Christmas cooking classes for kids are available at Whole Foods Market. Classes include how to make cookies, edible ornaments and spa goodies.

Eating contest planned

The Second Annual USquare National Food Court Eating Championships will be held on Feb. 5 and contestants are being sought for the what’s being billed as the “Marathon Medley of Munching” sponsored by the New York-based ALL PRO Eating Promotions.

The contests include a statewide collegiate competition, as well as competitions between professional eaters. At stake is $3,500 in prize money. 2010 College Division Champ Jeff “The Boa” Brueng will be on hand to defend his title.

To sign up for competition go to or The food court is located at 365 East Campus Mall.

For information and updates on the National Food Court and Wisconsin Collegiate Eating Championship (and a chance to win a Flip Ultra HD) go to its Facebook page.

Market needs volunteers

The Dane County Farmers’ Market is looking for volunteers to help with indoor market breakfasts during the winter months. Volunteers work as teams with well-known Madison chefs on a rotating basis.

For information contact Ruth Miller at

Classes will get kids cooking

Looking for ways to keep kids entertained over the holidays? Whole Foods Market of Madison has a lineup of cooking classes to help fill the activity void.

On Dec. 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., children can learn to make healthy “snow” treats and other snacks ($15); a cookie exchange for children ages 11 to 15, with each child making one type of cookie, will be held on Dec. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ($10); on Dec. 17, and Dec. 22, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., kids ages 6 to 12 can make edible ornaments ($10); on Dec. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, kids ages 6 to 12 will make breakfast ($5); and a spa night for girls ages 6 to 12 will be held Dec. 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., where they’ll learn to make spa goodies, lip gloss and cookies ($5).

All events take place at 3313 University Ave. Call 233-9566 for more information and reservations.

— State Journal staff