A last gasp for food trucks this week in food

A trip to Alsace via Edina's Salut
A trip to Alsace via Edina's Salut

Let's get right to it: The best part of this week in food is a last chance to get your fill of the popular food trucks next Saturday. Sure, it's going to cost you $125 (for charity!), but might we float the idea that it's worth it for one last paper boat of Indian spice mini-doughnuts?

11/8 Salut Bar Americain continues its special series of dinners devoted to different regions of France, with tonight's Alsace region being the headliner. Multiple courses will be paired with wines from Alsace, all for just $65 per person. To reserve your spot at the Edina restaurant, call 952.929.3764

11/9 More Goose Island for your gullet! Senor Wong is hosting a four-course, five-beer dinner laden with all things Goose Island. The meal begins with a course of opah and rock shrimp ceviche paired with Goose Island's Sofie and ends with a chocoflan dessert complemented with a scoop of banana ice cream and Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout. In the middle there's duck, pork, and more Goose Island (Matilda and Pepe Nero). Reservations for this $40 dinner, which begins with a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m., are required and can be made by calling 651.224.2019

11/11 Upgrade your cooking skills at Midtown Global Market's Cooking the Market class, which promises a hands-on seasonal cooking experience to even the biggest kitchen-phobes. Chef Molly Herrmann of Tastebud Catering guides students through their culinary journey, which includes a wander through the market for inspiration and a sampling of cheese from Grassroots Gourmet. That warmup is followed, naturally, by plenty of cooking and eating. The class runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and costs $65. Book online here.

11/12 The sixth-annual Charity Meat Raffle takes place at the St. Paul Grill today, which is a great way to do a good deed and possibly land heaps of meat for your freezer. From 2 to 4 p.m. guests can buy $5 tickets and watch as prizes like seafood and chops from the Grill's suppliers are given away every 15 minutes throughout the event. Winners spin a wheel to find out which hunks of meat they'll be taking home. Proceeds of your meat addiction benefit St. Paul's Neighborhood House. For more information call 651.292.9292.

Mini D's for a good cause
Mini D's for a good cause

Look at this: another chance to be a do-gooder. Courage Center's annual food and wine fundraiser is getting a new twist thanks to the food-on-wheels trend. A Toast to Courage: Where Food Trucks and Charity Meet brings all your favorite food trucks together before a long winter hiatus, all in the name of charity. Enjoy cuisine from the Barrio truck, Chef Shack, Gastrotruck and five more while sipping craft beer and wine. The event, which raises money for Courage Center Camps, will take place at BMW of Minnetonka (15802 Wayzata Blvd in Minnetonka) from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and costs $125 per person.

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