Thursday, January 20, 2011

This Week's Food and Drink Events

Posted By on 01.20.11 at 05:48 PM

A Greek food fair, an oyster tasting, a braising class, and more.

Pamela Michelle Johnsons Handi Snacks
  • Pamela Michelle Johnson's Handi Snacks
Chef Randy Zweiban cooks a menu for a collaborative Hum Spirited Dinner that includes beer-steamed mussels, rum-marinated pork ropa vieja, and brioche French toast. To accompany each course, Hum Botanical Spirit creator Adam Seger mixes drinks like the Nuevo Beer-tail: Hum, Three Floyds Drunk Monk Hefeweizen, North Shore #11 Gin, and a chorizo spice rim. 6:30 PM, Province, 161 N. Jefferson, 312-669-9900, $65.

Two Aussies—Sixteen executive chef Frank Brunacci and Perth native Craig Hopson, who’s visiting from New York’s Le Cirque—prepare a six-course meal with wine pairings to mark the onset of Australia Week. The meal begins with an amuse bouche of hiramasa escabeche, ends with dessert of fennel pavlova with banana chantilly and lemon granité, and in between includes courses of fish, game, meat, and cheese. The menu is served all night. 5:30-10:30 PM, Sixteen, 401 N. Wabash, 312-588-8030, $125.

The second annual Saint Andrew’s Winter Food Fest features souvlaki, moussaka, pastitsio, and Greek-style chicken. Beer, wine, and pastries are also for sale. 1/22-1/23: Sat 3-8 PM, Sun noon-4 PM, Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan, 773-334-4515.

The Salon Series at the Bluebird continues with featured artist Pamela Michelle Johnson, whose still lifes of "lab food and its packaging" are display at the restaurant this month. Following a cocktail reception and dinner, Johnson leads a discussion—over a dessert of Belgian waffles with peaches and mascarpone—about "our appetites and their consequences." 7-9:30 PM, the Bluebird, 1749 N. Damen, 773-486-2473, $40.

At Exploring Your Creativity, Sheetal Bhagat, a finalist on Fox’s Master Chef, reads from her forthcoming memoir Spicy, Salty, Sweet: Tales from the Maestra Chef following dinner prepared by Uncommon Ground chef de cuisine Daniel Jacob. Choices for the three-course meal include a winter salad with root vegetables, smoked rutabaga puree, mizuna, and miso vinaigrette; whitefish with carrot-cardamon puree, leeks, and chive emulsion; and a lemon tart with orange marmalade and whipped cream. 6:30 PM, Uncommon Ground on Devon, 1401 W. Devon, 773-465-9801, $25.

ChicaGourmets sponsors an oyster tasting with Rowan Jacobson, a food writer whose book A Geography of Oysters details his cross-country culinary experiences with the bivalves. The luncheon features oysters raw, charbroiled, french-fried, and Rockefeller, plus an entree of seared Atlantic cod. Includes wine and dessert. 11:30 AM, Shaw’s Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard, 312-320-6669, $45.

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibit Uncovered and Rediscovered: Stories of Jewish Chicago, Spertus executive chef Laura Frankel discusses The Settlement Cookbook, a 1901 volume published to raise money for recent Jewish immigrants. She’ll also demo some updated recipes from the book; admission includes take-home recipe cards. 6:30 PM, Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan, 312-322-1700, $18.

Vie kicks off another round of its culinary education series Back to Basics today with a course on braising; future classes, taught by sous chef Nathan Sears, are on breads (2/19), Mexican cuisine (3/9), and spring soups (3/30). Each 90-minute installment ends with a lunch featuring whatever’s made that day. $80 per class. 9:45 AM-1:30 PM, Vie, 4471 Lawn, Western Springs, 708-246-2082.

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