Arboretum unveils gingerbread empire this Week in Food

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The Gingerbread Man aces out Tom the Turkey (much to his relief, no doubt) this Week in Food.

Monday 11/22

  • Craving some wine on a Monday night? Take a wine tour of Piedmont, Italy, with Sommelier Tim Edmunds at Crave in the Galleria. Sample a variety of wines and take home fancy wine facts to throw down at your next cocktail party. 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 11/23

  • Sometimes it feels like it's hard enough to get a date in this town, let alone enough to double. But if you're one of those lucky foursomes, hit up the Melting Pot for Double Date Night. For $80, choose from its gourmet cheese fondue and an entrée of tender white shrimp, teriyaki sirloin, or chicken breast along with vegetables and delicious dipping sauces. Drink specials also available.
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Friday 11/26

  • Black Friday! If you want to shop it out, you have to get serious about eating right. The Blue Plate restaurants (Edina Grill, Longfellow Grill, Highland Grill, and 3 Squares) will be kickin' it off early at 4 a.m. and offering special dining deals for eager shoppers. The first 100 people will receive a free breakfast entrée, the next 75 people will get 75% off of their breakfasts, the next 50 will receive 50% off, and the last 25 will get 25% off their meals. Power up folks!

  • Tea, music, and a little whimsy--what better way to kick-off the holiday season? You'll get all of that and more at the Arboretum's Land of Gingerbread that opens it's doors today. Take a stroll through a display of more than 20 gingerbread scenes created by Twin Cities bakers, sample holiday teas, listen to live music, and sign up for gourmet dinners being held now through January 2.

Sunday 11/28

  • Work you inner architect--make a gingerbread house at the American Swedish Institute. Bring the fam and celebrate the season with the sweet smell of pepparkakor (g-bread). Learn how the Swedes get into Christmas with baking, candles, and holiday decorating, and listen to stories told by a real hustomte (house elf). $15-20. 2 to 4 p.m.