Free cooking demo, kids’ activity on the Square
The first annual Dane County Farmers’ Market School on the Square will be held Saturday in the courtyard of Graze, in the U.S. Bank building, 1 S. Pinckney St. (look for the red tents). A kids’ activity, “How to Start a Garden” begins at 11 a.m. Seedlings and information will be given to participants.
At noon chef Tory Miller of L’Etoile and Graze will demonstrate cooking with different cheeses available at the market, and offering samples. A chef demo will be held the first Saturday of each month this season, featuring a local chef who will demonstrate two or three dishes made from market ingredients. Attendees will be given recipes and info on market vendors.
Middleton Wine Walk
The Downtown Middleton Business Association is hosting its first annual Spring Wine Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Tastings — one red and one white at each location — will take place at 12 Downtown Middleton businesses. Attendees will begin the walk at the recently-opened women’s boutique, Neena, where they will receive a wine glass and guide to what is being tasted at each location.
Featured wines include selections from California, Washington, Spain, Italy, Chile and New Zealand. Hors d’oeuvres will also be served at each stop.
Tickets are limited to 200 and are $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased at Marilyn’s Salon, 1833 Parmenter St., Neena, 1827 Parmenter St., or M&I Bank, 7447 University Ave.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Eldorado Grill
Eldorado Grill, 744 Williamson St., is holding a Cinco de Mayo event at 5 p.m. Thursday, featuring $5 margaritas and a $5 menu that includes foot-long sandwiches, fish sandwiches, fried bologna sandwiches, chicken fried bacon, chili cheese fries and green chile cheese fries.
Live country music starts at 9 p.m. with KW Tubb and the Mother Truckers and the Neck Bones Band. There will be a raffle and door prizes. The grand prize will be a barbecue dinner for four.
CHEW meeting focuses on Wisconsin’s dairies
Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) meets at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Goodman Atwood Community Center, Bolz Room A; 149 Waubesa St.
Jeanne Carpenter of Wisconsin Cheese Originals will give a talk, “The Renaissance of the Wisconsin Farmstead Dairy,” about the re-emergence of smaller-scale, artisanal dairies.
Carpenter’s Wisconsin Cheese Originals promotes the state’s artisan cheeses. She founded the annual Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival, held the first weekend of November in Madison.
For more information: www.wisconsincheeseoriginals.com, or call 608-241-1574.
Chef offers classes
Chef Joel Olson is offering two cooking classes at the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen in Mineral Point Saturday.
“Essential Knife Skills” (9:30 a.m. to noon) is a hands-on class covering the professional techniques that help take the chore out of cooking. Knife selection, care, and sharpening will also be covered. A light meal is included. The cost is $54.
“Springtime Hors D’oeuvres” (1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will include instruction in making turkey and sun-dried tomato meatballs with tomato, garlic and yogurt sauce; Chinese five-spiced nuts; roasted red pepper tapenade with homemade crisp flatbread; and boursin cheese and shrimp “cream puffs.” The cost is $64.
The Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen is at 851 Dodge St. To register, call 608-987-3558.
— State Journal Staff