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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This week's food and drink events

Posted By on 09.23.09 at 06:23 PM

The Pchum Ben festival, Chicago Gourmet, the Rib-a-Que Smoke-Out, an Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beer Festival, and more.

2007 Pchum Ben at Watt Khmer Metta
  • 2007 Pchum Ben at Watt Khmer Metta

Uptown Kampuchean Buddhist temple Watt Khmer Metta hosts the Pchum Ben festival, where Cambodians eat traditional foods and make offerings of them to the spirits of their ancestors. Outsiders are welcome to attend, and while there's no charge, offerings of food or cash are welcomed. 9 AM-1 PM, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson.

The Illinois Restaurant Association’s second annual Chicago Gourmet event features tastings from restaurants including Sepia, Graham Elliot, Vie, Mercat a la Planxa, L2O, Spring, and Lao Szechuan, plus wine and beer. There’ll also be cooking demos by Mindy Segal, Bill Kim, Stephanie Izard, Bruce Sherman, Carrie Nahabedian, and others; wine seminars; and book signings. “Grand Cru” wine-tasting seminars with master sommeliers including Alpana Singh take place from 3:30 to 5 PM each day and cost an additional $175. Sat 9/26, 11 AM-6 PM, Sun 9/27, 11 AM-5 PM, Millennium Park, Michigan & Randolph, 312-742-1169, $150 per day, $250 for a two-day pass, 21+.

At the Frontera Fiesta and Garden Tour, gardener Bill Shores leads a tour of Rick Bayless’s three-lot organic garden in Bucktown, which produces some of the vegetables used at his restaurants. Afterward participants will have a private three-course meal at Frontera Grill (445 N. Clark). 11:30 AM, garden location to be divulged to registrants, $85.

Sixteen local restaurants and “ambitious amateurs” including Kendall college students compete in Moonshine’s Rib-a-Que Smoke-Out, a rib cook-off judged by Stephanie Izard, Kendall College dean Chris Koetke, and the Reader's own Mike Sula. Competitors include David Burke’s Primehouse, Sweet Baby Ray's, Honky Tonk, Smoke Daddy, Sheffield's, Socca, Moonshine, and others. Noon-6 PM, Moonshine, 1824 W. Division, 773-862-8686, $35, $25 in advance.


Experimental Sound Studio hosts Vinosonic, an event pairing "fine wines with fine new music" (more about the music and the wine here). 5-8 PM, 5925 N. Ravenswood, 773-769-1069, $15 suggested donation.


Delilah’s claims that at its “comprehensive” Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Beer Festival, you can taste every Oktoberfest, harvest, and pumpkin beer out there, including Ayinger, Paulaner, and Summit Oktoberfests and Buffalo Bill’s, New Holland, Dogfish Head, and O’Fallon pumpkin ales. Each beer will be available for purchase in a two-ounce sample size as well as by the bottle or pint. 5-9 PM, Delilah’s, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771.


Archeworks hosts a screening of Fresh, Ana Sofia Joanes’s recent film about sustainable food featuring interviews with farmers including Joel Salatin (whom Michael Pollan wrote about in The Omnivore’s Dilemma). Reservations required. 6 PM, 625 N. Kingsbury, 312-867-7254, $3 suggested donation.

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