The Wine Discount Center's Elston Avenue store hosts "a unique and oddly healthy" event Thursday, pairing fruits from Seedling Fruit--fresh, grilled, and in salads, entrees, and desserts--with wines. It starts at 7 PM and costs $25 per person.
Feeling flush? Friday at 7, Eno is opening its three bottles of 1945 Chateau Latour, one of the rarest and most expensive wines in the world. They're offering 2-ounce and 6-ounce tastings, which will cost $250 and $750, respectively. Reservations are recommended.
Even if a taste of some of the world's most expensive wine is out of your price range, tasting the most expensive coffee in the world might be feasible. On Saturday at 7 PM at its Roasting Works, Intelligentsia brews the famous Geisha coffee beans from the Hacienda la Esmeralda estate in Panama, for which it paid a record $130 a pound at auction. $25 gets you a taste of the premium coffee and a quarter pound of beans from the same estate, though not the super expensive ones. If you want to buy those, it'll set you back $55 for a quarter pound or $99 for a half pound.
Oktoberfest, with its brats and beer, is all over Chicago this weekend:
The Brookfield Zoo's annual Wines in the Wild fund-raiser is Sunday from 4-7 PM at the zoo's Discovery Center, featuring a tasting of more than 60 wines, hors d'oeuvres, and both a live auction and silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person; proceeds benefit the zoo's conservation and education programs.
The Highland Park Historical Society hosts a talk Tuesday on Learning to Cook in 1898: A Chicago Culinary Memoir. Presented by author Ellen F. Steinberg and Eleanor Hudera Hanson, it's at 7 PM in the Highland Park Library auditorium.