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This weekend and beyond

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The Heart of Italy's Annual Festa Pasta Vino starts Thursday. This massive scrum in "little" Little Italy (Oakley and Cermak), runs through Sunday and features eats from La Fontanella, Bacchanalia, Haro, and Ignotz’s, and a host of Italian American crooners beginning with Dino's daughter Deana Martin.  

The Rotary Club of Elk Grove's Styx, Stones, and Bones Ribfest runs Friday and Saturday and features 40 teams competing for a total of $10,000 in prizes. And there's a Styx cover band. That's next to Elk Grove High School, 150 Lions Dr. (Arlington Heights Rd., between Higgins and Beasterfield.)

Saturday at 3 Christine Busby of Busby Bakes Cookies will provide samples of her baked goods during the regular Saturday wine tasting at Provenance Food and Wine.

Saturday at noon at Evanston's annual Custer's Last Stand, the Food Network's Michael Chiarello is doing a cooking demo. On Sunday at the same time our own Rick Bayless takes the stove.

Monday at 6 PM Halsted Tastes Better is a 14-restaurant graze at Aldine and Halsted. The $30 admission gets you 12 tastes at Yoshi’s Café, Arco de Cuchilleros, the Chicago Diner, and more.

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