8 ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday this week

Your food events calendar for Feb. 25-29
Four custard-filled donuts with powdered sugar on a table.
Even during the dull winter, there can always reasons to celebrate. These paczki from The Ugly Apple Cafe are one way to enjoy the festivities of Fat Tuesday this week. (Photo courtesy of Emily Day)

Valentine’s Day is over and St. Patrick’s Day is still a few weeks away, but this week is filled with events to get you out of the house for some fun. From release parties to Mardi Gras celebrations to leap year events, gather with your friends over drinks and plates of delicious food for the many reasons to celebrate this week.

Tuesday, Feb. 25
There are several places in Madison hosting events to celebrate Fat Tuesday this week. The Ugly Apple Café, one of Madison’s breakfast food carts, is offering locally sourced café eats and treats — even in February. For Fat Tuesday, the Ugly Apple will make Mardi Gras Paczki: sweet, delectable, custard-filled donuts of Polish heritage. This year, a variety of donuts with different flavors will be offered, including raspberry, roasted pineapple, strawberry rhubarb bourbon, and vanilla or chocolate custard. Prices are $3 for an individual donut, $5 for two and $25 for an order of a dozen paczki. Preorders can be made online by Monday, and donuts can be picked up Tuesday at Christine’s Kitchen — there will be a few extra donuts for those who drop in, but they sell out fast! Preorder at uglyapplecafe@gmail.com

Do southern drinks, jazz and food sound intriguing? If so, stop by Bierock to enjoy them all at the Fat Tuesday in Madison: Abita, Sazeracs & Jazz event. Since Abita Brewing is located just north of New Orleans, a keg of Wrought Iron IPA will be tapped in honor of Mardi Gras. A Sazerac cocktail will be on special, but with a Wisconsin twist: Dancing Goat Limousin rye whiskey, Pernod, Angostura bitters and sugar. Enjoy these drinks and the full Bierock menu with a soundtrack highlighting classic New Orleans jazz from legends like Dr. John and Kermit Ruffins. 3-10 p.m. Click here fore more information

Watch the preparation of your very own five-course meal inspired by the last day of the Carnival celebration at vomFASS’s delecTable. This week’s Fat Tuesday Culinary Dinner Theater will feature a menu of traditional southern flavors with some twists. Muffaletta bread salad, shrimp étouffée, blackened snapper, andouille sausage stuffed pork and bourbon banana bread pudding will be prepared before your eyes and for your palate, with additional drink pairings for a complete experience. 6-9 p.m. $59 for general seating. Click here for more information

Wednesday, Feb. 26
This week, The Robin Room turns 1 —  or 4 if you disregard leap year dates. In honor of opening its doors one leap year ago, the beverage lounge is celebrating with a week of events, including an Apologue Spirits Seminar & Happy Hour this Wednesday. Representatives from Apologue Spirits will lead a tasting seminar of some of its products, and cocktails featuring the distillery’s Aronia Berry, Celery Root, Persimmon and Saffron spirits. Apologue is fairly new to Wisconsin, so this is a great way to get a taste of what it’s all about! 2-4 p.m. Click here fore more information

Thursday, Feb. 27

Burger sandwhiches on a cutting board

Join Pasture & Plenty for a mix of burgers and wine this Thursday at the Burgers and Beaujolais event.

Join Pasture & Plenty to honor its wine partners from Vino Veritas, Table Wine and Steve’s Wine | Beer | Spirits with a celebration of Burgers and Beaujolais. Three burger specials will be offered along with three Beaujolais wines. Choose one of each or order a flight of all three pairings, and stop in for dinner any time during the celebration. 4-7 p.m. Click here for more information

A four-course State Line Dinner at The Wise at HotelRED is a great pre-weekend activity, even if there’s nothing in particular to celebrate. So, perhaps you could simply enjoy a night with friends or your partner to enjoy each other’s company. This dinner, in partnership with State Line Distillery, will curate expertly paired drinks with courses including turkey kafka, clam chowder shooters, and Chilean soy and honey-glazed sea bass, to name a few. $60. 6-8 p.m. Click here for more information

Celebrate at Rockhound Brewing Co. on Thursday at the Aquabarrel Beer Release Party. A collaboration between One Barrel Brewing and State Line Distillery resulted in the creation of this English Barleywine infused with aquavit herbs and spices. Plus, enjoy food specials with your beer. A Rueben roll, a deep fried egg roll wrapper with house-roasted corned beef, caraway, Swiss and sauerkraut will be available for you to enjoy as you sip. 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information

Saturday, Feb. 29

A glass of beer, a yoga mat and a mug on a countertop

Stretch, sip and celebrate leap year at Karben4 with their Yoga and Beer event on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Fuhrmann)

Sit back, sip and unwind at Karben4 Brewing this Saturday. If relaxing is how you like to enjoy your weekends, Karben4 is hosting another Yoga and Beer event to celebrate leap year. Grab your mat, some friends and some water to stay hydrated before enjoying your favorite Karben4 brew. Feb. 29 only comes once every four years, so set aside some time for yourself and have some fun. Gluten-free and nonalcoholic beverages will be available during yoga as well. $25. 10 a.m. Click here for more information