Wine meals, farm dinners, and a blogger bake sale this week in food

Sure, you can go out to eat for going-out-to-eat's sake, but this week offers the chance to justify your expenditures in two ways: theme dinners or fundraisers.

5/11 Did you miss last week's Burgundy wine dinner at Salut in Edina? Luckily for you, the same meal of Burgundy-paired deliciousness is being offered at the St. Paul location, Chefs C.J. and Anthony offer a spring menu paired with a variety of wines from Burgundy, and experts from France 44 will be on hand to answer questions about the Burgundy region wines, which will also be available for purchase. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $65. For reservations call 651.917.2345

5/12 We can safely call this the most surreal dining experience of the week: Sea Change invites diners to a five-course meal taken from Salvador Dali's Le Diners De Gala cookbook. A lover of great food and wine, Dali's recipes and pairings will be created by chef Erik Anderson and sommelier Bill Summerville. The $95 dinner will begin with a reception on the patio at 7 p.m. For reservations call 612.225.6488.

5/13 Say no to gluten at Wildfire's fundraising wine dinner for the Celiac Disease Foundation Twin Cities. Fox 9 anchor Heidi Collins will share her story of living with the disease while diners enjoy four custom (and completely gluten-free, natch) courses. Wildfire chef Tom Gladbach will also be on hand to offer gluten-free tips. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs $45, $60 with wine included. May 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. For reservations call 952.914.9100.

5/14 Mmmm, bake sale!! Over 30 local bloggers will be offering a variety of delectable baked goods at the 2011 Great American Bake Sale at the Midtown Global Market, hosted by the Minnesota chapter of National Food Bloggers. One of many sales being held throughout the country over the weekend, the Great American Bake Sale will benefit Share our Strength --so all those cookies, doughnuts and muffins you'll inhale are for a good cause. Sale runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ralph Lentz
Ralph Lentz
Val Landwehr

5/15 Spend your Sunday at the Ralph Lentz Farm in Lake City for Slow Food Minnesota's Spring Foraging Dinner. Thomas and Molly Broder of Broders' Pasta Bar and Cucina Italiana create the menu, and guests can forage, hike and learn, about the flora and fauna of this scenic farm near Lake Pepin. This year's dinner will also feature a talk by a mycologist and origami mushroom classes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers; children 12 and under are free. Reservations at or 612.827.6997

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