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The Park Grill, Park Cafe, and concession stands in Millennium Park feature "regional delicacies" as part of the Great Performers of Illinois Festival this Friday through Sunday. Among the offerings at the Park Grill: chilled corn soup with creme fraiche and American caviar, pork with a horseradish lime vinaigrette, soybean and watercress salad with pecorino and orange zest, and sweet corn flan, as well as wine from local wineries. The Park Cafe will feature Parmesan and truffle popcorn with black pepper. Apparently popcorn is the official state snack of Illinois--who knew? 

The Chicago Korean Festival also runs this Saturday and Sunday--there'll be traditional Korean food, cooking demos, and an eating contest, as well as live music and dance. Admission is free.

Wine is a time-honored tradition for bringing singles together, but it's not every day that master sommelier Alpana Singh is there to advise. And judging from the chapter of her book titled "Pairings: Wine, Hooking Up, and Dating," she's quite familiar with the combination. The Book Cellar's DateandDash singles mixer on Saturday features a wine tasting hosted by Singh from 5:30 to 6:45 PM, followed by speed dating until 8. It's $39 with the wine tasting, $32 without; registration is required.

Slow Food Chicago and the fruit fans at Seedling team up for Hot Chocolate's five-course peach dinner this Monday at 6:30 PM. It'll include peach and green tomato gazpacho, lambic poached peaches filled with Jasper Hill Winnemare cheese, peach-sugar cured Copper River salmon smoked over peach wood, and peach succotash, among other offerings. The $50 ticket includes wine pairings but not tax and tip.

Bringing a taste of France to Chicago, Cafe Matou's monthly wine dinner this Tuesday at 7 PM showcases the Basque region with dishes including grilled, marinated octopus and spicy gazpacho with crab-chorizo toasts. The "Le Pays Basque" dinner is five courses with wine pairings; it's $65 a person. And Kiki's Bistro is featuring a special three-course Provencal menu from August 15-31 for its Taste of Provence. The menu is $55 with wine (five rosés are being featured) or $35 without.

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