Dining and Drink

DLUX Ugly Sweater Party, Taylor Swift's Birthday and Other Food Events This Week

Brasserie V's REAP Dinner proves local produce can still shine when temperatures drop. The five-course meal sources from three nearby farms, featuring selections like duck fat carrot confit, roasted tomato tartare and beet ice cream. $75, 6 p.m., reapfoodgroup.org

Explore alpine cheeses with a seasoned Whole Foods buyer. Originally crafted using milk from cows grazing high in the European Alps, these include tried-and-true favorites like Gruyère and Beaufort. $10, 6-7:30 p.m., wholefoodsmarket.com

Whether you're feeling 22 or Fifteen, shake off your winter blues at Bassett Street Brunch Club's celebration of America's pop sweetheart. At Taylor Swift's Birthday Party, their celebratory cocktail list includes Screaming Color Sugar Rush, a cotton candy martini that "tastes like sparkles" and I Knew You Were Trouble When I Drank You, made with tequila, mathilde orange XO, sour, lime and black lava salt. brunchclubmadison.com

Come dressed in your worst at the DLUX ugly sweater holiday mixer. The evening promises two-for-one adult beverages, rad decorations and "lots of holiday cheesiness and cheer." dluxmadison.com

Watch competitors duke it out with gumdrops and candy canes at the Gingerbread Casas for CASA. While teams go head to head to raise money for the Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocates, try out your own decorating skills at the CASA Cookie Factory station. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., madisonchildrensmuseum.org

What better way to ring in the holidays than with America's favorite condiment? All weekend long, stop into the National Mustard Museums' Festive Holiday Weekend for free samples, fresh soft pretzels, a visit from Santa and storytime in MustardPiece Theatre. Through Sunday, mustardmuseum.com

At Avenue Bar's Breakfast with Santa, tell the bearded North Pole-ian your Christmas wishes before digging into eggs, pancakes and—if you're feeling naughty—a decadent cocktail like the "coffee cake" with Kringle Cream liqueur. Make sure to make the nice list, though, by bringing a donation for the Toys for Tots drive. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., avenuebarmadison.com


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