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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dinners, festivals, and more food and drink events

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The strawberries at this weekends Long Grove Strawberry Festival will not be Photoshopped.
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  • The strawberries at this weekend's Long Grove Strawberry Festival will not be Photoshopped.

Attendees can enjoy cigars, food, and drinks at the inaugural CigarBQUE, a charitable event hosted by chefs Rick Gresh (David Burke's Primehouse), Cleetus Friedman (City Provisions Deli), and Giuseppe Tentori (Boka, GT Fish & Oyster). Guest chefs include David LeFevre, Jimmy Bannos Sr., Sarah Jordan, Lee Anne Wong, Mike and Patrick Sheerin, Ray Villalobos, Roger Herring, and Willie Wagner. 6-9 PM, Beyond Design, 4515 N. Ravenswood, $185; tickets available here.

Bar Forza’s Summer Mixology Event features mixologist Walter Bruessard's Mojito Italiano, made with moscato, and Martini Rosso, made with rose essence and ginger liqueur. Chef Mario Giuseppe Mentesana supplies passed small plates and pizzas. 6-8 PM, Bar Forza, 2476 N. Lincoln, 773-248-7888, $25.


At this weekend's 29th annual Long Grove Strawberry Festival, there's live music and booths peddling strawberry doughnuts, smoothies, ice cream, and other berry treats. Kids' activities include face painting and pony rides. 6/22-6/24, Fri 10 AM-6 PM, Sat 10 AM-8 PM, Sun 10 AM-6 PM, 323 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove, 847-821-2116, $5.

Tonight 2 Sparrows hosts northern Italian winery Tenuta Santome as a part of its monthly series of wine dinners. Executive chef Gregory Ellis's four-course meal features seared Minnesota whitefish with summer vegetable ragu and lemon aioli, paired with Tenuta Santome’s 2010 chardonnay. Call for reservations. 7 PM, 2 Sparrows, 553 W. Diversey, 773-234-2320, $60.


Haberdash EDC’s summer chef series showcases Frontier's Brian Jupiter, who'll supply hors d'oeuvres at the boutique today. Noon-2 PM, Haberdash EDC, 611 N. State, 312-646-7870, free.

Today and tomorrow, Lincoln Park's Chicago Summerfest brings local food and drink, vendors, live music, and an area for family activities to the neighborhood. Noon-10 PM, Clark & Armitage, 773-665-4682, $5 suggested donation both days.


The monthly Dose Market celebrates its first birthday today, with vendors such as Bagel on Damen, Crop to Cup, Season’s Soda, and Mayana Chocolate. 10 AM-4 PM, River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois, 312-321-1001, $10 at the door; $8 in advance here.


At Fear No ART’s live talk show the Dinner Party, host Elysabeth Alfano shares dinner (prepared by Big Jones chef Paul Fehribach) and conversation with Kartemquin Films' Steve James, actor and playwright Regina Taylor, dancer and Be the Groove artistic director Stephanie Paul, and Marco the Poet. The show streams from 7:30-8:30 PM here; tickets are here. 6:30-10 PM, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, 
773-381-4551, $25.


Tonight underground supper club Tuesday Night Dinner pops up at Big Bang Pie Shop's new outdoor backyard dining area. TND chef Jeremy Leven and crew will serve a family-style meal featuring a spicy lowland seafood boil, sides based on Green City Market offerings, and Bang Bang pie. It's BYO; to RSVP, e-mail tuesdaynightdinner3036@gmail.com with your name, phone number, and number of guests. 8 PM, Bang Bang Pie Shop, 2051 N. California, $20.

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