Tryg's discovers the world of squash this Week in Food

Warm up this winter with a glass of fine wine.

Warm up this winter with a glass of fine wine.

It's the dead of January. Warm up with libations and learning this Week in Food.

Monday 1/17

  • Kick back, relax, enjoy happy hour(s). Nokomis Bar now offers a 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour with specially priced cocktails, wine, and appetizers in its newly redecorated bar.

Tuesday 1/18

  • 20.21 helps you resolve to eat better in 2011 with a five-course dinner, featuring the wines of Saracina Vineyards organic winery. The dinner will begin with crystal chive dumplings with Alaskan king crab, sweet shrimp, pork belly, and Chinese mustard and chili sauce, followed by coriander-crusted albacore tuna loin with poblano-avocado puree and piloncillo-glazed ruby red grapefruit. The main course will be "Angry Lobster" with spicy Szechuan noodle salad. $75 plus tax and gratuity. Call for reservations. 7 p.m.

Wednesday 1/19

The incredible, edible squash.

The incredible, edible squash.

  • Hit up the Guthrie Theater for a show and grab a major discount on dinner. For the month of January, Sea Change will offer a three-course prix-fix menu with appetizer, entrée, and dessert for only $30 dollars. Choose from Alpine Bay oysters and tuna poke or pork steam buns for appetizer; linguine with succulent lobster and pancetta or bouillabaisse or brandade ravioli and smoked leeks, garlic, and red pepper for entrée; and a luscious pumpkin cheesecake or house-made blackberry sorbet for dessert.

Thursday 1/20

  • The ground may be covered with snow, but bike-season is just around the corner--honest. Gear up over a glass of wine at Nicollet Island Inn's Wine and Words Dinner. Enjoy food and wine while listening to a special presentation by Terry Eastin, executive director of the Mississippi River Trail. Each guest will also receive a free copy of The Bicycling Guide to the Mississippi River Trail. $78, all inclusive. 6:30 p.m.

Friday 1/21

  • Take a road-trip to the Afton House Inn that will offer a five-course French Polynesian Wine Dinner. Start off with Chef Selected Canapés, followed by Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad, Braised Pacific Sword Fish, and Guava Glazed Pork Spare Rib & Crispy Pork Belly. Finish it off with Banana Poe Brulee. Don't want to drive? Stay overnight in the historic inn. $54.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 1/22

  • Head to Tryg's and discover the wonderful world of squash, the first in a new series of cooking classes. Learn how to cook this staple vegetable while dining on lunch and sipping on wine. $40. 11 a.m.

Sunday 1/23

  • Get roasted. Learn how to roast meats and vegetables at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul. Van Keszler, a chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu, will demonstrate how to make roasted chicken, baked halibut with pineapple salsa, herb-roasted pork loin, roasted root vegetables, and more. Registration required. $65. 1 to 4 p.m.