Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and the pressure builds daily to buy, buy, buy: the chocolates, the non-existent perfectly worded card, flowers, and perhaps the diamond ring. But for the rest of the population, the day represents another year flying solo with limited prospects and constant reminders everywhere that most people are happier than you. Let's face it: no matter what side of the fence you're on, Valentine's Day sucks.
Food & Drink
After feuding for more than 150 years, the descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys have agreed on something: the real taste of American whiskey. Meet the great, great grandsons of Randall McCoy & 'Devil' Anse Hatfield as they introduce The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey in Minnesota.
Join the delicious fun, lake-side at the 8th annual Wine on Wayzata Bay event on Frida, June 19th. This summertime kick-off is open to the public and hosted by Wayzata Yacht Club and Wayzata Wines and Spirits to benefit the Wayzata Community Sailing Center. You'll enjoy tasting over 100 wines, sampling great lite bites from lake area restaurants, boat rides until sunset and a treasure trove of auction items along with music from the BennyWeinbeck Group.
Few fish are as versatile or as universally liked as the flaky, mild halibut. This demonstration class will take full advantage of its versatility by exploring a range of recipes, including halibut with tomato coulis and Kalamata olive and tarragon topping, halibut with citrus beurre blanc, and macadamia nut-encrusted halibut with coconut curry sauce and mango chutney.
Reinvent an old classic with this class on salad-making. Recipes include wild rice and chicken breast salad, wild rice salad with mushrooms and cashews, vegetarian main dish salad with peppers and quinoa, fruit salad with a tangy orange sauce, and a raspberry spinach salad with glazed pecans. You’ll also learn to make feta cheese, blue cheese and orange dressing. With this arsenal of healthy recipes, you’re sure to have a delicious summer. Ages 18 and up.
Cooks of Crocus Hill has teamed up with HealthEast Care System to provide cooks of all abilities the tools they need to create delicious and healthy dishes. This class takes participants on a gustatory trip around the globe with menu items including black bean mango quesadillas and turkey banh mi meatballs with quick-pickled vegetables. $35. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Cooks of Crocus Hill, 877 Grand Ave.; 651.228.1333; cooksofcrocushill.com.
As much as “gluten-free” and “dairy-free” are showing up on food labels, it’s still a challenge to navigate these special diets. This course can help you learn more. Explore tasty dishes that include flour alternatives and sneaky dairy substitutes. As one of the largest cooperative grocery stores in the Midwest, Lakewinds Food Co-op is the perfect host for this event. Come hungry and ready to have your eyes opened to all of the potential deliciousness. Ages 16 and up. $9. 6–8 p.m.
What’s better than carving your way through a fluffy, buttery stack of flapjacks? Carving your way through a fluffy, buttery stack of flapjacks with your friends and family to benefit the Music Association of Minnetonka. Join the pancake pandemonium at this annual breakfast. All ages. 8–11 a.m. Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka; 952.401.5954; musicassociation.org
Things will heat up as five local chefs from area restaurants compete for the coveted “Golden Cleaver” award. This cooking competition, open to the public, is styled after the TV show “Chopped” and will be judged by local celebrities.