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Thursday, September 13, 2007

This weekend and beyond

Posted By on 09.13.07 at 09:20 AM

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Adobo Grill's Wicker Park location has a bunch of events this weekend and next week, including a mole and salsa party Friday night (salsa dancing, not salsa eating), a mole cooking class Saturday, a mole brunch buffet Sunday, and a tequila dinner on Wednesday. Prices range from $20 to $35, depending on the event. The Old Town location is also celebrating Mole Fest with an expanded menu.

Eli's Cheesecake Festival, Saturday and Sunday at Eli's Cheesecake World, boasts culinary demonstrations, free samples, cheesecake eating contests, cheesecake dancers, and even cheesecake hula hoop (they don't say how those last two are going to involve cheesecake, but it doesn't sound pretty). There's also a classic car show, an artists' market, music--including one act that's part of the World Music Festival--and rides for kids.

As previously reported, the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents Stuffed: A Journey of Midwest Sausage Traditions, a "celebration of the best of the wurst," Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM at Kendall College. Highlights include presentations by "hot dog historian" Bruce Kraig and Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America editor Andrew Smith, a hot dog and bratwurst lunch, and talks on sausage production. The $35 registration fee includes food.

Taste of Romania is this Saturday and Sunday at the corner of Addison and California. In addition to Romanian food, live music and dance, there'll be grape stomping and free grape juice. You can also watch as 150 pigs, 150 lambs, and a 1,000-pound ox are roasted on spits over open fires, then served fresh.

Lincoln Square Apple Fest this Saturday at Giddings Plaza features a pie making class, apple bake-off, and apple pie eating contest as well as live music; it's free.

Also Saturday is the annual Wine Crush in Old Town; highlights include a grape-stomping competition, a tasting of cheeses and more than 150 wines, food from neighborhood restaurants, and arts and crafts. There's a $6 donation to get in, and wine tasting ranges from $20 to $30.

If you want to get your food, booze, and exercise all at the same event, head to the Bucktown Tavern and Peculiar Eatery Walking Tour this Saturday--stops along the five-mile route will include a place where the Beatles ate, plus some of the neighborhood's "quirkiest joints." The group meets at 11 AM at Quenchers; it's $5 to participate, plus whatever you order.

Smith and Wollensky's annual Wine Week, offering 10 wines for $10 with lunch, starts Monday and continues through Friday.

Beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, Kiki's Bistro is offering an $89 champagne dinner. Each of the four courses will be paired with a Moet & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot champagne from the 2000 vintage, and the room will be lit by more than 300 suspended votive candles.

Fox and Obel cheese manager Lydia Burns teaches a $45 class on The New Face of American Cheese, covering artisanal cheeses from around the country, Thursday at 6. UPDATE 9/18: this event has been canceled.


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