Friday, March 27, 2009

This week's food and drink events

Posted By on 03.27.09 at 06:32 PM

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Kelly Donlea
discusses her book 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store and offers tips on smart shopping; samples of her tomato soup will be on offer. 7 PM, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, 773-293-2665, free.

sunday29
Too late: both the Rogers Park Dinner Crawl and chef Kendal Duque's farewell dinner at Sepia are sold out.

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D.O.C. Wine Bar celebrates its fourth anniversary with complimentary appetizers and a flute of champagne, plus $4 glasses of wine thereafter. 5-7 PM, 2602 N. Clark,773-883-5101.

Lush Wine and Spirits hosts the Legends of Bourbon, a free whiskey tasting at both of its locations, followed by an after party at  Twisted Spoke featuring a cask of Kentucky Breakfast Stout--one of only two to come into Chicago this year. 7-9 PM, 1257 S. Halsted, 312-738-1900; 2232 W. Roscoe, 773-281-8888; free. 

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The last Soup and Bread, a weekly dinner/charitable fund-raiser, will feature a season-high ten soups from guest chefs including Hideout bartender and Plastic Crimewave Sound drummer Lawrence Peters, Girls Rock! Chicago cofounder Melissa Oglesby, Swim Cafe, farmer Vera Videnovich (a former Reader staffer), and Soup and Bread founder and coordinator Martha Bayne (another Reader alum).  It's free, but donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository are encouraged; the event's already succeeded in surpassing its goal of raising $2,000 for the charity. 5-8 PM, the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433.

The tenth annual Edible Books Show & Tea has the works of Ray Bradbury as its theme and invites "artists with a culinary streak, chefs with artistic flair, and book lovers" to make an edible creation that looks like, acts like, or puns on a book. Prize categories include "Most Likely to Be Burned," "Most Likely to Be Devoured," and "Most Likely to Be Made Into a Truffaut Film." 6-8 PM, Columbia College Library, 642 S. Michigan, second floor, 312-369-6630, $10, free for the cooks.

Marion Street Cheese Market hosts a dinner with Allison Hooper of the 25-year-old Vermont Butter & Cheese Co. Hooper, a past president of the American Cheese Society, will give a presentation about her work and an a la carte menu featuring her artisanal cheeses will be available. 7 PM, 100 S. Marion, Oak Park, 708-725-7200.

WhiskyFest Chicago features more than 200 single-malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, Tennessee, Japanese, Welsh, and Canadian whiskeys, as well as beer, rum, tequila, and other spirits. Seminar topics include bourbon aging, Japanese whiskey, and vintage malt whiskey. 6:30-9:30 PM, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker, 312-565-1234, $95.

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