Thursday, February 23, 2012

This week's food and drink events

Posted By on 02.23.12 at 10:30 AM


The Good Food Festival presents a screening of The Butcher’s Karma, a film by Grub Street editor and Key Ingredient videographer Michael Gebert that explores the philosophies of local meat purveyors Rob Levitt, Paul Kahan, and Bartlett Durand. Tickets include a three-course dinner featuring country pate and "porkobuco," wine, and a Q&A with Levitt and Durand. Reservations recommended. 6:30 PM, Uncommon Ground on Devon, 1401 W. Devon, 773-465-9801, $50.

More events after the jump.


SmallBar Fullerton is celebrating its second anniversary with a lineup of sour and wild ales including Jolly Pumpkin Cherry Bam Biere, Cantillon Fou’ Foune Apricot Lambic, and Brouwerij Bockor Bellegems Bruin. The first 30 attendees to buy a New Belgium beer will be eligible to buy tickets ($6) to a live sour-blending demonstration, tasting, and Q&A with Eric Salazar, head of New Belgium's sour program. 6 PM, 8 PM demonstration, 1415 W. Fullerton, 773-525-2727.

The seventh annual Tickled Pink bash features hors d'oeuvres by the Purple Pig and Heaven on Seven, a top-shelf open bar, and admission to an afterparty at the Underground, all to benefit the Y-ME national breast cancer organization. 7 PM, River East Arts Center, 435 E. Illinois,, $75.


Soup & Bread founder and former Reader editor Martha Bayne will sign copies of her Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time; there will also be samples of a recipe from the book. noon-2 PM, Foodease, 835 N. Michigan, 312-335-3663, free


Tonight in northern McHenry County is a rare all-you-can-eat wild game dinner put on by members of the Harvard Sportsmen's Club. It's a ways to drive, but according to Mike Sula, last year's spread included "barbecued boar ribs, Italian venison, bear fajitas, Salisbury venison steak, boar 'n' kraut, goose breast, mule deer lasagna, pickled bluegill, antelope meatballs, deer liver sausage, pheasant egg rolls, pheasant a la king, elk tacos, corned venison and cabbage, bison chili, and a jambalaya of many critters." 11 AM-2 PM, Harvard Sportsmen’s Club, 21226 Route 14, Harvard, 815-943-9847, $12 suggested donation.


Elysabeth Alfano (Fear no Art) hosts the latest installment of The Dinner Party, a monthly conversation with three artists that also features food from a local chef. This month it's JC Brooks of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Second City Director Billy Bungeroth, and Luna Negra choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano; Anthony Martin of Tru is the chef. 7 PM, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, 773-381-4554, $18.

Underground Food Collective and the Stew Supper Club will guest chef at Darkroom tonight and tomorrow, preparing a four-course prix fixe dinner called From Ukrainian Village With Love. There will be "surprise musical guests," and vegetarian options are available. 6 PM, Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago, 773-276-1411, $45.


At the Bedford’s School of Sip and Shuck, taught by chef Mark Steuer and mixologist Peter Gugni, you can taste a dozen oysters (of four different varieties) paired with four champagnes, as well as learning about how to shuck oysters and differences in types and regions. 7:30 PM, the Bedford, 1612 W. Division, 773-235-8800, $30.


Quince celebrates Leap Day with a four-course Local Distillery Dinner. Grilled baby octopus, parsnip tortellini, and pork belly courses will be paired with cocktails made with Few Spirits, Evanston’s first licensed distillery. 6:30 PM, Quince, 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400, $75.

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