1. Bread and brews
The bakery portion of Baked Beer and Bread Co., the newest sweet addition to the Village of East Davenport's eatery scene, opened in December. A brewery, bar and restaurant will soon fill in the space at 1113 Mound St., Davenport. Before work is complete, Baked is getting into the booze groove with two tasting events slated for later this month. First up: sample beers from Backpocket Brewing of Coralville, Iowa, at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Next on the list is a sneak peek of Baked's wine list: Check out the restaurant's progress, sample hors d’oeuvres and wine from Johnson Bros. starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. For more information, visit bakedbeerandbreadco.com or call 563-232-1251.
2. Winter Wine Experience
How about a night of wine and jazz music? Check out the eighth annual Winter Wine Experience, a wine-infused fundraiser that helps fund music and educational programming at the River Music Experience, or RME. Wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and live jazz music from the Steve Grismore Quartet are on tap at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, on the second floor of the RME, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets are $30 for RME members, $35 in advance and $40 day of. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit rivermusicexperience.org.
3. Chili cook-off
Mark your foodie calendar for a full day of heated chili competition. The Hand-in-Hand Chili Cook-Off is back from 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds' New Fair Center, 2815 Locust St., Davenport. At the eighth annual cook-off, taste a variety of chili samples from more than 20 teams and stop by a wine and craft beer pull. Plus, there will be a "Kids' Zone" with bounce houses and face painting, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, free for kids under 6. Proceeds go toward Hand-in-Hand, a Quad-City based nonprofit that creates fun, inclusive learning experiences for children and young adults with special needs.
4. Soup cooking class
No shocker here: January is National Soup Month. If you've been craving a warm and cozy cup, but not an out-of-the-can concoction, stop by Greatest Grains this weekend. The natural grocery store is hosting a "Soup’s On" cooking class, where you'll learn the basics of preparing homemade soup just in time for winter. Four soups, including vegetarian and meat-based options, will be made and sampled. The class is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday at Greatest Grains, 1600 N. Harrison St., Davenport. Tickets, $15, are available at greatestgrains.com.
5. 'Blind Kitchen' at Faithful Pilot
Think of it as the TV show "Top Chef." But in real life. The Faithful Pilot, a fine dining spot in downtown LeClaire, Iowa, is hosting a competition called "Blind Kitchen" in which two chefs have an hour to go head to head and create a dish with three surprise ingredients. The contest starts at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Faithful Pilot, 117 N. Cody Road, LeClaire. For more information, visit faithfulpilot.com.