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Got a little black dress you've been dying to wear, Carrie Bradshaw? It's the suggested attire for women (men should wear "business chic") at the launch of the Little Black Dress Wine Club (more here) 6:30 PM Wednesday on the East Bank Club roof terrace. In addition to boutique wines from around the world, hors d'oeuvres will be served. It's $60 in advance, $75 at the door, and proceeds benefit Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
The Signature Room at the 95th offers a two-day class on garden-fresh cooking, this Saturday from 8 to 10 AM and Sunday from 1 to 3 PM. Executive chef Patrick Sheerin (brother of Michael, the new chef de cuisine at Blackbird, profiled this week in the Reader) will guide participants on a trip to Green City Market on Saturday; on Sunday he'll show them how to create brunch specials with what they purchase. The class is $75 per person, which includes brunch and champagne on Sunday (including the tip).
Doesn't sound like the most conducive environment for remembering your lesson, but Fox and Obel offers a class called Ceviche and Cocktails at 6 PM Tuesday. Executive chef Adam Schop of of DeLaCosta will explain the intricacies of "cooking" raw fish in citrus while Bridget Albert, master mixologist for Southern Wine and Spirits, concocts Latin-inspired cocktails. The class is $45.
This could be the first and last time you see "vegetarian" and "boot camp" in the same sentence: The Chopping Block's three-day Veggie Boot Camp, a vegetarian version of the culinary boot camp it offers the third week of every month, runs from 10 AM to 1 PM Tuesday through Thursday at the school's Merchandise Mart location. Topics include "Greens and Grains," "Seasonal for Summer," and "Ethnic Adventures"; tuition is $225.