Check out area food events
Thanksgiving Eve Whiskey Tasting
Whether you’re looking for the perfect bottle to impress your family, meeting up with old friends or just looking to broaden your palate, stop by Benz Beverage Depot on Thanksgiving eve for this annual event. Visitors can sip and sample a range of whiskeys, from bourbon to scotch to rye.
5 to 7 p.m. today (11/22) | Benz Beverage Depot, 501 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids | (319) 365-2556
Black Friday Sip & Shop
Skip the mall and taste some wine while shopping at this Black Friday plus wine tasting event hosted by Macaroni Kid Cedar Rapids. Local vendors will offer specialty gifts and crafts. The event also includes giveaways, and the first 30 visitors will receive swag bags full of goodies.
Noon to 4 p.m. Friday (11/24) | Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, 1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher | Crwine.com
Deck the Bar Beer and Wine Tastings
Celebrate Small Business Saturday by tasting brews and wines from Iowa producers. Stop by NewBo Beer and Wine to sample from NoCoast Beer Company and Toppling Goliath Brewery from noon to 1:30 p.m.; Lion Bridge Brewing Company and Millstream Brewing Company from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; Confluence Brewing Company and SingleSpeed Brewing from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; and Fireside Winery and Iowa Brewing Company from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday (11/25) | NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids | Free | (319) 200-4050
Farm to school Benefit Dinner
Rapid Creek Cidery Chef Matt Steigerwald will prepare an off-menu locally-sourced buffet-style dinner at this benefit for Field to Family’s Farm to School program. The program works to expand school gardens, increase good system education in schools and procure local food for school lunch menus. Tickets include admission for one plus two drink tickets.
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (11/28) | Rapid Creek Cidery, 4823 Dingleberry Road NE, Iowa City | $55 | Littlevillagetickets.com/events/49642482/farm-to-school-benefit-dinner
Boiled, Baked & Brewed Recipe Competition
Art and food come together in this culinary competition. To participate, visit the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s Facebook page, and click on the “Boiled, Baked & Brewed Recipe Competition!” photo album, where images of various artwork in the museum’s collection are posted. Respond to one of the pieces of art with a recipe, snap a photo, and post it in the comments. Entrants with the most “likes” by Dec. 1 will be invited to make and share their culinary creations at the Boiled Baked Brouhaha on Dec. 14 at Public Space One in Iowa City. The top 10 recipes at the event will be reinterpreted by Iowa City Press Co-op artists and included in a hand-printed, limited-edition cookbook. This event accompanies the UIMA Legacies for Iowa exhibition “Boiled, Baked & Brewed,” on view at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport from December 2017 through April 2018.
Through Dec. 1 | University of Iowa Museum of Art | Facebook.com/UIMuseumofArt