Nicollet Inn's Lobster Week and Family Pizza Night this Week in Food

Lobster Week!
Lobster Week!

Holiday eating is a rich affair, and one you have to ease yourself down from. This Week in Food we've got several events, both decadent (Lobster Week at Nicollet Island Inn) and thoughtful (Slow Food Minnesota's lecture) that will let you adapt to regular life again.

1/7 Every year the Nicollet Island Inn celebrates the end of the holiday season with one last hurrah: lobster week! From January 4 to 13 you can enjoy a four-course lobster tasting menu loaded with lobster broth, poached lobster salad, baked lobster tail, and more. It's a decidedly decadent way to wind down the holidays, and it's also your last chance to see the hotel's elaborate holiday decorations too. Make your reservations online or by calling 612.331.1800.

1/8 Round up the family and head to the Linden Hills Co-op Tuesday night for a Homemade Pizza class. This back-by-popular-demand class is designed for family participation, which means you'll all be making and eating pizza from the dough up. Sauces, cheeses, and an array of toppings will also be provided, and you'll get to nosh on the results of all your hard labor. Class begins at 6:30 and runs until 8 p.m., and the fee is $23 for members, $18 for nonmembers, and covers one adult. Children cost $13/$8 apiece. To sign up call 612.922.1159.

1/12 Get some extra help sticking to your resolutions at the Healthy Life Expo on Saturday. Wade through 200 exhibitors and check out speakers on three stages discussing everything from yoga and meditation to herbs and natural cooking. Be sure to bring heaps of questions to throw at the fitness professionals, wellness experts, and various trainers and coaches that populate this event. The show, which takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance costs $6.

DIY wine at Midwest Homebrew
DIY wine at Midwest Homebrew

Learn how to make your very own wine today at Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies. You'll learn to make excellent wines at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them as the staff walks you through the winemaking process. With just a few helpful tips, you can transform a wine kit into 30 bottles of your own homemade wine. Participants can sample several wines made from these concentrates. The free class begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs for an hour and a half.

1/13 McNally Smith hosts Slow Food Minnesota: Tales of Terra Madre, a recap of Slow Food International's biennial conference of the sustainable food world. The conference took place in Turin, Italy, and Sunday night's speakers will talk about how the conference affected them. You can also check out potluck dishes provided by the chapter (attendees should also bring a dish to share). The lecture takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. today.

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