U2 tickets, a ramen contest, and wind-brewed beer this week in food

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Drink Finnegans, win U2 tickets, feel good about yourself
Will eating Minnesota-made ramen help Japan? What does beer brewed via wind power taste like? Will I be attending the U2 concert for free? All of these pressing questions can be answered by delving into this week in food; after all, that's better than dwelling on the temperature.

7/18
Monday brings yet another chance to win a pair of U2 tickets thanks to Finnegans. The do-good Minneapolis beer company invites you to attend a happy hour at Kieran's Irish Pub for a chance to win a drawing for the July 23 show. There are no fees--just show up and you're entered. For an additional chance to win, bring a non-perishable food item for the Emergency Foodshelf Network. Win/win.

7/19
Food, cocktails, music, and a patio: the perfect ingredients for one of Tria's monthly summer parties. This month features dishes like seven spice prawns, saffron risotto, and apple berry crisp a la mode. Guests can choose between two seatings of this multicourse night out, which includes a glass of sangria to boot. Live music is from 6 to 9 p.m., and the seatings for this $35-per-person dinner are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. For reservations call 651.426.9222.

7/21
Eat ramen, help Japan. It's that simple. And no, we don't mean the tragic plastic packages you buy in bulk at Rainbow. Join a whole heap of local chefs at the Create Catering Dining Studios where each will prepare a signature ramen dish to be judged by a panel and eaten by you. Chefs from Masu and Moto-i go head to head with the likes of Russell Klein of Meritage and Jack Riebel of the Dakota. Tickets are $10 (can be purchased at the door or online) and guarantee one bowl of ramen, while additional ramen and beer/beverages can be purchased. Proceeds will benefit the food shelves of Second Harvest Japan. The showdown runs from 6 to 10 p.m.

7/23
Did this recent recipe in the New York Times remind you how delicious cherries are? Us too. Fortunately, it was well-timed because Mississippi Market is offering a Baking with Cherries class. Learn two new French recipes that are all about cherries: the galette and a clafoutis. Participants get to sample these during class with a cup of tea. The 10 a.m.-12 p.m. class costs $25 members, $27 nonmembers, and you can register here.

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Suck down a wind-brewed beer on Sunday

7/24
The second Dinner on the Farm of the season takes place on Dave's Brew Farm in Wilson, Wisconsin, and features chef Tyge Nelson from the Inn preparing the food. Diners can come in the afternoon and enjoy the farm, including the apple trees, the wind generator that makes the brewery on the farm possible, and of course a wind-brewed beer. The menu features roasted goat and rainbow trout as well as seasonal sides like sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes. Visitors are invited to hang out after dinner for live music and camping overnight. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by emailing dinneronthefarm@gmail.com.


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