Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Heads Up

Posted By on 06.04.08 at 06:55 PM

For those looking for a road trip destination this weekend, the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival in Little Chute, Friday-Sunday, features cheese-curd-eating contests for both local dignitaries and fairgoers, cheese-carving demos, a cheesecake competition, a parade, and free tastings of the many spreads, curds, and chunks submitted by 20 or so regional producers. $5, $3 kids.

The Chicago Summer Wine Festival, Friday from 6 to 9 PM at Howard Orloff Imports (1924 N. Paulina), includes wineries like Australia's Pembroke and Argentina's El Coto and Trapiche. There'll also be food from Edible Arrangements, Devon Seafood Grill, and California Pizza Kitchen. $25 in advance, $35 at the door.

The Good Eating stage at the Trib's Printers Row Book Fair features cooking demos by local chefs and authors--including Tom Boyle, Carlyn Berghoff, and Olivia and Isabella Gerasole--Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM (complete schedule here [PDF]).  

Saturday from 11 AM to 2 AM, Kelly’s Pub marks its 75th anniversary by partying like it’s 1933. The family-owned bar will celebrate the end of Prohibition (which prompted the pub’s founding) with 1930s outfits, antique cars, tunes like “Stormy Weather” and “Forty-Second Street,” and specials on beer.

As part of the Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series, this Saturday at 2 PM playwright Mark Donahue reads from his work in progress Say Prix Fixe, about a newspaper food critic "pushed to the breaking point by his job" who "must fight his way past his editor, a rival critic, and the entire restaurant industry."

Through summer’s end the Museum of Contemporary Art’s free Tuesdays are capped off by Tuesdays on the Terrace, featuring live jazz—this week by Ari Brown—and an optional buffet ($16.50, reservations recommended) from the in-house Wolfgang Puck franchise. The menu will change each week but always include a chicken or beef entree, a salad, and a vegetarian pasta dish with vegetables from the MCA farmers’ market (also Tuesdays, 9 AM-5 PM). All shows, including the new Jeff Koons exhibit, remain open during the event.

The American Institute of Wine and Food presents Pinot in the Park II, an introduction to the notoriously fickle “heartbreak grape” with master sommelier Joseph Spellman, Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Park Grill. Pinot noirs from Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Santa Rita Hills, and the Willamette Valley as well as several burgundies (made from the pinot noir grape) will be paired with hors d’oeuvres “evocative of each region.” $35, $30 members.

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