Roll into 2011 in style--poppin' bubbly with the Saints on an ice dragon luge. We've got all that and more this Week in Food.
- Before you pack up the tree and tinsel, take some time out for a spot of holiday tea. The Arboretum will serve a traditional tea (complete with freshly baked scones, sweets, savories, and trifle) now through December 30 at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Celebrate the season and enjoy the beauty of nature at this annual holiday event.
- The Saints went marching in--straight to Forum Restaurant. Dig into a six-course New Orleans-style dinner, including gumbo, squab, crab cakes, blackened cast-iron walleye, and filet mignon. Enjoy wine pairings with each course, and top it off with a New Orleans trifle (warm beignets, bourbon poached peaches, candied pecans, and vanilla bean ice cream). $65 per person plus tax and tip. 6:30 p.m.
- Head into 2011 well prepared. It's a bubbly celebration at Sinful Wines and Spirits in Bloomington. Taste a variety of sparkling wines and champagne in preparation for the big night--New Year's Eve. Free. 7 to 9 p.m.
- Ring in the New Year out at the farm. Tour de Farm heads to Star Thrower Farm in Glencoe to feast on tomato marmalade, roasted pumpkin, brussels sprouts, lamb, and cheese in a heated barn that's more than 100 years old. Transportation will be provided from the Corner Table restaurant to and from the farm. $175. 4 to 8 p.m.
- Get Shanghaied this New Year's at Om, which will transform its three levels into a Shanghai music lounge, a disco warehouse space, a Japanese karaoke room, and a speakeasy casino filled with Shibari performance art, contortionists, acrobats, dancers, geishas, gaming tables, and an ice dragon luge. $45-100. 9 p.m.
- A new year means a new exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. This weekend marks the end of "Chocolate: The Exhibition." Take a journey from the rain forests of Central and South America, where the Mayans once harvested cacao seeds for currency and beverages, to the present-day, $16 billion-a-year United States chocolate industry. View pre-Columbian ceramics and ritual objects, European silver, and porcelain chocolate services.