Thursday, May 3, 2007

This weekend and beyond

Posted By on 05.03.07 at 11:52 AM

Wine Enthusiast presents Toast of the Town tonight at the Field Museum, featuring over 500 wines and 30 restaurants. The "Grand Tasting" is $95 and starts at 7:30.

Friday at 5:30 mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim conducts a free tasting of "market fresh fruit" cocktails at Fox & Obel, 401 E. Illinois. Call 312-410-7301.

Saturday the Oak Park Conservatory's annual herb sale starts at 8 AM at 615 Garfield Street. Call 708-386-4700.

Kid-centric eating org Purple Asparagus is presenting a pizza making class at Spacca Napoli, 1769 W. Sunnyside at 2:30 pm Saturday. Tickets are $42 for adults; $16 for kids 5 to 12; 4 and under are free.

At 10 am on Saturday the Culinary Historians of Chicago host Patricia Wells on "Sensory Delights of the French Garden" at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark. It's $10; call 708-788-0338 to reserve. Then on Sunday at 11 AM she'll sign copies of her new Vegetable Harvest: Vegetables at the Center of the Plate at Fox & Obel, 401 E. Illinois. Call 312-410-7301.

Saturday Beerfest comes to Navy Pier in two four-hour sessions starting at noon and 6 PM; all the beer you can drink from dozens of brewers for $47.50 at the door; $37.50 in advance. Later that night Three Floyds is hosting a kick off party for Gumballhead wheat beer at the Handlebar, 2311 W. North. Call 773-384-9546.

In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark, presents the Andersonville Wine Walk, Sunday at 2 PM. $20 buys you a glass and 40 different wines. Call 773-728-7552.

Sunday at 5 Alpana Singh hosts a wine tasting to benefit Lifeline Theatre at Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph, Tickets are $100. Call 773-761-4477. 

Tuesday at NoMI in the Park Hyatt Chicago, 800 N. Michigan, sommelier Fernando Beteta conducts a "Women Winemakers from Around the World" tasting. It's at 5:30. Call 312-239-4030.

Also on Tuesday, at 7, chef Charlie Socher of Cafe Matou, 1846 N. Milwaukee, will be pairing dishes to wines of the Val de Loire. It's $62. Call 773-384-8911.

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