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There's a wine and chocolate tasting tonight at Kafka Wine Co., 3325 N. Halsted (beware annoying flash site) benefiting ChildServ. It's $50 at the door or call 773-867-7360.

The not for-profit, pro-sustainability farmland preservation organization The Land Connection is holding it's third annual RampFest benefit Friday night at Prairie Production, 1314 W. Randolph. There's a silent auction hosted by local organic farmer Larry Wettstein, and a menu featuring dishes made with Illinois' native wild leek by Timo's John Bubala, Mike Sheerin of Blackbird, Jason Hammel and Lea Tschilds of Lula, and more. It's $65 and starts at 6 6 PM. Call 847-570-0701.

Steven L. Katz gives a talk at the Chicago Foodways Roundtable based on his January 10 Trib article "Chicago's Big Apple" about the apple pancake served at Wilmette's Walker Brothers Original Pancake House and elsewhere, complete with recipes and, yes, pancakes. It's Saturday at 10 AM at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch, and it's $2. Call 847-432-8255.

Sunday, April 1 is, (no-foolin'), Brillat-Savarin's 251st birthday, which has been celebrated worldwide for the last eight years through the International Edible Book Festival. Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan, is hosting an Edible Book & Tea from 1 to 3 PM (via Gapers). It's $10; free if you contribute a book. Call 312-344-7369 or email ediblebooks@gmail.com for more info.

Also, Red Light chef Jackie Shen is leading a shopping trip to Chinatown (via Dish) followed by a cooking class, on Sunday morning at 9:30. It's $80. Call 312-733-8880.

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