Caveny Farm founder John Caveny speaks at Eli’s Cheesecake Factory (6701 W. Forest Preserve) Thursday at 1 PM as part of its summer lecture series on local food systems. Caveny, who specializes in raising heritage breeds of poultry, will discuss his farming practices and use of native grasses for biofuel; Caveny Farm turkey will be available for sampling. The weekly farmers’ market Eli’s cosponsors with Wilbur Wright College is going on at the same time, offering fresh produce and a lunch of grilled turkey (though not from Caveny). Call 800-354-2253 for more. Free.
As part of its Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit, the Museum of Science and Industry (57th and Lake Shore Dr.) hosts a tasting Saturday at 6 PM of sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines and vodkas and organic cheeses; reps will be on hand to answer questions. The exhibit, designed by Michelle Kaufmann, is an actual three-story modular home outfitted with the latest environmentally friendly technologies; you can tour it during the tasting. Reservations required. Call 773-753-2583 for more. $35, 21+.
Now in its 34th year, the annual Pork and Corn Roast at Saint Mary of the Annunciation Church in Mundelein (22333 W. Erhart) draws carnivorous day trippers from all over the state this Sunday at 1 PM. More than 20 swine and hundreds of bushels of corn will be roasted; there’s also a beer garden, a craft show featuring more than 50 vendors, a petting zoo, and a tractor show. Call 847-223-0010 for more info. $12 ($10 in advance), $4 for kids 5-10.
In Fine Spirits (5420 N. Clark), the Reader’s Best of Chicago pick for best wine bar, hosts Craft Brew & BBQ Tuesday at 7:30, a five-course dinner with pairings by Tim Suprise of Michigan’s Arcadia Brewing Company. Featured brews include Anglers Ale, HopMouth, London Porter, and Cocoa Loco, a triple chocolate stout; chef Marianne Sundquist will design the menu around seasonal ingredients including sweet corn and Michigan cherries. Reservations required. Call 773-334-9463 for more. $55.
Signature Room at the 95th executive chef Patrick Sheerin will prepare a dinner at the James Beard House in New York in August; Chicago diners will get a chance to try his menu (and check out the ladies' room) Thursday at 6 PM at the Signature Room (875 N. Michigan). The five-course dinner, "Along the 45th Parallel: Cuisine from Famous Wine Regions," features food and wine from Italy, France, Canada, and the United States. Dishes include foie gras terrine, slow-roasted cod with popped corn puree and chanterelle mushrooms, and medallions of bison with seared Chinese broccoli. Call 312-280-0472 for reservations. $95.
Bin 36 (339 N. Dearborn) hosts its third annual BBQ and Bingo event Wednesday at 6 PM, where guests can dine and win prizes like wine, wine accessories, and gift certificates. The dinner includes a whole rotisserie suckling pig, fried chicken etouffee, and chilled gazpacho with shrimp shooters; wine, beer, and cocktails will be served. Call 312-755-9463 for reservations; $5 from each ticket supports the Be the Groove performance ensemble. $50.
The Alliance Francaise de Chicago (810 N. Dearborn) continues its French cooking lessons taught by chef Madelaine Bullwinkel with a class Saturday at 10:30 AM that explores French cuisine beyond traditional food from the Continent. "Being a French Chef: Ethnic Paris" teaches students how to make food from France's former colonies, including a Cambodian green papaya salad, Tunisian lamb, and banana tart from the Island of Reunion. After the lesson the food will be served with wine. Call 312-755-9463 to reserve a spot. $75 Alliance Francaise members, $85 nonmembers.
The Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents an ode to the mushroom 10 AM Saturday at Kendall College (900 N. Branch) with Exploring the Wild Mushroom: Myths, Flavors, and Facts, a lecture and cooking lesson by outdoors writer Joe McFarland. McFarland will cook (and guests will taste) recipes from his upcoming book, Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States, and discuss methods for enhancing the flavors of mushrooms. Members of the Illinois Mycological Association will be there to identify specimens, so bring that weird mushroom you found in your backyard. $3; free to Kendall students and faculty with ID.