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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This Week's Food and Drink Events

Posted By on 09.15.10 at 03:25 PM

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Picnicking on the North Shore, touring Pilsen restaurants, navigating Indian menus, and more.

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Pilsen celebrates Mexican Independence Day with Buen Provecho, featuring snacks from more than 20 local restaurants and bakeries. The price of admission gets you a route map and treats like pollo en mole from Nuevo Leon, a tamarind rickey from Nightwood, crispy lollipop wings from Take Me Out Cafe, and a mini churro from Don Churro. 5:30-9:30 PM.

The theme of this month’s tasting by local Indonesian caterers the Rice Table is "Nami Rames," a scaled-down version of the celebratory buffet rijsttafel. from which the company takes its name. Dishes include frikadel goreng (fried ground beef and potato fritter), babi semur (braised pork in soy sauce and cloves), opor daging (braised beef in a coconut lemongrass broth), and a handful of others. BYOB. 6:30-9:30 PM, Sip Coffee House, 1223 W. Grand, 312-563-1123, $12.


Volunteers who put in three hours of weeding and related handiwork at Somme Prairie Grove will be rewarded with a free picnic lunch at Prairie Grass Cafe, featuring Slagel Family Farm Italian sausage with peppers and onions, late-summer vegetable slaw, local beans with rainbow chard, and apple cobbler. Call 847-205-4433 to reserve a spot. Chores start at 9 AM, followed by lunch at noon. 601 Skokie, Northbrook.

In today’s talk and in her most recent book Pakoras, Paneer, Pappadums: A Guide to Indian Restaurant Menus, food writer Colleen Taylor Sen helps eaters navigate the cuisine of the subcontinent. Sen will also discuss her experience self-publishing and marketing the book through 10 AM-noon, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 847-432-8255, $3.

Mollusks at the Guinness Oyster Fest come courtesy of the Village Tap and Piazza Bella Trattoria and are available both raw and cooked. The one-day Roscoe Village street festival also features live music from Sugarcult, Neon Trees, and 10 Years, among others. Roscoe and Damen, 11 AM-10 PM, $7.

The annual fund-raiser Brew Not Bombs features music from Screaming Females, This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, and others, plus plenty of beer and food, with a home-brewing competition and a "giant vegan bake-off." Proceeds benefit the Civilian Soldier Alliance, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, and the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. Tickets online and at the door. 4 PM-midnight, Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee, 773-736-4050, $10.

More beer’s on tap at the Bluebird’s fund-raiser for Sit Stay Read, a literacy program that uses dogs to help at-risk kids ages seven to nine learn to read. Samples for tasting include Dogfish Head’s Bitches Brew, Two Brothers’ Dog Days, Brew Dog’s Punk IPA, and more. Snacks are included; reservations recommended. 7:30-9:30 PM, 1749 N. Damen, 773-486-2473, $35.

Green City Market’s two-week-long Locavore Challenge culminates in a Community Gathering and Locavore Dinner served family-style, during which participants can swap recipes and share stories. Tickets are available at the market or online. 5:30-7:30 PM, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, 773-880-1266, $25.

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