p.m., $10 for adults and $6 for pre-teens. Call 257-4576 for more info.
Sunday, March 7
fundraiser dinner this evening, its third of five, to help fund a staff trip to New York City for a special Farm to Table dinner on April 6. Owner and wine director Tammy Lax and Chef Derek Rowe have been invited for a second time by the Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 5 p.m., $25. Call 255-6075 for reservations.
Monday, March 8
Upcoming eats events
It's worth knowing about some events that require reservations farther in advance.
Tuesday, March 9
Sunday, March 14
A new supper club that goes by the name of . Devised by a collection of people who work at the Weary Traveler who are looking to cook their own food for people, the club is hoping to serve dinners on a monthly basis at the near east side DIY art-music-and-now-dining venue. "We're looking to have a good time and experiment a little, and do food you don't see very often," says Chef Gregory James Walters, a principal organizer of the group. His seven-course menu for this first dinner will feature: lobster leek caviar, tuna truffle anchovy, foie gras citrus black pepper, a pork trio, champagne, St. Andre caraway cherry, and vanilla-cherry rhubarb. The meal is BYOB, and tickets can be purchased online. The Project Lodge, 817 E. Johnson St., 6 p.m., $42.50. Email blackmarketmadison at gmail.com for more info.
Tuesday, March 16
Communal dining is back on the menu at Tuesday dinners centered around comfort foods. Prepared as always with numerous local ingredients, this dinner will be classic American cuisine prepared from The James Beard Cookbook. Diners are informed that they might expect the meal to include: soft white rolls with homemade butter, a beet and hardboiled egg salad with bacon lardon and tarragon vinaigrette, braised Fountain Prairie Farm short ribs and sauerkraut topped with crispy onions, and a Meyer lemon pudding with graham cracker crust. L'Etoile, 25 N. Pinckney St., seatings from 5:30-8:15 p.m., $22. Call 251-0500 for reservations.
Wednesday, March 17
The World Championship Cheese Contest returns to Madison on March 16 for three days of concentrated dairy excellence. Hosted by the will feature some 2,000 entries, assessed by an international panel of judges who will determine the standouts in over 80 cheese and butter classes. One highlight of the event will be An Evening at the World Championship Cheese Contest, a tasting celebration presented by in advance of the event. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., 6-8 p.m., $20. Call 828-4550 for more info.