It's spring — right? Regardless of what Mother Nature has to say about it, Misery Loves Co.'s fourth annual maple season show must go on. Sweeten up a Winooski Wednesday with maple-laced cocktails courtesy of Stonecutter Spirits and social-hour finger snacks. Then, head to MLC's intimate dining room to feast upon salty-sweet maple teriyaki, rustic Québécois tourtières and glazed pheasant, among other earthly delights.
Fourth Annual Sugar Shack: Wednesday, April 5, 6-11 p.m., Misery Loves Co., Winooski. $65; reservations required. Info, 497-3989; miserylovescovt.com.
Other food eventsSchiddy's Sugar Shack: Spool crystalline sugar on snow around a spoon — or sup on maple-drizzled Johnny cakes with foie gras, fried chicken, bacon and egg — at the Pig's extra-sappy celebration. Wednesday, March 29, 4-11 p.m., Prohibition Pig, Waterbury. Cost of food and drink. Info, 244-4120; prohibitionpig.com
Sugaring Sunday: Learn the old-fashioned ways of gathering, boiling and bottling maple sap. Attendees meet in the church parking lot and carpool to West Hill Sugar Orchard. Sunday, April 2, 11:45 a.m., United Church of Christ, Warren. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.[event-1]
Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day: The Church Street scoop shop is still closed for renovations, but free ice cream lives on in Waterbury, Rutland and at the University of Vermont Davis Center. Tuesday, April 4, statewide. Free. Info, benjerry.com.[event-2]