by Julia Thiel
The Dill Pickle Food Co-op, a member-owned grocery store forming in Logan Square that hopes to open this spring, hosts a benefit concert tonight at the AV-aerie (2000 W. Fulton) starting at 8:30 and featuring performances by Baby Teeth, Make Believe's Tim Kinsella, DJ Damon Locks of the Eternals, and Willis P. Jenkins. Suggested donation $12.
The Irish American Heritage Center kicks off its annual Friday Night Lenten Fish Fry, running through mid April; the buffet includes french fries and veggies as well as cod. Fridays through 4/10, 6:30-9 PM, Fifth Province Pub, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, $12, $8 kids under 13.
Chicago Restaurant Week, originally scheduled to end today, has been extended through Friday, March 6. That gives you one more week to get $22 three-course prix fixe lunches and $32 dinners (not including tax and tip) at participating local restaurants.
Karen Wilson, a research associate at the Oriental Institute, discusses the food of ancient Iraq in The Haute Cuisine of Ancient Mesopotamia; food-related artifacts like clay tablets with recipes recorded in cuneiform will be on display. Hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable; reservations required. 10 AM, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1155 E. 58th, 847-432-8255, email@example.com, $7.
Shawn McClain (Spring, Green Zebra, Custom House) is teaming up with local chefs including Giuseppe Tentori (Boka, Perennial), Bill Kim (Urban Belly), Carrie Nahabedian (Naha), and Dean Zanella (312 Chicago) to cook for a "Soup-Off" to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Attendees can sample all the soups and vote for their favorites; there'll also be a panel of journalists to select the critics' choice winner. 1-4 PM, Custom House, 500 S. Dearborn, 312-523-0200, $15.
The Publican continues its monthly Brew Masters series with a four-course prix fixe dinner featuring Three Floyds beer, including Gumballhead and Behemoth barley wine as well as Banana Split 7-Inch, a brew chef Paul Kahan created in collaboration with the brewery. On the menu: seafood crudo; porcini mushrooms with duck hearts; pot au feu; and passion fruit, yogurt, and cardamom. Reservations recommended. 5-10 PM, 837 W. Fulton, 312-733-9555, $45, plus $20 for optional beer pairings.
The newly reopened local outpost of Trader Vic’s celebrates the chain’s 75th anniversary with a party from 5 to 6:30 PM. Admission covers tastings of “wood-fired house specialties” and three cocktails per person. At 7 PM the group will move one block west to the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (Oak and Dearborn) for a performance of George Bernard Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island. 5-9:30 PM, Trader Vic’s, 1030 N. State, $69.
The Oriental Institute continues its series on the cuisine of the near East with a dinner of Persian food from northern Iran at Masouleh. Chef-owner Azim Nassiri-Masouleh will prepare traditional dishes featuring meat, poultry, and eggs combined with vegetables, nuts, spices, and native herbs. Wine included; reservations required. 7 PM, 6653 N. Clark, 773-702-9507, $49.
The second-ever tapping party for the new Metropolitan Brewing features their Dynamo Copper lager and Flywheel Bright lager, plus a drawing for free beer. 7-9 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775.