Thursday, May 6, 2010

This Week's Food and Drink Events

Posted By on 05.06.10 at 11:01 AM

A tasting of Indonesian cuisine, an interview with Moto chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche, a lecture on the politics of foie gras, and more.

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s annual Toast of the Town offers tastings from more than 70 wine producers and a couple dozen high-end restaurants—including Blackbird, Lockwood, Boka, and Tru—plus live jazz. 7-10 PM (6 PM VIP), Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 800-847-5949, $99, $179 VIP.

Winemaker Fred Scherrer brings selections from Scherrer Winery to Naha for a California Wine Dinner. The seasonal menu, designed by chef Carrie Nahabedian, hasn't been announced yet, but wines will include Scherrer’s 2009 Dry Rosé, 2005 Helfer Chardonnay, 2006 Big Brother Pinot Noir, and 2003 Scherrer Cabernet. To RSVP, e-mail susie@flickwine.com, or call 847-881-2620. 6:30 PM, 500 N. Clark, 312-321-6242, $120.

Local food writer and historian Colleen Taylor Sen discusses and signs her book Curry: A Global History, which traces the geographical movement and political history of the dish. 6:30-8 PM, Chicago Public Library (Northtown branch), 6435 N. California, 312-744-2292.

Local caterers The Rice Table (who've been featured in the Reader) host a BYOB tasting of Indonesian dishes including rendang daging (spicy braised beef in coconut milk), opor ayam (yellow coconut curry chicken), and krupuk (fried prawn cracker). 6:30-9:30 PM, Sip Coffee House, 1223 W. Grand, 312-492-7686, $12.

Deleece chef Josh Hansen creates beer-friendly dishes for a Lagunitas Beer Dinner, which pairs a four-course prix fixe menu with brews from California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company. Dishes include beer-braised pork belly with panzanella, paired with Dogtown Pale Ale, and beef and gouda sausage with Wilco Tango Foxtrot, an imperial brown ale. 7 PM, Deleece Grill Pub, 3313 N. Clark, 773-348-3313, $50.

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Moto chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche, who cohost the new Planet Green network show Future Food, are guests for Mark Bazer’s monthly live chat show The Interview Show. Other guests include Get Capone author Jonathan Eig, “human beatbox” Yuri Lane, and rapper C.O. Any. 6:30-8 PM, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $5.

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The Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents Easy Target: Foie Gras as a Pragmatic and Problematic Target for Animal Rights Organizations, Cities, and Countries, a talk by Northwestern sociology PhD candidate Michaela DeSoucey based on her dissertation examining the political and moral debates that have occurred in Chicago and France over the controversial liver. RSVP to chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com. 10 AM, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 312-642-4600, $3.

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Green City Market leaves its wintertime digs in the Notebaert Nature Museum today and heads back outside for the summer. Through 10/30, it'll be open Wednesdays and Saturdays at the south end of Lincoln Park, at approximately 1790 N. Clark. 7 AM-1 PM, 773-880-1266.

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