Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jeppson's Malort fan club and other food and drink events

Posted By on 08.23.12 at 11:08 AM

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Thursday23

UPDATE: The Malort event has been canceled

Chicago Opera Theater's Opera Underground inaugurates I'm on a Boat!, which it plans as an annual booze cruise. Chicago Cruises' Summer of George will glide down the Chicago River to Lake Michigan as the Chicago skyline provides the backdrop for the performances of selected COT singers. A ticket includes an open wine and beer bar with light hors d'oeuvres. 6:30-8:30 PM, Chicago Cruises, 330 N. Wabash, $40, $50 at the door.

Owen & Engine serves up a four-course Belgian beer dinner in conjunction with importers Wetten Bros. The meal's designed to showcase the "quality and food-friendliness of Belgian Family beers," which Wetten reps will be on hand to discuss. More information on the meals here. 5 PM, Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western, RSVP at 773-235-2930, $75.

Friday24
Logan Square's first annual Taste of Latin America is a celebration of Chicago's vast and varied collection of Latin American food, wine, and art. Saturday features cooking demonstrations from some of Chicago's premier Latin American restaurants, and the festivities draw to a close Sunday with chef competitions. Traditional and modern Latin American music will be performed on the entertainment stage, and local Latin America artists will display their various arts and crafts. Fri 5-9 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-9 PM, Armitage between Central Park and Avers, free.

Saturday25
The preSERVE Garden is calling all aspiring green thumbs to share in the harvest of black-eyed and crowder peas as well as to assist in general maintenance of the garden. Bring a pack lunch; water's gratis. 10 AM-noon, preSERVE Garden, 12th and Central Park, RSVP to slowfoodpreserve@gmail.com. Rain date will be Sun 8/26.

The Bash on Wabash has decided to dedicate its ninth year to a celebration of the cultural diversity of the South Loop. This year's fest is called Sweet Corn Chicago; in addition to copious amounts of fresh-roasted corn, there will be beer, wine, and food trucks. Adult-oriented recreation includes a cornhole tournament, sumo wrestling, mechanical bull rides, and a psychic, and there's a kids' area for your little ones. Jessica Lea Mayfield and JD McPherson headline. Proceeds benefit the Greater South Loop Association and the South Loop Food Pantry. Sat-Sun 11:30 AM-10 PM, Wabash between 13th and 14th, $5 suggested donation, kids free.

Sunday26
Set your inner Ace Ventura free at the Brookfield Zoo's Zoo Brew, where you can sample a wide selection of craft beers—more than 40, all told—while fraternizing with the wildlife. Breweries represented include Argus Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Lakefront Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Co., and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Typical fest fare—hot dogs, nachos, and soft pretzels—will be available too, and music is by the Modern Day Romeos. Memorabilia from the participating breweries will be up for silent auction. Tickets to the event get you 20 three-ounce beer samples, a commemorative glass, parking, and admission to the zoo. 4-8 PM, 3300 Golf Rd., Brookfield, $45, $25 designated driver tickets. 21+

Tuesday28
Murphy's Bleachers hosts a gathering for fans of Chicago's favorite ingestible corrosive, Jeppson's Malort, before the Cubs play the Brewers at 7:05 PM. Various games will be played, with Jeppson's T-shirts handed out as prizes. If you're looking to show your Chicago pride without dissolving your esophagus, you can challenge the bartender to concoct a manageable Malort-based cocktail, or just order one of these crafty inventions from some of Chicago's finest mixologists. Uninitiated Cubs fans need not fear Malort's more astringent properties; you've built up a tolerance to bitterness after decades of disappointing Cubs seasons. 4-6 PM, Murphy's Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield.

A Magnificent Taste, the gastronomic component of the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, takes place today. Chefs from Chicago's top restaurants, including Bar Toma, Tavernita, and Tru, will offer dishes for sampling. James Beard Award winner and Top Chef champ Paul Qui will also be in attendance. 5:30 PM, Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan, $125, $200 VIP.

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