The BLB's Stout Bout and a Wild Rice Festival in this carb-laden Week in Food

It's stout vs. stout at the BLB
It's stout vs. stout at the BLB

We're rolling into fall-ish events this Week in Food with a Stout Bout at the Bryant-Lake Bowl and the annual Wild Rice Festival bringing on the heftier cuisine.

9/11 The (hopefully) cooler temperatures of September are a great time to experience the Foodies on Foot walking tour of Stillwater. You'll trot around the city experiencing the culinary world of local restaurants and gourmet shops that feature artisan cheeses, choice meats, homemade breads, and hand-made chocolates, not to mention great beer and wine. The three-hour journey promises a relaxing and tasty stroll from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $50 per person.

If you've got a wee one at home, the Linden Hills Co-op's "Make Your Own Baby Food" class is right up your alley. Instructors Kelly Smeltzer and Mary Jo Rasmussen will show students how to make their own baby food and even demonstrate how those efforts can do double duty by using the same ingredients for dishes that grownups enjoy too. You'll save money and know exactly what's going down your kid's hatch. The class goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and costs $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members of any Twin Cities natural food co-op. To sign up call 612.922.1159.

9/12 For fans of dark beer and things that rhyme, the Bryant-Lake Bowl's "Stout Bout" sounds promising: Beginning at 6 p.m. several Midwestern stouts will take on all the rest at this hefty tasting event. Stouts making appearances include Deschutes Abyss, Great Lakes Black Out, Surly Darkness, Bell's Black Note, Founder's RIS, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout, Odell Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, and Dark Horse Plead the 5th.

9/14 If you've got the fat wallet, the Hunger Bash is a swank way to fight hunger for an evening. The $125 ticket and your finest cocktail attire get you into the Golden Valley Country Club to benefit the Emergency Foodshelf Network. KARE11's Bobby Jensen emcees, with live music by Connie Evingson, a silent auction, themed food stations, games, and epic desserts. All the proceeds from the evening will be used to get quality food on the shelves of the EFN. For tickets and more information about the event, which begins at 6 p.m., visit their website.

9/15 The annual family favorite Wild Rice Festival returns to the Harriet Alexander Nature Center and starts things off right with a wild rice pancake breakfast for $7 from 8 to 11 a.m. If you get up too late for breakfast, the festival's lunch offers multiple food trucks, including Messy Guiseppe. Native American cafe Pow Wow Grounds will be selling plenty of wild rice-centric Native American foods (wild rice parfait, anyone?) and there's entertainment and activities throughout the day, with the event wrapping at 4 p.m. For more information visit the festival's website.

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