Tuesday, October 18
There's more to open houses than parent-teacher conferences. Visit Eldorado Grill’s Catering Open House to experience their fabulous catering menu from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eldorado Grill, eventbrite.com/e/eldorado-grill-catering-open-house-tickets-27952692255

Thursday, October 20
How many different ways can you Cabernet? Wine Class with Pat explores the classic medium-bodied red wine Cabernet Franc from Argentina, Chile, France and the U.S. Thursday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 p.m at Steve’s Shorewood Hills, $10, eventbrite.com/e/wine-class-with-pat-tickets-27958788489?aff=es2

Thursday, October 20
Scratch having dinner with a Pulitzer Prize winner off your bucket list Thursday evening at the James Madison Lecture featuring Dr. Gordon S. Wood. Wood shares insights from his lifelong scholarship of the American Revolution at 4:30 p.m. followed by a three-course dining experience at 6:30 at the Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Auditorium, $100, wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/4943/2016-james-madison-lecture-and-ticketed-dinner-madison

Friday, October 21
Revel in Cape Town's vineyards at Barrique’s South African Wine Tasting from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Park Street location, $9, barriquesmarket.com/events/

Saturday, October 22
Celebrate the 122-year history and legacy of Madison parks at Picnic in the Park. Enjoy the Edwardian era theme, a performance by the Wisconsin Chamber orchestra and a five-course meal featuring the culinary talents of Madison Magazine’s 2015 and 2010 Chefs of the Year Jonny Hunter and Tory Miller from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tenney Park, $150, madisonparksfoundation.org/2016-events/2016-picnic-in-the-park/

The Chow Down is Madison Magazine's food blog about restaurant openings, events and chefs written by Kathy Brozyna and other contributors.