The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, July 21
Take your lunch break with Robert L. Cates Jr. at his "History Sandwiched In: Voices From the Heart of the Land: Rural Stories that Inspire Community" lecture. Cates Jr. shares the experiences of over 30 rural Wisconsin families and their ties to a fading way of life. Wisconsin Historical Society, 12:15-1 p.m., suggested donation of $2 per person.
Wednesday, July 22
Bring your little ones to the Bitty Bakers Cooking Class (ages 2-5) and learn how to create Scrumptious Surfboard Sandwiches and Meringue Waves. Bean Sprouts Café, 6719 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton, 9:30-10:15 a.m., $18 per class.
Thursday, July 23
Enjoy a succulent seafood supper as chef Tory Miller shares creative seafood ideas and culinary tips. L'Etoile, 25 N. Pinckney St., 6:30 p.m., $95 per person. Call 251-0500 to sign up.
Children will love twisting and seasoning their own homemade pretzels at Pretzels for Pints. Make both traditional Dutch pretzels and cinnamon sugar bites. Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 10-11 a.m., $5.
Friday, July 24
The Toddle Summer Series continues with Flour Power, where kids and their parents will learn how to make homemade granola, crepes, and other breakfast options that step beyond a bowl of cereal. Willy Street Co-op, 1221 Williamson St., 9:30-11:30 a.m., $15/member plus child or $25 others.
Saturday, July 25
You can't go wrong at the third annual Taste of Sun Prairie, with food from more than a dozen restaurants and other vendors, including Atlantis Taverna, Beef 'O' Brady's, Beans n' Cream, Cannery Grill, Colonial Club, Cousin's Subs, Culver's, Domino's, JB's Italian Grille, Market Street Diner, My Menu, Panda Garden and What's Brew'n. A beer garden, kids' activities, a raffle, and live music are also on the menu. Cannery Square Plaza, downtown Sun Prairie, 12-7 p.m., free. Call 825-7346 for more information.
The sixth annual Kickapoo Country Fair opens today. The two-day gathering features organic farm tours and family-friendly activities, sustainability workshops and both food and artisan vendors. Organic Valley headquarters, One Organic Way, La Farge, WI, 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, $10 weekend pass. Call (888) 444-6455 for more information.
Sunday, July 26
The summer edition of Madison Restaurant Week kicks off today. Some 30 restaurants around the city are offering three options of three-course dinners for $25, with some also offering a three-course lunch for $15. The culinary celebration runs through Friday, July 31.