Cinco de Mayo, Great Waters cask dinner kick off May this Week in Food

It's (almost) May, and our week in food reflects this most welcome month: Cinco de Mayo cooking classes and a new chef at Gather just to name a few. Enjoy!

5/1 If you missed out on Great Waters' Anniversary Week you're in luck: There's one last hurrah, and that's the rescheduled All Cask Beer Dinner Tuesday night. The meal begins at 7 p.m. and will included beers like Blackwatch Oat Stout and Cask Brown Trout Brown Ale paired with dishes such as almond-encrusted walleye and fruit pizza and bacon chocolate chip cookies. The meal costs $65, and seats can be reserved by calling 651.224.2739.

5/3 The Walker Art Center's restaurant, Gather by D'Amico, welcomes a new guest chef for the month of May in the form of Tilia's Steven Brown. Guests to the restaurant Thursday night can enjoy complimentary menu items created by Brown and speak to the man himself about his creations. A full bar will also be available to complement the food. The event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., and you can learn more at the Walker's website.

Learn authentic Thai cuisine from Sen Yai Sen Lek's chef Joe Hatch-Surisook Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Chef Joe's culinary experience began in his family's Bangkok kitchen, where he learned a careful balancing of flavors that he will share with students. The menu will include Miang Kam, a lettuce wrap with bright flavors and piquant shrimp sauce; Tom Yum Goong, a spicy prawn soup with lemongrass and Kaffir lime; Pad See Lew, a stir fry with dark soy chicken and Chinese broccoli; Gluoy Buod Chee, a sweet sticky rice with fruit; and wine tastings. The class costs $50 for member, $60 for nonmembers, and reservations can be made by calling 952.443.1422.

5/5 Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the "Mexican Mayor of Midtown," a.k.a. Manny Gonzalez of Manny's Tortas, at the Midtown Global Market Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Gonzalez will lead the class in a tour of traditional Mexican dishes and related libations. Manny and his mamá (sí, es verdad!) will help students celebrate this important holiday and all the good food that goes along with it. On the menu: opes, guacamole, posolé; ensalada de nopales; puntas de filete al chipotle; traditional Mexican rice and refried beans; flan; and café de diablo. To register click here.

The Living Green Expo returns to the State Fair Grounds Saturday (and Sunday) for all the green-laden info you could ever need or want. Be sure to hit up the Good Food Stage with local and celebrity chefs demonstrating sustainable and healthy recipes, and experts offering tips on the perfect pantry, canning homegrown vegetables, and more. Admission is free for anyone 18 and under, and $3 (online) or $5 (at the door) for adults over 18. The expo is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

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