Thursday, June 18, 2009

This week's food and drink events

Posted By on 06.18.09 at 12:12 PM

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Tonight at 7 PM, in an undisclosed location, chef Efrain Cuevas's underground dining company Clandestino will cater a fund-raiser for WBEZ hosted by Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot, of the show Sound Opinions. The five-course dinner pairs food and wine with five albums they've chosen, among them Curtis Mayfield's Superfly, Naked Raygun's Throb Throb, and Mavis Staples's We'll Never Turn Back. Courses include Memphis pulled pork with a buttermilk waffle, tomato-rhubarb barbecue sauce, pickled carrot, and rhubarb relish; chicken “confit”  and greens agnolotti, chicken and greens roulade, and chicken consomme; and herb-crusted hanger steak with braised marrow, potato terrine, and oyster mushroom ragout. $250; reservations here.

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Chicago's second annual Kids' Restaurant Week kicks off today and continues through Sun 6/28, with participating restaurants--including Vie, Uncommon Ground, Aigre Doux, May Street Market, and Eve--offering  fixed-price menus from 5 to 7 PM. Kids under 12 pay their age; adults and kids 12 and over pay $29.

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Heritage Prairie Farm’s Father’s Day Pig Roast includes a buffet with side dishes from grilled mashed potatoes to deviled farm eggs to local cheeses, and chicken, brats, and veggie burgers. There’ll also be live music and local beer and wine ($5 a glass). Reservations required. Noon-4 PM, Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, 630-443-8253, hpmfarm.com, $35, kids 13 and under pay their age.

The first tour by Fork and the Road, a new company founded by LTHForum members Dimitra Tasiouras and Sharon Bautista to introduce people to little-known restaurants by bike, covers “international BBQ.” It promises chicken seasoned with Pakistani spices; pig, duck, and chicken at a Chinese hole-in-the-wall; and a chance to grill meat Korean-style over live coals. The ride leaves from Pause Cafe (1107 W. Berwyn) and covers about 15 miles. Helmet required, 18+. 11 AM-3 PM, $50.

Chef Michael Staver, an instructor at Kendall College and UIC, teaches a cooking class on Grilling From the Garden. Reservations required. 1 PM, Grand Street Gardens, 2200 W. Grand, 312-829-8200, $10.

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Delilah’s hosts an absinthe tasting, with 16 varieties, including North Shore’s Sirene. Van Gogh-related films including Vincente Minelli’s 1956 Lust for Life will be screening all night in celebration of the artist’s birthday. a 6-9 PM, Delilah’s, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771, $20.

Culinary historian and cookbook collector Penelope Bingham asks "What Would Lincoln Eat?," discussing the 16th president’s diet, cookbooks from when he was alive, and the recipe for his favorite cake. 6:30 PM, Bezazian branch library, 1226 W. Ainslie, 312-744-0019, free.

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