Thursday, February 3, 2011

This Week's Food and Drink Events

Posted By on 02.03.11 at 04:17 PM

A dark beer tasting, a Nutella party, a pig dinner, and more.

Tickets to a dark beer tasting are $28 and cover samples of more than a dozen brews, Stone Smoked Porter, Green Flash Double Stout, and Allagash Fluxus. Light snacks well be served as well. 6:45 PM, Jerry’s, 1938 W. Division, 773-235-1006.

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Language school Multilingual Chicago celebrates what it calls "Italy’s greatest contribution" with Nutella Day, an afternoon fair devoted to the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread. Admission is free, but bring cash if you plan to eat: options include Nutella-based pastries from local bakeshops, crepes from La Boulangerie, and drinks from Cafe Mustache. Free Italian classes are also on the menu. RSVP requested; e-mail 1-5 PM, Multilingual Chicago, 2934 N. Milwaukee, 773-292-7676.

For the third year in a row, Garfield Park Conservatory pays tribute to nature’s role in the production of sweets by highlighting some of its own collection—among other things, the flora there yield cinnamon, banana, chocolate, and vanilla. Sweet Saturdays, this weekend and next, feature tropical treat stations, where visitors learn about plants with a chance to sample their products; a maple syrup tasting; and the chance for kids to make crafts like a cocoa-bean sachet or a scratch-and-sniff necklace. 11 AM-4 PM, Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100, $3 suggested donation.

From 4:30 PM until it’s over, DMK Burger Bar hosts a Super Bowl keg party with specials like bacon popcorn and a $25 bottomless mug of craft beer. 2954 N. Sheffield, 773-360-8686.

Retro downtown eatery Petterino’s offers a three-course meal for $10 on the occasion of its tenth anniversary. The prix fixe menu, prepared by chef Matthew Kirkley, includes choices like tomato bisque, steak Diane, and a bittersweet chocolate cake with raspberries. 11 AM-10 PM, Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn, 312-422-0150.

The American Institute of Wine & Food sponsors a Pig and Pinot Dinner, which kicks off with a butchering demo led by Bristol chef Chris Pandel. The four-course meal that follows, mostly porcine, includes smoked pork marrow bones on toast, pappardelle with suckling pig ragu bianco, and black walnut upside-down cake. Dishes will be paired with wine from California’s Copain Wines. Reservations required. 6:30 PM, the Bristol, 2152 N. Damen, 773-862-5555, $105.

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