Local author N.M. Kelby's latest novel, "White Truffles in Winter" (Norton, $24.95), imagines the life of famed French chef Auguste Escoffier, his sensuous relationship with fiery actress Sarah Bernhardt and his abiding love for his wife, Delphine. Among the food events/readings/signings this month is a swank meal Nov. 14 at Heidi's Minneapolis, where for $200 guests will be served a six-course menu featuring white truffles and wine pairings. Call 612-354-3512 for reservations. Kelby will read from her book at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Hennepin County Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka.
Cake Boss live on stage
Buddy Valastro, who is TLC's "Cake Boss," is as much about theater as baking, so it makes sense that he's appearing Nov. 15 at the Orpheum Theater. His "Bakin' With the Boss Tour" is billed as an interactive event with some audience members invited onstage as he shares stories of his Italian upbringing and demonstrates cake-decorating techniques that have made him a star. His second cookbook, "Baking With the Cake Boss" (Free Press, $30), went on sale this month. Tickets range from $30 to $46 for the 7:30 show. To order, visit www.hennepintheatretrust.org or call the box office at 1-800-982-2787.Juicing the Lucy
This month, the three 5-8 Clubs celebrate the Juicy Lucy, first served at the 5800 Cedar Av. location more than 50 years ago. Some highlights: Get $1 off your bill by donating a nonperishable food item. Receipts from the sale of Thanksgiving Juicy Lucy turkey burgers and cranberries go to local charities. On Nov. 11, veterans with a valid U.S. military ID get a free Juicy Lucy. There's a speed-eating contest on Nov. 28, and on Nov. 30, each location will randomly serve a Lucy with a golden toothpick, which means prizes. For details, visit www. 5-8club.com.Global Market events
The Midtown Global Market, at 10th Avenue S. and Lake Street in Minneapolis, hosts two popular events this month. From noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 12, it's the fifth annual Global Chili Cook-Off, at which the public samples and votes for chilis prepared by Midtown chefs. A suggested $3 donation benefits the Youth Farm and Market project. Nov. 19 is the Green Gifts Fair, where more than 70 local, eco-friendly artists and businesses show their wares. To learn more, visit www.midtownglobal market.org.