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Gourmet market owner Sara Foster discusses Sara Foster's Casual Cooking, her third cookbook, Friday at noon at the Book Stall.

Friday at 8 PM, the Architrouve presents Synaesthesia, a wine, music and visual art happening for which sommelier Jeremy Quinn will pair wines to the music of sax player Frank Catalano, who will in turn match his music to the gallery's current exhibition, "This Side of Hope." Tickets are $40; reservations are recommended.

Saturday at 10, Culinary Historians of Chicago presents "Greektown in All Its Glory," a talk by Alexa Ganakos at the Chicago History Museum. It includes a food tasting, and Ganakos will sign Greektown Chicago: Its History -- Its Recipes; admission's $5 for the general public, $3 for students, and free for CHC members.

The Whole Foods FlavorFest is this Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 8 PM in Jonquil Park. It boasts "more free samples than you can shake a stick at," though "free" may be an overstatement -- there's a $5 suggested donation to benefit the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the food, there are cooking demos, an eco-chic fashion show, live music, an farmers' market, and a children's pavilion.

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse hosts a class on organic pest and disease control for your vegetable garden on Saturday from 10 to noon with the greenhouse's own Kirsten Akre and Angela Mason of the Chicago Botanic Garden. The fee is $20; registration highly recommended.

Crust hosts a family dinner Sunday from 4-6 PM to benefit Purple Asparagus, a non-profit organization "dedicated to bringing families back to the table." There'll be a live auction for a guest spot on the webcast Spatulatta and silent auctions for several more prizes. Tickets for adult members are $45, $50 for non-members; kids' tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members; kids under 5 are free.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum's "Rebirth of the New Orleans Restaurant Industry" exhibit opens Monday at Kendall College and continues through September 21. It "explores the scope of devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans' restaurant industry...and the importance of this industry to the recovery of the city's economy, culture and singular cuisine."

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