Dining and Drink

Farm-fresh pizza night and more this week

5 food events to whet your appetite

Thursday, Aug. 17
It’s August—it’s hot out. If you can’t bring yourself to turn on the oven at home, drive to Farm Fresh Pizza Night at 500 Troy Drive to enjoy wood-fired brick oven, made-on-site pizza with farm-fresh ingredients. (Bet you can’t say that three times fast). Toppings include house-stretched mozzarella and ingredients from the past week’s harvest. $15, 4 to 7 p.m., communitygroundworks.org

Friday, Aug. 18
August is a month of fresh garden-grown veggies, sweet corn and farmers' market goodies. Join Macha Tea Company at its August Vegan Tasting Dinner, which showcases this season's bounty. The dinner features seven courses plus dessert designed by Macha and Rob Grisham of Isthmus Dining Co. The menu will depend on what local produce looks best at the market that week, but expect to see a variety of tomatoes, sweet corn, mushrooms and summer squash in the dishes. $75, 7-10 p.m., machateacompany.com

In the mood for some soul food? Madison Eats is hosting its Soul Food Culinary Tour in conjunction with six local black-owned food businesses and the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce in celebration of Black Restaurant Week. Food venues include: Buraka Ethiopian Restaurant, Jamerica, That BBQ Joint, Teekela’s Sunrise, Daddio’s and Little Red Barn. $50/adult, $30/12 and younger, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., madisoneats.net

Saturday, Aug. 19
Hosted by Monona Parks and Recreation, Food Cart Cinema is a free event that offers a plethora of food cart options and a featured film. This week, the movie is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," shown on an inflatable movie screen at Winnequah Park in Monona. Sample local food carts’ gourmet cuisine (follow link for a list of participating food carts) or whip something up at home and have dinner picnic-style! 6 p.m., mymonona.com

Sunday, Aug. 20
Join the pre-party at a chocolate-focused Pre-Pride Parade Continental Brunch on Sunday morning at Red Elephant Chocolate. Rub the sleep from your eyes, throw on something presentable and … did we mention there would be chocolate-covered bacon? Red Elephant Chocolate is hosting the light brunch, and along with chocolate-covered goodies, each guest gets one mimosa on the house. Fuel up for the Pride Parade  (which starts at noon on State Street), and don’t forget to try the cocoa bean tea! Free for members, $15 for non-members, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., redelephantchocolate.com

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