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Thursday, April 22, 2010

This Week's Food and Drink Events

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Quince and Goose Island Beer Company join forces for a four-course beer dinner highlighting Belgian-style brews Sofie, Matilda, and Pere Jacques, and barrel-aged Bourbon County Stout. The beer is served alongside courses like pork belly with banana, pineapple compote, and coconut, and “duck & foie” with cannelloni and cardamom. Reservations are required. 6:30 PM, Quince, 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400, $55.

Though Whiskyfest is sold out, the Whiskyfest After-Party at Delilah’s isn't. Starting at 10 PM, the bar offers samples of Black Bush Irish Whiskey and Bulleit Bourbon, snacks like corned beef sandwiches and chicken wings. Preston and Julian Van Winkle of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery will be guest bartenders. 10 PM-1 AM, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771, free.


Garfield Park Conservatory hosts the 18th Annual Green and Growing Fair, with vendors, workshops, and demos; "drop-in learning stations" are devoted to subjects like tool-sharpening, native plants, and composting. The fair itself is free, though some workshops aren’t; the full rundown is here. 10 AM-3 PM, 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100.

Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Bourbon, provides samples and signs bottles for a Whisky Week event at West Lakeview Liquors. 4-5 PM, 2156 W. Addison, 773-525-1916.

In honor of Chicago’s Whisky Week, the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and Johnnie Walker host their 7th Annual Pub Crawl through Roscoe Village. Registration, which includes a free Johnnie Walker tee-shirt and drink specials, is at the Village Tap; the crawl continues on to Mulligan’s, Riverview Tavern, Four Moon Tavern, and Four Treys Bar. 5 PM, 2055 W. Roscoe, 708-426-7127,, $20/$15 in advance.

Anthony Bourdain, the frank and foulmouthed chef, author, and host of The Travel Channel’s No Reservations, spins yarns and takes questions tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8 PM, 175 N. State, 312-462-6300 or 312-559-1212, $43-$128.


New Bucktown coffee shop Buzz: Killer Espresso hosts "The Story Behind Your Morning Cup: Information for the Conscious Coffee Consumer," a class aimed at educating customers on the economics and ethics of coffee-drinking. Taught by barista Kasey Klimes of Topeka’s PT’s Coffee Roasting Co., the two-hour session offers lessons on the history of coffee as a commodity and the rise of fair- and direct-trade models. An informal coffee tasting is included; RSVP to 1-3 PM, 1644 N. Damen, 773-366-8377,, $5.


Ruth Van Waerebeek, official chef for Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro, prepares a five-course wine dinner that pairs the wines with French and Chilean-inspired dishes like chupe de jaiva—a savory pie with crab meat and Creole vegetables—and roquefort cheesecake with walnuts and mixed greens. RSVP by Fri 4/23 to ChicaGourmet, a co-sponsor of the event. 6 PM, Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron, 708-383-7543, $79.

Chef Paul Fehribach serves a five-course Lost Southern Foods Dinner tonight, highlighting products from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste list—a catalogue of endangered edible species and vanishing heirloom recipes. Fehribach will talk to diners throughout the meal about what they’re eating; the dinner starts with Sea Island red pea cappuccino, house bacon froth, puffed Carolina Gold rice, and pickled ramps, and goes from there. The price covers food, nonalcoholic beverages, and a donation to Slow Food Chicago. Booze can be purchased separately. RSVP required. 6:30 PM, Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark, 773-275-5725, $45.

Trade group Wines of Chile hosts a grand tasting with wine from 50 Chilean wineries and a special guided tasting led by master sommelier Fred Dexheimer. Appetizers—like empanadas and churrasco-style bruschetta—are included with the ticket, which also enters guests in a drawing for a trip for two to Chile, and includes a donation to the country’s earthquake recovery efforts. Tickets are available here. 6-8:30 PM, Chicago Illuminating Company, 19 E. 21st, 312-326-9500, $25.

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