Rock Bottom taps Fire Chief Ale this Week in Food

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Do it for the kids.
What do we do until fresh produce season? Drink and eat chocolate, of course. Find out how this Week in Food.

Tuesday 3/8

  • As if you need a reason to down some pizza on a Tuesday night: Parkway Pizza, locally owned in Longfellow, donates 5 percent of its Tuesday profits to Dowling or Seward Elementary Schools. The venue is also kind to celiacs--it now serves gluten-free crust and beer.

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Somebody put out the fire.
Wednesday 3/9

  • This one's for you vegetarians: "Meatless Mains," a course on vegetarian cooking at Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul. Meet author and cook Robin Asbell and explore recipes from her book, New Vegetarian. Learn how to prepare hearty, vegetarian main dishes to impress the most skeptical of carnivores. Registration required. $65. 6 p.m.

Thursday 3/10

  • Put your beer habit to good use--head to Rock Bottom for its Fire Chief Ale tapping. Now in its 15th year, the brew is one of the company's best. And it's most compassionate. Since its conception in 1997, it's raised more than $1 million for local fire departments and related charities. 6 p.m.

Friday 3/11

  • Wayne Kostroski, co-owner of Cuisine Concepts (Franklin Street Bakery and Bar Abilene, as well as the former Tejas and Goodfellows) is at it again. Kostroski will be at Wildfire restaurant in Eden Prairie for the release of his new book, Bring out the Best, which tells the story of his charity, Taste of the NFL, which raises money for food banks across the country. Enjoy appetizers and a Gallo wine tasting and rub elbows with local athletes. Free. 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday 3/12

  • It's March. It's cold. We just had our bazillionth snowstorm of the season. Why not get out of the house? Take a road trip to Chisago for Cabin Fever Tasting at Winehaven Winery and Vineyard. Taste wines that have been aging in the cellar for years, get your buzz on, and get your strength back to endure one (or two) more months of winter. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday 3/13

  • See dessert experts go head-to-head at the Taste of Chocolate Midwest Dessert Competition at the Bloomington Theatre and Arts Center. Categories include best chocolate dessert, best chocolate confection, and people's choice (you be the judge--roll up your sleeves and start tasting). Come down off your sugar high by listening to performances by several Minnesota Choirs and the Continental Ballet Company. $25 advance/$30 at the door. Proceeds support the Bloomington Fine Arts Council. 12 to 5 p.m.

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