Stogies, brews, and classes aplenty this week in food

As we barrel deeper into fall, our food events reflect the season--and we're happy to eat apples and seasonal beers while we've got 'em. There's even a stogie dinner this week, a rarity in the (typically) more health-conscious offerings.

10/17 Baffled by those wily Belgian beers? Goose Island's brewery innovation manager Tom Korder hits up the Muddy Pig to host a seminar comparing classic and contemporary Belgian ales. Korder will be joined by Suzanne Wolcott as they serve up tastings of four Goose Island Belgian-style ales and four legit Belgian ales. Meat and cheese will be on hand to help the beer glide down your throat. Space for this $20 seminar is limited, so sign up at the Muddy Pig and show up promptly at 7 p.m.

10/19 The St. Paul Grill says it's stogie weather with a five-course Cigar Dinner on Wednesday. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner created by executive chef Adam Bartos. Dishes will include steamed mussels with chorizo, grilled jumbo shrimp with white cheddar and chive grits, and pecan pie to name a few. Where do the smokes come in? A tent will be set up in Rice Park where guests can purchase dessert, cocktails, and cigars. The cost of the evening is $100 (plus tax and gratuity), and reservations can be made by calling the St. Paul Grill at 651.224.4555.

10/20 The first class of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's 4x4 Culinary Series starts tonight with chef Joan Donatelle, who will show students how to create a flavor-filled four-course meal based on her Mediterranean-influenced recipes. University of Minnesota enologist Katie Cook will also be at hand to discuss the Minnesota wines that will be paired with the food (Woodlan Hill's Autumn Sky, Hinterland's Frontenac, Whitewater's Frontenac, Fieldstone's Rose, and Cannon River's Mancini's). The class runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and costs $55 for members, $60 for nonmembers. The next sessions are scheduled for November 10, and December 1. Sign up by calling 952.443.1422.

10/22 A marriage made in heaven! The fourth annual Midtown Global Market Cheese and Apple Festival returns for a full-throttle celebration of local cheeses, apples, and autumn produce. The event, which runs from 12 to 3 p.m., promises pairing suggestions and samples, children's activities featuring fall foods led by Do It Green! Minnesota, cooking demonstrations at Kitchen in the Market, and the inaugural Cheesecake/Apple Pie baking competition (which the public is welcome to enter). For more information visit the event's website

10/23 It's OK for your Sunday night to be slow if you're at the Slow Food Writers' Night at McNally Smith College of Music. From 4 to 7 p.m. you can check out readings, videos, book signings, and a potluck. Writers on hand will include James Norton of Heavy Table (and author of Minnesota Lunch), Brett Laidlaw, and Catherine Friend. Tickets are $10 for Slow Food MN members, $15 for nonmembers, and can be purchased here

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