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Thursday, February 10, 2011

This Week's Food and Drink Events

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A strong beer tasting, a V-Day pastry market, a candy lecture, and more.

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Chef Bernie Laskowski cooks five courses for a ChicaGourmets-sponsored wine dinner that include oysters with caviar and wasabi creme fraiche, black truffle risotto with aged balsamic vinegar, and gianduja-chocolate mousse with a smoked-salt tuile and blood orange jam. Wine accompanies each course, and a reception with appetizers precedes the dinner. 6 PM, Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan, 708-383-7543, $94.

At Vintage Strong Beer Fest, an annual tribute to boldly flavored beer hosted by Delilah's, $20 admission buys sample-sized glasses of a wide variety including Anchor Old Foghorn, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, and Malheur Millennium. Some will be available for purchase by the bottle. Noon, Delilah’s, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771, $20.

Executive chef Kristine Subido leads a two-hour Valentine’s cooking class, where recipes focusing on "romantic" and "heart-healthy" ingredients include steamed mussels in tomato-saffron broth, pan-roasted duck with dried cherry sauce, and pomegranate-poached pears. The class begins with a cocktail and ends with a meal of what’s been prepared, plus wine. Tickets are available online. 2:30-4:30 PM, Wave at W Chicago Lakeshore, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-255-4460, $65.

Logan Square Kitchen hosts a Valentine’s Day Pastry Market with vendors including Flour Cake and Pastry, Celestial Kitchens, Mayana Chocolate, and Salted Caramel. RSVP requested at Sat-Sun 2/12-2/13, 10 AM-3 PM, Logan Square Kitchen, 2333 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2333, $1.

Historian Leslie Goddard explains why Chicago is thought of as the "candy capital of America" in Sweet Home Chicago, a talk about the city’s confectionery past. 4-5 PM, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster, Naperville, 630-420-6010, $5-$7.

Couples chooses what kind of beer to make at this Valentine’s brewing class, where tickets include a vat of beer—45 to 50 bottles’ worth—to take home, as well as lunch afterwards. 12:30 PM, Marriott Hotel, 540 N. Michigan, 773-233-7579, $179 per couple, plus cost of ingredients and bottles.

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