In time for Earth Day
Looking for eco-friendly wines? The “California Certified Sustainable” logo has been approved for 2017 vintage wines by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. First up will be white wines and rosés, followed by red wines in a year or two, when released. The labels reflect wines that have met requirements in the vineyard and the winery; the results are audited by a third party. The Washington Post reports that for the logo to be used, the bottles must contain at least 85 percent wine from a certified sustainable vineyard. Requirements for certification include energy and water conservation, pest management, wildlife habitat protection and monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions, and avoidance of pesticides and herbicides, among other criteria.
Eat more plants
You know the drill: Eat more plants. Mississippi Market will help with its three-part series that shows how to incorporate more plants into your diet. Those who attend all three events will receive a plant-based cookbook and co-op gift bag. The Eat More Plants series starts on April 25, from 6-8 p.m., with “Taste Testing With Tempeh Tantrum.” The other classes will be on May 30 (5:30-7:30 p.m., “Meal Planning With the Herbivorous Butcher”) and June 20 (5:30-7:30 p.m., “Easy Recipes With J. Selby’s”). All will be held at Mississippi Market (740 E. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-495-5602). Each event is free to attend, but requires a $5 registration fee that will be reimbursed as a co-op voucher. Register in the store or online at msmarket.coop/ eat-more-plants.
Dine out for a cause
The Aliveness Project will host its 24th annual Dining Out for Life event on April 26 in more than 160 restaurants throughout the metro area, plus Duluth and Mankato. Each restaurant donates at least 20 percent of its sales for that day to help those living with HIV in Minnesota. For a list of participating restaurants, see diningoutforlife.com/Minneapolis.
Textiles and chefs
The wildly successful exhibit called “Artists in the Kitchen” — where textile artists collaborated with those in the culinary field for inspiration — will offer a discussion with a panel of four artistic teams —including one with Lynne Rossetto Kasper — at the Textile Center (3000 University Av. SE., Mpls., textilecentermn.org) on April 26. The discussion takes place from noon-1:30 p.m. Cost is $10-$15. Register at textilecentermn.org.
LEE SVITAK DEAN