Thursday, April 30, 2009

This week's food and drink events

Posted By on 04.30.09 at 01:41 PM


Toast of the Town, Wine Enthusiast's annual bash, features more than 500 wines and food from restaurants including Piccolo Sogno, Mirai Sushi, and Boka. 7-10 PM (VIP tasting starts at 6), Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 800-847-5949, $75, $150 VIP.


The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust hosts a tasting of limited-edition wines from Raymond Vineyards at an event that features access to the normally private third floor of Robie House and a silent auction whose items include wines from chateaus Margaux and Lafite-Rothschild and overnight stays in other Wright-designed structures. 5-7 PM, Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn, 877-848-3559, $40.

American-influenced Belgian-style beers from Ommegang--including Hennepin Saison, Rare Voss, Abbey Ale, and Three Philosophers--will be pitted against its sister company Maredsous's traditional Belgian ales, including Blonde, Brune, and Triple, at Battle of the Belgians. The beers will be paired with dishes like five-spice ribs with molasses glaze, barbecue mussels, eight-cheese garlic bread, and dark chocolate creme brulee. Fri 5/1, 7-10 PM, Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 East Superior, 312-266-0400, $25.


Blue Sky Bakery celebrates its one-year anniversary with a tasting of sweet and savory doughnuts—including rosemary, rhubarb, and coconut varieties. Sat-Sun 5/2-5/3, 9 AM-2 PM, Blue Sky Bakery and Cafe, 4749 N. Albany, 773-478-2233, $5.

Restaurants including Mundial Cocina Mestiza and Nuevo Leon compete in a mole cook-off at Mole de Mayo. Attendees can sample the mole and buy margaritas, Micheladas, and beer. 11 AM-7 PM, El Zocalo Plaza, 18th and Paulina, $1 suggested donation.

Chef Paul Virant prepares a meal featuring fresh morels and finishing with a cheese course; Goose Island will be providing samples of Matilda, a Belgian-style ale. The morel hunt beforehand is sold out. Sat 5/2, noon, Vie, 4471 Lawn, Western Springs, 708-246-2082, $55, $20 kids under 12, plus tax and tip.


Eric Aubriot will demonstrate how to cook flatiron steaks, which'll be served paired with various wines. 2-4 PM, Taste Food and Wine, 1506 Jarvis, 773-761-3663, $15.


Sepia hosts a spring dinner by chef Andrew Zimmerman featuring duck and pistachio paté, foie gras croquettes, kona kampachi with shaved fennel, and rabbit with braised morels and asparagus, with wine pairings. 6:30 PM, 123 N. Jefferson, 312-441-1920, $80 plus tax and tip.


Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s and Bruce Kraig, author of the new book Hot Dog: A Global History, discuss encased meats at a Chicago Foodways Roundtable lecture. 7 PM, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 847-432-8255,, $3.

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