The American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. in Minneapolis, is holding a smorgasbord for Valentine's Day Sunday at 1 p.m. Dishes include herring, cold baked salmon, Swedish cheeses and more. There also will be live Scandinavian music. Cost is $22 ($18 for members), $8 for kids ages 6 through 11 and free for kids under 6. For reservations, call 612-871-4907.
ROMANCE . . .
The Minneapolis chapter of the American Culinary Federation is holding a fundraiser Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The $30 cost includes sample dishes from 30 area chefs, live music, a fashion show by David's Bridal and a silent auction. The money raised will be used for scholarships, competition and charities. Call Steve at 612-359-2237.
WING DING OF A TIME
The Tubman Family Alliance is holding its 10th annual Wing Ding Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. at International Market Square, Glenwood and Lyndale Avs. N. in Minneapolis. Local restaurants provide the wings and there will be a silent auction, a live auction, children's activities and more. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; kids 13 and under are $5. Call 612-825-3333, ext. 825. The alliance is a family violence prevention and intervention service.
"Support Sustainability," a fundraiser for Elsie's Farm, an organic Ccommunity-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, will be at the French Meadow Bakery, 2610 Lyndale Av. S. in Minneapolis, Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. Twin Cities chefs who purchase from Elsie's will discuss buying local and organic food. Cost is $15 (includes a meal). For reservations, call 612-822-6395.
BEYOND THE BASICS
Learn about menu planning, cooking techniques and tips in the four-part Advanced Basics cooking class that starts Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Byerly's cooking school, 3777 Park Center Blvd., St. Louis Park. The menu includes shrimp della casa, turkey piccata and chocolate tortillas. Subsequent class dates are Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8. Cost is $240; call 952-929-2492.
BLAST TO THE PAST
Kids can find out how cooking has changed by mixing dough and baking cookies in an 1870s kitchen at "Victorian Cooking for Children" Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St. in St. Paul. Cost is $8; call 651-296-8760. The class is designed for kids ages 8 through 12 with an accompanying adult.