Calling all coffee and beer lovers for this week’s food events

Check out a brewery tour and Espresso 101
Calling all coffee and beer lovers for this week’s food events

Tuesday, May 14
Want to learn how to make that delicious drive-thru latte in your own kitchen? Take a three-hour Never Stop Learning: Espresso 101 class at Stone Creek Coffee. Through a hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basic concepts of making espresso, like how to delicately steam milk and tamp espresso grounds. Take home a complimentary Stone Creek Coffee pencil, sticker and a half pound of coffee. 5 p.m. $50. Click here for more info

Wednesday, May 15
A Milwaukee-based brewery will visit Robinia Courtyard’s outdoor patio at this week’s Beer Dinner with Third Space Brewing as part of a monthly dinner series. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal prepared by chef Kyle Cozine of Jardin and a beer pairing by Third Space Brewmaster Kevin Wright. The first course includes tuna tostada with avocado, tomato white onion, jalapeño, orange and cumin. The second and third courses include grilled chili-glazed shrimp and a grilled sakura pork chop. The meal ends with a strawberry chaja sponge cake with fresh strawberries, meringue, dulce de leche and whipped cream. 6 p.m. $45. Click here for more info

Friday, May 17
The Wise at HotelRED hosts a Seance Dinner this week, which will provide an exciting dinner-theater experience. Led by “famous magician and professional fake psychic” Lochlan Masters, you’ll be transported as you experience the culinary offerings of The Wise’s chef Joseph Shutsa. Just a reminder, this is a theatrical recreation of a Victorian era seance, so guests should be prepared to be mystified and amazed but have “no opportunity to contact loved ones.” 6 p.m. $90. Click here for more info

Friday, May 17 and Sunday, May 19
Throughout 2019 the Madison Symphony Orchestra League hosts 15 themed parties to benefit the Madison Symphony Orchestra. This week there are two 2019 MSOL Parites of Note events. The first event on Friday, May 17 is Midnight in Paris: A Gypsy Swing Dinner. You’ll enjoy a meal with wine while listening to the Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble. You’ll even get a swing dance lesson. The second event, Calling All Beer Lovers, will raise money for the MSO through a beer tour at Wisconsin Brewing Co. The event, partnered with the National Mustard Museum and Brennan’s Cellars, will include cheese, mustard and beer pairings. There are more events throughout the summer, including an Intimate Dinner with Demain and Bourbon and Bluegrass. If you’d like to know more about the legacy of John Demain — the MSO director for the past 25 years — read Madison Magazine’s March feature: More than a Maestro. Times and prices vary. Click here for more info

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19
Travel just out of Madison to see a popular town attraction. The Janesville Renaissance Faire has medieval-style food and great music, but it also benefits the local community. While you are eating a turkey leg or elk burger from The Ram and Poni, know that the faire has raised more than $25,000 for senior scholarships in the past. There is also “exoctic” shopping and multiple performances, including a magic show, fire acts and music from folk band Bardmageddon. Starting 10 a.m. on Saturday. $7 per adult. Click here for more info