Recover from Thanksgiving with more eating this Week In Food

Load up on winter veggies!
Load up on winter veggies!

Still have your eatin' pants on after Thanksgiving's annual gorging? Because we've got plenty of food-centric happenings on tap this week, and in the lead-up to Christmas you can expect an increased intake of sweets and booze. Win/win.

11/29 Work some vegetables into your long winter at the Wedge's Perfect Winter Vegetables class. Instructor Jeff Woodward demonstrates simple cooking techniques for creating luscious winter veggies like creamy carrot ginger soup, browned Brussels sprouts, baked sweet potato and cumin fries, red cabbage and basil salad with crispy jalapenos, sauteed kale with garlic, and roasted beets with aioli. Students get to eat the fruits of Woodward's labor, too. The class runs 7-9 p.m. and costs $49 for nonmembers, $39 for members. Sign up by calling 612.871.3993

12/1 The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum invites students who are interested in four flavor-filled recipes perfect for a holiday open house buffet to hit up writer-chef Beth Dooley's class Thursday night. Enjoy local wines Dooley has selected for the evening, and hear University of Minnesota enologist Katie Cook talk about each wine and how to appreciate what they bring to each recipe. The menu will be paired with the flavors of Carlos Creek's Wobegon White, Indian Island's Rose, Forestedge's Raspberry Wine, Winehaven's Marquette, and Cannon River's Bootlegger Red. The class runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. and costs $55 for members, $60 for nonmembers. To reserve your spot call 952.443.1400.

12/2 We're guessing that two seconds after typing this the info will no longer be true, but we're going to put it out there anyway: Surly has a tour Friday, but they fill up fast. Visitors just need to bring a nonperishable item to gain entrance and you'll receive a guided tour of the brewery and a few Surly brews for your troubles. Sign up online by visiting the Surly website... and if they're all filled up, you can see the dates for the next three weeks and hopefully land one of those.

Award-winning cookies galore at the Mill City Museum on Saturday
Award-winning cookies galore at the Mill City Museum on Saturday

12/3 The annual Star Tribune cookie contest comes to life at the Mill City Museum, where finalists in the contest (one winner and five runners-up) bake their winning recipes in the museum's Baking Lab. Visitors can pop in to meet the finalists and sample their cookies (and nab some baking tips too). Cookies and their bakers will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. and are included in the regular price of museum admission of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids ages 6-17. For more info visit the museum's website.

Always wondered what exactly wassailing is? Us too. Which is why you should head to the Medieval Feast & Wassailing of the Apple Trees at Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery in Stockholm, Wisconsin. A five-course dinner and special wassail beverage are the cornerstone of this event, which also includes music, live entertainment, a bonfire, and dancing. We could explain the long history of wassailing and why it's associated with apple trees, but you should find out for yourself at the Feast, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the wassailing are $50 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under and can be reserved by calling 715.448.3502.

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