A whiskey sale, Rush River beer dinner, and more this Week in Food

Time to load up on whiskey at Zipps
Time to load up on whiskey at Zipps

We're getting into the home stretch for Thanksgiving, so this week is stocked with events that will help you expand your stomach in preparation for a major holiday eat-a-thon.

11/12 If you're like us, you need plenty of liquor to make it through the holiday season. Thankfully (ha!) Zipps is having its annual Fall Whiskey Sale as we speak. You can nab all your favorite styles of whiskey for 10 percent off. Load up on gifts and expand your home supply in time for the holidays. The sale runs through November 17, so clear out some space in your trunk.

11/13 Fans of Wisconsin's Rush River beers should head to the Happy Gnome Tuesday for an epic beer dinner that includes five courses paired with six Rush River brews. In addition to heaps of eats, you'll can chat with the folks who actually brew the beer and own the joint. The meet-and-greet begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner to follow at 7. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased here.

11/14 Jax Cafe gives a nod to all the carnivorous hunters out there with an explosive Hunters Dinner Wednesday night for $80 per person. There's so much meat and food to be had that we're just going to touch on a few of the burlier selections: venison sausage, quail, grilled elk, alligator satays, buffalo meatballs, and smoked trout. A variety of Summit beers will be paired with various courses, along with a 2Gingers Alexander for dessert. Things kick off at 6 p.m. with heaps of appetizers, and you can reserve your spot by calling 612.789.7297.

11/15 No need to dust off your passport for this meal: Chef Vincent Francoual takes diners on A Taste of France Thursday night at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which means for $50 (for members, $60 for nonmembers) you can enjoy new recipes in an interactive environment. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Francoual will bust out celery root salad, smoked duck, mimolette cheese; baked walleye with spices; Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes w/pickled onion sauce; and floating island-local apples with crème Anglaise. Everything will be paired with various wines to boot. For tickets call 952.443.1422.

What sides work with this guy?
What sides work with this guy?

11/17 It's T-minus six days until Thanksgiving, do you have a game plan? If the answer is no then sign up for chef Kate Moore's Simple Thanksgiving Sides at the Linden Hills Co-op to help round out your big meal. Moore will expand on the classics to tempt picky eaters into trying something new and exciting. The menu will include wild rice salad with sage vinaigrette; herb roasted root vegetables; brown butter Brussels sprouts; and the world's best cranberry salsa. The class runs from 10 a.m. to noon and costs $20 for co-op members and $25 for nonmembers. To sign up call 612.922.1159.

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