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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This week's food and drink events

Posted By on 08.19.09 at 06:35 PM

The BLT Bonanza, the Botanic Garden's Pepper Weekend, talks by Slow Food USA president Joshua Viertel, and more.



For Chicago TomatoFest's continuing "Old School BLT Bonanza," participating restaurants including Lockwood, the Gage, Carnivale, Blackbird, the Signature Room, Sixteen, and Cafe Spiaggia are offering BLTs with local heirloom tomatoes and bacon made from locally raised pork through September 20.


The second annual Oak Park Microbrew Review features 50 craft beers from 20 midwestern microbreweries. There’s a VIP reception from 2 to 3 PM at Marion Street Cheese Market (100 S. Marion). 3-8 PM, Marion between North and Lake, Oak Park, 708-660-9909, $40, $35 in advance, $100 VIP.

The Botanic Garden’s Pepper Weekend features tours of the 40 varieties growing in the gardens, “pepper discovery carts” offering information on the history of peppers, and activities including making chile butter. Vendors will be selling pepper products and there’ll be cooking demos at 1:30 and 2:30 PM both days. Sat-Sun 8/22-8/23, 11 AM-4 PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847-835-5440, $20 parking, free admission.


In front of Red Light (or inside if it rains), chefs including Bill Kim (Urban Belly), Mark Mendez (Carnivale), Ina Pinkney (Ina’s), Rick Gresh (David Burke’s Primehouse), and George Bumbaris and Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe) will offer seasonal fare at a party to raise money for Three Sisters Garden—a small farm near Kankakee—to buy a bigger delivery truck. Among the offerings: Bloody Marys, crispy lamb rolls with yogurt dipping sauce, summer succotash, goat cheese cheesecake, and peach cobbler; Red Light chef Jackie Shen will also roast a pig. Reservations required. Noon-3 PM, Red Light, 820 W. Randolph, 312-733-8880, $50.


The 2009-’10 season of Rethinking Soup, a weekly free lunch of soup and bread and discussion of food-related issues, kicks off with a talk by Slow Food USA president Joshua Viertel, who’ll discuss the issue of universal access to healthy food. Noon-1:30 PM, Jane Addams Hull-House Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted, 312-413-5353, free.


Slow Food Chicago's Eat-In at Daley Plaza,a rally to support legislation for a more effective Child Nutrition Act that would allow schools to serve better food to kids, features talks by Josh Viertel, Jim Braun, and Julie Hamos. Bring your own lunch or buy one from providers including Gourmet Gorilla and City Provisions. 11 AM-1 PM, Daley Plaza, free.

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