4 pairings for your palate this week

Food event calendar for Feb. 4-10
Spread of cheese wedges, fondue and drinks
The Edgewater is hosting a Fondue Dinner this week, featuring a variety of fondues and complimentary snacks. (Photo courtesy of The Edgewater)

Whether spending an evening by yourself or looking for reservations for two or more, these combos of wine, cheese and multi-course meals are likely to brighten up your week.

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Wednesday, Feb. 5 Enjoy fondue, regional bites and two-for-one ice skate rentals at The Edgewater this Wednesday. In conjunction with Madison’s Frozen Assets Festival, The Edgewater is holding a special Fondue Dinner at The Statehouse. Along with salads and vegetables served family-style, the dinner menu includes three traditional fondue pairings: beer and Wisconsin cheddar with warm pretzel, fresh crudité and Wisconsin bratwursts; classic Swiss with boiled potatoes, crusty baguette, petite filet, grilled shrimp, cornichon and salami; and a chocolate fondue for dessert with fresh berries, devil’s-food cake, house-made marshmallows and pretzel rods. Then, finish the evening on the ice rink with a discounted pair of skates. $85. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Additional contributions benefit the Clean Lakes Alliance. Click here for more information

Thursday, Feb. 6

Wine glasses, napkins, flowers, plates and silverware set on a table.

A wine dinner at Heritage Tavern will feature a selection of five wines from Vina Robles. Above is the table placement from a previous wine dinner at the Tavern. (Photo courtesy of Ramey Knecht)

Thursday, Feb. 6
Reserve a seat at Heritage Tavern for the Vina Robles Wine Dinner. Five wines from the winery located on the Central Coast of California will compliment four dinner courses. The menu includes oak plank and thyme-roasted scallops, guinea hen agnolotti gratin, spruce-roasted beef rib-eye and tongue, and chocolate hazelnut beet cake. Discussion led by a Vina Robles representative will tell you everything you need to know about the fine wine selections. . $94.95. 6-9 p.m. Click here for more information

Friday, Feb. 7 – Saturday, Feb. 8
If you need a break from cooking your own meals this week, sit back, indulge and have a chef prepare five courses for you right before your eyes at vomFASS’s delecTable on University Avenue. The Winter Retreat Culinary Dinner Theater pairs wine and spirits with meals made from fresh, local ingredients. This particular menu includes mushrooms on toast, minestrone, broiled walleye pike, braised short rib and banana Foster supreme. Sit at the bar, chef’s table or grab a spot in the general seating area with friends to treat yourself to this delicious and entertaining experience. $59 general seating; prices vary. 6-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday Click here for more information

Sunday, Feb. 9

Italian flatbread with tomatoes and mushrooms

A Farm to Fork Dinner at Osteria Papavero will feature locally sourced vegetables. Above is the restaurant’s tomato flatbread, which is made with preserved tomatoes and fresh porcini mushrooms. (Photo courtesy of Francesco Mangano)

Sunday, Feb. 9
A Farm to Fork Dinner will be served at Osteria Papavero as a fundraiser for the Madison College Entrepreneurship Class being taught in Italy this March. The family-style Italian dinner will consist of seasonal dishes featuring a variety of mushrooms and vegetables from local suppliers, and it will also include a selection of wine pairings. Funds raised will go toward offsetting the travel costs for Madison College students. $89. 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information