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Chefs and the City showcases the talent of 20 celebrity chefs in order to raise $100,000 to support low-income people affected by HIV and AIDS. It takes place this Friday from 6:30-9 PM at the Peninsula Hotel. VIP guests will also get a chance to mingle with the chefs at an afterparty. Tickets are $200, or $275 for the VIP package.
If you missed Taste of Chicago (or purposely avoided it), here's your chance to experience the madness on a smaller scale: Taste of Roselle boasts 20 food vendors and live music all three days (Friday 6-11:30 PM, Saturday 1-11:30 PM, and Sunday 1-9:30 PM). There's also bingo, carnival rides, magic shows, and a craft fair.
Saturday at 10 AM, the Culinary Historians of Chicago present Exploring the Wild Mushroom...Myths, Flavors and Facts, a talk by Joe McFarland of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It's at Kendall College and costs $3 (free to Kendall students and faculty with ID).
The Real Dirt on Farmer John, Taggart Siegel's critically acclaimed documentary about Angelic Organics founder John Peterson, screens at 3:30 PM Saturday at the Gene Siskel Film Center (also 8/12 at 3 PM and 8/18 at 3:30 PM). Harold Henderson's 2006 Reader feature on Peterson is online here.
Long Grove's annual Greek Days festival is this Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 8 PM at and around the Long Grove Cafe. Amid live music and dancing, outdoor booths will serve traditional Greek foods ranging from rotisserie lamb to galaktoboureko, a creamy custard in phyllo dough. Admission and parking are free.
One sixtyblue features cava (the Spanish sparkler) for its August wine flight night on Monday. Thirty-minute tasting sessions begin at 6, 7, and 8 PM; the $25 fee includes six "bite-sized courses" such as goat cheese with star anise powder and pear marmalade or a diver sea scallop with pea puree and lime sauce, each paired with a particular cava.
Bin 36 hosts a BBQ and Bingo night Tuesday at 6, featuring Australian wine and an upscale barbeque menu that includes lamb bratwurst, wood rotisserie wild striped bass, and apricot glazed pork ribs; it's $50 a head.