Check out area food events
Founders No Regrets Pub Crawl
Join Brandon Parizek from Founders Brewing Co. for their special 20th Anniversary Party. The party will get started at Benz Beverage Depot from 5 to 6 p.m. with a beer special release and a special edition Breakfast Stout mug. From there grab a punch card and hit up Need Pizza, White Star Ale House and Bricks Bar & Grill to try different Founders Brewing Co. beer. End at Parlor City Pub & Eatery with more from Founders Brewing Co. and a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Founders Snow Board.
5 to 9 p.m. Friday (12/8) | Benz Beverage Depot, 501 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids | benzbeveragedepot.com
Cookie Walk & Howliday Bazaar
Support animals, get cookies; this event is a win for everyone. For $8 a pound, visitors can pick out baked goods from more than 300 dozen homemade cookies, candies and bars, as well as browse gifts crafted by volunteers. All money raised will benefit 12 nonprofit animal welfare organizations.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (12/9) | Kirkwood Linn Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha | Free admission | arfiowa.org
The Eye Opener
This fundraising brunch for Iowa City’s independent cinema, FilmScene, features coffee and cocktails and a scrumptious brunch, plus awards and an auction between the two seatings. The Southern-inspired brunch features fried chicken from Pullman and Atlas, liege waffles from Deluxe Bakery, vegetarian fare from Trumpet Blossom Cafe, breakfast potatoes and fruit and Bloody Marys and mimosas. New programming director Rebecca Fons will screen a handpicked surprise short film.
9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday (12/10) | FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City | $15 to $35 | icfilmscene.org
Gingerbread House Competition
Show off your gingerbread skills at this competition for adults and families alike. Teams of up to four will be provided with homemade gingerbread, royal frosting and candy, and participants can bring extra supplies, as long as houses are 100 percent edible. There are two shifts, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with prizes awarded for best overall execution and most creative/inventive in the general admission, under 12 and professional baker categories. Get your creative juices flowing at a cash bar serving up specialty hot toddies, beers and wine.
1 to 8 p.m. Sunday (12/10) | hotelVetro, 201 S. Linn St., Iowa City | $40 | downtowniowacity.com/events/tis-the-season/gingerbreadhouse
Boiled Baked Brouhaha
Art and food come together in this culinary competition. Contestants submitted recipes inspired by art from the University of Iowa Museum of Art’s collection, and those with the most “likes” on the museum’s Facebook page will cook and share their culinary creations at the Boiled Baked Brouhaha. The top recipes at the event will be reinterpreted by Iowa City Press Co-op artists and included in a hand-printed, limited-edition cookbook. This event accompanies the UIMA Legacies for Iowa exhibition “Boiled, Baked & Brewed,” on view at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport from December 2017 through April 2018.
5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 | Public Space One, Wesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City | Free | uima.uiowa.edu