(Food) love is in the air this Week in Food


No one wants to think about Valentine's Day right after the holidays, but love is in the air this week--whether it's a love of beer, a desire for slimming soups, or a cheap date night for your sweetheart.

1/10 Kings Wine Bar has the perfect way to woo your latest: Tuesday night is its Tasting for Two date night, which means twosomes can enjoy three courses (plus dessert), with each course paired with a glass from the wine menu, all for just $45. The romantic wine bar is the perfect place for a Tuesday night on the town--consider it foreplay. Bonus: There's no need for a reservation--just show up and claim a table.

Has your New Year's Resolution to eat better already gone off the rails? Right the ship at the Wedge, where Jeff Woodward hosts "Slimming, Warming Soups and Stews." Learn about soups and stews with the right balance of ingredients to help you stay slim (and warm) this winter. Regulate blood sugar, aid weight loss, and feel better by making the following dishes: saffron tomato and risotto soup, hearty beef stew (grass-fed beef), Greek egg and lemon soup, curried chicken and cauliflower stew, and smooth white bean soup with greens and avocado. This demo-with-meal class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and costs $39 for members, $49 for nonmembers. To reserve a spot call 612,871,3993.

1/11 Beer lovers, get thee to the Bryant-Lake Bowl tonight for the premiere screening of The Love of Beer. This feature-length documentary highlights women in the beer industry and is hosted by the Better Beer Society. In addition to the screening, viewers will enjoy a local panel of beer experts, food, and plenty of beer (naturally). The theater opens at 5 p.m. for networking, with the film beginning at 7 p.m. (run time 82 minutes). Seating for this event is limited, so get your tickets ahead of time by visiting the BLB's website.

1/13 Here's a Friday the 13th worth looking forward to: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum hosts a multi-course Winter Gourmet Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy appetizers, wine pairings and heaping plates in the Fireplace Room and Snyder Lobby for $65 for members, $70 for nonmembers. To reserve your place call 612.626.3951.

1/14 If 2012 is the year you plan to explore home brew, then visit Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies today for a step-by-step class on the basics of making great beer at home from malt extract kits. The store's home-brewing experts will walk participants through the process from boil to bottling, with detailed information on the equipment and ingredients you'll need to achieve success. The 10:30 a.m. class is free and lasts 90 minutes. All that's required is that you reserve a seat at 952.925.9854.

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