Art for the table

The annual American Craft Council show in St. Paul always offers cool stuff for the kitchen. While having a bit of reputation for being spendy, the show has a new "Handmade under $100" category this year. Also new: a lawn and garden category with outdoor and lawn-specific furniture, decor and accessories. Among items we'd like to check out: towels hand-woven from 100 percent Belgian linen by Minneapolis artist Marian Dahlberg; wrought iron bottle stoppers, napkin rings and wine holders by Michael Route of Red Iron Studios in Frederic, Wis., and show-stopping wooden platters made by Tom Larson of Brainerd, Minn. The show is April 16-18 at St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd. For ticket prices and hours, or to buy tickets, visit

Tea as ingredient

Tea -- it's not just for sipping anymore. A class at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features culinary tea expert Kris James teaching "Cooking With Tea" from 9 to 11 a.m. April 17. James will explain how tea is filled with flavor and antioxidants, and how medical researchers worldwide have documented its health benefits. The class will make cream cheese tarts made with capers, shallots and green tea; chai mini biscuits and carrot-ginger oolong soup. Cost is $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers. To register, call 952-443-1422 or visit and click on "learn."

Grilling demos this weekend

The six Twin Cities Warners' Stellian stores will host the fourth annual BBQ Expo this Saturday and Sunday, with grilling demos on all the latest gas, charcoal and smoker grills. There also will be special pricing on certain brands, and other deals for purchases over $599. For more info, visit