Check out Madison Night Market, a farming exhibit, a chef demo and more this week

Night Market on May 9 is first of four this summer

Wednesday, May 8
Gale Gand, a Chicago-based pastry chef, cookbook author, TV personality and restaurant owner, hosts an exciting talk and cooking presentation during Madison College & Vollrath Chef Series. The James Beard Foundation named her Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year, and her first national TV appearance was with Julia Child in 1995. Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Foodie, will help guide guests through the culinary experience. Two complimentary drinks will be served at 5 p.m. 5-8 p.m. $35. Click here for more info

Thursday, May 9
The first Madison Night Market is here! Gilman Street is packed with food, shopping and drinks for four nights during the summer, starting with the May 9 market. Check out food stands like Morris Ramen, FEED Bakery, Nutkrack and Ian’s Pizza. There is live music at Lisa Link Peace Park and alcohol for purchase in a designated area. If your pup can handle large crowds, dogs are allowed at the owner’s discretion. With more than 70 vendors featuring local food and artisan goods, you’re sure to find somethign that piques your interest. 6 p.m. Free admission. Click here for more info

Sunday, May 12
Come to a massive clothing swap at High Noon Saloon where all proceeds benefit Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, or DAIS. Here is how I Have Nothing to Wear: Mothers Day Edition works: Bring a bag of used or new clothing to the swap, suggested admission is $15 (or any amount that you can afford), grab a drink and sift through the racks of clothing brought by other participants. You’ll walk away with less unwanted clothes, more clothes you can rock over the summer and a feel-good attitude about helping a nonprofit. All ages are welcome. 11 a.m. $15 suggested donation. Click here for more info

Check out Madison Night Market, a farming exhibit, a chef demo and more this week

Now through May 18
“The Lands We Share” exhibit on display now through May 18 at the Madison Central Library focuses on farming, land, ethnic culture and the history of Wisconsin. Focusing on six culturally and ethnically different farms, the event shares stories and the history that shaped these farms and Wisconsin. Featured farms include the Oneida Nation Farms near Seymour, Metcalf Park Community Gardens, which is run by youth in Milwaukee, and Vang C&C Farm, whose owners grew up in the northern hills of Laos. Don’t miss the Community Conversation and Closing Gala on May 16 featuring a panel of farmers representing the Oneida Nation, African American communities in Milwaukee, organic Hmong-led farms, dairy farms owned by operators of German-descent and Hispanic farm workers. The gala will also include a dinner prepared by local Madison chefs, including Tory Miller. Free. Reservations encouraged for Closing Gala. Click here for more info