7 food events to start out December

Honey mead, a visiting chef and more this week
7 food events to start out December
Photo by Brooke Lark via Unsplash
Check out a guilt-free brunch this weekend.

Thursday, Nov. 30
Chef Shinji Muramoto went from bussing tables and washing dishes to co-founding five restaurants–and you’ll get the inside scoop from the man himself at Chef Series with Shinji Muramoto. Although Muramoto has cooked French, Italian and South American dishes at notable Madison restaurants including Opus Lounge and Restaurant Magnus, his true passion lies in recreating the flavors of his home country, Japan. He is now the owner of two sushi restaurants, Muramoto Downtown and Muramoto Hilldale. 6-8 p.m., facebook.com

Friday, Dec. 1
Calling all bee lovers! Get first dibs on a variety of dry, clean sparkling meads made from Wisconsin honey at the Launch Party for Colony Nectar Co. at Oliver’s Public House. The meads will pair perfectly with fried chicken sliders served by Oliver’s Public House. Each mead is carefully handcrafted to highlight the unique taste and aroma of each honey, so expect a sweet surprise with each sip. Colony Nectar Co. cares about more than just your taste buds, though–it cares about its honey bees, too! They are pledging a portion of profit from each product to protect the little pollinators. Now, that’s a buzz we like hearing. 4-8 p.m. facebook.com

You’ve seen Bucky the Badger sport that Babcock-labeled milk, but just where do those dairy goodies come from? WUD Cuisine: Babcock Dairy Plant Tour will walk you through what goes on behind the scenes. You can count on leaving the tour knowing exactly how your nug of cheese curd and your delicious scoop of Union Utopia were made. Did we mention you’ll get to taste them, too? Free, 1:30-2:30 p.m., union.wisc.edu

Sunday, Dec. 3
Your calories don’t count if you work them off ahead of time, right? If you answered yes, then Barre and Brunch is for you. Start your Sunday off with a barre class at The Barre Code–which will wake you up for the feast that is to come at The Wise. Enjoy brunch classics like quiches, fresh baked pastries and mimosas. Cheers to guilt-free brunch! $35, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., facebook.com

If you’re looking for a big, delicious dinner this weekend, look no further than Home & Away: Driftless Cafe @ Oliver’s for the 2nd Annual Uplands Dinner. Executive chef Patrick McCormick of Oliver Public’s House will be collaborating with James Beard Award nominee chef Luke Zahm of Viroqua’s Driftless Cafe on an eight (eight!)-course meal that features ingredients from dairy products from Uplands and a wide range of beers. 5-11 p.m., facebook.com

Sunday-Monday, Dec. 3-4
Thanksgiving may be over, but why stop feasting? During Holiday Game Dinner, Harvest will be whipping up dishes like bison tartare, rabbit fricassee and duck confit–and Harvest tops it off with four wines paired especially for the dishes and the occasion. See, you have no excuse to not celebrate all the food–ahem, we mean joy–the holidays bring. $65, 6-8 p.m., facebook.com

Monday, Dec. 4
Don’t stop the weekend fun just yet! Monday Night Out Dinner & Nails knows just how rough your return from the weekend can be, so it’s giving you a reason to enjoy a glass of wine, chow down a 6-inch pizza and treat yourself to dessert and nail treatments. Wrap the night up with a mani and pedi–soak your hands in some soothing citrus cleansing oil and enjoy a relaxing massage with some tropical lotion. Who knows? You might come out of the salon feeling as happy as you did going into the weekend. $55, 5-9 p.m., eventbrite.com