Food coma guaranteed this Week in Food

Stir-fryin' at Linden Hill Co-op
Stir-fryin' at Linden Hill Co-op

We're event-heavy toward the end of the week, when Saturday piles on three options for food fans. Nothing wrong with being spoiled for choice this Week in Food.

4/10 The name alone sounds delicious: Linden Hills Co-op offers "Simple & Savory Stir Fry" hosted by Mary Jo and Kelly, owners of Urban Relish. Students will learn how stir-frying differs from sautéing or pan frying, what (if any) special equipment is required, and the techniques behind this tasty cooking method. Learn simple wok appetizers, Chinese/Thai fried rice and quick sauces to accompany your stir-fry creations. The class runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and costs $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members. Call 612.922.1159 to register.

4/11 Author Atina Diffley will read from her new book, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works at the University of Minnesota bookstore inside the Coffman Union Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. Diffley's book is a memoir about organic farming, and the reading is free and open to the public.

Aspiring wine produces would do well to attend "A Sip of Science: Geology and the Terroir of Wine Growing in Minnesota" at the Aster Cafe Wednesday night. Glacial geologist Dr. James Cotter will illustrate how the challenges of wine growing in the Minnesota climate are met with the development of new grape species and innovative growing practices. Cotter will also discuss how the geologic context for wine grape growing may provide insight on the future of winemaking in Minnesota. Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m.

4/14 There's nothing more Minnesotan than a meat raffle, and the St. Paul Grill will be hosting its seventh Charity Meat Raffle today from 2 to 4 pm. The popular raffle benefits the Neighborhood House while giving participants the chance to nab exceptional steaks, chops, and seafood from the St. Paul Grill's top suppliers. Raffle tickets for the event cost $5 per ticket, and winning tickets will be drawn every 15 minutes throughout the event, with winners invited to spin a wheel to learn which cut of meat they win.

Local food writer and CP contributor Tricia Cornell has published a new book, Eat More Vegetables: Making the Most of Your Seasonal Produce and will offer demonstrations for visitors to the Mill City Museum Baking Lab Saturday. The book highlights 135 recipes that seasonally correspond to the bounty available from local farmers' tables, and also ties in well with the museum's current exhibit "Growing Strong: How Farmers Markets Nourish People, Communities and the Planet." Cornell's demonstrations will be at 12:30 and 2 p.m. and is included in the admission price of $11 for adults, $6 for kids.

And finally The Heavy Table teams up with Peace Coffee Saturday for the fourth in the North Coast Nosh series of sip and sample events. More than 20 local food and drink purveyors will be on hand at the Peace Coffee roastery in south Minneapolis. Some of the purveyors attending include Chowgirls Killer Catering, Patisserie 46, Caves of Faribault, and Lucid Brewing. The $22.70 ticket price includes free samples of food and drink and the event runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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